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History of Coal and Mining Menu

Coal, Mining and Pit Ponies

Joe Henshaw

Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire Coalfield



Short History of Coal
Three or four hundred million years ago the majority of coal deposits were laid down.


Short History of Mining in the East Midlands
It was during the wood famine of the 16th century that fortunes were made, by 1588 Sir Francis Willoughby was able to finance the building of Wollaton Hall from the wealth created by coal mining.

Doris Una Ball
Coal Mining in the
Eastwood Area

Eastwood is a small town in Nottinghamshire in the UK. Coal has been mined in the area for nearly 700 years. The monks of Beauvale Priory held rights to coal mining and there may have been shallow workings dating back to Roman times.

A Brief History of the Shipley West Reclamation Site

Pit Ponies
What Do You Know About Pit Ponies? Any help would be enormously appreciated;
Former Mine Worker, John Talbot, tells about his life at Manners Colliery, Ilkeston, Around 1890.
Pit Ponies, Mapperley Colliery, and Alfred Shaw The Pits Ponies at Blenkinsop

Nutbrook Colliery Furnace Ventilation Cupola
This method of ventilation was seen as a considerable safety improvement on the underground furnace type, identified by a chimney constructed directly over a shaft.

Doris Ball was born in
Golden Valley in 1926
Her Memories Of
A Coal Mining Community

Burnett & Hallamshire was formed in 1953
- Steven Morrell -

The History And Development Of
The Mines Rescue Service In Britain

Rescue stations pre. 1911
The coal mines act of 1911
Modern rescue stations
Escape apparatus and self rescuers.
The national coal board colliery emergency organisation today
Qualifications of rescue station officers and officials
Training of part-time rescue workers
Specialist activities

Underground Coal Gasification
Mel Kelly

The Butty System
A butty was a man who had come up from the ranks of workmen, saved some money, as his business required capital to provide tools, timber, horses etc. He was a sub-contractor, and an intermediary between master and men.

By John Lumsdon

Bevin Boys

are often known as the "Forgotten Conscripts"
Around 48,000 young men, who would otherwise have been conscripted into the armed forces, were sent underground between 1943 and 1948.

Rescue Teams

The Wollaton Waggonway of 1603/4


I need more information. This site started off as Philip's scrap book but it is now expanding. As is so often the case we did not get enough information from Philip while he was alive. I need more information, stories and pictures so that those interested can find out more about the mining industry in the UK, what it was like to be a miner what it was like to live in a mining family, or as in Philip's case a mines rescue family.