Mower falls into 45-ft Low Moor mine shaft

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The hole in Harold Park The hole in Harold Park

A groundsman’s mower fell into a 45ft deep hole leading into a 19th Century mine shaft as he rode over it while carrying out maintenance work in a Bradford park.

The groundsman was uninjured.

The hole appeared in a football field in Harold Park, Low Moor, on Tuesday afternoon.

When the mower was pulled out, the 45ft deep and 9ft wide hole was revealed.

The hole has since been fenced off and security put in place to prevent the public getting near it while the Coal Authority look to fill it.

Councillor Val Slater (Lab, Royds) said the Council’s contractors were carrying out the work when the hole was discovered.

She said: “The vehicle they were using, a little ride-on tractor or mower, went into the hole. He was OK.

“I think when they got the vehicle out they discovered that it was quite a substantial hole.

“It is worrying because it was a potential hazard and to some extent it’s fortunate that it was a piece of machinery that triggered it and not a person.

“There was very little that the Council could have done because we were unaware that it was there.

“It wasn’t actually on any of our maps. I understand that the shaft dates from about 1850 and subsequently it has been discovered on some old maps that the Coal Authority hold, but it certainly wasn’t on any maps that the council has.”

Coun Slater said the Council’s emergency planning department will be looking into whether any other holes could appear in the area.

She said: “I’m sure the Coal Authority, having discovered this map, will be taking all necessary steps including identifying any other hazards in the area and dealing with them before any other unfortunate accident occurs.”

John Delaney, the Coal Authority’s corporate services manager, said it was informed of a collapse at about 3.30pm on Tuesday.

He said: “The Council had erected some fencing around it.

“We installed additional fencing – obviously public safety being paramount.

“The collapse is a collapse of a known coal mine shaft.”

Mr Delaney said the authority, along with contractors Mines Rescue Services, secured the site and had employed a nightwatchman to continue public safety at the site.

He said: “We will fill it in with stone. We are in the process if getting a contractor in and necessary materials to enable this work to commence.

“We hope it is done as quickly as we can – obviously this is a park and it needs to be done.”

Ian Bairstow, the Council’s strategic director for environment and sport, said: “Emergency planning and other staff attended the scene to investigate with our partners in the emergency services to ensure the safety of the public is not put at risk and to investigate ways to close up the shaft and repair any damage caused to the park.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and carry out tests to ascertain whether further subsidence is likely to occur in the future.”

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7:59am Fri 16 Nov 12

Cooperlane2 says...

Strange how you can check OS maps yet the holes are only shown on coal boardcmaps. Even then they might not have any further info on whether it was filled or capped.
afaik Low Moor is riddled with shafts, yet most people don't know about them.
Strange how you can check OS maps yet the holes are only shown on coal boardcmaps. Even then they might not have any further info on whether it was filled or capped. afaik Low Moor is riddled with shafts, yet most people don't know about them. Cooperlane2
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8:28am Fri 16 Nov 12

mad matt says...

The ground is like a swiss cheese round Low Moor. There were several old mine shafts filled in a few years ago when there was exploratory work done regarding building a new railway station at Low Moor.
Most of the old mine workings were recorded years ago but some of the records seem to have been lost.
Some of the older 'bell pits' go back hundreds of years.
The ground is like a swiss cheese round Low Moor. There were several old mine shafts filled in a few years ago when there was exploratory work done regarding building a new railway station at Low Moor. Most of the old mine workings were recorded years ago but some of the records seem to have been lost. Some of the older 'bell pits' go back hundreds of years. mad matt
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8:37am Fri 16 Nov 12

Willard says...

There is a msssive void in Bradford City centre as well. Sadly its on all the maps but not on the councils radar
There is a msssive void in Bradford City centre as well. Sadly its on all the maps but not on the councils radar Willard
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8:44am Fri 16 Nov 12

bradfordian says...

The place to obtain information regarding old mineshafts is the coal board. There are several mineshafts on Halifax road, Buttershaw, one of which is under a house. One of Bradford's main trades was mining, therefore there are mineshafts scattered throughout Bradford.
The place to obtain information regarding old mineshafts is the coal board. There are several mineshafts on Halifax road, Buttershaw, one of which is under a house. One of Bradford's main trades was mining, therefore there are mineshafts scattered throughout Bradford. bradfordian
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9:24am Fri 16 Nov 12

basil fawlty says...

Yet even when these shafts are shown on old maps the actual locations are often not very accurate.
Yet even when these shafts are shown on old maps the actual locations are often not very accurate. basil fawlty
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9:45am Fri 16 Nov 12

scanipoos says...

I saw a map with mine shafts in the Bradford area . (It was at the time on show at bolling hall) the map is held by the museum authority
I saw a map with mine shafts in the Bradford area . (It was at the time on show at bolling hall) the map is held by the museum authority scanipoos
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10:28am Fri 16 Nov 12

bald billy says...

Willard LOOOOOOOOOOOOL so true
Willard LOOOOOOOOOOOOL so true bald billy
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10:48am Fri 16 Nov 12

MontyLeMar says...

basil fawlty wrote:
Yet even when these shafts are shown on old maps the actual locations are often not very accurate.
Well they didn't have satnav in those days or GPS systems. But hey, we are short of landfill sites so get the refuse trucks to fill it in.
[quote][p][bold]basil fawlty[/bold] wrote: Yet even when these shafts are shown on old maps the actual locations are often not very accurate.[/p][/quote]Well they didn't have satnav in those days or GPS systems. But hey, we are short of landfill sites so get the refuse trucks to fill it in. MontyLeMar
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2:11pm Fri 16 Nov 12

mickfly2012 says...

It's not too hard to find them, they are accurately recorded on Geological maps.
One took out my mates patio 2 years back at Horton Bank Top, but it wasn't a shaft, just a level that collapsed,still a massive collapse though, you could see right under their house!
It's not too hard to find them, they are accurately recorded on Geological maps. One took out my mates patio 2 years back at Horton Bank Top, but it wasn't a shaft, just a level that collapsed,still a massive collapse though, you could see right under their house! mickfly2012
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6:45pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Brannigan says...

A large hole in Bradford. The council are still looking into it!!. They will get to the bottom of it.
A large hole in Bradford. The council are still looking into it!!. They will get to the bottom of it. Brannigan
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7:11pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Ryo says...

As a child, I grew up next to Harold Park. I remember they drained the park lake sometime in the late 70s and discovered a mine shaft down there. That's pretty bold of those Victorians - building a lake on top of a mine.
As a child, I grew up next to Harold Park. I remember they drained the park lake sometime in the late 70s and discovered a mine shaft down there. That's pretty bold of those Victorians - building a lake on top of a mine. Ryo
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7:16pm Fri 16 Nov 12

dominator says...

I was a police officer working from Odsal police station in the 1950 's and remember a hole like this near to the end of Carr Lane in a field on the west side. By the look of the photo this is the same one . Dominator.
I was a police officer working from Odsal police station in the 1950 's and remember a hole like this near to the end of Carr Lane in a field on the west side. By the look of the photo this is the same one . Dominator. dominator
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4:39pm Sat 17 Nov 12

lorenew says...

Some pretty interesting information about local mining at this site:

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Some pretty interesting information about local mining at this site: https://docs.google. com/viewer?a=v&q=cac he:htJI6-bukyIJ:save tongvalley.org.uk/do cs/Mining.pdf+&hl=en &gl=us&pid=bl&srcid= ADGEESjKafZ3c8Xk5e8G q7AbdVFdx1PGESIJHEU5 uc6xH3L-X-RgYLWWrET_ 8vDuhkMxv0OvgdQ30gnS iUb2xrZepkJaNgyx6zdN 7viI355pkjCUvSX1Kgmt h8GdiroWd0pIZ2jHZyWP &sig=AHIEtbTZALIJ1jB NF4thITPrmUlT_Zgh3w lorenew
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4:44pm Sat 17 Nov 12

lorenew says...

Sorry - my last location doesn't work. Try this one...

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Sorry - my last location doesn't work. Try this one... http://savetongvalle y.org.uk/docs/Mining .pdf lorenew
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