The Treacle Mines of Pudsey West Yorkshire England
For nearly 75 years Pudsey In Yorkshire England has been the center of Treacle Mining in the United Kingdom. Today though the town mourns its past, dwindling supplies of there famous golden syrup has led to the closure of the Pudsey mine, the only surviving treacle mine in England.
The Town of Pudsey
Pudsey is a quite small rural town perched on top of a quaint hill named “Treagala”. The Town of Pudsey took off when in the first World War a large train carrying tons of Treacle and molasses was derailed just as it entered the tunnel going under the hill of Treagala. As food rationing was in effect because of the 1st World War the locals clambered around the buried train trying to release the barrels of treacle. All went well until violence broke out causing the local police and the military to seal both ends of the tunnel, burying the train. With the train out of site the treacle was quietly forgotten and Pudsey returned to normality.
A few years later when a young lad was out walking his dog he became aware of a strange golden syrup oozing from the ground. Although frightened he knelt and tasted the syrup like substance and was shocked at how sweet he found it. Emptying his water bottle he filled it with some of the syrup and hurried on home showing the strange liquid to his Mum, little did they know that this find was to become one of the most important mineral finds in the history of British mining. The start of the Pudsey treacle mining operation was just around the corner.
The young boys Mother a sweet old lady called Mrs Sponge quickly purchased the land around “Treagala” and began mining. At its height the Treacle mines of Pudsey produced over 300 barrels of Golden Syrup per day and in there trade marked green cans sold the syrup world wide. The rest is History
The Demise of the mine.
Mrs Sponge passed away in January 2008 taking with her detailed plans of the tunnel going under “Treagala” miners now find them-self without a product to mine and have now joined the long line of jobless. At the local Pub “The Sticky Pudding” one old miner said “I always thought this would come to a sticky end I don’t no where I will go perhaps I will go to Cornwall and work on the of shore custard drilling platforms but my heart is here in “Treagala”
There maybe hope
There may yet be hope for the people of “Treagala” as on the south side of the hill a toffee vein has been found who knows one day you may be eating “Pudsey Toffee”
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