Hi my name is Ryan Mansell and I am wondering if you can help me, my problem is that my grandad lost his life in 1957 at Treeton pit, now I’ve searched all over the internet but there’s no mention of him any where he’s not mentioned in any memorial sites or anything, which I think is a shame, and I’m hoping to change it. All I know of my grandad is that he worked in the pit at a young age before ww2 then during ww2 he was assigned to the Maunsell forts for a while during ww2 still he was moved back to Treeton pit later its around then that he lost his life down the pit in 1957 now the only source of info was from my grandma who sadly passed away last week.
The reason I’m trying to find as much info as possible about my grandfather is so I can build a picture of his short life and fill in the blanks for my dad as he was only 5 at the time and to make sure he’s added to all the memorial sites just like the many other miners that sadly lost their lives to keep Britain going and every single one of them should be remembered.
I hope you can help with this because I’m at a lose end now thank you for taking the time to read this email
Information from Treetonweb
Treeton mine was first sunk in 1874 it worked the Barnsley Seam until 1965 and the High Hazels seam until 1966. After nationalisation in 1947 a scheme was developed to increase the output of the Wathwood seam (1963-1982) and the Swallow Wood seam (1900-1947, 1972-1990). The High Hazels and Swallow Wood seams produced house coal.
The owner was Rother Vale Collieries Limited. The Company was set up in 1875 after a resolution was passed authorising the Directors of the Fence Colliery Company Limited to lease land in the area from the Duke of Norfolk. The Fence Colliery Company Limited was renamed Rother Vale Collieries Limited and owned Orgreave, Fence and Treeton collieries. The Company later became a branch of the United Steels Companies Ltd.
In the early 1990’s village life was to change for ever, the coal became uneconomic to mine,the pit was closed for good. Treeton Colliery ceased production on Wednesday 5th December 1990 and the process of erecting underground water dams, salvaging equipment and sealing the shafts and drift quickly followed. In common with many other closed collieries a great deal of equipment was left underground, it being too expensive to remove in terms of man hours and there being no market for surplus mining machinery. When the salvage works were completed in 1991 the land reverted back to the ownership of the Duke of Norfolk Estates from whom the land was originally released to the colliery owners.
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From: Andrew Scott
Sent: 15 Mar 2015
Subject Richard Mansell Death 1957
Hi, I have some information for Ryan Mansell regarding the death of his grandfather. Could you please let me have a contact for Ryan so I can pass it on.
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Andy Stevens - I am researching the men who came to work at Treeton Colliery, South Yorkshire