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

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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. It’s not massive but there’s enough to hold your interest for half-an-hour. Externally it’s 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 miner’s mural and aforementioned plaque on the back wall. Downstairs there is evidence of it being used as a community centre in recent years. The women’s 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 doesn’t appear to be listed nor on the market. Let’s hope it finds another usage.

3. The Pictures

A few externals to kick-off with:

49988677653_b233eff5ed_b.jpgParkgate 12 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49988677808_6b3937d6e0_b.jpgParkgate 11 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49988625658_e49923c933_b.jpgimg6493bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

Upstairs we go. Looking towards the street end:

49989197441_51d958b84a_b.jpgParkgate 06 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49989443767_eaacdf6a73_b.jpgParkgate 05 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49988679393_9609b92def_b.jpgParkgate 02 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Looking away from the street:

49988638318_e9a68eed02_b.jpgimg6470 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The ceiling would have been very nice in its day:

49989152691_0a4f1ced30_b.jpgimg6479 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49989153651_cb9ca23c5e_b.jpgimg6477 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The mural and the plaque:

49989443947_ab0be6f9f1_b.jpgParkgate 04 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49989197976_ca73ee5350_b.jpgParkgate 03 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49989397402_f26470596f_b.jpgimg6480 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And back downstairs:

49989401787_75dd301b90_b.jpgimg6472 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49989197256_2a2797f108_b.jpgParkgate 07 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49988678313_fd1e40bdbc_b.jpgParkgate 08 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Memories of happy times here:

49989147141_083a0551e2_b.jpgimg6487 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49988678128_c2af189d8c_b.jpgParkgate 09 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49988629293_d90f944750_b.jpgimg6486 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49988630043_e48e795492_b.jpgimg6485 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49989395262_56f815a526_b.jpgimg6484 by HughieDW, on Flickr

49989396517_d3bbaaa301_b.jpgimg6482 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And finally, those masques:

49989395842_8576184c86_b.jpgimg6483 by HughieDW, on Flickr
 

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

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I've been looking at this place for years as I pass. I live in Rawmarsh and it's within two miles of our house. Never seen a way in within without causing damage though. That said, I've never been around the back so I'm assuming there's something round there. Any hints?
 

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I've been looking at this place for years as I pass. I live in Rawmarsh and it's within two miles of our house. Never seen a way in within without causing damage though. That said, I've never been around the back so I'm assuming there's something round there. Any hints?

Go and have a look. It's the best way. Thinks may well of changed since I went over six months ago...
 

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Go and have a look. It's the best way. Thinks may well of changed since I went over six months ago...
Will do. Just got back from the Redmires Water treatment works that you recently visited. That's a great little explore so thanks for posting it. 👌
 

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It's a little corker innit? Which one by the way as there's two. The old one or the newer one?
We went in the newer one with the plastic toy cars in. Got about 45 photo's in there but they're quite low grade compared to yours. If I'm honest we were a bit unprepared because we'd seen your photos and thought the place was well lit and didn't bother taking torches 🤣.
After that we walked down the driveway and followed the footpath around to the reservoir and saw the other one on the left hand side and so my lads nipped over the wall and explored that one too. I didn't go with them to that one as thought it looked a bit bare but when they caught up with me half way round the Res they showed me the photos and I could have locked myself. Lesson learned 😂
 

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We went in the newer one with the plastic toy cars in. Got about 45 photo's in there but they're quite low grade compared to yours. If I'm honest we were a bit unprepared because we'd seen your photos and thought the place was well lit and didn't bother taking torches 🤣.
After that we walked down the driveway and followed the footpath around to the reservoir and saw the other one on the left hand side and so my lads nipped over the wall and explored that one too. I didn't go with them to that one as thought it looked a bit bare but when they caught up with me half way round the Res they showed me the photos and I could have locked myself. Lesson learned 😂
Kicked myself** bloody autocorrect on my phone ...
 
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