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Justin Parkes - Farme Colliery, Rutherglen - Rotative Newcomen Engine
Maurice Mishkel - I need information about James Farie who owned the Farme Colliery, Lanark
Nicola Green - Looking for Cotmanhay born and bred Reginald Green, born 1910
Ron Gibson - What mines William Stenson owned around Heanor? My grandfather worked at the Sinope mine and Bug and wink pit
Mr Berbey - Boulogne sur mer, We would like to correspond with former miners
Eric - Looking For Names, Disaster at Bickershaw No 3 pit. 10 Oct 1932
Edith Clark - I Need A List Of Those Who Died In The Minnie Pit Disaster
Sue Medley - Does anyone out there remember my dad? Tom Farnsworth worked on the Mansfield Mines Rescue Station until 1965
Ron Moore - Any Information About Benjamin Moore?
Tania Berry - It Is 1937 But Who Are They?


From: Justin Parkes
Sent:
4 Feb 2010
Subject:
Farme Colliery, Rutherglen - Rotative Newcomen Engine

Hello
Would it be possible for you to put me in touch with Mr Maurice Mishkel of Hamilton, Ontario?

I am currently doing research on the 1810 winding engine from Farme Colliery, which is now preserved at Summerlee Museum, Coatbridge. This is one of only two surviving rotative Newcomen engines in the world and the only one used to raise coal. We are developing an exhibition to mark its bicentenary this year.

Mr Mishkel states in his post that the letters he has give some description of Farme Colliery, so I am very anxious to learn more and, hopefully, obtain scans or transcripts. Anything that will tell us more about the above-ground arrangement and operation of the pit would be very useful.

Many thanks in anticipation of your help,

Justin

Justin Parkes

Industrial History Curator
Museums & Heritage
Learning & Leisure Services
Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life
Heritage Way
Coatbridge ML5 1QD

: 01236 856376 / 01236 856373

Unfortunately Maurice has changed his email address


I need information about James Farie who owned the Farme Colliery, Lanark
Maurice Mishkel
Wed 21/01/2004

I greatly enjoyed your site particularly the photos, but I could find very limited information at this and other sites concerning James Farie who owned the Farme Colliery. I am a postal historian of Victoria State, pre-Federation of Australia. I have access to some 40 Victorian covers and letters sent to James Farie and his wife from 1840-1878.

In the heydays of coal, the family appeared very well off and they had a family home called Baronald House in Lanark from 1790 to the 1930s, but the colliery shut down in 1916. I have 2-line descriptions of the mine (address, manager, workers below and above ground, types of coal) for 1896 and 1908, but have found very little else. The House was converted to a private mental hospital and ultimately to the Cartland Bridge Hotel, which exists till to-day.

During the final conversion the workmen found and threw out a bundle of letters, which were retrieved by a schoolboy and were bought by a colleague of mine in 2003. We are anxious to write up the covers and letters for an Australian Philatelic Journal, but information about James, his family and the colliery are extremely sparse. If you know of any sites, published books or on the internet, pertaining to James and the colliery, we would be greatful. Thank you,

Regards,
Maurice Mishkel, Hamiton Ontario, Canada


Farme Colliery, in Rutherglen Parish, near Dalmarnock Bridge, was famous for its atmospheric condensing steam engine which had been erected in 1809 and wound the cut coal to the surface. The colliery closed in 1916.


Looking for Cotmanhay born and bred Reginald Green, born 1910
Nicola Green
Fri 04/03/2004
hello there,
My dad and I are trying to find out which mine my granddad worked at. His name was Reginald Green, married to Edith Mary and he was born on the 27th March 1910. We'd appreciate any help you could provide. All we know is that he was born and bred Cotmanhay so assume he worked in the Cotmanhay / Ilkeston area pre and post war.
Many thanks


Boulogne sur mer, We would like to correspond with former miners
Mr Berbey
Tue 13/01/2004

My name's Mr Berbey, I'm an English teacher in a secondary school near Boulogne sur mer. I'm working on the history of coal mining in Britain with some of my students and i'd like them to correspond with former miners or people who know former miners in England.

We'd also like to meet some people who know about the history of coal mining or who play in a colliery brass band.
For geographical reasons we're more particularly interested in Betteshanger colliery. Maybe you can help us to organize our plan.

Thank you very much for your help. I wish you a very happy new year.


Looking For Names, Disaster at Bickershaw No 3 pit. 10 Oct 1932
Eric

Mon 12/01/2004

Hello,
Can you help?
Looking for information on the disaster at Bickershaw No 3 pit. 10 Oct 1932. I need the names of casualties, could you point me in the right direction.

MANY THANKS

Eric


I Need A List Of Those Who Died In The Minnie Pit Disaster
Edith Clark
Tue13 January 2004
Hello from Canada,
Do you know where I can find the list of names of the people that died during the horrid disaster of Minnie Pit?

Regards,
Edith Clark

John Lumsdon Replies




Does anyone out there remember my dad?
Tom Farnsworth worked on the Mansfield Mines Rescue Station until 1965

Sue Medley
Tue 16/12/2003

My dad Tom Farnsworth worked on the Mansfield Mines Rescue service from a very young age until he was 45 in 1965. Dad is now 83 years of age and loves talking about his days on the Station. I remember them too?

The alarm bell in the house - ringing loudly at 7am every morning. Knowing that dad was off to a disaster if the bell went off at any other time of day. I also remember mum 'tidying out the drawers' while dad was out on call.

Does anyone out there remember my dad?

He has lots of stories if anyone wants to know.

Sue Medley

Tom Farnsworth passed away on 4th March 2006 aged 85


Any Information About Benjamin Moore?
Ron Moore
Fri 5/12/2003
Hello
Benjamin, my uncle was killed in either Bentinck or Summit colliery
Kirkby in Ashfield sometime between 1939-45. I wonder if you can help me with any details.

My Grandfather Thomas 1869-1929 worked in the Kirkby mines all his life, followed by my father from age 13 in 1916 until around 1917 when he went in to the army. His brothers Thomas b.1891, Benjamin b.1895, John(Jack) b.1897 Albert Jeremiah b.1904, Fred Charles b.1906 and Richard(Dick) b.1914 also worked there all their lives so far as I know.

My father never returned to Kirkby so I am short of information, any you can supply will be appreciated, he got out of the mines at age 17 but his six brothers and all his ancestors were down the Bentinck, Summit, Blidworth or Pinxton pits.

It proved a strange coincidence that I was apprenticed to Austin Hoy & Co. making long wall cutter chains in Buckinghamshire and my first visit underground was at Blidworth, just along the road from where my widowed grandmother lived on a small holding by Moseley Hills.
Look forward to hearing from you.
Ron


Benjamin Moore
46 25/12/1941 08/01/1942 Kirkby Fall of roof Kirkby pit
55, Marlborough Road
         

Kirkby

 

       

10 Nov 2006
Hope this is of help

Cheers Alan Beales
Alan Beales is developing a data base of fatalities in Nottinghamshire Collieries. The data base now lists over 2,500 names from 1800 onwards. On completion he will place it in Nottinghamshire Archives and Local studies.


It Is 1937 But Who Are They?
Tania Berry
Fri 21/11/2003

 

 

Pictured Right - Mr William Storey

William Storey

Hello.
I have attached a photo of the mines rescue team I think from the North Midlands.
The photo comes from a friend of mine (Mrs Enid Molsher) whose father Mr William Storey is pictured last on the top row, she thinks it was taken 1937.

I hope you can open the photo, I have sent it in two different formats, and there are people who can identify the others pictured.

rescue team I think from the North Midlands.

I am sure Enid would love to know who the others are.

Kind Regards
Tania Berry.


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