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Firbeck Colliery - Page 3

Glynis Wellings    -     Back to Local Pits

Air Compressor one of two Bellis and Morcome Steam Compressors.
These were Steam Driven Air Compressors for Underground and Surface air tools.
- Jack Miller

Langold Village and Firbeck Colliery
Annual Trips to the Seaside.

1920’s/1930’s – Annual outings were arranged by the Colliery from the colliery sidings to Blackpool. Often there were up to three trains (steam) leaving the colliery landsale at hourly intervals commencing at 5:00am. Unfortunately the speed limit for passenger trains on the South Yorkshire Joint Railway was only 5 m.p.h. and it took as long to get to Worksop as it did from Worksop to Blackpool. However there were ample refreshments on the outward journey and the trippers were too tired to care about the journey back. Although often some would jump train at Worksop and travel by bus to Langold thereby saving a coupe of hours.

Other trips were also arranged by the Langold M.W. Clubs; usually Cleethorpes to Skegness. These were primarily arranged for the children who were given sweets and fruit and books of tickets for free rides in the amusement parks.

Trip to Blackpool, I went on one 1936/7- Jack Miller

This isn't actually a Firbeck Colliery pic, but it's what the miners used to use.
I don't live too far from Beamish, and I am ashamed to say I have never visited it yet. Maybe this summer, if we have one.

Regards, Glynis.

We lived in Sunderland, Art Students at the Art College, when Beamish Museum was starting. We saw the cottages, before renovation, and a pit head at the top of the hill. I remember at one point the army were moving a very big steam shovel there but it got bogged down.

We visited it again, about 15 years ago and it was really good, we will have to go back at some point but we live a couple of hundred miles south of it.


A miner bathing in fornt of a coal fired range in his kitchen. (One of a terrace of six from Francis Street, Co. Durham. Now re-constructed at the Beamish museum. Most Pitmens’ houses, pre-Langold, had no bathrooms of water closets and, of course, there were no pithead baths. It is easy to understand why miners and their families were attracted to the new colliery villages like Langold, with hot and cold water on tap, bathrooms and W.C. within the houses themselves.

This was a daily scene in the miners’ cottages of the 19 th Century. Before pit head baths, the miners usually had a special chair on which they sat when in their pit clothes. He would strip and hang his dirty damp clothes on an air rack which was pulled up to the ceiling. His boots would be put in the hearth to dry ready for his next shift. He would bathe in the galvanised iron bath in front of the kitchen fire, assisted by his wife who would bring hot water from the fireside boiler or from large kettles. She would scrub his back, tender and pockmarked with blue tattoos caused by coal and rock cutting his back as he worked in the low seams of coal.

See also Pithead Baths - by John Lumsdon

Pit Terminology - Glossary