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The earliest parts of the winding house and shaft top building appear on a 1906 Ordnance Survey map.
No.2 Shaft was deepened beyond the Barnsley Main Seam in 1916 in order to mine the Fenton Seam.
This was always likely to be an external-only job given the recent lack of reports. There were a handful of reports from 2014 when entry, apparently with a squeeze, was possible.
They are the last significant standing remains of Barnsley Main Colliery, infamous for its historical association with the Oaks Colliery Disaster of 1866; England's worst mining accident.
The disaster saw the loss of 361 men and boys, some as young as 10 years old, caused by two separate explosions on 13th December 1866.
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