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ArtistMaker: not known
TitleOfWork: Wharncliffe Woodmoor Mining Memorial
DateOfCreation: 1978
Medium: pitwheel
Location: In a field on the Royston Carlton Boundary Walk. (SE436409)
AtoZReference: p.9 5E
Street: Carlton Road (nearest road)
TownOrVillage: Carlton
MetropolitanBorough: Barnsley
Photographer: not known
ImageCopyright: Barnsley MBC
AccessionNumber: b083a

Description: Half a pitwheel emerging from the field, the other half is buried beneath ground level. There is a plaque on the ground by the wheel.

Commission: To commemorate a mining accident, 6th August 1936, in which 58 men were killed. [1]
Harry Dancer, Chairman of Barnsley MBC's Development and Planning Committee, initiated this scheme which was accepted by this committee on 31 August 1978 and cost 950, approved on 29 September 1978. It was part of reclamation of the Wharncliffe Woodmoor Colliery site on which the monument stands. The contractors, Pugh-Lewis, were based in Chesterfield.
The memorial was unveiled by Arthur Scargill, then President of the Yorkshire NUM, in the presence of Roy Mason, MP for Barnsley, and Cllr Dancer. [2]

References: [1] Royston and Carlton Boundary Walk leaflet.
[2] e-mail dated 7 September 2006 from Archie Sinclair of Barnsley MBC Planning and Transportation Service

Photograph and information courtesy of Archie Sinclair of Barnsley MBC Planning and Transportation Service

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