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Stephen Sullivan - Worksop Library - Harworth Colliery Amendments
Stephen Sullivan - Worksop Library - Manton Accident - Thomas Perkins Not in Database
Vicki Thomas - Edwin Douglas Tilley, Miner 1902, Thorpe Hesley, near Rotherham, South Yorkshire
Lesley Jones - Charles Greasley Died 1890, aged 47, whilst mining in the Mitchell Main Colliery
Lynn Donnell - Fatalities in the Coal Field - Goldthorpe Pit South Yorkshire

In Memory Stephen Sullivan - Worksop Library
21 Apr 2017
Harworth Colliery Amendments

I have been working on finding articles about the inquests in the Worksop Guardian (sometimes the Retford Times) and have come across a few differences and additions so far.

Addition: Percy Walker aged 17 of Stone near Maltby was run over by tubs on 10th March 1927. I can only find a report from Yorkshire Evening Post on 10th March 1927 (On the British Newspaper Archive).

Addition:  James Mosley aged 17 of Park House, Bawtry Road, Bircotes was run over by tubs on 13th March 1928. Inquest was at Harworth Colliery Office on 15th March 1928.

Difference: Ernest Fisher was Edward (There were no Ernest Fisher died at that time of the year).

Difference:  George Edward Grayson’s accident must have occurred late February or early March 1932 (Not April), as the inquest took place on 3rd March 1932 according to the Nottingham Journal of 4th March 1932.  There is no sign of a report in the Worksop Guardian for this one.

Addition:  According to the Leeds Mercury dated 7th April 1932 on the British Newspaper Archive, a Thomas Grayson aged 40 of Church Road, Bircotes died at Doncaster Royal Infirmary of injuries received at Harworth Colliery. There is no sign of a report for this in the Worksop Guardian. Also, there is no sign of a Thomas dying locally that year, but there is a Harold Johnson Grayson of the right age that died at the correct time of year. I only found “Thomas” when trying to find George.

Difference: John Edward Martin was named as Joseph Herbert Martin in the Worksop Guardian. I also checked death records to confirm this.

Difference: Alan Ball -  Crushed by a minecar 7th February 1991. The inquest took place at Worksop 18th July 1991


InspireStephen Sullivan
Library Service Adviser
Worksop Library

See also Bob Bradley, History of Mining

In Memory TomStephen Sullivan - Worksop Library
29 Nov 2016
Manton Accident - Thomas Perkins Not in Database


While searching for something completely unrelated, I came across the following Manton accident and death that doesn’t appear in the database.

Thomas Perkins, aged 58, of 20 Sandy Lane, Worksop was crushed in a roof fall on 10th January 1933, the inquest report appearing in the Worksop Guardian dated Friday 20th January 1933.


InspireStephen Sullivan
Library Service Adviser
Worksop Library


Worksop Miners Death in Hospital.

PaperHOW- a fall of stone crushed a miner at Manton Colliery on January 10th, and how the man subsequently died in the Worksop Victoria Hospital was described at an inquest, which the District Coroner, Mr. Eliot G. Warburton, conducted at the Worksop Police Station on Monday afternoon.

The inquest had reference to the death on Friday of Thomas Perkins, miner, aged 58, of 20, Sandy Lane, Worksop, who had worked at the Colliery since the pit was sunk.

Mr. J. Pickering, H.M. Inspector of Mines, Mr. J. Rutter (representing the manager and agent of the Colliery, Ald. F. S. W. Dobbs), and Mr. R. Burlington (representing the York­shire Miners’ Association), were present, Mr. H Makin was the foreman of the jury, and Inspector J. Pickering represented the Police.

Evidence of Identification was given by Annie Pearson (wife of John Harold Pearson), daugh­ter of deceased, with whom she lived. Wit­ness added that she was present when deceased died in the Hospital on Friday night. He had not complained of illness before going to work on the morning of the accident.

Harry Booth, stallman, 25, Clinton Street, Worksop, said on Jan. 10th, he was working with deceased in 58’s gate. Deceased was pushing an empty tub and witness was in front. Quite suddenly, he heard a bang and a moan, and discovered that deceased had been caught by a fall of roof. A large stone had fallen and deceased was buried. With assistance, the stone, which was five fact long, was removed.

The Coroner: Do you know what caused the fall?—No, air.

Did the tubs catch a prop?—No, sir.

By the Foreman: The tub, which broke the force of the fall, was overturned.

By H.M. Inspector: The roof was of bind, and weight brakes were liable to occur.

Witness examined the place before the acci­dent. No timber had been knocked out after the accident; the stone ran out two props.

The Inspector: You say that two props were ran out by the stone - Yes

Were they inefficient props then?—-Oh, no. What will be will be.

The Inspector: But there is a cause for everything? - I think it was an act of God.

If those props had remained in and stood up would they have held the stone?—Yes.

Witness added that he had never seen such a fall at the gate end; it was, in fact, the first fall. It was a strong roof.

By Mr. Burlington: There was no movement and no bump.
Witness added that the man was alive when the stone was removed. He was hurried to the Victoria Hospital in the ambulance first aid being rendered at once.

Thomas Spellman stallman 81, Forest Lane, Manton said he went into the stall before the last witness and heard the fall of stone. The place was timbered to his satisfaction, and they had no fear, in going underneath.

The Coroner: Was the man in his usual good health before he started work?—Yes, he was as Jolly as usual.

By Mr. Burlington: There was ample room for the tubs to go in.

Dr. Margery L Maltby, House Surgeon at the Hospital, said on admission deceased was suffering from a fracture of the left leg, and two ribs on his left side, and abrasions on his back. The leg was set and the ribs strapped. He received every attention, but pneumonia developed, and he died on Friday. She had made a post mortem, by order of the Coroner, Dr. G. L. Kemp being present. The cause of death was pneumonia, the base of both lungs being affected. Witness also found atheroma of the aorta. The cause of death was pneumonia, aggravated by the fractures. Judging by the condition of the lungs, deceased must have had the pneumonia before the accident— perhaps for a week. There was no perforating wound of the chest.

The Coroner: A man can have pneumonia and go on working?—Oh, yes; it was in an early stage.

Charles Ellis, deputy, 67, Potter Street, Worksop, said he examined the roof a few hours before the accident, and found it quite satisfactory and in order.

The ripping lip was timbered in the usual manner, and there were no weight brakes.

Upon examination of the roof the same day, witness formed the opinion that the fall took place from alongside a weight brake, and was formed by the ordinary advance of the face. He did not think the stone was out of balance on the props. The fall could not be anticipated or guarded against and every precaution had been taken.

The Jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death.”

On behalf of the management, Mr. Rutter expressed sympathy with the relatives, and said deceased had worked at the Colliery since it was sunk.

The Coroner and Mr. Burlington supported Sir. Rutter’s remarks, and said Mr. Booth was to be congratulated upon his remarkable escape —indeed, he escaped by two or three seconds.

The Coroner: Yes, it was a marvellous escape.

See also Bob Bradley, History of Manton

In Memory CharlesVicki Thomas
3 Jan 2017
Edwin Douglas Tilley, Miner 1902, Thorpe Hesley, near Rotherham, South Yorkshire

Hello, I wonder if you can help me.  I’m trying to help my father in law find out some information on his grandfather. His name was Edwin Douglas Tilley and he lived in Thorpe Hesley, near Rotherham, South Yorkshire.  He was a miner in the area and died in 1902.  He was buried on the 11th November 1902.

He was only 29, and I thought that maybe there could be a record of a mining incident where he could have died.

Any help, would be massively appreciated.

Thanks very much.

A Possible History:-

There was an Edwin Douglas Tilley born in September 1873 in Bedminster, Somerset. He married Alice Giles in 1891. They had four children by the time he was 26 but died in December 1902 in Rotherham, Yorkshire, at the age of 29.

If this is the right Edwin his father would have been Thomas Tilley and his mother Eliza Moyston.

Again if this is your Edwin Tilley he had 4 sisters

  • Agnes Elizabeth Tilley - 1869–1872
  • Florence Edith Tilley - born 1877 at Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Wales
  • Blanche Beatrice Tilley - born 1880 also Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Wales
  • Amy Jane Tilley - born 1889 Pontypridd, Glamorgan, Wales

Thomas and Eliza married 15 Jul 1867 in Somerset.

  • In 1869 they were living in Clifton, Gloucestershire
  • In 1877 they were in Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Wales
  • In 1881 they were living in Caldicot, Monmouthshire, Wales. Thomas was a Tunnel Miner
  • In 1889 they were in Pontypridd, Glamorgan, Wales. Thomas was a Miner
  • And in 1891 they were in Ystradyfodwg, Glamorgan, Wales
Edwin’s father, Thomas, died in 1900 in Newport, two years before his son died in Rotherham, Yorkshire West Riding.

Edwin married Alice Giles 1891 in Glamorganshire, Wales. Alice was born about 1874 in Treherbert, Glamorgan and died Sep 1934 in Pontypridd, Glamorganshire, Wales. They had 4 children

  • Amy Jane, 1892-1948
  • Thomas Henry, 1894
  • Ethel Rosannah, 1896
  • Agnes Elizabeth, 1899.
After Edwin died Eliza married John Hole in 1903.

Unfortunately I cannot find anything about Edwin's accident.


In Memory CharlesLesley Jones
30 Dec 2016
Charles Greasley Died 1890, aged 47, whilst mining in the Mitchell Main Colliery

Hi there, wonder if you can help? I'm researching my ancestry, and have just found my great, great grandad Charles Greasley died on 28/6/1890 aged 47, whilst mining in the Mitchell Main colliery, due to a roof fall. Just wondered if you would have any further info i.e. Would there have been an inquest or newspaper coverage etc ? Thanking you in anticipation, Lesley Jones.

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There would have been both an inquest and Newspaper cover. You would have to go to the Local Record Offices


Some information from this site and Ancestry

Charles Greasley was born about 1843 in Worthington, Leicestershire. He died 28 Jun 1890 at the Mitchell Main Colliery, Barnsley, Yorkshire aged 47, a fall of roof.

His father was John Greasley, born 1819 at Asgathorpe, Leicestershire. In 1861, John and his son Charles were coal miner at Thringstone. His father John died June 1878 at Grantham, Lincolnshire, England.

Charles’s mother was Hannah Yates, born 1822 at Thringstone, Leicestershire, she died July 1907 at Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, England.

Charles had 3 sisters and 3 brothers:-

• Elizabeth, born 1845 at Thringstone, Leicestershire, died Sept 1921, Leicester.
• Harriet, born 1846, Coalville, Leicestershire.  Died April 1868, Barrow-Upon-Soar, Leicestershire.
• John, born 1850, Coalville, Leicestershire. Died 1925, Barnsley Yorkshire.
• Mary, born 1851, Thringstone, Leicestershire.
• Mark, born 1858, Thringstone, Leicestershire. Died March 1937, Barnsley, Yorkshire West Riding.
• William, born 1860, Thringstone, Leicestershire.

In 1871 Charles was living in Crigglestone, in the district of Wakefield, with his brother John and his family, he was aged 28. Both Charles and his brother John were coal miners, John’s wife was Hannah.

Charles married Emma Barrows, who was born in 1842 in Leicestershire. They were married 1861 at Ashby-De-La-Zouch, Leicestershire and had four children by 1868:-

• Mary B-1862 - Colhoughton, Leicestershire, England
• Henry B-1863 - Colhoughton, Leicestershire, England
• Elizabeth B-1864 - Coloughton, Leicestershire, England
• Louisa B-1866 - Colhoughton, Leicestershire, England

In 1881 they were living in Clay Cliffe, Barnsley.  There were only 2 children living with them now, Henry, 18 years old, a **Pit Hurrier and Louisa, 15 years old, a domestic servant but out of employment at the time of the census.

** A Hurrier, also sometimes called a Coal Drawer or Coal Thruster - was a child or woman employed by a collier to transport the coal that they had mined. Women would normally get the children to help them because of the difficulty of carrying the coal. Common particularly in the early 19th century, the hurrier pulled a corf (baskets or small wagons) full of coal along roadways as small as 16 inches in height. They would often work 12 hour shifts, making several runs down to the coal face and back to the surface again. Some children came from the workhouses and were apprenticed to the colliers. Adults could not easily do the job because of the size of the roadways, which were limited on the grounds of cost and structural integrity. Hurriers were equipped with a "gurl" belt – a leather belt with a swivel chain linked to the corf. They were also given candles as it was too expensive to light the whole mine.

In Memory A WesleyLynn Donnell
12 Dec 2016
Fatalities in the Coal Field - Goldthorpe Pit South Yorkshire

A while ago my uncle read a book which mentioned there had been no fatalities at Goldthorpe Pit South Yorkshire. This is not true. My father, A Wesley, was killed there in July 1974 and it was a cover up what happened.

I would be very interested to know if you knew if it's logged about the fatality.

Kind regards
Lynn Donnell
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Hi Lynn, there have definately been fatalities at Goldthorpe, Alan has 8 so far:-

12-Oct-1938 Lorrie Clark, aged 26 died at Goldthorpe, Fall of coal
07-Dec-1928 Arthur Brammer, aged 26 died at Goldthorpe, Fall in a roadway
04-Feb-1945 Kenneth Lenton, aged 20 died at Goldthorpe, Run over by tubs
09-Nov-1948 Clifford Smith, aged 45 died at Goldthorpe, Run over by tubs, Multiple injuries
14-Feb-1952 Harry Skitt, aged 33 died at Goldthorpe, Cause Unknown, Internal injuries, Toxaemia
07-Feb-1955 John Taylor, aged 39 died at Goldthorpe, Cause Unknown, Internal injuries
22-Mar-1957 Arthur Burgon, aged 30 died at Goldthorpe, Cause Unknown, Fractured skull
31-July-1974 A Wesley, aged ? - died at Goldthorpe/Highgate, Cause Fractured Spine



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