14 Nov 2015
Eastwood and district coal mines
I've just been reading your superb website concerning local coal mines.
I live in Eastwood and am currently writing a book of Eastwood, times past and present.
I would like to refer to your history of mining and particularly the verse about Billy Hall's Pit.
See also Eastwood Vol 2
Note: I am retired and my pen-name is Harry Riley
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Transcribed by Barbara Cast these are the memoirs of a Nottingham childhood, of life as a young miner and of the privations and horrors of The Great War.
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Wilfred Owen "Miners" - A poem he wrote in direct response to the Minnie Pit Disaster in which 156 miners died
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From: Geoff Green
Sent: 16 Feb 2014
Subject In Coal Blood
Hi Alan, Hi Fionn,
As an ex-Ilkestonian, mine worker, mine undermanager and then HM Principal Inspector of Mines, I am of course fascinated by your web site. I was born in Cotmanhay, Ilkeston in 1945 and was first trained at the Shipley Training Centre starting there in 1962. I went on to be a ‘ganger’ at Moorgreen Colliery, Eastwood, went off to Nottingham University from 1965 to 1969 and was later colliery undermanager at Linby Colliery, Hucknall from 1973 to 1977 after which I joined HM Inspectorate of Mines. I retired from HMI in 1997 at the age of 51 and later went on to become a national and international health and safety consultant. I now live in a village near Chester. My father worked at Cossall colliery and both my grand-fathers were miners.
You might be interested to know that I have written my first novel called ‘In Coal Blood’, it is of the adult, murder mystery, fiction genre. It was released on Feb 3rd 2014 and can be obtained from www.troubador.co.uk or from any book shop or via Amazon Books, including Kindle Edition. It is available as a paperback or an e-book. It is set in and around Ilkeston, Cossall, Strelley and Kimberley.