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Chatterley Whitfield Colliery - Emails
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Twenty-one persons were killed and several injured by an explosion - 7th Feb 1881

Trevor Gidman Where is "Colaknuckle"; "Cadknockles"; OR "Caldknockles", Northumberland?
Sam - Any Information, Thomas Mountford Killed Chatterley Mine 1919
Paul Bergh - Looking for Stephen Offer - Cheadle, Stoke on Trent
Roy Gasken Looking for a list of the victims of the Chatterley Whitfield 1881 Disaster
Kaye Thompson Trying to find out more about Edward Thompson who was in the hotseat for the mine accident at Chatterley Whitfield 1881
Trevor Gidman Looking for information about William Gidman, died in Chatterley Whitfield Explosion 1881
Amanda Beech My Granddad Horace Wilshaw worked at Chatterley Whitfield mine in 1950


Photograph Chatterley Whitfield Bevin Boys Reunion 1990, 1991, 1992.
Chatterley Whitfield - Rescue Team C.1905


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Kaye Thompson
26 April 2006
Trying to find out more about Edward Thompson who was in the hotseat for the mine accident at Chatterley Whitfield 1881

I am a down the track descendant of Edward Thompson who was in the hotseat for the mine accident in 1881, I have got a copy of the reports of the court case but I am trying to find out more about his family and the personal side of his life, I was wondering if you could help me at all, it seems this accident may have changed their whole lives and could be the reason they came to Australia. I am doing some family research.

If you can help would appreciate it. The family would have been known in the district no doubt for bad rather than good. The family ended up in coal mining in a town called Collie in Western Australia.

Thanks
Kaye Thompson


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Trevor Gidman
16 March 2004
Looking for information about William Gidman, died in Chatterley Whitfield Explosion 1881

Hello,
I read with interest the description of the Chatterley Whitfield explosion 1881 in which one of the victims was William GIDMAN; I understand he died in or as a result of the explosion but I know no more than that. I have mentioned him on the last page of my site (www.tgidman.co.uk) so far but I should like to add more if possible. I should like to know how old William was because I have two possibilities on my database and I therefore do not know who his parents were. Is there any chance of you having access to such a record, or of knowing a man who does [or woman]? I cannot find any death registration for him - do you happen to know why this should be or when it was, if I have missed it. If his body was not recovered presumably there would be a long delay but I have gone up to 1901 without success. Perhaps the poor beggars were just "forgotten" in official records. The manager must have been devastated by the loss of his son and then to have a verdict of manslaughter against him would finish him off I should think.
I believe William Thomas Gidman was the son of Joseph, an iron puddler, and Mercy who lived in Norton in the Moors in 1881. Most unusually, for a Gidman, he was born in Kent, no doubt because his mother was born in Chatham although Joseph was Cheshire born. His younger siblings were born in Chell Heath.
Regards,
Trevor
Gidman One-name study web
also Miners Hi Trevor
I have just had an email from John.Lumsdon
He does not mind you using information from his article and he says William Gidman was 19 years of age.


Hello Fionn,
Since writing to you about William Gidman who died in Chatterley Whitfield in 1881 I have discovered, through Ian Winstanley, three other fatalities in 1904 and 1941.
I have had to change the name of the page “William Thomas” to “Miners”.



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Trevor Gidman
08 October 2007
Where is "Colaknuckle"; "Cadknockles"; OR "Caldknockles", Durham or Northumberland?

My neighbour's ancestors by the name of GREENER were miners in the Seghill, Seaton Delaval area of Northumberland.

One living there says on the 1851 to 1881 censuses that his birthplace was Durham county and on the respective pages it looks like :

"Colaknuckle"; Rochester; "Cadknockles"; "Caldknockles".

I have found a Rochester but it is in Northumberland and I cannot see anything resembling the other place in either county. Perhaps you have a contact in the area who would be able to hear it as it might have been said who could throw some light on it?

My neighbour has no idea; his father came down south in the thirties as a youth to get employment.

Regards
Trevor

My Gidman one-name study web site is www.tgidman.co.uk


08 February 2009
My patience has been rewarded - Tricia Turner could only have found that query on your site and she has almost certainly identified it as Coldknuckle just south of Sherburn near Durham -see http://www.geocities.com/waggonways/nz/30/nz3045.html


From:          Trevor Gidman
Sent:            27 July 2013 20:51
Subject:      Contact!

Hello Fionn,
In 2007 you had a query about a place called Colaknuckle or similar in Durham where a family called Greener lived. 
On 8th Feb 2009 you had a reply from Tricia Turner, see above.

My neighbour then was and now is a Tony Greener; I had been looking at his family history.
I passed on what I had found and thought that was the end of the matter.

Today 27 July 2013 Tony had a gathering of Greener people. Amongst his guests was Tricia, living in Norfolk, and he invited me around to meet her.  It would seem your site was vital for Tony to find out where he came from.

Thank you.
Regards,
Trevor


My Gidman one-name study web site is www.tgidman.co.uk


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Amanda Beech
30 October 2005
My Granddad Horace Wilshaw worked at Chatterley Whitfield mine in 1950

My Granddad Horace Wilshaw worked at Chatterley Whitfield mine in 1950. I want to find anyone who worked with him or has any information about him.

Amanda


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Roy Gasken
8 December 2006
Do you have a list of the victims?

Dear Fionn


I wonder if you might have a list of the victims of the 1881 Chatterley Whitfield mine disaster.

Kindest Regards
Roy


Those Who Died
John Lumsdon

 


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Paul Bergh
16 February 2007
Looking for Stephen Offer - Cheadle, Stoke on Trent

Please do you have any information about my Great Grandfather, Stephen Offer, of the house The Elms, Cheadle Stoke-on-Trent He mined in the area and built a tunnel, I believe for a railway.

Many thanks indeed
Paul Bergh

Auckland
New Zealand


John Lumsdon Replies


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Sam
28 June 2007
Any Information, Thomas Mountford Killed Chatterley Mine 1919

Hi
I was wondering if you knew about a mining accident at the above mine that killed a Thomas Mountford in 1919? or where I could find some information from.

Regards
Sam


Information at:- http://www.healeyhero.co.uk/rescue/pictures/reminise/whitfield3B.htm#Thomas
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