I was born in Mapplewell near Barnsley, in South Yorkshire, and after my army service settled in Portsmouth.
I recently visited the Coal Mine Museum with my grandchildren who were fascinated about ponies working down the mines.
I wonder if anyone has any photographs of the ponies, Captain, Monarch, Rusty, Sweep, Boxer and Bowler but to name the few.
Sent: 26 September 2008
Thank you for your most welcome prompt response to my e-mail.
Another e-mail to you is from Nicholas Cole for a similar request, this could be the granddaughter of one of the pony men at the North, Mr Jagger Lloyd.
If per chance this is so, then the other lads were, Ciss and Dave Booth, and Hubert Turner.
In those by gone days the odd camera was but few and far between, but I do recall two old lads that did, at that time, take photographs of our local Hamlet.
Donald Ottley and Jack Norkliff are the two lads that had old Brownie Box Cameras, and did take photos of, Days of Yesteryear.
Since my last e-mail I have located one of the old Locos once used at the North Gawber Coal Mine, the Monckton No1, now restored and in use.
Sad to say but at this time several, (money grabbers), are putting copy rights to our local coal mine snap shots.
From: Hayden Bretton
Sent: 5 Mar 2014
Subject At Last I Have Located Pit Pony Photos Of North Gawber Colliery, near Barnsley, in South Yorkshire.
Hi, at last I have located pit pony photos of North Gawber Colliery I have searched for quite a number of years, please fine pictures of Captain, Rusty and Muffin, pony men Ciss Booth, Dave Booth, Jagger Lloyd and Hubert Turner.