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A Comprehensive History Of Mining In The Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire And Leicestershire Coalfields - Page 10

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Pamella Clapham - My Great Uncle, Arnold Crooks, Lived In Eastwood, Near Brinsley. The 1911 Census Says He Was A Colliery Worker (Above Ground)
Paul Wilkinson - Bob Braley From Paul Wilkinson, Ex Silverhill, Sutton and Teversal Surveyor
Karen Linke - My Grandfather, Lanczak, Was Working In A Coalmine Around 1949 And Living At The Alfreton Miner’s Hostel
Peter Culpin - Looking For Info - Mining In Alfreton, Particularly Opencast Mining And How They Hired And Fired Irish Navvies
Trish Knighton - My Dad, Peter George Jackson, Of Droversdale Road, Bircotes, At 42 Years Old, Had A Heart Attack Down Harworth Pit
Russ Hamer - Colliery Memorial Group, We Need Plans For The Surface Buildings, Specifically The Koepe Towers


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Pamella Clapham
27 Oct 2014
Looking for help - My Great Uncle Arnold Crooks Lived In Eastwood, Near Brinsley. The 1911 Census Says He Was A Colliery Worker (Above Ground).

Hello
My name is Pam Clapham, I have been looking into my family tree and I have discovered that I had a great uncle Arnold Crooks, who was aged 31 in 1911. The census says he was a colliery labourer (above ground) and was staying with his grandmother, Mary Parkin Kirkland, a widow aged 70.  She was a shop keeper (Grocer).  Arnold had two children William aged 3 and Sam Thomas aged 2.

You know a lot about mines in this area could you tell me if there are ways of looking at records to find some information about what he did or where he worked.

I will look forward to hearing from you.

Regards Pam
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Paul Wilkinson
2 Oct 2014
Bob Bradley

Hi Bob, hope you are well, this is from Paul Wilkinson, ex Silverhill, Sutton and Teversal surveyor, you will no doubt remember our mutual friend Fred Hickton, though I don't live on Wild Hill any more, so only see him occasionally. 

I thought I would let you know that I find your website very interesting and useful.  You may not know that when the pits were closed in 1993 myself and a couple of others set up a surveying company and we are still going today surveying a wide range things including quarries, landfill sites, highways, large housing development sites etc. We still also survey old pit sites as we are contracted to the Coal Authority and I also position boreholes for them into old workings to monitor mine water levels.  This involves studying the mine plans to check connectivity between mines and is often in areas far away from the Notts mines I trained in.  These mine plans particularly the old ones sometimes have terms that I am not familiar with and can be difficult to deduce, but your glossary often has the answer.  I also prepare coal mining risk assessments that are now required to accompany some planning applications and again I find your website very useful for background history.  So I would like to say thanks for your hard work it is very useful.

Regards
Paul Wilkinson


I remember you Paul as a lad but probably would not recognise you now of course.

It is many years since Fred Hickton contacted me to ask about finding you a job as an apprentice surveyor. I know that like myself you enjoyed surveying work and still do hopefully.

Of course whilst I was Surveyor at Ollerton from 1971 I lost track of a lot of things and people at The Teversal Group.  It was only when I was promoted to Area HQ in 1986 that I picked things up again. I know you were at Silverhill but didn't realise you had been at Sutton and Teversal.  Let me know the dates and the info can be added in.

From your remarks I feel that my work has helped you in some way and if so I am very pleased.

You will note that input is only up to start of 1987 and that only covers 66 per cent of my work so there is a lot for Fionn to input yet. I have been inserting sub headings to make it easier to relate to a subject etc.

Teversal 1980 is included but Silverhill 1993 and Sutton 1989 details are yet to come as you will no doubt have realised that most of the major information about the pit is when it closes. However if you have noticed any errors or wrong or missing information please advise me and it can be amended. I have hundreds, no thousands of photos, and many are included but my idea is to insert at least one or two on each page where there is some relevance.

Do feel free to ask any question of me regarding old plans etc as you probably realise I have been dealing with them for over 60 years, in fact since 1953.... A long time. Remember no question is a daft question.  If you don't know, then you don't know.

Sincerely
Bob


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Karen Linke
28 Sep 2014
My Grandfather, Lanczak, Was Working In A Coalmine Around 1949 And Living At The Alfreton Miner’s Hostel
Alfreton Miner's Hostel
Alfreton Miner's Hostel, Nottingham Road

Hello, I am at the moment in Nottingham but just for one week.

I am searching for my grandfather, who was working in a coalmine. The only information I have is the Alfreton Miner’s Hostel, his name, Lanczak, and a date from a postcard 1949.

He was about 25 at this time but I don’t have an exact date.

Best Greetings
Karen Linke



The hostel was in Nottingham Road and designed for 200 men

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Peter Culpin
27 Sep 2014
Looking For Info - Mining In Alfreton, Particularly Opencast Mining And How They Hired And Fired Irish Navvies

Dear Mr Taylor

I am doing genealogy research on my father who I think was involved in the opencast mining industry in 1945-48 in Alfreton.
We think he was Irish.

My adopted father was a miner - I think a Bevin Boy - first at Williamthorpe Colliery and then at Arkwright.

If you know of anyone who has any knowledge of mining in Alfreton, particularly opencast mining and how they hired and fires Irish Navvies I would be grateful if you could let me know or put me in touch.

I have been registered with ancestry.co.uk and genes reunited for some time and have put together quite a family history.

My mother met my father in Alfreton, and we believe he was Irish. He was in contact with a man called James Dee who I have found on ancestry.

I have been looking through newspapers to see if there are any references to opencast mining and the influx of Irish Navvies but have found nothing.

My father, we think, acted as some kind of go-between, finding men to work for James Dee. The film ‘My Left Foot’ shows a process like this in Ireland and the go-between’s took a back hander for finding workers and were not well thought of by the men since they could not get a job without going through the go-between.

Almost akin to the butty system in the pits before nationalisation.

With best wishes

Peter A Culpin BSc MA VetMB MRCVS


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Trish Knighton
23 Sep 2014
My Dad, Peter George Jackson, Of Droversdale Road, Bircotes, At 42 Years Old, Had A Heart Attack Down Harworth Pit

Hi I’m just looking on the list of those that lost their lives down Harworth Pit, I’m not sure if he could be added but my dad, Peter George Jackson, at 42 years old, had a heart attack down the pit on 11 Jan 1991 and died.
 
Kind regards

Patricia Knighton

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Russ Hamer
27 Aug 2014
Colliery Memorial Group, We Need Plans For The Surface Buildings, Specifically The Koepe Towers

Hi, I am one of the steering group of Cotgrave Colliery Memorial Group. We intend, with various partners including Barratts and the Miners Welfare, to produce a substantial and lasting memorial for the mine and its workers in the country park near to the original pit head which is in the process of being redeveloped for housing. The present intention is for a permanent and imposing memorial structure, an heritage trail with information plaques and associated website. The project is important for Cotgrave as the mine was entirely responsible for a tenfold increase in its population and a lasting mining heritage. We would like to gather as much accurate information about the entire operational history of the mine to make available through the memorial, trail and website. I'm hoping this is something you would be interested in and might like to provide input into the scheme.

I have already visited the Coal Authority in Mansfield and know they can provide us with maps, plans, photographs and other records. One of the items I have not been able to find there, as yet, are plans for the surface buildings, specifically the Koepe towers. We would like to be able to produce an accurate model of these buildings and scale is very important. I wondered if you had any thought as to where I might obtain these?

I hope I have spiked your interest and look forward to hearing from you.

Regards,

Russ Hamer

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