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Pretoria Pit

I grew up in Leigh, a small mining town nestled snugly within the bosom of the Red Rose County of Lancashire. Both of my granddad’s and great-granddad’s were miners; my dad probably would have been too, were it not for my granddad insisting that he didn’t want that for his son. 903 more words


New Indicator 1878

Shared here by Gordon Cook is a picture taken in 1902 of miners descending in a cage. It is basically a cattle grid with chains, there is nothing to hold on to, and they were not slow in rising or descending either! 883 more words


1879 Dixons Pit disaster

A third pit disaster in the space of 2 years fell upon Dixons Collieries this time on the 2nd of July 1879, with the loss of 28 lives. 437 more words


End of Loanend Colliery

A sad disappointment was in store for over 200 miners from Blantyre, Cambuslang, and Bridgeton, when they turned up at Loanend (Loanend) Colliery, near Cambuslang, and learned that the pit was closing down until further notice on 26th April 1930. 498 more words


Auchinraith Pit Disaster 1930

Taken from the¬†forthcoming detailed book, “Blantyre Explained” by Paul D Veverka (c) 2016, here’s an extended article about Blantyre’s Auchinraith Pit Explosion in 1930. Pictured is a newspaper article from the Motherwell Times from that fateful day. 1,437 more words


Abercynon Colliery

The Dowlais Iron Company began sinking Abercynon Colliery, originally known as Dowlais Cardiff Colliery, in 1889. The last colliery to be sunk in the Cynon Valley its purpose was to supply coal to the newly opened Dowlais Cardiff (East Moors) Steelworks in Cardiff. 411 more words


Quidchurch Level (Archive photos)

These photos were taken by my father, date unknown, but a mine known as Quidchurch Level has been in existence since the 1870s as it features in the OS survey 1877-78. 76 more words