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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.

The 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 fromits 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.

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

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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