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I know very little about coal mining but recently read a book called King Coal, which I couldn't put down.

Looking for further reading recommendations please.

Hoping to visit Big Pit next month.

 Thanks.

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If your coming near the northwest at any point there used to be a small museum at Atherton i think, if its still open?

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3 hours ago, redial said:

I know very little about coal mining but recently read a book called King Coal, which I couldn't put down.

Looking for further reading recommendations please.

Hoping to visit Big Pit next month.

 Thanks.

Our family, we, the kids, and my parents, did the Big Pit 30 years ago. Very impressive. The utter darkness and sense of isolation. 

I would have had to be paid a lot of money to do mining as a job.

 

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1 minute ago, Winston72 said:

and the superior version

https://www.ncm.org.uk/

 

 

I took, my grandson here last week (8 years old) he loved the underground visit, I was unsure. I thought they might take my pension

off me and make me work back underground?

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41 minutes ago, Winston72 said:

and the superior version

https://www.ncm.org.uk/

 

 

A great day out , have taken my children and my grandchildren and the café is good too.

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My grandad was in the pits through the war. My dads got his deputy stick :) 

scary thought.

 

my uncle was also a pit safety officer  in birch coppice. 

Tamworth has a massive mining heritage.

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There are some documentaries on YouTube about the last independent drift mines in Lancs from a few years ago, real one man band type stuff!

 

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My grandad moved from south wales to keresley(covemtry area) for the mineing,was a coalminer for 45ish years.

I watched an old programme today about keresley village during the miners strike and am pretty sure i saw my grandad on it.?

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have a read of the unfortunate colliery,[high brookes] near wigan my great grandad was killed in a roof fall there i tell you will shed buckets reading the harrowing story of that pit.

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another story to bring tears to your eyes,i grew up in haydock there were some bad events here as well,wood pit disater 198 killed an injured i pass the site often,

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11 minutes ago, hawkfanz said:

another story to bring tears to your eyes,i grew up in haydock there were some bad events here as well,wood pit disater 198 killed an injured i pass the site often,

We have a road called 21 oak with 21 oak trees after 21 died.

my grandad started at 14 in the pits. 1930 ish . Imagine that . It’s got to of been scary

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i spent a couple of years doing my family history,and i feel priveliged to still be alive,i am 68 now and none of my male ancestors on my dads side ever reached this age the oldest died at 64,my dad.what a horrible place it was for these people.

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On 11/08/2018 at 10:35, redial said:

I know very little about coal mining but recently read a book called King Coal, which I couldn't put down.

Looking for further reading recommendations please.

Hoping to visit Big Pit next month.

 Thanks.

My Gt Granddad worked the Black Country mines most of his working life (mainly West Bromwich) from around 1860s to 1913, during my family research I have read many sad stories of mining disasters, and just how hard it was with long hours and the consent fear of fire, cave-in or being gassed.

The link gives some interesting reading, its a bit long but if you have a spare hour it lists lots of collieries, pay and conditions, number of deaths at each colliery etc….http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/11331/1/621436.pdf 

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21 hours ago, amateur said:

Our family, we, the kids, and my parents, did the Big Pit 30 years ago. Very impressive. The utter darkness and sense of isolation. 

I would have had to be paid a lot of money to do mining as a job.

 

they did pay me alot

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The National Mining Museum is good.  I was going to Big Pit a couple of years ago, but it was closed due to industrial action (it must be a very realistic museum!) - so went to the Black Country museum instead - which is also very good and has quite a bit on mining and a simulated pit.  I have also been to a mining museum just south of Edinburgh which also has a simulated pit, but interesting surface works still there.

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My Grandfather worked in the pits in Fife.

The Rita MacNeil song below is about Canadian miners, but the words are very appropriate for all miners.

 

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Used to travel past Gresford with my Dad in the early 70s going to the swimming baths in Wrexham. The pit head gear was still standing. Terrible disaster at that pit.

 

I saw some photos/video of some enthusiasts in Standish digging out a coal tub with wheels from an abandoned pit/drift. The ultimate garden ornament!

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8 hours ago, dessyb said:

they did pay me alot

Still probably not enough for me ?

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My Grandad helped sink the pit at Ollerton Notts. My Dad and his two brothers started work there aged 15. My Dad came out and went to work at Thoresby Park estates as his bad eyesight was being made worse by working down the pit. He went back to the pit to work on a topside job in 1954 which came with a pit house which he bought from the NCB in the late 1970's. He retired from Ollerton pit in 1985.

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