Coals from Sharlston - The Origins of a West Riding Colliery, by John Goodchild
Published by Wakefield Historical Publications in 1988, 35 pages. A5 size booklet (N6556X1)
This booklet provides a short history of the origin and development of Sharlston colliery, which was located a few miles east of Wakefield in West Yorkshire.
The booklet begins: Sharlston lies on the exposed West Riding coalfield, and the remains of ancient shallow coal workings are to be seen on both Sharlston Common and Warmfield Green. At Sharlston Colliery the thicknesses and depths of the upper seams are as follows: Sharlston Top seam .40 inches at 58 yards, Sharlston Low seam 38 inches at 75 yards, and Sharlston Yard seam 36 inches at 104 yards. The antiquity of local coalmining is illustrated by one of the open or strip fields in both Sharlston and neighbouring Crofton being known as the 'Coal Pitt field': this field in Sharlston is so called in a document of 1726 and on the 6 inch O.S. of 1849. Documentary evidence survives in regard to coalmining at Sharlston from the fourteenth century, and in c.1342 (40 Edward III) the Coroners' Rolls mention that Sharlston, Snydale and Warmfield present that at Sharlston, Margaret the wife of Wm. de Foulby fell into a sea coal pit and was drowned, while close to Sharlston, Richard de Wombwell, who was Prior of Nostell 1372-85, and who was a considerable improver of the Priory estates generally, 'dug a drain, to convey the water from the coalmines', so that obviously these particular workings were then of some extent and of some degree of proposed permanence. Further and physical medieval evidence survives in the form of a piece of fifteenth century pottery found on the coal outcrop where it was ploughed at Warmfield, immediately to the north west of Sharlston.....
Condition of the booklet is generally very good. The cover is clean and tidy, the staple spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.