A rule-breaking gunpowder store !

The article below featured in the York Herald on Saturday 31 October 1874, it makes specific reference to the gunpowder store at Skelton Park Pit being 64 yards from dwellings rather than 200 yards. Also suggesting that miners at that time were in the habit of keeping open casks of gunpowder under their beds !

The gunpowder store today still stands after conservation work by the Cleveland Mining Heritage Society. It is surrounded by angled blocks to deflect a blast (perhaps a result of the 1874 report above ?)

 

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