3 Sept 2021
16 Nov 2023
Description (or HER record listing)
Blakelaw Pit (Coal) is marked as an ‘Old Shaft’ at this location on the Ordnance Survey 2nd edition plan, indicating that it was out of use by c.1895.
NEHL - This pit was in operation in the mid 19th century, though little else is known around it. It is possible this and the shaft a few 100 metres south west were related to the West Kenton Colliery working, however this is not known.
The shaft remained in situ all the way through to at earliest the 60s, adjacent to the pit heap from the 19th century. Miraculously, the pit heap still remains as a landscaped area of the park, though the wood has been felled. The shaft is capped and now not visible on the surface.
Ordnance Survey, 1864
Site of Blakelaw Pit in 2023.
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The shaft was located within the wood in the centre of this shot from 1947. Source: Historic England Archive (RAF photography) Historic England Photograph: RAF_CPE_UK_2352_FS_2138 flown 04/10/1947
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