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50 years since closure of Albion Colliery brings back memories for former pit surveyor

When Keith Jones started work at Albion Colliery in 1965, he had little idea that less than a year later the pit would be closed and his first taste of life in the mining industry would sadly be cut short. 867 more words


The blue plaque and the unmanned lectern

Peter Foden  identifies those tilted tables that tell you about the history or wildlife of the place you are looking at as lecterns, apparently preaching at us.  592 more words

Family History

Following the Seam

The brothers Dennies, William, Joseph and second great grandfather Henry all lived at Bagworth, Leicestershire in 1851. They had moved from Moira, another mining village, but just when and why? 290 more words


Labour Movement

Today’s high levels of home ownership have reduced elasticity in the jobs market. That is to say that people who have mortgages, especially in negative equity, are less able to move to other parts of the country than the overwhelming majority of working class people in the nineteenth century, who rented overcrowded housing (by modern standards). 490 more words

Family History

Just William

How to find the parents of John Brown.

I found via FamilySearch (FS) three candidates baptized at All Saints, Wellington, Shropshire:

1. 23 Feb 1806, son of Benj Brown & Eliz. 259 more words

Family History

Gas Peril at Blantyre ferme

Thursday 15th November 1928 was a sad day at Blantyre Ferme Colliery. An accumulation of gas in the virgin coal seam at Blantyre Ferme Colliery resulted in the death of one miner and injury to several others. 138 more words


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