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ArtistMaker: not known
TitleOfWork: 'The Price of Coal'
DescriptionOfPhoto: View of wheel looking towards Dearne Valley Leisure Centre
DateOfCreation: 1986
Dimensions: 194cm high x 550cm wide x 210cm deep
Medium: metal, brick and stone
Location: Entrance to Dearne Valley Leisure Centre at Grey's Bridge
AtoZReference: p.58 1A
Street: Doncaster Road
TownOrVillage: Denaby Main
MetropolitanBorough: Doncaster
Photographer: Dave Ball
ImageCopyright: Sheffield Hallam University
AccessionNumber: d072a
Description: A pithead wheel with its lowest third sunk in concrete and surrounded with a brick wall topped with a stone coping.

Inscription: Three plaques side by side on the top of the wall below the wheel:

THE PRICE OF COAL / Site of Denaby Main Colliery / 1868 - 1968 / During the hundred years of production at this pit / 203 men and boys lost their lives. / The Colliery wheel stands as their memorial. / Plaque unveiled by County Councillor K.B. Willers. / Chairman of the Environmental Committee / South Yorkshire County Council

DENABY MAIN / COLLIERY RECLAMATION SCHEME / Mineshafts sunk 1864 / Filling commenced 20th August 1985 by / County Councillor K.B. Willers, Chairman / Environmental Committee, South Yorkshire / County Council, and Mr M.S.Shelton / Deputy Director (Administration), NCB, / South Yorkshire Area

In Memory of Jim MacFarlane, MA / 1930 - 1985 / He entered local government in 1980 and became / Leader of Doncaster / Metropolitan Borough Council in 1983 / A lecturer in Industrial Studies and Director of / NUM Courses at Sheffield University , he started / work at this colliery at the age of 14 / Unveiled by Councillor L.N.Hall, BEM, Mayor of Doncaster / 14th March 1986

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