Skelton Park – Before and After

David Stephenson has kindly allowed me to reproduce some photos he took at Skelton Park during the mid-1980’s.

I have returned to the same points today and aligned the images as best I can, here’s the first one, you can use the slider to compare the two.

The most noticeable difference is of course the loss of the roof on the main winding house on the left and removal of the slates from the secondary winding house in the middle.

4 thoughts on “Skelton Park – Before and After

  1. Such a shame park pit has deteriorated so much, I spent a lot of time here as a teenager as my best mate at school lived there
    I remember putting ladders up against the shaft collar and looking down and in those days there were massive balks of timber in there which I assume were some kind of cage guide but they must have disintegrated and gone down.
    That shaft has an awful amount of waste down there , including most of my mates dads saddlery which was thrown down there by accident.
    The other shaft is still open to the full depth although flooded up to the water drift in to Skelton beck.
    I believe we we the first people to access the fan enclosure since closure when a hole in the floor appeared.
    Would have made a great museum but I think its too far gone now

    • I think it was considered as a site for the Tom Leonard Mining Museum in the 1980s but Skinningrove was chosen instead.
      Presumably because the drift gave easy access to underground rather than a shaft mine (even though the buildings at Skelton Park were a pretty intact and complete ironstone mine at the time)

  2. In 1984 the future of the Tom Leonard Mining Museum, as it was then, was looked into by consultants and I suggested they consider Skelton Park Pit and Spawood Mines as possible alternative venues. They concluded that Park Pit was too big as a museum by itself and would need some form of workshops developing as well as a museum to make the place viable. Spawood Mine had much to recommend it as regards location and availability of underground workings, but the report fell on deaf ears and the museum has had to make do with what was available at Skinningrove.

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