New Sovereign Colliery, Barnsley, S.Yorks, March 2020

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1. The History
Owned by the well-known Clark family of Noblethorpe Hall, Old Sovereign Colliery was sunk at Dodworth Moor End in 1855. By then Robert Couldwell Clarke had died at the age of 46, in 1843 and the family businesses had passed to his widow Sarah Ann who ran things with her brother James Farrer before handing control of business affairs to her son, Robert Couldwell Clarke Jr. He took little interest leaving business matters to his uncle James who was probably responsible for sinking New Sovereign Colliery between 1861 and 1866. The family interests were later managed by G.H.Teasdale. The later history of the pits is not well recorded, but they were disused by 1906, although New Sovereign was later used as a pumping shaft by the National Coal Board.

Today, substantial remains can be found on both sides of Dove Valley trail consisting of a stone heapstead, drift, fan drift and engine house bases.

2. The Explore
A relaxed explore on a showery March Sunday. Very easy access and some decent light. Nothing spectacular by any means but do love remnants of the old coal mining industry.

3. The Pictures

49645806117_3838927461_b.jpgNew Sovereign 01 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49644992493_5a43304780_b.jpgNew Sovereign 04 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Looking out:

49644992923_f43225f8a0_b.jpgNew Sovereign 03 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Looking up:

49645805617_5686d15c54_b.jpgNew Sovereign 02 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And on the top:

49645635637_84a3d5b1b9_b.jpgimg5927 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49645634452_19562dae0b_b.jpgimg5928 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49645803802_c93629116b_b.jpgNew Sovereign 06 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49645804132_7f9779d4ab_b.jpgNew Sovereign 05 by HughieDW, on Flickr

This looks like an old platform:

49645361836_278a73846b_b.jpgimg5916 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49644831468_0998eec2ef_b.jpgimg5918 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49645639677_b6fe6c8df0_b.jpgimg5921 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49645636567_118552a73a_b.jpgimg5924 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49644830428_14a596833f_b.jpgimg5919 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Down the road is Hemmingfield colliery, but sadly this was a fail:

49644991308_642d19f218_b.jpgNew Sovereign 07 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49644821468_edee3b68dc_b.jpgimg5929 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49645802677_06a13820cc_b.jpgNew Sovereign 09 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49645519606_159c0e227a_b.jpgNew Sovereign 08 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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Great pics as always Hughie, like the moss covered bricks, gives a real sense of tranquillity :)

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