West Denton, coal shaft
25 Aug 2023
25 Aug 2023
Description (or HER record listing)
NEHL - This is one of two coal shafts situated about 100m west of Carr's Drift and Denton Dean. This particular shaft had shut down before 1862, but was still in situ well into the 1930s and potentially beyond.
It had always stood next to a small ancillary building, though the shaft was located in open air so I cannot verify its use. It is unknown whether this shaft was connected to a wider tunnel network or standalone.
The shaft most certainly utilised the Denton Waggonway, which ran from Bell's Close up to East Denton.
The A1 was built on top of the shaft.
Ordnance Survey, 1860s
Aerial imagery of the East Denton coal shaft in the 1940s. Source: Google Earth
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