PRINCE OF WALES COLLIERY SITE
ADDED 16 JANUARY 2007
born in the Pontefract Drill Hall, located across the railway line from
Tanshelf. From the age of three years I lived at 41 Stuart Street, which
is now called Stuart Road, until I was 18 years old. I lived there with
my parents, my six brothers and my sister.
read the article in the newspaper about the plans for the Prince of
Wales Colliery site, it started me thinking about the possible name for
the new housing development, and I thought it would be a good idea to
call it ‘Tanshelf’.
reason behind this name was that Tanshelf was the mining village for the
Prince of Wales, and most of the men from Tanshelf worked at the
colliery. I myself, along with four of my brothers, all worked at the
When Tanshelf was demolished and Stuart Street became Stuart Road, the
identity of Tanshelf was lost. If you talk to anyone who lived in or
around Tanshelf, they would say that’s a shame.
the new housing project Tanshelf, will enable the name to live on and
not be forgotten. Tanshelf was of course first mentioned in the
before Pontefract was so named.
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