The Colliery with 2 shafts was sunk in 1888 originally for ironstone and pottery clays by J.H. Pearson. (According to H.M. Inspectors reports for 1875 there was a Parkhouse Colliery being worked by F. Stanier and Co. although not the Parkhouse being referred to. Although this Colliery is listed as being in Newcastle I have never been able to trace it). No. 3 shaft was sunk between 1918 and 1920 to exploit coal and in 1941 No 2 shaft was also deepened and brought into use as the upcast shaft. No. 1 shaft was filled in at this time. In 1921 the Colliery was owned by Robert Heath and Low Moor and was supposedly sold in the mid 1930's for the sum of £250,000 to Parkhouse Collieries Ltd. under the Chairmanship of Col. Harry Clive of Willowbridge near Market Drayton. The Colliery was very wet and suffered from adverse geological conditions and had the proposed Bradwell Colliery gone ahead it would have closed much earlier than 1968.
See also Old Pits By Geoff Mould
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