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A Comprehensive History Of Mining In The Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire And Leicestershire Coalfields - Page 39


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Andrew Ludlam - Pickford Holland Co., Ganister Mine. Wessington/Moorwood Moor, South Yorkshire Region
Grace Donaghy - Rawdon Colliery, Leicestershire
Kim Collinson - East Midlands Collieries
Mark Woodland - Miners Strike, Nottinghamshire
Martin D C Plummer - My Great Grandfather, Charles Smith, was injured, not fataly, at Gedling around the 1910's/20's

Andrew Ludlam
5 Dec 2017
Pickford Holland Co., Ganister Mine. Wessington/Moorwood Moor, South Yorkshire Region
Hi there, I am writing to try and find any history of Ganister (or Gannister) Mining at Wessington / Moorwood moor by Pickford Holland company. I grew up at Yew Tree Farm on Moorwood, Moor Lane, Wessington and know this site was mined by this company. I believe in the 1950's or 60's. Any info or better still old maps would be of great interest to me and my family.

Thanks again.
Andrew Ludlam.

Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

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Ganister (or Gannister) was mined for its use in the manufacture of silica bricks (often called 'refractories'; materials that maintain strength at high temperatures), used to line industrial furnaces. For a short period of time in the late 1800s - mid 1900s, Ganister mining was a significant industry in parts of Sheffield. (Lots of photos)

Grace Donaghy
22 Nov 2017
Rawdon Colliery, Leicestershire

Good evening. Could you please tell me how many people were employed at Rawdon Colliery in Leicestershire during the 20th century?
Thank you.

Further to our previous message regarding number of men and boys employed at Rawdon (sunk 1821) during the 20th Century.
From my copies of Mines Inspector's reports and other source of NCB information after 1947 the results are below.....
Total number....83,620 within a few dozen...due to information inaccuracies

Break down for every decade...

1901....284 underground and 117 401.
1910....445....315 u/g, 130 s/f
1920....1,560....1120 u/g, 440 s/f
1930....1,013....758 u/g, 255 s/f
1940....900....625 u/g, 275 s/f
1985/86....1,052...closed and merged with Donisthorpe

Trusting this info is what you wanted
Bob Bradley

Kim Collinson
10 Nov 2017
East Midlands Collieries
Now that the Number 2 winding tower at Kellingley Colliery has been demolished today can someone please give me any details of the demolition of Thoresby and has the clearance of the site been completed yet?

Also have any of the structures at Snibston Colliery been demolished after the closure of the Discovery Museum?

And last of all what is the current situation at Eckington Drift Mine is it still working and where does the coal go?


K. Collinson.

Mark Woodland
7 Nov 2017
Miners Strike, Nottinghamshire

I’d be interested to know more about the strike in Notts. Was it about democracy or saving jobs.

Sent from my iPhone.

--<9 Nov 2017>--

I’ve got some good information from Jimmy Hood and Eric Eaton.

I’m interested in the following collieries, Ollerton, Bildthorpe and Bevercotes

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Martin D C Plummer
30 Oct 2017
My Great Grandfather, Charles Smith, was injured, not fataly, at Gedling around the 1910's/20's

Hi Fionn,

I am researching my family history and have a story / family member relating to Gedling Colliery, Nottingham.

My Great Grandfather was a Charles Smith and was injured at Gedling around the 1910's/20's. I was wondering if you could point me in the right direction as to where I could find records of employment, etc.... He has long since passed away - his estimated date of Birth being 1880. Being a Smith he is proving very difficult to trace through the Census, etc...