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December 2015

Susan Meakin - Looking For Info About My Great Grandfather James Birch, Ostler, Brookhill Colliery?

Trevor Negus - Would Police Enquiries be made underground into deaths at Nottinghamshire mines?

Scott Brandom - William Ernest John Brandom was Killed by a Fall of Roof at Hucknall No 2 Colliery 1949

David Clifton - Locating A Mine In The Allerton Area

Julia Cherrett - Thomas Bletcher was injured at Welbeck Colliery and was admitted to Mansfield General Hospital where he died Christmas day 1955

Steve Franks - Coal Mine Closure List

John Kelly - Mines Rescue - I worked at Rotherham Mines Rescue Station till its closure

Pauline Brian - Thomas Smedley died 3rd Dec 1909 Frickley Colliery, South Elmsall, Barnsley

Diana Fassino - A bit of History! Author - When the Cat Had My Tongue

BBC News - Kellingley, the UK's last deep-pit coal mine has closed

Ian Harris - Alans Data Base, Ross Parkin and David Hardy, Silverhill Fatalities

Andy Fawkes-Williams - Tracing Pit Check numbers

Ray Conn - Ray Conn, trying to get in touch with my cousin, Rob Conn, in New Zealand

Richard Bailey - Robert Barker Moved To Kent Coal Mines But Was a Colliery Under-Manager in Notts C1919

Chris Upton - Thorseby Colliery Book Launch And Exhibition

Eric Minard - Ilkeston man recalls days working in mines rescue team - Ilkeston Advertiser

Rosemary Muschamp - My grandfathers half brother, Charles Revill, b 1878, drowned at the age of 20 around 1900

Andy Stevens - I am researching the men who came to work at Treeton Colliery, South Yorkshire

Carl Goug - Ilkeston Rescue Station - My grandad, William Denis Gough, was awarded a medal for bravery

Nick Yorkshire - Is there a database of men who were part of Allerton Bywater Mines Rescue


November 2015

Bob Bradley - Bilsthorpe Half Wheel - Opening Ceremony 13th November 2015

Kim Collinson - Drift Mines in South Wales - is Eckington mine still operational?

Brian Ross - BBC - My Grandfather Hugh Wilson Died in a Mining Accident at Burngrange About 1940 - Any information

Michael Nind - Oaks Colliery Explosion 1866,4 More Names

Martin Rushton - West Stanley Colliery Disaster 1882

Karen Chadwick - My Maternal Grandfather, Herbert Adlington Died at Desford Colliery 1961

Neil Healey - My great, great, grandfather Frederick Fletcher died in the 1866 Oaks Pit Disaster

Dennis Devon - Gedling Colliery - I was a Pit Bottom loco driver From Jan 1969 to March 1971

R. Reeve - My great great grandfather John Benjamin Reeve was killed at Manvers Main, 1884
See Also Ilkeston Rescue Station

Bob Bradley - Additions made to Glossary

Brian - Type 6 Lamp - Where can I get a wick - How do I fuel it?

David Page - I am retired and my pen-name is Harry Riley - Harry enjoys writing mystery novels and short stones, particulariy with a twist in the tail and often with a suggestion of ghoslly intervention.

Gerald Booker - Hi do you have any detail about Spitehill Colliery?

Jane Booth - Jane Booth - Information Sought About My Great Grandfather James Fitzpatrick

Margaret Annable - Information On Derek Norman Frearson, Killed At Snibston 1949 aged 19

Alan Beales - Yorkshire 1290 additional entries for 1825 - 2011

Bob Bradley - List of Coal Seams in UK

Tony Mellors - Newton Collieries for Bob Bradley

Christine Longmate - My Father, Richard Done, Was Accidentally Killed At Mansfield Colliery, 1952

Ben Wall - Wallsend Mining Disaster 1835, what happened to Cuthbert Reavely's wife after the event?

Nick Longley - The 'Apedale Footrail Inrush, 1923, has now been re-opened

Neil - Is There A List Of All The Miners That Worked At Oaks Colliery?

Shaun Chapman - Cube Pit (Ventilation Shaft ), Felling, Gateshead

Bryan Appleby - Mining Accidents - William Jackson, Hucknall No 1 Colliery, 1868

Christine Hewitt - Wilfred Hargreaves Died Hartley Bank Colliery, Netherton, Yorkshire 1918

Terl Bryant - The 1945 Fauld Explosion

Friends of Hemingfield Pit

Phillip Arthur Lofts - Illustration Copyright?

1852, Hemingfield Pit (also known as Elsecar Low Pit), Barnsley, Yorkshire - 10 killed in explosion

October 2015

Miners Pension Scheme

John Fretwell - Creswell Colliery Chimney

Peter Davies - Oaks Disaster - Where Are The Baker Family Buried?

Jill McMinn - Query, my dad worked at the Bedwelty Pit, South Wales as a boy

Alan Winstanley - Death Of A School Boy, He Fell To His Death, Wigan 1980s

Carol Wilson - Death at Ladywash Lead Mine 1952

Louise Dale - My Dad Worked At Florence Colliery

Doreen Hann - Key No 1159 Bilsthorpe Colliery

Wayne Handley - Wayne Handley - Thomas Bartholomew, 42 of The Green, Royston, died at Barnsley Beckett Hospital

Ian Quincey - Shirebrook Colliery

Davey - Davey Lamp, Where Do I Add The Fuel?

Simon - Clock - ' Presented To Noel Bailey By The Bullcroft Main Colliery Officials August 5th 1929'

Ian Jackson - The Bryan Family - Bradford Pit - I'd like to make contact with Michael Green

Alison Darlison - Arthur Walker Was My Grandfather, he died at Annesley Pit April 1940

Alan Andrews - Retired Miner / Studying Degree In ART And Mining Book Related Project

Sir William Jeffcock - More Documentation Oaks Explosion 1866

Bob Wadsworth - Mining Engineers - James Ashton Twigg, Jacob Ashton, William Deakin Wadsworth, Godfrey and John Pogmore, John Gorell Barnes and William Stratford Dugdale.

Andrew Wood - Old Mining Rebreather, Any Information?

Maureen Crofts - Harry Crofts Mine - Who was Harry Crofts?

Victoria Cotterill - Stanley Hayes - Shelton pit

Dennis Devon - Were the pit-ponies taken out of the mine during both of the 70's strikes?

Jane Leatherland - My dad, Geoffrey Weston, was HMI 1971 to 1975 and was at the Markham Disaster in 1973

Alan Curtis - Louis Clifford Storey, aged 14, killed at Mansfield Colliery 24 Dec 1918

Edie Sisson - Watnall Colliery

Mineworkers Pension Scheme - We are campaigning to get the 50/50 surplus split of the mineworkers pension renegotiated

Alan Beales - Another 61 Names Added To The 1932 Yorkshire Fatalities List

Helen Foreman - David Foreman thinks the mystery man is Gordon Sloper, an assistant superintenden

Tony Mellors - Newton Collieries for Bob Bradley

Richard Earnshaw - Deaths at Hucknall No 2 Colliery, Wilfrid Robert Eley Killed 1949

Ms. Cathryn Weaver - Isabella’s Recommendation - History at Home: A Guide to Genealogy - by Andrea Davis

Cynthia Gault - Lilian Jones would like to know if someone has written a book about being a nurse at the time of the 1931 Bentley Pit Disaster

Dennis Devon - Re: Gedling Colliery

September 2015

Heather Parkinson - Terminology - Haulage Boy Underground

Peter Erman - I am the great, great, grandson of John Bullin, Master Sinker

Paul Glasby - Mining Accident - Tristam Poundal Died At Langley Mill 1882

Oak CardBill Shaw - The Oaks Disaster - We are now in a position to start accepting donations to the Oaks Disaster Memorial Fund

Keith Seaton - My great, great, grandfather Philip Scothern died in the Clay Cross Pit Disaster aged 47

Les Adams - Information About My Father William Adams, Coatbridge Mines Rescue Station

Dorothy Bond - My father Herbert England, Aged 37, Died Woolley Colliery, South Yorkshire 1952

David Linzner - My grandfather John Greasley was killed at Woolly Colliery (Barnsley) 1938

Davie McCreadie - Dalquharran Colliery, Dailly, Ayrshire

Alyson Mannion - In the mid 1970s a local Mines Rescue Man, Dennis Concannon of Rawmarsh, was killed down Silverwood pit

Josey Gaisford - Hapton Disaster 1962, My Cousin Robert Dunston Was Killed In The Disaster, Was It His Wife Who Was Expecting Their 2nd Child

Steve - Derek Thorpe Died at Rossington Main 1964

Anne Caine - My Grandfather, George Rimmington, was killed at Glapwell Colliery Nov 28th 1918

Michele Renhard - My grandfather, Charles Cyril Renhard, was killed at Harworth Colliery 1951

Keith Eveson - Information Wanted, My Father Charles Eveson, Worked As Deputy At Silverhill Colliery

Alyson Mannion - Warren Vale Colliery, Yorkshire. 20 December 1851, Explosion Killed 52 Men And Boys

Andy Evans - A disastrous explosion occurred at the Hanley Deep Pit, 1st Sept 1883

BBC News, Scotland - The Great Knockshinnoch Mine Rescue - By Gillian Sharpe

Demelza Davies - Archive Inquiry - My Grandfather, Henry David Saywood, was a Miner

Marjorie Peers - My husband, Frank Peers, was nearing the end of his shift on October 16th 1953 - FIRE

Ann Featherstone - Portland Road, Cotmanhay, Ilkeston, Derbyshire

August 2015

Charles Coward - Links between owners of Llay Main colliery and Firbeck

Kathryn Osborne - My G, G, Great Grandfather was Cain Mayer, one of those killed in the accident

Dennis Devon - Gedling Colliery, a few questions

Bill Shaw - Does anyone have , or know of anyone who’s relatives were a victim of the Oaks Colliery Disaster, Barnsley, 1866 - Oaks Disaster, 150th Anniversary

Brendan Fisher - Pinxton, industrial land at some point - perhaps a colliery?

Peter Shields - Oaks Burial Locations, we have indexed all the burials in the Council Cemeteries

Tony Callaghan - Wilfred Brearley's Death, Altofts Colliery 6 June 1932

Richard Warren - My grandfather Joseph Harrison Warren lived in Church Gresley, South Derbyshire until 1926

Neil Willis - Trace Ramcroft Colliery Miners

David Hall - Moses Smallwood killed At Cadley Hill 1914

Val Hardy - Alans Data Base, My Son, David Hardy, Died At Silver Hill, 1985

John Round - Teversal - In all the years since, its colliers and underground fitters that I remember the most, and usually with a smile

Jane Nicoll-Jones - Thomas Barber, Age 14, Died Car House Colliery, Yorkshire, Sept 1883

Bob Bradley - 1893 the Tibshelf Ambulance Brigade was inspected by Queen Victoria at Windsor

July 2015

Martyn Chappell - Looking For Info., Newton Lane or Newton Colliery, Wrenthorpe area of Wakefield

John Round - From 1964 to 1968 I did an engineering apprenticeship at Calverton

John - Frederick Lebeter Killed At Digby Colliery, Coal Gas Ignited By Naked Light 1924

Chris Moran - Looking For A Photo Of A Class I Mechanical Certificate

Ayrshire Pit Accident - Dailly, Seven Miles From Girvan

Bob Bradley - Photo - Opening 'Ollerton of Yeasteryear' final display 29 July 2014

John - Frederick Lebeter Killed At Digby Colliery, Coal Gas Ignited By Naked Light 1924

Bob Bradley - The Life Of A Mine Depends On

Brenda Thomason - Trying To Trace John Millington who had two sons who died in the Wood Pit Explosion Haydock, Lancashire 1878

Alan Beales - Inquest Reports From Newspapers - Re Cossall Fatal Accidents

Jane Davies - Miner Who Walked Into The Canal - The mystery surrounding the disappearance of Lawrence Clayton aged 27 years

Chris Webster - Looking For Info, my Grandfather, William Webster, 1885-1952, lived in Cotmanhay and worked at the Shipley Collieries

Bob Bradley - List of Collieries And Owners 1285 - 1599 and on

Jane Davies - My Grand Dad Thomas Joseph Clayton From Oswaldtwistle

Alan Beales - Inquest Reports 101 - 131 From Newspapers - Gedling Colliery Fatal Accidents

Bev Richardson - Tom Senior, My Great Grandfather And Wilfred Senior My Great Uncle Worked At Upton Colliery

Paul Mansfield - Asbestos in safety lamps

Chris Howkins - John James (a stower) was killed Lower Duffryn Colliery, Newport, 1882

Sandish Shoker - Trying to contact Robert Bradley - Stuart Tomlins - The end of mining in Nottinghamshire.

June 2015

Rosemary Dolman - Looking For My Dad's Name Disc, Alfred Desmond Harris. He Worked At Griff Clara Pit, Newdigate Pit And Retired At Baddesley Pit

Donna Johnson - My grandfather, Kenneth Wright, was killed at Summit Colliery, 28/10/1954

David Smythe - Rossington - I am researching the geology and hydrogeology for local residents objecting to a possible drilling and fracking site at Misson

BBC News, Sheffield & South Yorkshire - Hatfield Colliery, near Doncaster, closure announced

Danny Taylor - How High Was The Bradford Colliery Headgear?

Bob Bradley - Hatfield Colliery - A very large fall, as high as a house, stopped the only working face

Terry Holbrook - Do You Have Any More Details Of The Location Of Norman Colliery?

Harry Lowe - Old Pocket Watch - Thomas Greensmith Presented By The Workmen Of Annesley Colliery 1871

Steve Elliott - My grandfather, Edward Knowles, was allegedly killed in a roof fall in one of the north Derbyshire mines (Markham or Renishaw Park)

Stuart Wigman - R Wigman Was Killed In The Ruffled Shaft Accident

Alan Smith - Looking For Info - Joseph Wainwright Was The Mine Manager During The 1880 Disaster

Colin Hart - HM Inspector reports, Loftus Mine Fatality, Cleveland

Alan Beales - Inquest Reports From Newspapers - Re Gedling Colliery Fatal Accidents

Miners Voices - Proposed demolition of Highhouse No2 Winding gear and Winding Engine House at Auchinleck, Scotland

BBC Scotland - The Big Clean Up - BBC Scotland - 13 June 2015

Alan Beales - 395 Additional Names For Yorkshire Fatalities 1930 To 1942

Ian Ware - Newcomen Pump Engine at Elsecar, Photo Gallery

Elsecar Colliery, Yorkshire - My Dad, Cyril Charles Ware, and the Newcomen Pump Engine

Richard Stevenson - Annesley/ Shafts

Roland Laycock - My father, Roy Laycock, was Injuries at Welbeck

May 2015

Rich Headey - Rusty Dudley

Paul Smith - Sidney Marshall And Clifford Smith Killed Down Yorkshire Pits, 1938 and 1948

Alan Hart - When Did Shonky Pit Catch Fire?

Ben Houfton - My Great Uncle, John Plowright Houfton, from Mansfield in Nottinghamshire

Ian Ware - Protector Type 6 Lamps - I would be grateful for some advice

Andy Cawthera - Thomas and Alfred Cawthera were killed in 1870 at Four Lanes Colliery

George Barnard - Maurice Sochachewsky, Are We Related?

Jill Gray - Syson relative looking for Carole Dick

Carole Cockeram - Looking for information about my Granddad Thomas Robinson

Vincent John Hewitt - My great-great granddad, Cain Hewitt, died at Lidgett Pit in 1894, I would love to write a short book on the colliery and maybe a few others.

John Rigley - My uncle, Gershom Rigley, lost his leg as the result of an accident with a pit pony. The Duchess of Portland asked the doctors to check his leg, they amputated it?

Mary Magee - Mines Bentley Pit, Also would love to find any history on the Rutter family down the pits

Freddie Plater - My Ancestor, Matthias Garbutt Was An Ironstone Miner From Sleights

Darren Harper - Hi . . . Great site but . . . I was looking for info on the Warsop Main disaster in 1953

Meg Carson - Cumbria Mines Middle 1850s, Perhaps 1870s, Around Arlecdon, Frizington, And Whitehaven

Robert Bradley - Pit Pony Gallery increased in size

April 2015

Roddy Greig - George Laycock, Roof Collapse At The Houghton Mains Colliery In January 1935

Alan Hutchison - Where can I view editions of the coal news?

Barbara Cast - Memoirs of a Nottingham childhood, of life as a young miner and of the privations and horrors of The Great War.

Colin Briggs - Joseph Evans, My Great-Grand-Uncle, Born 1856, Died Rotherham Main 1910

Charmaine Brimble - My Husband's Grandfather, Arthur George Brimble Was A Miner Most Of His Adult Life Possibley At Creswell Or Langwith

BBC News - 15 April 2015 - Soma mine bosses appear in Turkey court on murder charges

Philip Mills - Thomas Mills Killed Underground 1931 - 1935, In A Derbyshire Coal Mine

Paul Bolton - Alan's Data Base - Manton Pit

Ken Hunt - Fatality at Ireland Colliery, William Nichols May 1934 and Levi Nichols March 1924

Maurice West - Looking for a device or transformer to light a workmans lamp - South Derbyshire Mining Preservation Group

Dr. N.M. Wilson - Trying To Contact Keith Fletcher

Robert Maxwell - My Grandfather, Alex Rowat Maxwell, Was A Coffin Bearer In The Dumbreck Disaster

Alan Beales - Annesley, A Selection Of Inquest Reports

March 2015

Louise Birkett - Coleorton Publication (From The Estates Office)

Nick Monaghan - Alan’s Data Base - Some of my Ancestors

John Lowe - Alan’s Data Base - Upton Colliery June 1940, Jack (John) Foster Died 12 days later

Margaret Wilson  - Billinge Mines - My Great, Great Grandfather, William Callon, Was A Mining Surveyor

Lead Mining - Blackcraig, Dumfries and Galloway

Petros Tsaparas - Looking For Information About The "Penitent"

Wayne Clifton - Hucknall - Looking For Pictures of the shunting loco that was used to shunt the coal trucks between the pit top and the local sidings

David Haworth - Robert Bradley's history of Shirland Colliery - 50 Years Since Shirland Colliery Closed

Wayne Clifton - Looking For Pictures Of Hucknalls Emergency Winder

Eve Parry-Jones - My Great Grandfather, Jason Parry, Died In The Albion Pit Disaster, 1894

Gordon Ramsay - I am trying to obtain info and photos of Backworth Mines and Village

Barbara Cast - Pit Death - Young Teggatt, we reached our mate but alas he was dead

Alan Beales - Moorgreen Colliery, Inquest Reports

Paul Waite - Welbeck Colliery - My Grandfather, Richard Giles

Neal Potter - Creswell Pit Chimney, When Was It Taken Down?

Barbara Kirton - Welbeck, Mining Photos

Laura Bullivant - Ilkeston Mines Rescue - My Dad, Paul Bullivant

Bernie Ayton - Fatal Accidents Shireoaks Colliery, John Ward, Sinker, 1855

Robert Bradley - British Coal Wound Up, 1997

North Devon School of English - Thank you for the interesting information about Paul Robeson

Kate Currington - My Grandad, Thomas F Green, died following an accident at Denby pit around 1959

Robert Bradley - A Mining History - Book 7, 1995 begun

Pamela Wat - Mine Explosion Barnsley 7 May 1947 - Do You Know The Names Of The Miners Who Made A Remarkable Recovery In Barnsley Becketts Hospital?

Edward Marshall  - Map of Notts and Derbys Coal Mines

Paul Wyton - My late grandad, Levi Lakin, was a miner at Upton Colliery, Yorkshire, for many years and was involved in a pit disaster sometime in the early to mid 1950s

Graham Hatton - Looking For Photographs of Moorgreen Apprentice Training Centre

Tony Mellors - Bob Bradleys 1914 Page Tunnelling Corps

Alan Beales - Shireoaks Colliery, Inquest Reports

February 2015

Peggie Richardson - Trying To Contact Vern Prescott Of Ontario Canada Re. William Stenson

Graham Pare - Researching my Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Family History

Michelle Kennedy - Criggleston Disaster 1941 - Lloyd, Bernard and James Fox Died In The Disaster

George Bell - 62 Pictures of Shireoaks

Alan Beales - A New Section, Inquest Reports

Lewis Knight - 3 Photos In Memory of Ludovic Berry, a very brave man from the Wigan area

Looking For Information - J Abbot Miners Lamp, Gateshead, c1870

George Bell - 22 Pictures of Shireoaks

Trevor Armstrong - George Barrington Knowles, With The Hardwick No2 Rescue Team - Not Sure Where Or When It Was Taken

BBC News - 2010, Century Of Mining Ends At Welbeck Colliery

Sue Mitchell - Looking for a picture of an old poster, the MINES RESCUE poster for INGS ROAD Wakefield

Joanne Jennings - My Great Grandfather, William Wilson, died in a pit accident at Babbington Colliery 1920s, 30's

Matthew White - Any Information, Keith Patrick Walton was killed at Rawdon 17 Apr 1969

Judy Storer - Looking for help, my dad, Philip King of, Mansfield was killed at Crown Farm 25 April 1976

Robert Bradley - Pit Ponies, Gallery And An Ostler's Job

BBC News - Kellingley Colliery is set to close in 2015

Rob Street - Bradford Colliery - A Friend Of My Father, Emlyn Williams, Died There 1950s

Julie Hughes - Looking For Information, Daily Herald Award To Marine Colliery Rescuers 1927

John Evans - Frickley Colliery - Some photos attached

January 2015

Gillian Anwyll - Family History - My Great Grandfather John James Rowland, Temple Normanton mine

Malcolm Grattan - Any Info About Thoresby From 1953 To 1990 – Also How Many People Lost Their Lives At Thoresby Colliery

Christine Tidswell - Family History - Thomas William (Tom) Tidswell Was A Coal Miner in Yorkshire sometime between 1919 to 1931

Frank Bunting - Update - A Bunting working for John Fletcher of Smalley around 1748-64

Andrew Brown - Family Tree - North Derbys, any info Bunting, Raynes, Ashmore and Ball, 1840 - 1911

Elliott Mills - Looking For Photos Of Lound Hall Or The Surrounding Properties

Michael Stamper - Wolf Miners Safety Lamp, When Would It Have Been In Use?

Mandy - Photo Of My Dad, Babbington Men Meet Hucknall Men

Charlotte Brown - Looking For Information About The Homefire Plant In Keresley, Coventry

Karen Megginson - Looking for info., Frickley Colliery Disaster 28 Dec 1931, some photos attached

Malcolm Clarke - I am a cousin of Doris Una Ball on the Palmer side and would like to contact her daughter Maureen Taylor

Alan Beales - Midland District Miners Fatal Accident Relief Society

Alan Beales - 50 more names added to 1914 admissions to Nottingham General Hospital

Alistair Hutchinson - "To The Dressing Station!" Fatally Injured Shunter's Order To Driver - Sad Shipley Colliery Case - Shipley Colliery, January 23, 1922

Robert Mee - Sun Inn at Eastwood

Debra Hulse (nee Newton) - Henry Newton, died aged 33 after an accident at Wollaton Colliery Nottingham on 11 Oct 1888

Kate McDonald  - Talk to Southeast Northumberland Branch of Parkinson's UK

Alistair Hutchinson - Family History - George Arthur Wright Crushed By Wagons Shipley Colliery 1922

Steve Hough - My father, Edward Arthur Hough, his brother and my Grandfather were colliers at Williamthorpe

Robert Bradley - Bilsthorpe Heritage Museum Is Open - No Charge For Entry

Robert Bradley - The Surveyor’s Job At A Coal Mine

Sandra Turner - Arthur Dunbar, died as a result of an accident at Hickleton Main colliery 1945 - Also
Cuthbert Dunbar died as the result of a roof fall at South Kirkby colliery 1902

Robert Bradley - Manton Colliery Closed 1994 After 93 years

Kate Roberts - I am trying to find information on the history of a field in New Brinsley, Nottinghamshire

Jo Walton - What happened to children of a mining family in the 1930s when they lost both parents

D M Dean - Thornhill Mining Disaster 1893 - The Dewsbury Reporter had a picture of Queen Victoria with two of her close relatives

1877, 22nd October - Blantyre, more than 200 killed in explosion

Lorna Morris - Are there similar websites for other coalfields/mines?

Robert Bradley - Ollerton Closed 1994, After 69 Years

Robert Bradley - Rufford Closed 1993 After 82 Years