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Woman Doctors Pluck

On Sunday 6th January 1929, a woman descended into the far bottom depths of Blantyre Ferme Colliery for the first time. What a story she had to tell and will be remembered for her heroism. 462 more words

Blantyre People

A million people like FB ghost hunt

You know that satisfying feeling when you post something on Facebook and the ‘likes’ just keep coming?

For Haun7ed Live, a ghost hunting group based in the London Borough of Sutton, the like-o-meter went into overdrive on July 19 when they hosted a live ghost vigil and attracted over one million viewers. 73 more words


Income and Expenditure

In Childhood Misdemeanours a man named Joseph Chadburn, employed as a miner at Moira’s Bath Pit, was fined three shillings (3s.) for scrumping.

I have now discovered that the Children’s Employment Commission (Mines) of 1842 investigated the pay scales at that very pit, so we can see how the fine related to his pay and household expenses. 557 more words



Brother John (1810-1869)

One of Henry’s older brothers was named John (not to be confused with another John Dennis of the same dates, who was transported to Tasmania). 204 more words



Clockwise from top:  Ordnance Survey 1883, reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland; what it looked like in Autumn 2006; from entry of death. 711 more words



The headline is from the Leicester Journal and Midland Counties General Advertiser 15 August 1845. The Thomas Dennis here is the same as in Childhood Misdemeanours… 893 more words


Map of the Week – Mining in Wilsden

Extractive industries once contributed substantially to the wealth of West Yorkshire. Local coal mining may well have had medieval roots and there is good evidence for the industry in early seventeenth century Bradford. 630 more words