Scars on the industrial landscape

Some vestiges of Wrenthorpe’s industrial past were left abandoned for many years. These included old mine workings and the woollen mill at the bottom of Silcoates Lane. Each were the sites of suicides. The first, in the mill dam, a couple of year after the factory closed.

Sheffield Daily Telegraph
Saturday 1 October 1904


Emma Parkin, aged 71, wife of Joseph Parkin, gardener, Potovens, near Wakefield, was found drowned in Silcoates Dam on Thursday. It is supposed to be a case of suicide.

Thirty years later, a disused mine shaft on the site of Coleridge Crescent, was the site of a gruesome discovery. Swaine was a former landlord at The Wheel.

Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette
Monday 29 July 1935


A verdict of suicide while temporarily of unsound mind was returned an inquest held at Outwood on Tom Swaine (59), Robin Hood Farm, Wrenthorpe, near Wakefield. He was found dead in a disused pit shaft [Bragg Lane Pit] at Wrenthorpe after having been missing for 12 days. He had been suffering from debility and depression.