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Roger Fowler - BBC Radio Four program - Women in the Pits surviving Wigan Pit Brow Lasses
Paul Jackson - Any information about Arthur Stanton died in the Holditch pit disaster 1937?
Karen Walsh
- Anyone any memories of working with Nolan family members from Mansfield?
Joan McVeigh - My Great Grandfather was killed in the 1912 pit disaster at Cadeby
Kathleen Johnson - Racecourse/Boothen Colliery. What was the occasion?
Tony Greaves - I Would Like To Contact Anyone Who Worked At Babington Colliery



From: Tony Greaves
Sent: 20 September 2006
Subject:
I Would Like To Contact Anyone Who Worked At Babington Colliery

Hi Fionn
I worked at Babington /Cinderhill Colliery from 1956 to 1960 as an apprentice coal face electrician, also I was born at Watnall and I can remember the colliery there.

Do you have anyone who worked at these pits or lived at Watnall who I can contact.

Tony Greaves


From: Kathleen Johnson
Sent: 12 October 2006
Subject:
Racecourse/Boothen Colliery. What was the occasion?

Hello, I wonder if you could have a look at the attached photo.

My Great grandfather is second from the left - he was colliery Banksman at Racecourse/Boothen Colliery, Hanley, Stoke on Trent 1880/1890's

Could you point me in any direction to find out about various things such as

a) what was the occasion
b) would the two names on the cart's be the names of the "foreman" of each gang of workers,

c) would there be any records anywhere about this colliery. You may use the photograph on your site if it is of use to you.

Thank you and kind regards....Kath Johnson


Hi Fionn,
Regarding the Kath Johnson's photo;
This is my assumption,  I think the occasion was a record amount of coal in the tubs eg 19 cwt. plus and 18 cwt. plus.
Because these tubs hold about 10 cwt normally. of small coal. These tubs have been packed with large solid lumps well above the top of the tub, giving more weight.
b) Men working in teams ie stall and pillar work are in twos and threes, but up to twelve's and sixteen's on longwall faces. One would be nominated as team leader, hence their names tub's produce..
c) A man called Frank Moran has written a book called Shelton Collieries so the Racecourse pit details should be in there , I think it costs £10. Before you consider buying it, ask him for the details you want. His E-mail address is;
grandad.frank@ntlworld.com
John.

From: Joan McVeigh
Sent: 12 October 2006
Subject:
My Great Grandfather was killed in the 1912 pit disaster at Cadeby

Hi,
I hope you do not mind me contacting you. My Great Grandfather was killed in the 1912 pit disaster at Cadeby and I am wanting to visit the area to see if there is any memorial. Do you know if the people killed were buried in Old Denaby and do you know the name of the grave yard? Thank you for any help you can offer.

Regards
Joan McVeigh


From: Karen Walsh
Sent: 29 October 2006
Subject:
Anyone any memories of working with Nolan family members from Mansfield?

I just wanted to say that I came by a bit of family history recently, that being of my great grandfather John Nolan who worked at Sherwood Colliery during the 1912 strike.

He was an Irish man who stood over 6 feet tall. He was also mentioned in a book written by (Lord) Bernard Taylor entitled 'Up Hill All The Way'. Sounds like he was a bit of a character- that's all I know of him, though it would be nice to know a bit more. Maybe there's more to know. I think my grandfather Bernard Nolan worked at the same pit. I never met either due to sad circumstances, so just meet them through the memories of those still living now.

Can anyone give me a bit more information.

Best wishes
Karen

Miner John Nolan jnr. holding future coal queen Patricia. Taken 1934 outside 100, Blake Street (now demolished).

My great grandfather John Nolan standing in white shirt and folded arms outside Sherwood Colliery 1912 coal strike. Anyone any memories of working with Nolan family members from Mansfield? There were many!

Photo of Patricia Ann Nolan
(Sherwood Branch) Coal Queen 1956-57


From: Roger Fowler
Sent: 10 December 2006
Subject:
BBC Radio Four program - Women in the Pits surviving Wigan Pit Brow Lasses

Dear Sir,

Please can you tell me the dates the program of the BBC Radio Four 'Women in the Pits Surviving Wigan Pit Brow Lasses' was recorded and is there a copy of the Program available to purchase.

Thank you
Mr. R. Fowler


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