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Dysart, Frances Colliery, Headframe and Winding Engine House Including Associated Fixtures and Fittings

A Category B Listed Building in Kirkcaldy East, Fife

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.1327 / 56°7'57"N

Longitude: -3.112 / 3°6'43"W

OS Eastings: 330985

OS Northings: 693887

OS Grid: NT309938

Mapcode National: GBR 2C.KNTD

Mapcode Global: WH6RW.53CY

Entry Name: Dysart, Frances Colliery, Headframe and Winding Engine House Including Associated Fixtures and Fittings

Listing Date: 10 September 1995

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 346827

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB13638

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Kirkcaldy and Dysart

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Kirkcaldy East

Parish: Kirkcaldy And Dysart

Traditional County: Fife

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Description

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 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.

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