|||Rothwell Colliery (Fanny Pit), Bullough Lane (Rothwell) (4 comments)
View of Rothwell colliery, or 'Fanny Pit'located off Bullough Lane. It was the last of the collieries owned by the firm of J. J. Charlesworth until the nationalisation of the mines in 1948. It produced coal from 1867 until its closure on 9th December 1983. It became known as the Fanny Pit in 1911, when a new shaft was sunk at the Midland pit, after a daughter of the Charlesworth family. (There was also a Rose Pit and Jane Pit.) Another new shaft was sunk in 1922 to improve ventilation. The buildings were demolished about two years after the pit closed and it is now the site of Rothwell Country Park.
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|||Rothwell Fanny Pit, group photograph (Rothwell) (3 comments)
Miners on the afternoon shift at Rothwell Fanny Pit pose for a group photograph. Fanny Pit was the last of the collieries owned by the Fentons and Charlesworths and it produced coal from 1867 until its closure on 9th December 1983. The Charlesworth family were the owners until the coal mines were nationalised in 1948. Fanny Pit was named so after one of the Charlesworth daughters. There was also 'Rose Pit' and 'Jane Pit' named after two other daughters. Pit ponies were used for haulage and there were 160 stabled at Fanny Pit in 1922. The last one gained its freedom in 1972 and retired to live on a farm. Two years after Fanny Pit ceased production the buildings underwent demolition and the shafts were capped.
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