Hi there and greetings from New Zealand!
My name is Belinda Tate and I am trying to track down the circumstances around Hunstall Colliery, (Unstone) where according to records a forebear of mine died. Unsure of the details and interested to learn more about the working conditions etc. of the mine.
Miners name: EDWARD MARSHALL / DATE OF DEATH 4 JAN 1876 (AT HUNSTALL COLLIERY)/ DOB:30 JUL 1806.
Any local historian/ mining historians that might be able to help would be fantastic.
It seems like it was a substantial mine for its time. I can only imagine the conditions of mines in northern England during this time of industrial boom were very poor. For me the thought of my ancestor having to manage physically demanding work at age 70 is hard to imagine but I imagine it was common.
My sincere thanks
Tauranga, New Zealand
Hundall is a small village in the parish of Unstone, just north of Chesterfield, in Derbyshire. In many lists it doesn't even exist, but is regarded as part of either Unstone or Apperknowle.
Colliery Site Looking to Miners Arms, Hundall
The 1881 census returns, Chesterfield, give the name as 'Hundow' but it is known by many variations of this name.
Hundall Colliery, was operated by the 'Hundall Colliery Co.'
October 8th. 1887
Important Sale on November 1st. Hundall and New Whittington Collieries.
John Turner and Son. have been honoured with the instructions from the Hundall Colliery Co. to prepare for sale the whole of the valuable colliery plant comprising viz: seven winding pumping engines, one six wheel locomotive engine, headstocks etc. two Lancashire and two G.G. end boilers, 4,000 yards of railway rails, 300 pit tubs, wire ropes, contents of blacksmith shop.
Info from Ian Winstanley, unfortunately his site no longer exists but apparently Edward was a Screenman, his job would have been to removed stones, slates, brasses, etc. and take small coal from beneath an iron screen over which the coals, as they came from the hewers, were poured into the waggons or carts. It was while doing this job Edward was killed, he was on the surface, on the tramway when a full tub running down an incline hit him.
So far as I can see, from Ancestry, his wife was Sarah Wilkinson but she died June 1851 age 43. She came from Grantham, Lincolnshire. They married 13 Mar 1833 at Sempringham, Lincolnshire, England and had 8 children.
In 1861 Edward was an agricultural labourer at Bottesford, Leicestershire
There is an entry for Edward in the England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837-1915
Name Edward Marshall
Estimated Birth Year abt 1806
Registration Year 1876
Registration Quarter Jan-Feb-Mar
Age at Death 70
Registration district Chesterfield
Inferred County Derbyshire
See also Bob Bradley's entry