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Ouston Bank Farm, coal shaft


54.890531, -1.594847





Entry Created:

6 Jun 2023

Last Updated:

6 Jun 2023




Description (or HER record listing)

NEHL - A coal shaft is labelled as "old" on the 1850s Ordnance Survey map. It was situated between Ouston Bank Farm and Blue Barn Farm, but featured no ancillary buildings or ground activity in the mid 19th century. Therefore we can conclude the shaft was fairly old by this time and was converted to farmland. The Ouston Colliery had opened before 1815, so may have been related to these workings.

The shaft was still extant in the 1950s, as per aerial imagery.

Ordnance Survey, 1946

Ordnance Survey, 1946

The shaft can be seen in the middle right, under the farm. Source: Blue Barns Poultry Farm and environs, Ouston, 1950. This image was marked by Aerofilms Ltd for photo editing. © Historic England. Aerofilms Collection Historic England Photograph: EAW032003 flown 16/08/1950

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