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Spike Island pre-1970s, by Randolph Horton. (Courtesy Derek Horton, Randolph's son).
An interesting view of Ings Cottages by someone who lived there.
Click to enlarge1998. A view of the Spikes - the Henry Daley Memorial Garden - at the Nature Park, Spring 1998. When the nature park was a still a working colliery, there were terraced cottages on the Crofton side of the pit known as the Spike or Spike Island. Ings Cottages, to give these houses their official name, were demolished shortly before the pit itself was finally closed in 1979.
Photographed by John Sargent in 199
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The row of houses just visible in the distance towards the righthand top corner is Chevet Terrace in the  Woodyard.  Two shafts from the pit were located in the area of the terrace.

The shafts proved to be almost the last resting place of a Walton villager - they were used to hide the body of Emma Sheard after her manslaughter by her grand niece, Winifred Hallaghan.

Unfortunately for the perpetrator of the deed, the old lady's remains were discovered in 1948.

More details in Peter Wright's interesting book. (see Links)

This is the poignant verse beneath the painting:

Forty-eight houses,
Twelve to a row,
It's really a pity to see them all go.
They were close to the colliery
In the pit yard.
We went through some good times,
But plenty of hard.

It was the place of our childhood,
Midst laughter and tears.
We've wonderful memories
Of those bygone years.
But those houses we knew
Aren't there any more,
They've been battered to pieces
And lie on the floor.

Click to enlargeThe Spikes at the Henry Daley Memorial Garden as they were in 2005.
© John S. Sargent 27th February 2005.
Click to enlargeIngs Cottages during a flood in 1947. There are several old photographs of the pit and Ings Cottages in the public domain, but, on the ground now, it is hard to visualise what this area would have looked like when the pit was here.
Click to enlargeDedication to Councillor Henry Daley (Wakefield Metropolitan District Council) at the Memorial Garden.
Click to enlargeThe Spike Memorial now looking far less bleak as the Nature Park matures.
© John S. Sargent 1st September 2010.

See the map page for the location of Ings Cottages.

Although there is a commememorative plaque at the village's Millennium Gate, there is no memorial or monument at the nature park acknowledging the existence of the colliery.

Defintion of
Ings
: low-lying fertile land by a river or beck. Drain Beck and Oakenshaw Beck flow into the colliery area and, of course, the Barnsley Canal also passed through it.
In Yorkshire English: "T'watter's gitten ower t'ingses." (double plural) - The water has got over the ings. (Peter Wright, Yorkshire's Yammer, Dalesman Books, 1994)

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