Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
Kirkcaldy And Dysart
NT 30985 93887
330985, 693887


HEADFRAME: Dickson Mann Ltd, 1943. Tandem pulley colliery headframe. Steel girder structure, 111ft high, with 2 superposed pulley sheels of standard colliery type; orientated SW-NE.

WINDING ENGINE HOUSE: 1943. Single storey, rectangular-plan engine house, sited NE of headframe. Steel-framed with rendered brick. Steel casement windows. Corrugated asbestos roof; concrete skews. Interior: electric winding engine, rope, and associated control equipment.

Statement of Special Interest

Frances Colliery was sunk in 1878. The new tandem headframe was constructed around the existing headframe (but facing a different direction) in 1943. This method of construction allowed the pulleys and winding ropes to be transferred to the new frame on a Sunday, losing only a few hours work. The electrical parts of the new engine were supplied by Metro Vickers, the mechanical parts by Robeys, and the braking system by Barclays of Kilmarnock. The headframe and electric winding machinery were the last "traditional" equipment of the type in use in Scotland.



R McAdam "Frances Colliery Reconstruction Schemes" in COLLIERY ENGINEERING VOLS 23 and 24 (December 1946 and January 1947), pp308-314 and pp10-16. R S Goodwin MINING FOR COAL IN BRITAIN (1959), PP4-42. J Hume INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY OF SCOTLAND VOL 1 (1976), pp138-139.

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