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BiljanaW - Coalmining in wales
Carl Kirkham - Any information on the Brook Hill colliery which was in Pinxton?
Diana Daniels- I wondered if there were any history of Burradon
Joe Sells - Has anyone ever heard of Rutland Colliery?

Mr D.Robinson - Hi am in desperate need of a picture or pictures of the Mossfield Colliery.
Peter Woodward - I am searching for anyone who has any photos of early mining
Peter Woodward - Does anyone know anything about Pit Shafts at Turkey Field Farm, Strelley?

John New - We Need Help With Geological In The Wollaton, Strelley Area.
Roger Wood - Stanley Kilburn Colliery Company
Richard Chapman - We own land in Lower Somercotes with an old pit shaft
Roger Wood - Looking For Information About a Fatal Explosion at Derby Kilburn Colliery Company

Coalmining in wales
Mon 06/10/2003

Have you got any research on coalmining in wales as im studying it

Pit Shafts at Turkey Field Farm, Strelley?
Peter Woodward
Thu 05/12/2002


I am doing research in the Strelley area for the compilation of I hope a book, One of my friends happens to be the farmer of Turkey Field Farm, and has told me of two pit shafts that are on the farm, can you enlighten me any more about these pits in Strelley Nottinghamshire.

Peter Woodward

The 1969 six inch to 1 mile geological map shows two shafts called "Turkey Pits" at grid reference 4990 4240. These are three-quarters of a mile due East of the the former Oakwood Grange Colliery which was once part of the Cossall Colliery complex. The shafts are located just South of "Turkey Farm"; their proximity would suggest an upcast and downcast arrangement, possibly with tandem headgear. Something similar can be seen at Brinsley at the mining monument.

The detail for one of these shafts ( known as "Turkey Field Colliery") is as follows:

Constructed 1848
Datum 330 ft above sea level

Geological sequence:

Down from Lower Middle Coal Measures to Upper Lower Coal Measures, commencing with Fourth Waterloo coal (14 inches) at 79 ft, and passing through numerous other thin seams common to the area before reaching the Deep Soft (42 inches) at 366 ft, and base of the the Deep Hard (46 inches) at 416 ft (shaft bottom). Extraction often commenced on Deep Soft and Deep Hard coals during this period throughout the region.

The amount of ground disturbance around the pit suggests it was more active/long-lived than many of the other small pits scattered around the immediate area.

I have no date for closure, or who sank it.

Joe Henshaw.

We Need Help With Geological In The Wollaton, Strelley Area.
John New
Fri 21 Nov 2003

In conjunction with others I am researching the early mining history of the Wollaton, Strelley, Bramcote and Trowell area together with its associated transport links. (We are in 400th anniversary year of the Wollaton waggonway) One stumbling block for moving some aspects of this forward is trying to trace some specific altitude levels information for the geological strata and the coal seam depths in the area. I have seen the information you have on your site regarding depths at the Turkey Fields Colliery at Cossall.
Could you or a reader point us in the right direction for finding either an existing, published and available, cross section of the coal seam depths around Nottingham and thicknesses, or just those for the Wollaton Colliery and possibly the nearer of the neighbouring ones in the area too.

John New
Webmaster - Stephenson Locomotive Society (SLS)
Founded in 1909, the premier society for the study of railways and locomotion.

Looking For Information About a Fatal Explosion at Derby Kilburn Colliery Company.
Roger Wood
Tue 28 Jan 2003

Hi Fionn
Doing my research into the Derby Kilburn Colliery Company, Stanley Derbyshire. I have been informed that there was an explosion at the pit in which a Mr. Burton died at the Top drift. I have been unable to confirm this and find any dates when the explosion occurred. The mine remained open from 1890 - 1919. Could you please advise if there is likely to be any mines rescue records available for this accident.
Roger Wood, ( West Hallam, Derbyshire)

I am searching for anyone who has any photos of early mining from bell pits to trains
Peter Woodward
Mon 3 Feb 2003

Hi Fionn
Could you please put this on your site,
I am searching for anyone who has any photos of early mining, from Bell Pits to Drift and on to Today, Also very early carriages (carrylagges) horse drawn or train.

Many thanks
Peter Woodward Researching Woodward,Bostock,Annable Barnett Smith, Blant, Langham Strelley and Edge Also the Village of Strelley ARCHIVE CD BOOKS - old books for genealogists reproduced on CD
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I use CDBooks for my research

I am searching for anyone who has any photos of early mining from bell pits to trains
Carl Kirkham
Mon 10 Feb 2003

Have you got any information on the Brook Hill colliery which was in Pinxton, do you know any one who has photos or even a aerial photo thanks very much Cal Humber.

Joe Sells
Has Anyone Ever Heard of Rutland Colliery?
Thu 18 September 2003

Has anyone ever heard of Rutland Colliery. On an 1887 Ordnance survey map it's shown very close to what is now the Shipley View Estate, close to the Nutbrook Colliery.
Please help,
Joe Sells.

Joe Henshaw replies

We own land in Lower Somercotes with an old pit shaft
Richard Chapman
Fri 28/03/2003

We own land in Lower Somercotes there is an old pit shaft and we would like to find out about its history and hopfully some pictures.
The pit is on land surrounding Riddings House which was owned by the Oakes.
Hope you may be able to point me in the way to go.
Richard Chapman

Is there any history of Burradon Colliery out there?
Diana Daniels
Tue 26/11/2002

I am from
Burradon and now live in Cumbria, I grow up in the mining village, my Dad Grandad and uncle all worked at wheetslade and Burradon collierys.
I wondered if there were any history of Burradon at all? I have one photo of burradon pit in a frame I have had for so long. The one I have sent you a friend of mine said it was Burradon, Im not to sure can you tell??
The pictures of the schools and churches are beautiful, it is a delight to see them all on line, if my Dad (Ernie Lynch) was still alive he would be gob smacked. My mum is still alive and lives in Means Drive.

My grandad he is something else (Bob Wilkinson) worked down the mine all his life, he used to grow leeks and show them in Burradon club,and remember the long gardens which was full of vegatables and floweres, when I think about it all I have a tear in my eye,I would gladly do it all again, and my Grandad died at an early age oh 64,as all the men worked hard then,it's such a Nana and Grandad lived in Annisford ter, and we lived in Office Row,what a joy it was them days playing all over and not a single worry.
I would love to see more history about Burradon and it's people.
Well it was a pleasure reminising about old times, I could write a book.
The website is a joy and I will keep looking.
Regards Diana ( nee Lynch)

Re. Messages by Diana Daniels about Burradon Colliery....

I also grew up in Burradon in the 50s/60s. I think the print is of Burradon and I reckon it's one of the drawings from the 'Illustrated London News' reporting on the disaster of 1860 which killed 76 men and boys. My great great grandfather, John Waugh, was one of the survivors and he later emigrated to Alabama, USA where he and his family settled.

My great aunt, Alice White, lived in Office Row until her death in early 60s and I remember around 20 of us being caned at Burradon school for jumping along the outside toilets from one end of Office Row to the other. No playstations in those days!

I don't know about any history books about Burradon but there is a booklet about the 1860 explosion which is quite good. It was written by A. G. Fryer I think and you can get it from Northumberland Family History Society (NDFHS.)


John Robinson

From: Alan Fryer
Sent: 18 May 2004
Subject: Re: Messages by Diana Daniels and John Robinson regarding Burradon

There were indeed books written on the history of Burradon and the mining disaster which happened in 1860. I am the author. They are 'Burradon and Camperdown: A Community study [1994]' and 'The Burradon Mining Disaster 1860: A Detailed Account [1995].' Both are now unfortunately out of print. I do however intend creating a website on the subject of these books very soon. However for anyone that needs the text from these books, I would be willing to e mail to them.

Alan Fryer.

Stanley Kilburn Colliery Company
Roger Wood
Sat 23/11/2002

I am researching the Stanley Kilburn Colliery Company and the associated endless cable Tramway from Stanley Hill Top to Chaddesden Derby. Could you please tell me if you know of any photographs that have been found of the colliery or tramway system.
Roger Wood

Reply from Roger Dilks

From: Jerry
Sent: 22 April 2007
Subject: Derby Kilburn Colliery - Stanley to Chaddesden Tramway

An article by Peter Cholerton on the aforementioned tramway appears on p82 of Derbyshire Miscellany Vol15, Spring 1999. It may still be available from the Derbys Archaeological Society. Try Mr T.J.Larimore, 43 Reginald Road South, Chaddesden, Derby, DE21 6NG.


Mossfield Colliery
Mr D.Robinson

Hi I am in desperate need of a picture or pictures of the Mossfield Colliery. I am a history teacher at school and I need some information and pictures of this colliery. If you have any I would very much appreciated it, thank you very much.

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