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Click to enlarge.Map of the Monckton Main Colliery and Royston Drift Mine area in 1956.

Monckton Main Colliery (1878 - 1966) was to the west of Lund Hill Lane. The site is now occupied by the Monckton Coke and Chemical Works. However, the works closed in 2014.

Later on, Royston Drift Mine (1975 - 1989) was created to the east of the lane, i.e. on the Rabbit Ings side. The site is now occupied by a pallet company.

The future of the site occupied by Monckton Coke Works, which closed in December 2014, is being considered by the site owners after two public consultation events.

Read Future of Monckton "up for discussion", article in the Barnsley Chronicle, 16th March 2016.
(Barnsley Chronicle web site accessed 10th May 2016)
Extract: The future of a historic Royston site is being considered after two public consultation events. Monckton Coke Works, which closed in December 2014, was the subject of events at Royston Library and the Havercroft and Ryhill Community Learning Centre earlier this month and the site's owners, Hargreaves, are mulling over the options. The Chronicle revealed that up to 475 homes could be built on the site, but a spokesman from the Durham-based firm said this week that 'all options' will be considered before any planning application is submitted to Barnsley Council.

■ Map of the Monckton Main and Rabbit Ings area, 1854. The thumb pin indicates the area later ocupied by the colliery.
■ Map of Royston and the mine area in 1966-1967. The thumb pin indicates the area ocupied by the Monckton Main Colliery.

Click to enlarge.New Monckton Collieries.
The company was registered on 25 July 1901.
Snapshot: 1923
Annual output: 900,000 tons. Class of Coal: Gas, Household, Steam. Transport links: In direct communication with the Midland, Great Central, Hull and Barnsley, Dearne Valley and Lancashire and Yorkshire Railways and the Aire and Calder Navigation (Barnsley Canal). Source: 1923 Colliery Year Book and Coal Trades Directory. Published by The Louis Cassier Co. Ltd. Photograph is of a postcard circa 1910.

■ More information at New Monckton Collieries Ltd., Durham Mining Museum. [Site accessed 27th October 2018.]

Click to enlarge.Extract from Domesday Reloaded 1986.
Mining is one of the largest industries in the area and the mine at Royston has been an important part of the village and surrounding area since it was first started as Monckton Main Colliery in 1875.

Royston Drift Mine (1986)
There are 500 workers at the pit: 420 underground and 80 above ground. Half of the workers come from the local villages of Royston and Ryhill.

The pit produces half a million tonnes of coal a year for the power stations of Ferrybridge and Eggborough. There are two trains a day. Each train carries 1,000 tonnes of coal.

The drift mine is 100m deep and it goes 3 to 4km underground.
(Source: Domesday Reloaded, 1986 Royston Drift Mine. Accessed 10th May 2016).

Click to enlarge.A photograph of Monckton taken around 40 years ago (late 1970s) when it was 'in its pomp'. Note the old boiler house was still in use then, hence the two brick chimeys; not to be confused with the metal chimney on the later power plant shown in later photographs on this page.
Source Nick Lyons.
Photograph © Copyright Nick Lyons.

Click to enlarge.This photograph overlooks the spot where the huge concrete Koepe used to be. On the righthand side of the picture the fence turns a corner, effectively delineating the site. The remains of the coke works are in the background.
Source Nick Lyons. Photograph © Copyright Nick Lyons.

Click to enlarge.The massive Koepe winding tower prominent in shot. Note the partially dismantled pulley-wheel headframe to the extreme right. To the extreme left is the fan building with the two concrete evasee exhausts*; these are now about the only remaining traces of the colliery. The Coke Works behind had two brick chimneys when this photograph was taken, the right hand one has since gone.
Source Nick Lyons.
Photograph © Copyright Nick Lyons.

(* Evasee, the ducting on the exhaust side of a ventilation fan.)

Click to enlarge.Monckton Coke & Chemical Company Limited was founded in 1874 and is based in Barnsley, United Kingdom. As of June 17, 2005, Monckton Coke & Chemical Company Limited operates as a subsidiary of Hargreaves (UK) Plc.
(Source Bloomberg Business, accessed 6th March 2016)
[Photograph 2011]

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Monckton Colliery, an old postcard, perhaps 1920s or 1930s.

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Another view of the colliery in its heyday.

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Monckton Pit Yard by J.L. Wood. Circa 1920s.

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The works viewed from Rabbit Ings.

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Naylors Timber Recovery Ltd., on the site of the former Royston Drift Mine, with the coke works beyond.

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The works, hard at it, in 2011.

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On the job at at Monckton Coke & Chemical Works.

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The railway line to the works, looking southwards. This is the old Midland line that runs past Walton towards Wakefield.

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A panoramic view from Rabbit Ings.

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A burst of sunshine in the late afternnon at Monckton.
Source Nick Lyons Photograph © Copyright Nick Lyons.2017

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The works viewed from the High Field in Walton.

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The stone cairn at Rabbit Ings. On top, the points of the compass provide links with the area's coal mining past. [2011]
■ See Rabbit Ings for more photographs from this spot.

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