|G’Day from Sydney, Australia
I have been Googling for a while for more in depth information on mining in the Derbyshire area, however, the tyranny of distance makes it difficult to know which search lead to follow as the most accurate, I was hoping you could help?
My family appears to have moved from the Ilkeston/Cotmanhay area between the 1871 and 1881 census. In the former they appear at “Trumpet Yard” in Ilkeston and in the later at Bolton-on-Dearne in Yorkshire. They were all colliers and their birth records seem to show they were born in Cotmanhay. (I’m unsure, in that period of time, whether Cotmanhay and Ilkeston where separate locations. Google maps today seems to suggest Cotmanhay is a suburb of Ilkeston). Internet searching indicates Cotmanhay Colliery operated between 1848-1880 (and there was an accident in 1870, not sure of any others) … but there also appears to be many collieries in the area.
Therefore on the surface, it appears logical for a family to move for work if a colliery was shutting down.
Aside from this, the census records appear to suggest the surname has changed from (H)Enshaw to Earnshaw over a period of 40 years. The mother/father/children/age patterns are fairly consistent at the same addresses but the surname changes …
1. Can you comment on the collieries in the Ilkeston area (there appears to be so many) - especially with a possibility to supporting the belief of a family move for employment
2. Can you point to any definitive lists of colliery employees during this time period … may show their residential address? (There are at least two William Henshaw/ wife Ellen in the Cotmanhay area, with a son Elijah (one born 1836 the other 1840) that would allow me to narrow down which William I may have to follow
3. What/where was “Trumpet Yard”
Many thanks in advance.
Cotmanhay is mentioned in the following pages:-
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