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Listed status for part of former Hatfield colliery

Hatfield's iconic structure Credit: PA

Campaigners have won their fight to preserve the iconic winding gears at Hatfield Colliery with today's news that Historic England has given Grade Two listing to both towers.

The decision came out of the blue-and just 24 hours before Doncaster Council had intended to demolish one of the towers.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport agreed to the move on advice from Historic England.

The iconic, towering structures have come to symbolise coal mining communities and coal production and several have been preserved in other parts of the country.

But the heritage group did not recommend the power and winding engine houses for listing, saying they do not have enough architectural or historic significance to merit listing in a national context.

Headstocks like those at Hatfield with their distinctive silhouettes are the most recognisable feature of the nationally important coal industry. Once a very common feature in mining areas, these structures are now rare nationally, making this example a special survival and the last remaining in the once important Doncaster coalfield. These structures are also interesting technologically as although built at the same time, they are of contrasting designs and made of lattice steel and reinforced concrete which replaced timber at the end of the 19th Century because they were much stronger materials. Our local team in Yorkshire is in discussion with the Council over proposed works to the site.

– Historic England

Presentation of last piece of coal marks end of an era

End of an era

The Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, will be presented with a piece of the last coal mined at Hatfield colliery today - to mark the end of coal mining in South Yorkshire.

As recently as 1980 there were 10 deep mines in Doncaster, employing over 17.000 men and 46 mines in South Yorkshire employing 49,000.

On Monday it is expected that Hatfield Colliery Partnership Limited will be wound up in court and the site will then be controlled by the Official Receiver and the Coal Authority.


Hatfield closure spells end of an era

The end of an era came ever closer today, as Hatfield Colliery stopped production with the loss of more than four hundred jobs.

Mine shafts at the pit will be filled in, bringing to an end 99 years of industrial history in the village near Doncaster, and leaving just two other pits in the region which have closure dates later this year. The former Labour leader and Doncaster MP Ed Miliband blamed the Government for not stepping in to save the pit and claimed had he now been in number 10, Hatfield would have stayed open. Martin Fisher has our main story tonight.

Labour leadership candidate attacks government over mining closures in Yorkshire

Labour MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford Yvette Cooper has attacked the government after it was announced Hatfield Colliery was set to close.

Labour MP Yvette Cooper Credit: Press Association

Cooper, who is a candidate for the Labour leadership, has also campaigned to help save Kellingley Colliery.

Miners and their families across Yorkshire will be really worried this morning. With the closure of Hatfield and workers at Kellingley being issued with redundancy notices we're seeing the end of a tradition of coal mining in our area that goes back hundreds of years. It's especially sad because these mines are closing years before they should. There is still good quality coal in the ground. We are going to need coal over the next few years as we move towards green energy but the government just wouldn't support us. They dragged their feet for a year on state aid at Kellingley before refusing to help at the very last minute and they've only been half hearted in their investment in clean coal technology as well. It's not right and it doesn't do justice to miners who've worked in often risky but vitally important jobs, sometimes for decades. we also need to make sure there is proper redundancy support and quality training for miners to get back into skilled jobs as soon as possible. I've met with the Energy Minister again to push for that and I'm asking for a comprehensive programme. Anything less would be abandoning us just like they did in the 80s.

– Yvette Cooper MP

Former Labour leader: Pit closure 'doesn't make economic sense'

Former Labour Leader and Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband has said that the planned closure of Hatfield Colliery 'doesn't make economic sense for the government and it is devastating for the workers'

Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband has released a statement Credit: Press Association

After nearly 100 years of mining at Hatfield, this is an incredibly sad day for the miners, their families and the wider community. The workers expected the mine to close in August 2016. But instead of a managed transition the Government pulled the plug. In the run-up to the election, they provided closure aid. After the election, they said not a penny more. Now the closure will end up costing government more than keeping the mine open because of the loss of tax revenues from the company operating for another year. It doesn't make economic sense for the government and it is devastating for the workers. What Hatfield shows again is that the government talks One Nation, but acts very differently. In a few years time there will be a newmarket for coal with a clean coal power station at Drax. But that market will not be supplied by indigenous coal, but imported coal, with all the environmental costs of shipping coal to Britain. I will do everything I can to fight for the workers to find other work, doing everything in my power to co-operate with the local council and employment service. This is a day to recognise the labour of all the miners who have worked at Hatfield over the last century. They have kept the lights on, worked in the harshest conditions and have been servants of our country.

– Statement by Doncaster North MP, Ed Miliband, on the closure of Hatfield Colliery

Hatfield colliery to close with loss of 400 jobs

Hatfield Colliery - the last remaining deep mine pit in Yorkshire - is to close with the loss of more than 400 jobs.

Hatfield colliery: end of an era

Workers at the worker-owned pit, which is near Doncaster, will be officially told tomorrow that production is to stop.

It was expected to stay open until summer 2016. Just over 300 workers will be laid off initially with the remaining 89 being kept on to oversee safety work and the filling in of the shafts.

The news comes just weeks after the closure of Kellingley and Thoresby Collieries was announced.


Paul Heaton: Mining communities stood up against the Government

Former Housemartins and Beautiful South singer, Paul Heaton was out in support of a parade involving hundreds of former miners from Dunscroft to Stainforth, close to Hatfield Colliery.

David Hirst spoke to him at the parade:

Miner critical after accident at Hatfield Colliery

A miner injured in an underground accident at Doncaster’s last remaining pit is fighting for his life.

The 50-year-old has already undergone major surgery and faces another operation, according to his union chief.

The miner at Hatfield Colliery, who has not been named, is said to be in a critical condition at the Northern General Hospital, Sheffield.

The Mines Inspectorate has launched an investigation into the incident.

“Our colleague was taken to the Northern General Hospital, where his immediate family joined him.

“Hatfield Colliery’s nursing Sister spoke with our colleague at the hospital after his arrival. We understand he has a number of injuries and it is likely he will undergo surgery and further treatment in the next day or so.

“Our human resources and welfare team are in contact with our colleague’s family to offer them whatever help and support they feel they might need.”

– A spokesman for Hargreaves Services, which operates Hatfield Colliery