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Dalmellington, Houldsworth Colliery

Colliery (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Dalmellington, Houldsworth Colliery

Classification Colliery (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Lethan Hill; Patna; Dalmellington, Waterside Ironworks Complex; Polnessan; Burnfoot Pits

Canmore ID 42682

Site Number NS41SW 6

NGR NS 4243 1189

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council East Ayrshire
  • Parish Dalrymple (Cumnock And Doon Valley)
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Cumnock And Doon Valley
  • Former County Ayrshire

Archaeology Notes

NS41SW 6 4243 1189

For Dalmellington, Waterside Ironworks (NS 442 083) and related monuments, see NS40NW 15.00.

Mine (dis) [NAT]

OS 1:10,000 map, 1992.


Location: Patna/Polnessan

Previous Owners: Dalmellington Iron Company Limited, Bairds & Dalmellington Limited from 1931

Types of Coal: Manufacturing and Steam

Sinking/Production Commenced: 1901-5

Year Closed: 1965

Average Workforce: 276

Peak Workforce: 346

Peak Year: 1954

Shaft/Mine Details: 2 shafts, 373m and 379m deep

Details in 1948: Output 300 tons per day, 80,000 tons per annum. Longwall advancing working. 268 employees. 2 screens for dry coal, washing at Dunaskin. Baths, and canteen for packed meals. First-aid room. Steam and electricity, none from public supply. Report dated 05-08-1948.

Other Details: Named after the Houldsworth family from Manchester, the driving force behind the Doon Valley iron industry.

M K Oglethorpe 2006.


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