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Sowden Pit Pumping Station, pit headgear

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Sowden Pit Pumping Station, pit headgear
c1965. Image shows pit headgear at Sowden Pumping Station, shortly before demolition. Originally, the long building, the winding house, located behind the headgear, housed steam or electrical winding gear. The interior walls of the building were in white and green glazed brick. A manually operated winch was located to the right of the headgear on top of one of the spoil heaps. The small building at the front was the pumping station and was equipped with new electrical gear in the mid 1960s. The wooden headgear construction was removed long before the winding house was eventually demolished. The shale spoil heaps, locally known as Big Hill and Little Hill, were used for cycling and sledging by the local children. A Morris Traveller is parked in the foreground.

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