An 'iconic' mining landmark in Sheffield must be replaced after its removal caused a major stir, a historian has demanded.
The mine head wheel shaft in Deepcar has been a familiar sight off Hollin Busk Lane, where it had stood for around 100 years, and was adopted by the Deepcar Brass Band as its logo.
But it was dismantled earlier this month, apparently without any warning, sending shock waves through the community over the loss of what has been described as an important piece of the area's heritage.
It is understood the landowner was clearing the derelict plot, where he intends to create a donkey sanctuary but has yet to submit a planning application.
Dennis Pindar, chairman of Stocksbridge & District History Society, said he was horrified to discover the shaft had been removed.
"When I heard what had happened I spoke to the landowner and told him he could have made a feature of what is an iconic part of the valley's heritage," he said.
"The site's been derelict for many years and his plans for a donkey sanctuary are laudable but if he wants the community on his side he must put the head shaft back up."
The mine head was an old access point for Gregory's mine, where clay for refractory bricks to line furnaces was dug between the early 1900s and around 1950, according to Mr Pindar.
The Star understands the shaft was removed on Friday, May 5, just days after the Tour de Yorkshire had swept past.
It is not believed the landowner has acted illegally, since the structure is not listed.
Stocksbridge Town Council said it had alerted the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Coal Authority, which had secured the area around the hole to prevent access.
Ward councillor Jack Clarkson, of UKIP, said: "What's happened is a bit annoying to say the least. People drive past that daily and it's an iconic symbol.
"Although it's not listed, had he done a little bit of homework he would have known the feeling of the local people."
Sabrina L'Amie, who contacted The Star to raise her concerns, said the mine shaft has 'historic significance' and 'people are very angry' about its removal.
The Star is attempting to track down the landowner for a comment.
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