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Thread: Parkgate Miner's Institute, Rotherham, South Yorks, June 2020

  1. #1
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    January 2013
    People's Republic of South Yorkshire.

    Default Parkgate Miner's Institute, Rotherham, South Yorks, June 2020

    1. The History
    Very little info out there about this lovely little building. What we do know is that the Miners Institute, Parkgate was built in 1914 to provide a range of vital services for local coal miners and their families. After the closing of the local pits, the building appears to have been repurposed as a community centre, before closing and coming to be in its current state of abandonment. Old pictures indicate that it has been empty for at least 10 years hence.

    Inside the institute on the back wall is a marble commemorative plaque in memory of the seven men who lost their lives on 23rd February, 1904 at the Parkgate pit, Aldwarke. No.2 Parkgate shaft was used for raising and lowering men to the Parkgate inset. At about 5.20 am that morning eight men were being lowered in the top deck of the cage and when the winding rope snapped at a point six yards below the surface. The cage fell 400 yards to the bottom of the shaft. Only Arthur Ramsden survived. Four colliers (miners); Martin Marsh (46), Mark Dyson (41), Peter Rockett (54) and Thomas Ramsden (55) and three trammers; Henry Wright (36), William Downing (30) and Albert Kent (24). The subsequent inquest found sufficient evidence to prove the cause of the rope breaking.

    2, The Explore
    Think this is the first time this place has come up on here. Itís not massive but thereís enough to hold your interest for half-an-hour. Externally itís quite an easy-on-the-eye building. The main function room is lovely, and the decaying ceiling make it quite photogenic. The main focus is the minerís mural and aforementioned plaque on the back wall. Downstairs there is evidence of it being used as a community centre in recent years. The womenís toilets absolutely stunk and those four masks on the table outside were a bit weird. Overall though an enjoyable little mooch.

    What lays in store for it is uncertain. It doesnít appear to be listed nor on the market. Letís hope it finds another usage.

    3. The Pictures

    A few externals to kick-off with:

    Parkgate 12 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Parkgate 11 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img6493bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Upstairs we go. Looking towards the street end:

    Parkgate 06 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Parkgate 05 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Parkgate 02 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Looking away from the street:

    img6470 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The ceiling would have been very nice in its day:

    img6479 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img6477 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The mural and the plaque:

    Parkgate 04 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Parkgate 03 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img6480 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And back downstairs:

    img6472 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Parkgate 07 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Parkgate 08 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Memories of happy times here:

    img6487 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Parkgate 09 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img6486 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img6485 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img6484 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img6482 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And finally, those masques:

    img6483 by HughieDW, on Flickr

  2. Thanks given by: etc100, FunkyMuffin, Hugh Jorgan, krela, Mearing, TopAbandoned, verdigris
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    August 2020


    I believe there is a coal mining museum nearby, in Wakefield, surely they would be interested in preserving and displaying the mural and plaque.

  5. Thanks given by: TopAbandoned

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