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


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Jonathan Taylor Brittunculi - Terminology - 'Pitter'
Meave Jepson - Whiteley Pit, Derby Road, Ripley
D S Deepak - Kind attn: Robert Bradley, I am a 70 year young mining engineer from India
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

Jonathan Taylor Brittunculi
6 Apr 2018
Terminology - 'Pitter'

I've just come from your Mine Terminology Index - without success. I'm just writing to see if you can help.

I'm tracing my family tree. My great-grandfathers occupation (c.1900) is listed on two separate documents as a 'Pitter'. It definitely does not say - Putter. He was from Birmingham. Yet: I can find no such occupation online...

Is this a term colloquial term used in mining at the time?

Many thanks in advanced for any help offered, Jonathan Taylor

Meave Jepson
6 Feb 2018
Whiteley Pit, Derby Road, Ripley

I wonder if you have any information on Whiteley Pit at Ripley, Derbys?  I now live in a property that, I believe, was the Coal Board Offices and next to the weighbridge for the pit.  I have been trying to find photos for the site but have not found any.

I think, looking at the photo, my property, called Whiteley Lodge on Derby Rd, is situated on the left. It shows only half of the building, to which the horse is facing. I have learnt that it has previously been used as the HQ for the ARP and was consequently sandbagged up in the war. Another use was as Coalboard Offices.

I would be very interested in any info you could tell me please.

Thank you

Maeve Jepson

Thank you very much for your email and to Peter Smith for responding to my request for information.

Whiteley pit was also known as Marehay Pit but we have very little information about it at present.
Some information can be found by Clicking Here.



Peter Smith
8 April 2018
Whiteley Colliery Marehay

Further to Meave Jepson's enquiry about Whiteley pit, attached  is a photo of the pit taken around 1900.  The house with two chimneys is extant (still in existance) on Warmwells Lane and I believe it is number 190 and called Whiteley Lodge or something similar.

Peter Smith

D S Deepak
26 Jan 2018
Kind attn: Robert Bradley, I am a 70 year young mining engineer from India
Dear Bob,

Youtubing and googling about mining around Chesterfield, I landed the website healeyhero with your historical lot that I may go through in coming days when freewheeling my retired times. Thanks to Web Master Fionn Taylor for such labours that do keep us miners the nostalgia of those good old working days at the pits.

I am a 70 year young mining engineer from India who keeps visiting my son working as a doctor with NHS to enjoy company of two grandsons while I do spend other half of my time with my elder son in India working as an electrical engineer corporate executive there.

Unfortunately I came across you today when I am packing to go back to India for six months tomorrow but emailing and my further browsing of your history books in the coming days would keep good company on the space-time fabric locations as long as they last.

Incidentally I had my first job in 1969 as a Graduate Trainee with a British company "Indian Copper Corporation Limited" incorporated in the UK for their mining activities in Eastern India. I have had a metalliferous Mine Managers First Class Certificate from the Govt of India but even worked for a leading coal mining equipment product development company in late 1980s and visited Indian and Russian coalfields extensively on Marketing assignments. I have worked on minerals like Iron, Manganese, Chromite, Limestone, Dolomite, Dunite, Asbestos, Lead and Zinc etc. as well as a Vice President Corporate Strategy for a leading Cement manufacturer to build 35 million ton capacity in India before taking retirement in 2014.

I would love to get in touch with UK mining fraternity, learn more about the rich mining history and share my own experiences as feasible.

With sincere regards,
D S Deepak @ UK
Oxygenated by the apprenticeship in Science of Spirituality

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...