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Ladyshore Colliery

Once situated on the Irwell Valley fault, in Little Lever

 

Photo 1968

 

Updated September 21, 2015 3:06 PM

Timeline

1830s Opened by Thomas Fletcher Snr (1805-1893), Originally named "Back o' th Barn", it had three pits known as Ladyshore, Victoria and Owl Hole with the latter being the deepest, Outwood Colliery is located on the other sidw of the canal.

1835 Ladyshore is flooded many times before it's closure

1884 Ladyshore is closed but used as upcast ventilation to The Owl Hole and Victoria Pits.

1887 Herbert Fletcher (1842-1895) now the named owner of the colliery was summoned to Bolton Police Court to answer breach of safety for using open flames and endangering workers, they had been fighting an earlier notice to terminate using open flames and took it through to the House of Lords. The case marked the end of the use of candles and open lights in English coal mines but it left Ladyshore the infamous distinction of being the last colliery to use open lights.

1907 Ladyshore Coal Co Ltd

1936 The Manchester Bolton Bury canal breached at Nob End

1939 It is the only colliery now using the canal arm to Bury. It had its own fleet of boats and as late as 1941 it sent 50,000 tons of coal by boat to Radcliffe and bury

1948 Animal welfare groups begin to obtain evidence of the treatment to Pit Ponies at Ladyshore.

1949 Apr 28th Ladyshore Pit, will close down next weekend, and today the 260 workers at the pit received a week's notice. Ladyshore was the last pit in Lancashire to use pit ponies, and the remaining ponies working there were brought up not long ago. The canal also went into decline after the pit closed.

2007 Only the colliery office (now a house) and the stables survive.

2008 ?

 

 

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