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Memorials - Page 4

Lest We Forget

Hucknall No1 Colliery (Top Pit)

Hucknall No2 Colliery

This statue was commissioned by Ashfield District Council to commemorate the people who worked at the colliery from 1868 until 1986. The statue was created by Graham Ibbeson M.A. (R.C.A.) Sculptor and unveiled on 25 th June 2005 by Chairman of the Council, Councillor Charles Short.

Funded by contributions from Tesco and Nottingham County Council.

PostMiners who died working the collieries are to be remembered thanks to a £10,000 memorial being built in their name.

It is estimated that while they were operational around 1,200 men and boys were killed working in the Hucknall, Linby and surrounding pits while they were operational.

Over the past four years local campaigners whose families died in the collieries have been raising money to build a memorial.

A fundraising pot, filled with contributions from residents, businesses and Ashfield District Council has in that time reached £5,896.

Now, with a funding boost of £4,200 from Nottinghamshire County Council, the project will now go ahead.

The memorial will be built at Station Road, Hucknall, where a commemorative statue, of a miner and his lamp currently stands.

A cheque presentation from the county council will take place tomorrow thursday 2 april 2014 at 9am.

Barrie Lewis, 58, of Kenbrook Road, Hucknall, whose father died while working in Hucknall Colliery, has led the effort to make the project of a reality.

He said: “It’s part of the heritage of Nottinghamshire in general.

“We’ve reached this fork of the road where mining no longer exists but it’s still a huge part of communities like Hucknall.

“I am over the moon that we have reached the stage where we can start talking about getting the ball rolling.”

Barrie explained that based on current artist renditions, the memorial would consist of three obelisks fitted with brass panelling listing as many miners’ names as possible.

He hopes its construction and installation will be complete by late summer.

Ronnie Clurow, 77, Common Lane, Hucknall, worked at the Linby pit from 1952 before taking redundancy in 1987.

He said: “A month before I started there were miners killed. When I was on the face I helped to try and rescue a miner who’d died. It was very traumatic.

“I think the memorial is well worth while. A memorial went up for Bevin Boys there were along with a lot of volunteers who worked there.

“The Bevin Boys did a fine job but we should remember the miners who died down there too.”

The money from the county council was taken from a divisional pot managed by local councillors.

Hucknall councillor Alice Grice said it was imperative that the memories of the mines were preserved.

She said: “It seems that the group have done a lot of fund raising themselves, a lot of work has already gone into it for the heritage of the town.

“I think the statue is great, it’s a great focal point for the town and we have the monuments at the pits but I think it’s important to remember those who lost their lives in the mines.”


Hucknall’s monument honouring fallen pit-workers
has been given a boost of £1,000 from a regional house-builder

The miners’ memorial, which stands on Station Road, has been in place since last year. Now it is to be improved thanks to a donation by Persimmon Homes North Midlands as part of the company’s year-long initiative to support local communities.

Hucknall and Linby Joint History and Heritage Committee received the money for the memorial, which consists of three stone boulders and is dedicated to the men and boys killed while working at the former collieries at Hucknall and Linby.

“The money will go towards erecting an interpretational panel at the site, designed by local schoolchildren,” said committee-member Barrie Lewis, an ex-pitman who campaigned for a suitable memorial for many years.

“It will also pay for school trips to mining museums to further the youngsters’ education on the subject. I believe it’s important for future generations to learn and understand about what life was like in the mines.

It was back in 2010, on the anniversary of my own father’s fatal accident at Hucknall Colliery, that I decided these brave men should be properly remembered.

“The whole community really got behind the idea and, so far, we have been raising money with the help of social evenings, donations from local councillors and support from local businesses. We are extremely thankful for the money donated to us by Persimmon.”

Paul Hurst, managing director of Persimmon Homes North Midlands, said: “We are delighted to donate money to a cause that is so close to people’s hearts. It’s important to remember those who risked their lives while simply trying to provide for their families.”

Brownhills - Staffordshire

Dear Fionn
This is a photo that I took in (Brownhills) near Cannock over the last few days. What a striking memorial it is!!!
I was simply amazed at it’s (grandeur).
I live in Stoke on Trent which is a large city, and we have nothing like this around here.
Brownhills is only a small town if you’re driving through it in a car (blink your eye) and that’s it.
I must admit I do feel ashamed for our Stoke on Trent city council every time I look at it. Cyril James

Mossfield Colliery Disaster 1889

Those who died

Memorial in Longton Cemetery

Pit Terminology - Glossary