A lovely picture -have often wondered what the shaft was for.
Comment by Neil Cain on 11th June 2016 at 11:13
Nicely framed view Ron. Vb Wall Hey chimney acted as a ventilator for nearby pits such as Heathfield. Wall Hey Pit itself was in operation by the 1840s and closed sometime about 1870 from what I can gather.
Comment by joe graney on 11th June 2016 at 15:54
great picture walked passed there many times.
Comment by fred foster on 11th June 2016 at 19:41
I always thought that these square chimneys were furnace shafts. There would be a furnace at the bottom which would draw the air down the downcast shaft and up the heated furnace shaft. A primitive ventilation system, but obviously dangerous, in case of gas
Comment by Ken R on 11th June 2016 at 21:23
Belter Ron, nay that's a gradly ventilation shaft.
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