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Click to enlarge.The colliery was situated south of Doncaster Road (A638) on Oakenshaw Lane, Crofton, just south of a couple of sharp bends across a railway bridge.
It is opposite Oakenshaw Farm. The colliery was closed (date not yet known) and became a training centre for the National Coal Board (NCB).
The site is now in commercial use.

In the enlarged photograph, the spire of Wakefield Cathedral can just about be seen to the left of the electricity pylons.
Photograph © Copyright Nick Lyons.

■ Map of the Oakenshaw area, 1892. The thumb pin indicates the area later ocupied by the colliery. The Ordnance Survey Map of 1938 does not show anything resembling a colliery on the site.
■ Map of the area in1956. The thumb pin indicates the area ocupied by the colliery or NCB training centre.
■ The area in 1962, The area ocupied by the colliery or NCB training centre is shown.
■ Oakenshaw in 2009.
■ Interactive Map of Walton, including Oakenshaw Colliery (site of), Google.

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A close-up view of the head-gear.
Photograph © Copyright Nick Lyons.

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A rural setting for the Veolia offices that now occupy the old N.C.B. site. View northwards from Oakenshaw Lane in Walton. Oakenshaw Beck and the Barnsley Canal are in the dip.
[June 2016]

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When this photograph was taken in 2007, the site was occupied by Dalkia Utilities PLC, an environmental consultant. During the period 2013 - 2014, Dalkia joined One Veolia*.

(* Sources include Veolia website.)
Photograph © Copyright Ian Russell and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

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Those "dreaming spires" of Wakefield again. View from Oakenshaw Lane across the fields separating Crofton and Walton from the city.

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The site viewed from Oakenshaw Lane near Oakenshaw Farm.


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From Veolia there are views across farmland towards Agbrigg and Sandal Magna.


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Ahead is the bridge across the railway line to Kirkgate Station from Crofton West and Hare Park Junctions. After a couple of demanding bends, the lane meets Heath Common and Doncaster Road.




More about the colliery

Oakenshaw is mentioned on this website Coal, Colliery and Mining Forum.

One person stated, "do not know too much about Oakenshaw when it was a working colliery, but it was where I had my interview and induction test. Also1969/70 it is where I took my 1st and 2nd year mech. apprenticeship exams."

Notes & Sources

1. Map of Wakefield District civil parishes.
2. Ryhill (Wikipedia).


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