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Rose Pit


Rose Pit
Description:
Undated. View showing Rose Pit which was known locally as 'Rodill Pit'. Sunk in 1850 on a site opposite the parish church on Wood Lane, just above Manor Farm House. The Pit was subject to flooding. It was demolished in 1947.

User Comments:

Name:
Spen

Comment:
On this site above the slag hep was pumping building which was still there in the 1980's. The Building on the extreme left may be one and the same. I think it was demolised after Fanny Pit was closed and the whole pastures area was relandscped.

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Name:
jack mitchell

Comment:
This pit was just off the LEEDS to WAKEFIELD road, opposite the HALF WAY HOUSE.Every day a DEPUTY (like myself),was assigned to travel underground from ROTHWELL PIT on foot,to this shaft in order to inspect the old roadways for roof falls which might impede ventilation. This entailed climbing a very steep drift by a rope to the next seam, where there was a very large electricity driven pumping house. If water was coming down the drift while i was ascending,i knew i had to start the pump running.The shaft in this picture, was about 20yards away from the pump house. My next job was to get on the phone to the engine man at the pit top.He would send the cage down to my level. On the arrival of the cage i would tell him, i am getting on the cage NOW. He would then give me an arranged 2 full minutes to get on the cage for safety reasons. Afterall, There was no gate on the cage, and, unlike modern shafts, the cage hung freely in the shaft. He would then lower me to the shaft bottom, where i would make further inspections.On completion, i would make the same arrangements by phone and he would raise me to the surface. This was always a slow process, due to the fact that the cage used to scrape the shaft sides. This was apparent by the deep grooves which had been warn into the shaft brickwork over the years. There would be an N.C.B. van waiting to take me back to ROTHWELL PIT. Comm.13-Sep-07.

Email:
astrojack7mars@msn.com

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Name:
jack mitchell

Comment:
In addition, i have to explain.Most of the buildings WERE demolished as per your description. But the HEADGEAR and WINDING HOUSE,had to be kept operable for the reasons i have described.This would have stood till ROTHWELL PIT closed down in the 80s. Comm 13-Sep-07.

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astrojack7mars@msn.com

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Name:
hunsletlad

Comment:
Can confirm that the Rose Pit winding room and cage were still in use in the late fifties as I worked at the Fanny pit and we used the shaft to get to other workings taking the ponies in the cage with us.

Email:
hunsletlad@msn.com

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Name:
Chris Maltas

Comment:
I worked at Rothwell pit from 77 till 85 and well remember some of the old timers telling me about this shaft which was kept open as an emergency exit and that the cage was more like a large bucket. I think you had to go through the old stabels to get there? Dose any one have pic's of Rothwell/fanny? I always ment to take some but never did.

Date:
04-Dec-2008

Email:
binfish9@yahoo.co.uk

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