Rotherham mining landmark brought crashing to the ground

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An iconic part of Rotherham’s mining past was brought crashing to the ground this afternoon.

At 1.15pm a controlled explosion carried out by demolition experts saw Maltby Colliery’s No3 winding tower reduced to rubble and dust.

Maltby Colliery. Picture: Marie Caley NWGU MC 11
Maltby Colliery. Picture: Marie Caley NWGU MC 11

Ex-miners and surface workers gathered at the site to see the 78-metre-high building brought to ground level.

For many the tower held fond memories of their time working at the pit.

The demolition is the latest development in the de-commissioning of Maltby Colliery, which had its first mining shafts sunk in 1910.

Hargreaves Services plc, owners and operators of Maltby Colliery since 2007, have been engaging with specialist contractors since the mine ceased operations in 2013, working to remove a number of the mine’s main buildings and cap the old mine shafts.

The demolition of Maltby Colliery gets underway. Picture: Marie Caley NWGU MC 3
The demolition of Maltby Colliery gets underway. Picture: Marie Caley NWGU MC 3

Today marked the end of the pit’s most visually striking structure which has been a Maltby landmark for many years.

The demolition of Maltby Colliery. Picture: Marie Caley NWGU MC 6
The demolition of Maltby Colliery. Picture: Marie Caley NWGU MC 6
The demolition of Maltby Colliery. Picture: Marie Caley NWGU MC 4
The demolition of Maltby Colliery. Picture: Marie Caley NWGU MC 4
 

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