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Albert Edward Inskip - Pony Hoof Inkwell - Colliery Explosion Ford Green 24th February 1912
David Parkin - Looking For A Linby Colliery Miner's Lamp
Robert Adams - Any Information about the General Rescue Regulations 1928?
Barry Sumnall - Service Medals, who should I contact for insurance valuation?
Jim Steele - 1960s - I remember cycling to see a lone, small steam engine Mapperley village

From: Albert Edward Inskip
Sent: 15 April 2009
Subject: Pony Hoof Inkwell - Colliery Explosion Ford Green 24th February 1912

I have in my possession a pony's hoof that has been made into an inkwell it has a copper shoe and is capped by copper.

Around the side it reads colliery explosion Ford Green 24th February 1912. of course Ford green became Norton Colliery.

My father was Forman blacksmith at Ford Green until he left in 1936 to be Forman blacksmith at Bestwood Colliery.

My father died in 1952 age 52 and I was always told he made this shoe.

I was fourteen years old when he died.

What I cannot understand is that my father would only be 12 years old when the explosion happened.

I have since been told that a hostler at the pit had four made from his favourite pony.

I would be very grateful if you could let me have any information you might have as regards these inkwells.

I am now 71 years old and still go back to the potteries to visit friends. My grandfather (miner) and my grandmother are buried in Smallthorne church.

I have read your article "In memory of Philip Healey" before.

Kind regards

Albert Edward Inskip

All I can suggest, apart from eBay is the National Mining Memorabilia Association


From: David Parkin
Sent: 8 December 2008
Subject: Looking For A Linby Colliery Miner's Lamp

I don't know whether you can help.

My wife's father (Bill Whyley) worked in Linby Colliery for many years. Linda would like a miner's lamp from this colliery as a memento of his life and work.Any suggestions where I might find one for her?

All the best

All I can suggest, apart from eBay is the National Mining Memorabilia Association


From: Robert Adams
Sent: 6 December 2008
Subject: Any Information about the General Rescue Regulations 1928?

Can you please help me- Do you happen to have part of a copy of the "General Rescue Regulations” of 10th Dec. 1928. 5th Schedule, clause 2-prescribing the Immersion Test.

And clause 3- implementing the Immersion Test.This was a test for breathing apparatus.Trying to find out how the test was done- what facilities were required to do the test?For mining teams - where would the sets of breathing apparatus be kept? - in the local rescue centre to be collected when needed, or by the rescuers themselves? This is pertaining to the Gresford Disaster 1934. Any help would be gratefully appreciated.

Thanks Robert Adams (grandson of the captain)

All I have is that the Fourth Schedule to the General Regulations (Rescue) 1928 required each Central Rescue Station to maintain 4 sets, and each colliery employing 100 or more persons underground one set, of tube breathing apparatus. The eighth Schedule to the regulations required the official calling assistance in case of emergency to requisition the "smoke helmet" or other apparatus serving the same purpose..


From: Barry Sumnall
Sent: 3 December 2008
Subject: Service Medals, who should I contact for insurance valuation?

I have my late dad's N.C.B. Mines Rescue Medals. 5-10-15 years service. Who should I contact for insurance valuation?

Barry Sumnall

Hi Barry I think you need to contact the National Mining Memorabilia Association. Hopefully they will have more information.


From: Jim Steele
Sent: 22 October 2008
Subject: 1960s - I remember cycling to see a lone, small steam engine Mapperley village

I wonder if you can help me. Found your interesting web site on mines in the Derbyshire area.

I come from Hardy Barn, Shipley but have lived away from the area since the mid-1970's.

In the 1960's I remember cycling to see a lone, small steam engine still working in a yard that I think was to do with coal. We used to cycle through Shipley (Woodside pit area), past the southern end of Shipley Lake, then South not far from the Nutbrook then roughly West up a small road that ended up in Mapperley village - along this small road we would turn roughly South and reach the area that way.

I think it may have been somewhere around Head House Farm or slightly further South near 'The Brook' around SK443424 (on modern map I can see remnants of a railway line that may have served the area in question).

Do you have any idea what mine (if it was a mine) this was? Any historical information etc?

We used to call it 'Manners' rightly or wrongly!

Much appreciated.
Best regards
Jim Steele

From: Joe Henshaw
Sent: 24 October 2008
Subject: Re: Re Steam Engine, Mapperley Area

Many people from Ilkeston describe the area in (Jim Steele's) question as "Manner" or "over Manner" - a huge expanse of former collieries,railways,allotments, industry,canals,agriculture,ponds,streams,tips. Most is now gone, and opencast swept most of it, including our local cultural landscape,history, away.

I believe, from his references and timings, that he must be referring to a shunting engine (or engines) operating at the former West Hallam opencast coal disposal point. This operated intermittently from WWII until 1986, with a major upsurge in the early 70's, particularly to handle coal from the various Shipley and the Whitehouse (Mapperley) opencast sites.The area had been a strategic stockpile of coal for decades.Details of the engines (and photographs/history) having worked what was locally known as the "coal screens" can be found in Mark Higginson's publication "The Friargate Line" - ISBN 9513834 0 X 8.The screens, infrastructure, stocking and waste-tipping grounds were developed on the site of the former West Hallam Colliery Co's pits and Whitehouse's ironworks close to the Mapperley Brook hamlet. The last West Hallam pit shut in the 1930s due to repeated flooding - the pit blamed the Nutbrook Canal Co for leakage., and the canal co. blamed the pit for subsidence causing the leakage. There are numerous remains to the informed eye, which is quite unique in this area - between High Lane East and the Nutbrook. Had my friends UK Coal gained permission for the Shipley West opencast site, this would have all gone too. Cultural hertage apart, through natural regeneration, it has become one of the most significant wildlife sites within the county (maybe the country) for butterflies.Roger Wood is a good source of information for this area in particular.


See also Looking For Detailed Plans Or Photos Of The Old Mapperley Coal Screens Site

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