Good idea Wheldale, now we can stay out of bother. Couple at Whitley? I can think of six that i know the names of (sure there were many more)
Whitley Temple drift, originally owned by Lepton Coal & Clay (Swift & Netherwood). Worked out in the 1960's by A.Manby.
Whitley Clough, 1/4 mile further along towards Grange Moor. Don't think it quite made it as far as NCB, but must have been close. In it's day, a big drift mine employing hundreds of men. Former owners, Elliott's Collieries Ltd, same as Lepton Edge.
Another old pit (some surface remains) owned by Elliott's, was Lodge Mill Colliery. If you drive into the bottom of "Whitley Willows" you can clearly see the muckstack, over towards Whitley Wood. This pit worked the pillar & stall method & comprised two shafts & a brick lined drift. All the output went via a surface tramway, across the fields, to Elliott's Bricks (still in production) at Lepton. Had steam winders & wooden headgear. Closed around 1930.
Gregory Springs Drift certainly made it to NCB days. This pit was halfway between Upper Whitley & Mirfield. Joined underground to Shuttle Eye Colliery. Closed around 1973.
Another NCB mine was Howroyd. The surface screens/coal hoppers are still (were?) to be seen right in the centre of Whitley, close to the Woolpack pub. Coal was hauled up to the screens via a short double tramway, from the drift mouth in the valley. This, along with two footpaths, were the only means of access. Closed in the mid sixties.
(William?) Wood's Fallhouse Colliery, was in the valley between Whitley & Grange Moor, various bricked up drift mouths etc, can be seen.
Let me know when you get bored.......
Just thought of another, Throssle Nest pit, between the scout camp in Whitley Wood & Botany. Pillar & stall, coal was won along with a six inch layer of gannister, underneath it. Output was trammed down to Lodge Mill, to make use of thier surface tramway. Same owners, closed around 1930.
Post by cortonwood on Sept 11, 2012 14:50:12 GMT -5
there were a lot of small mines mines around barnsley,mainly to the west.. on the top of wooley edge the brooks family had pits,long after nationalization,the aukland family had pits at high hoyland.there was guyder bottom just west of silkstone,,, wheldale,if you know david flack he'll talk to you about them all day,i know david as i worked at hayroyds,he's got plans from a lot of pits that surrounded hayroyds.. i've got a book which i borrowed from someone at hayroyds,its called the last of the dayhole miners,when i find it i'll put some info on here from it.
Hi cortonwood, I remember chatting to David Flack years ago, he was a genuinely friendly chap, like you say he loved to chat! Ive got the book you mentioned, I will have to did it out at the weekend, that books got me thinking now!
The meek shall inherit the earth but not the mineral rights!
dazbt: My 'Mini Miner' avatar was posted 3 days ago, 35 minutes before yours, where's the rest
Jun 9, 2013 15:07:23 GMT -5
John: Mines the dam at Mammoth Spring, was built for the single unit generator that powered the town of Mammoth Spring for many years.
Jun 9, 2013 15:18:20 GMT -5
Wheldale: I like your avatar Daz, funny, I went to Caphouse today and took the same photo of my lad from the other end of the trepanner.
Jun 9, 2013 16:12:36 GMT -5
gazt: Hi all, found this site whilst trawlin through the net, I worked at the valley at the end as did my dad. got some pictures off me mam I will put up on here when I scan them onto computer. Me and me dad were Jacko and young Jacko.
Jun 27, 2013 12:44:34 GMT -5
shropshirebloke: For some reason I can't create a post from my computer at work, but here's a link to the DMM site with details of the Victor and other coal cutters:
Jul 8, 2013 8:32:00 GMT -5
shropshirebloke: Re. the "Mining Barograph" thread - could it have been used in place of a water gauge to record pressure in fan drifts, or differential pressure between intake and return airways, over a prolonged period? This would require a pipe connection.
Jul 15, 2013 8:46:11 GMT -5
John: I also thought of that one, never heard of it before though, but worth thinking about.
Jul 15, 2013 9:55:50 GMT -5
John: I'm more used to seeing a water gauge to measure the intake and return air differential pressure in inches on a true water gauge.
Jul 15, 2013 9:57:20 GMT -5
shropshirebloke: I know what you mean but I thought it might be a way of getting a continuous record over a period of time without someone having to stand there taking notes.
Jul 15, 2013 11:12:19 GMT -5
John: Still has to be recorded in the appropriate book and signed, can't recall the time periods though, too long ago now. But yes, it would be a permanent record on chart.
Jul 15, 2013 11:32:47 GMT -5
John: I recall the safety/training officer changing the chart and winding the instrument up and signing the chart every week at Angus Place Colliery, it was kept in the report room.
Jul 15, 2013 11:34:06 GMT -5
jimmarsh: John: Where are the photographs of the Boulby headframe changeover?
Jul 19, 2013 17:57:02 GMT -5
John: Or better still here not hear......LOL
Jul 20, 2013 8:22:47 GMT -5
Sam from Kent: Slightly off subject, but we had an undermanager who was nicknamed Danny Le Rue, as he had perfectly coiffured hair and always carried a comb underground. At any opportunity he would take his safety helmet off to comb his hair
Sept 14, 2013 8:27:26 GMT -5
John: There was an Assistant Manager at Clifton who was nicknamed Cynthia because of his lisp, of course he was the butt of lots of jokes, mostly behind his back.....Back in the 60's it was too easy to get fined...
Sept 17, 2013 9:24:40 GMT -5
John: I recall end of a dayshift, waiting in pit bottom for a ride out, huge queue of miners, and "Cynth" walked past everyone to get the officials ride, and someone shouted "Hello Cynthia" with a broad lisp....
Sept 17, 2013 9:27:00 GMT -5
John: Of course the whole dayshift were rolling around laughing. Cynth shouted "Who said that, fine that man five pounds" Of course no one owned up....Just brought more tears to our eyes..
Sept 17, 2013 9:28:38 GMT -5
rac: we had an undermanager who was nicknamed "dog breath" and during the 84/85 strike every time he drove through the pit gates the pickets used to bark at him-brilliant!!
Dec 4, 2013 11:41:38 GMT -5