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Shaft head and associated headgear near Caphouse Colliery, Overton

List Entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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

List entry Number: 1013407


The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.


District: Kirklees

District Type: Metropolitan Authority

Parish: Kirkburton

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 20-Sep-1989

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 10383

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

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.


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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.

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

Selected Sources

Caunce, S., (1988)

National Grid Reference: SE 25058 16539


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