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Pinxton Colliery

Richard Bartrop
06 November 2006
What Are They Doing At Pinxton Colliery 1902?

Hi Fionn,

I am seeking information on the attached photo said to be taken at "No 1 Pit Pinxton Colliery 1902", see below.

I wrote up some detail from the photo sent to me by Uncle Jeff and A Joan.

This is my commentary on the photo taken in 1902 at Pinxton - close to Huthwaite M1 Jnc 28 + a contemporary account of what happened when the Pinxton pit first opened in 1819:

'On 13 April 1819 in Mansfield, church bells began ringing early, people flocked in from villages up to eight miles away and the first rail-borne coal from Pinxton colliery trundled into Mansfield at 9 am. Ten more arrived during the afternoon amid hearty celebrations and a good band of music from Sutton in Ashfield long provided for the occasion. Much ale and good beef was consumed at inns throughout the town and a pile of coal was ceremoniously set on fire in the market place where it burned away all night. The Mansfield and Pinxton Railway was in business.'

This is a marvellous industrial archaeological photo!

GeorgeThe three Goddards are those standing by the boilers - My grandfather Joe Hall Goddard is standing next to the first boiler, then his father George and then Joe's brother William with a spanner in his hand.

This is a marvellous industrial archaeological photo!

The wagons are delivering coal to the 'hoppers' on the left of the photo, the coal released from the bottom of the wagon, filling and being delivered by gravity to the firemen each to his own boiler.

Normally the colliery would burn coal from its own mine, but the wagons may have brought this in for this test?

There are 6 Lancashire type boilers, and they would be used to provide steam to the colliery winding engine(s). The main steam delivery pipe is the one with the man sitting on it.

The fact there is no roof on the site would indicate that these are "on trial" - rather than being scrapped, as the brickwork looks new?

The circular plates above each boiler are weights for the safety valves, and the pipe curving down the front of each boiler is the water feed to replenish the boilers.

William appears to have a spanner in his hand - is that a pile of tools on the floor behind him? 

I will see what else I can find out, as in approx. 1910, Pinxton (there were 3 mines - No1, 2 & 3) became secondary to Brookhill Colliery, which went much deeper.

Can anyone shed light on what was happening, and what kind of steam winders were they providing steam to drive?

Best wishes
Richard Bartrop



The Goddard's at Pinxton this time on the completion of the Number Three Shaft

The youthful Joe Hall Goddard makes up the front row and the next row starting on the right should be his brother William Vardy Goddard although Joan says it does not look like him However the unmistakable figure of their father George Hall Goddard is next.



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