Hello, I wonder if you could have a look at the attached photo.
My Great grandfather is second from the left - he was colliery Banksman at Racecourse/Boothen Colliery, Hanley, Stoke on Trent 1880/1890's
Could you point me in any direction to find out about various things such as
a) what was the occasion
b) would the two names on the cart's be the names of the "foreman" of each gang of workers,
c) would there be any records anywhere about this colliery. You may use the photograph on your site if it is of use to you.
Thank you and kind regards....Kath Johnson
Regarding the Kath Johnson's photo;
This is my assumption, I think the occasion was a record amount of coal in the tubs eg 19 cwt. plus and 18 cwt. plus.
Because these tubs hold about 10 cwt normally. of small coal. These tubs have been packed with large solid lumps well above the top of the tub, giving more weight.
b) Men working in teams ie stall and pillar work are in twos and threes, but up to twelve's and sixteen's on longwall faces. One would be nominated as team leader, hence their names tub's produce..
c) A man called Frank Moran has written a book called Shelton Collieries so the Racecourse pit details should be in there , I think it costs £10. Before you consider buying it, ask him for the details you want. His E-mail address is;