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Shaft head and associated headgear near Caphouse Colliery, Overton

A Scheduled Monument in Sitlington, Wakefield

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Latitude: 53.6448 / 53°38'41"N

Longitude: -1.6224 / 1°37'20"W

OS Eastings: 425060.326634

OS Northings: 416540.652008

OS Grid: SE250165

Mapcode National: GBR KV39.K5

Mapcode Global: WHCB4.1NQ6

Entry Name: Shaft head and associated headgear near Caphouse Colliery, Overton

Scheduled Date: 20 September 1989

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013407

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10383

County: Wakefield

Civil Parish: Sitlington

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Flockton-cum-Denby Grange St James the Great

Church of England Diocese: Leeds


The monument includes the head of a shaft belonging to the Hope pit, the
wooden headgear and a horse-gin associated with the shaft, and a spoil heap
sealing the shaft and acting as a platform for the headgear. The shaft is
considered to have been sunk as part of the construction of a watercourse
providing drainage for the Hope Pit and retained in use as an air shaft. The
headgear and horse-gin were used to facilitate shaft inspections in accordance
with statutory requirements.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

The monument represents a rare in situ survival of an archaic type of wooded
mine headgear. The spoil heap is included in the Schedule as it is considered
essential to the support and preservation of the headgear. The importance of
the complex is enhanced by its association with Caphouse Colliery, now open to
the public as a museum of the Yorkshire mining industry. The shaft head and
its headgear are clearly visible from the museum.

Source: Historic England


Caunce, S., (1988)

Source: Historic England

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