Lane Colliery, Hill House Lane, Huddersfield

This page is a bare-bones entry for a location which appears on an historic Ordnance Survey map. More detailed information may eventually be added...


  • appears on maps: 1851 [#83]
  • location on map: off Hill House Lane, Huddersfield
  • status: no longer exists
  • category: mining feature

Shown as a colliery with coke kilns on the 1854 map but completely demolished by the 1890 map. The name hints at the age of the colliery since the "Lane" was once the main route heading north out of Huddersfield.

According to a Huddersfield Chronicle article about the death of a teenage boy in the mine, the colliery was being worked by coal merchant James Whitley (c.1810-1863)[1] and was owned by the trustees of J.W. Ramsden (who had yet to come of age). Whitley was born in Bradford and is listed residing at Bunkers Hill, Stile Common, in the 1841 to 1861 Censuses. In the 1851 Census, he is recorded as employing 56 men and 67 boys, but by 1861 the figures had dropped to 36 men and 36 boys. His sons John and Walter also worked as coal merchants.

Linked Locations

  • [coke kilns
  • engine house
  • coal shaft
  • coal shaft

Discovering Old Huddersfield

Extract from Discovering Old Huddersfield (1993-2002) by Gordon & Enid Minter:

In the mid nineteenth century, between the canal and Leeds Road, there was a colliery on the left hand side of Hillhouse Lane and a dyeworks on the right. The names of these, Lane Colliery and Lane Dyeworks (later Lane Mills) suggest that Hillhouse Lane was originally simply the Lane. If so, this is another confirmation of antiquity for when it was the only route in the area, no other identification would be necessary.


Notes and References

  1. James Whitley had also been the market toll collector since 1831, taking over the roll from his father. He is linked to many of the local collieries, including Lockwood Common, Fartown, Thurstonland, Farnley Wood and Taylor Hill. He died 24 October 1863 aged 54.

Lane Colliery, Hill House Lane, Huddersfield


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This page was last modified on 10 February 2018 and has been edited by Dave Pattern.

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