Posted on 09/19/2014

Photo taken on September  3, 2014

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Power house

Power house
Butterworth Hall Colliery was one of the largest in Milnrow in the early twentieth century. In 1869 the mine was owned by Richard and William Stott, but it was sold to Platt Brothers of Oldham. It is said to have been a very wet mine and it finally closed in 1928 after the workings became flooded. It was then purchased by Oldham Corporation for use as an underground reservoir, with upwards of a million gallons of water per day being pumped to Piethorne Reservoir, around 2 miles away. The headstocks were demolished in 1950.

This building was originally constructed as the power house for generating electricity for use on the colliery. It is now used by a civil engineering company.

The name lives on and today the shaft, which is situated a short distance behind this building continues to supply water, although the site is now run by United Utilities.

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