Memorial plans drawn up for Pontefract pit site

Former workers from the Prince of Wales pit site. (p612a442)
Former workers from the Prince of Wales pit site. (p612a442)

Developers building more than 900 homes on the site of Pontefract’s Prince of Wales Colliery hope to mark the site’s history by naming a street after one of the pit’s managers.

Harworth Estates is currently redeveloping the site into housing, along with business space, shops, cafes, medical and community centres, a nursery and parkland.

The company will name one of the roads on the new estate Butterwick Way - after former pit manager Colin Butterwick.

Former miners are also finalising plans for a memorial to those who lost their lives working at the colliery at the development’s entrance.

Iain Thomson, partnerships manager at Harworth Estates, said: “We plan to mark the development’s origins in two ways - both with the sculpture and renaming the road after Mr Butterwick.

“We’ve also had a meeting with the former miners who would like a memorial outside the entrance and we will work with them as their work progresses.”

The former miners will discuss the plans at a reunion for former colliery workers at Ladybalk Sports and Social Club, on Saturday, November 7 from 7pm.

Garry Foreman, former National Association of Colliery Overmen, Deputies and Shotfirers branch secretary at the pit, said: “We had quite a few people who lost their lives over the years and we want something that’s a fitting tribute to them. We don’t want the mining heritage to die because Pontefract was built on liquorice and coal.”

The campaign group, which include Pontefract councillors, wants the memorial to be at the old entrance to the pit, off Park Road.

Mr Foreman said: “It’s all at an early stage but when the redevelopment of the site was first announced a memorial was part of the plans. We are also discussing whether we can get Pontefract NEW College or schools involved with the design of the memorial.”

What the work at the former colliery involves...

Harworth Estates are currently transforming the Prince of Wales Colliery site into a housing estate and other developments.

The scheme will include 917 new homes on the site of the 77-acre former pit yard along with 230,000 sq ft of business space, shops, cafes, a medical centre, community centre, nursery and parkland.

The £4.1m Pontefract Northern Link Road was also built as part of the development.

The 1.5km road runs between the former pit site and Monkhill and opened in January.

The scheme was designed to bring many benefits to Pontefract, including improving capacity on Park Road and Town End junction as well as creating better access to junction 32 of the M62 at Glass Houghton.

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