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Tony Holmes - Clipstone Colliery, did the locos come out when the pit closed?
Thomas Smith - Looking for Info Joseph and Thomas Smith - Brook Hill Colliery, Pinxton around 1900
Pauline - Looking for Info - Joseph Crean trapped in a mining disaster in the 1930s
Irene Beard - Looking for Info - Hugh Booth killed in explosion 1846 at Sparrows Pit Fenton
Joy Sharp - Looking For Information. My Dad, James (Jim) Newton, Worked At Underwood Pit


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Tony Holmes
13 March 2010
Clipstone Colliery, did the locos come out when the pit closed?

Dear Fionn,
I was born and educated in Clipstone 83yrs ago, but I only worked in the mine there for 3yrs in the early
'60's as an Underground Diesel Loco Engineer  I am curious to know if those locos ever came out when
the pit closed, or were they left in along with other equipment?

With regard to the Headstocks, at the time they were erected, they were the highest in Europe and
probably still are, of a design called 'Indirect Koepe' Winding (pronounced COPEE, it is a German name) .

During my time there, the Chief Engineer, Jack Booker promised to 'escort' me to the top of
one, one Sunday morning to take some photos.  Unfortunately, we never seemed to get it together. 
My Father was the Coal Washery foreman for many years, and from the top of his buildings, on a clear
day he could see Lincoln Cathedral.  The view from the top of the headstocks must be magnificent, and
well worth seeing. One could probably see Boston Stump!!!!

It could become a paying tourist attraction if a viewing platform could be built on one of them, as I would
hate to see them demolished, especially inview of what they have come to represent and should be
preserved as a fitting memorial to the history of Clipstone and it's Miners, and Clipstone could have it's own 'London Eye'.

Yours Sincerely.
Tony  Holmes. 

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Thomas Smith
31 Dec 2009
Looking for Info Joseph and Thomas Smith - Brook Hill Colliery, Pinxton around 1900

Brook Hill - Pinxton

I am trying to find information about Joseph Smith and his son Thomas who were living at Talbot Street Pinxton Derby around 1900 and who's occupations are given as Miners, Brook Hill Colliery is close by and it is possible that they would have worked there up until 1910 when they left the area for the South Wales Coal fields, also any information on the Bunting Family.


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Pauline
6 Nov 2009
Looking for Info - Joseph Crean trapped in a mining disaster in the 1930s

Hi
My Hubands grandfather was trapped in a mining disaster in the 30s. He died from a tumour on his spine caused by this some time later. My husband never knew him because his mother was only about 7 when he died.

He lived in Hemsworth and worked in one of the mines but we do not know any details of the pit he worked in. His name was Joseph Crean and he moved from Ireland to become a miner. He was trapped for 3 days before he and a few others were rescued.

Can you give us any information, I know it is a long shot.
Pauline


The only Joseph Crean I can find was injured at Sutton Heath, St Helens, Lancashire, owned by Sutton Heath and Lea Green Collieries Co Ltd but this was 11th June 1907. Arm caught by box. Lived at 46 Thompson Street.

Accidents where 5 or more lives were lost. Joseph has not been mentioned in any of these disasters but as he did not die at the scene his name might easily be missed.

24 Feb 1930 Wath Main Explosions, firedamp, ignited by safety lamp
26 Feb 1930 Lyme Pit Explosion, firedamp, ignition caused by shot firing
10 Mar 1930 Allerton Bywater Explosion, firedamp, explosion caused by shot firing
30 Aug 1930 Auchinraith, Blackband Seam Explosion, firedamp, ignition caused by shot firing
01 Oct 1930 Grove (Brownhills)Explosion, firedamp, ignition caused by naked light used to light cigarette
12 Dec 1930 Houghton Main Explosion, firedamp, ignition caused by shot firing
31 Oct 1931 Bowhill Explosion
20 Nov 1931 Bentley, Barnsley Seam Explosion, firedamp, caused by gob fire or safety lamp
25 Jan 1932 Llwynypia Explosion, coal dust, ignition caused by match
10 Oct 1932 Bickershaw, No. 3 Pit Shaft accident, overwind, down cage crashed through landing platform into the sump
12 Nov 1932 Garswood Hall, No. 9 Explosion, firedamp, ignition caused by electric spark
16 Nov 1932 Cardowan Explosion, firedamp, ignition caused by shot firing
09 Dec 1932 Cortonwood Explosion
16 May 1933 West Cannock Explosion, firedamp, ignition caused by electric spark from signal bell
19 Nov 1933 Grassmoor, Deep Hand seam, No. 8 Pit Explosion, firedamp, cause of ignition uncertain, possibly electric cap-lamp headpiece
26 Jul 1934 Bilsthorpe Explosion, firedamp, ignition caused by shot firing
14 Aug 1934 Rosehall Explosion
22 Sep 1934 Gresford Explosion, firedamp, cause of ignition uncertain, possibly spontaneous combustion
23 Aug 1935 South Kirkby
12 Sep 1935 North Gawber (Lidgett) Explosion, firedamp, ignition caused by shot firing
21 Mar 1936 Bardykes Fall of roof
06 Aug 1936 Wharncliffe Woodmore Explosion, firedamp propagated by coal dust, ignition caused by sparking at starting switch or commutator of the loader motor
21 Jan 1937 Markham Explosion, firedamp, ignition caused by flash from defective coal-cutter
15 Feb 1937 South Normanton
02 Jul 1937 Holditch Explosion, firedamp, ignition caused by fire at coal cutting machine, caused by friction of the picks in the cut
30 Jan 1938 Dumbreck Underground fire, caused by short circuit in the junction box
10 May 1938 Markham No.1 Blackshale Pit Explosion, coal dust, ignited by sparking caused by breaking of joint box in collision with runaway tubs
07 Jun 1939 Astley Green
28 Oct 1939 Valleyfield


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Irene Beard
3 Nov 2009
Looking for Info - Hugh Booth killed in explosion 1846 at Sparrows Pit Fenton

Hello I am researching family history and have found my relative Hugh Booth was killed in a firedamp explosion on 11 Nov 1846 at Sparrows Pit Fenton, (I understand Sparrows Pit was also known as Oldfield Colliery) I can not find any more information on your site just wondering if you could help.                   

Thanks
Irene Beard

The town of Fenton lies in the south of the Potteries, Staffordshire.
John Smith of Golden Hill, Fenton, granted a 22 year lease of mines on Golden Hill and Fieldswood farms in Fenton to Josiah Spode in 1802 and was himself mining in the area in 1818. The pits were evidently in the hands of William Hanbury Sparrow between the late 1820's and mid-1850's.

For more information visit British History Online


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Joy Sharp
2 Oct 2009
Looking For Information. My Dad, James (Jim) Newton, Worked At Underwood Pit

I have just been on your site which I find interesting.  I have come across in the “new” section about a gentleman by the name of Eric Minard, who worked at Ilkeston Miners Rescue, he also mentions a Harry Newton, who is my uncle.  I am wondering if he ever worked at Underwood Colliery (Pye Hill as I believe it was later named). 

My name is Joy Sharp (maiden name Newton).  My dad worked at Underwood and his name was James (Jim) Newton, he lived in Brinsley.  He died January 1963 whilst working his shift.  I would be grateful for any information. 
Thank you for your assistance.   
Joy



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