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Been in delving more and eventually found a topic on mining accidents and been on the coalmining history resource centre, exellent site, answered my question!

Hiya Sazzle and Welcome to SheffieldHistory.

We'd appreciate details of your findings (if you can share) and a link to the Sites you found; that way we all get a bit more knowledge.

Personally, my heart dropped when I saw 1936, I'm not that old (honest), but I'm rubbish on anything after 1900 !

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Early 60's view down towards Hackenthorpe and Birley East Pit

Where did you get this picture Stuart? and is it early sixties or early seventies?

It almost looks as though you could have taken it yourself from an upstairs window in your mothers house on Hackenthorpe.

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Where did you get this picture Stuart? and is it early sixties or early seventies?

It almost looks as though you could have taken it yourself from an upstairs window in your mothers house on Hackenthorpe.

Yes, welcome to the site sazzle

I have my sources :) , it is looking towards Hackenthorpe, just about make out my house, though not til about 10 years later.

Anyway, for coal mines info see this site that Sazzle mentioned

http://www.cmhrc.co.uk/site/home/

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Yes, welcome to the site sazzle

I have my sources :) , it is looking towards Hackenthorpe, just about make out my house, though not til about 10 years later.

Ah - so you lived (as we would have said) "Down Rainbow".

I lived on Cotleigh Rd from '54 'till '68

Just over the hill in the photo was, and still is, the "Fishing Pond".

Off to the right was "The Bubble Bath"

Were they still so called in your time?

Someone will know better I'm sure, but there were still people working at the Birley East site in my time. Was it still open or was something else going on just working in the old surface buildings.

Walking up the steep steps on the slag heap, towards Woodhouse, took us through the surface buildings. Even though it was a public footpath, as 8 or 9 year olds, we always felt a bit "naughty" as if we shouldn't be there, and so hurried through to regain the footpath up the field to Woodhouse.

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Ah - so you lived (as we would have said) "Down Rainbow".

I lived on Cotleigh Rd from '54 'till '68

Just over the hill in the photo was, and still is, the "Fishing Pond".

Off to the right was "The Bubble Bath"

Were they still so called in your time?

Someone will know better I'm sure, but there were still people working at the Birley East site in my time. Was it still open or was something else going on just working in the old surface buildings.

Walking up the steep steps on the slag heap, towards Woodhouse, took us through the surface buildings. Even though it was a public footpath, as 8 or 9 year olds, we always felt a bit "naughty" as if we shouldn't be there, and so hurried through to regain the footpath up the field to Woodhouse.

Yes we moved into Rainbow Grove in 1970.

The pit was a training centre for sometime after it stopped mining, will have to delve a bit deeper. There were still some of the pit buildings there in the early 70's, just wished I had had the foresight to take some photo's.

I remember the fishing pond, and the mucky polluted Shirebrook, but the "Bubble Bath" is a new one to me.

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Yes we moved into Rainbow Grove in 1970.

The pit was a training centre for sometime after it stopped mining, will have to delve a bit deeper. There were still some of the pit buildings there in the early 70's, just wished I had had the foresight to take some photo's.

I remember the fishing pond, and the mucky polluted Shirebrook, but the "Bubble Bath" is a new one to me.

Just after the bottom of Coisley hill going along Shire Brook was the outlet from the sewage beds further up the bank.

Where this emptied into the Brook it made a small pond which, one presumes because of all the soap in the water, used to create "mountains" of foam. On windy days this would get blown up in big "clouds" and float high above the houses and over Hackenthorpe.

Not very healthy but quite attractive.

It was probably sorted out by the time you moved there.

Another "Wish I'd" - We all say that don't we?

All the old mining equipment left lying around was just so much junk to us in those days. I suppose we just thought it would never be of any interest. I remember there being old wooden coal trucks on a bit of track that disappeared underground amongst other things which would make great pictures these days.

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Yes we moved into Rainbow Grove in 1970.

The pit was a training centre for sometime after it stopped mining, will have to delve a bit deeper. There were still some of the pit buildings there in the early 70's, just wished I had had the foresight to take some photo's.

I remember the fishing pond, and the mucky polluted Shirebrook, but the "Bubble Bath" is a new one to me.

Birley East Pit - A Brief History.

Opened in 1888

Closed 15/10/1943

From 1943 to 1948 it was used as a Training centre by the Ministry of Labour to train "Bevan Boys" it finally closed in October 1948.

However pumps were kept there until 1986 to keep water out of Brookhouse.

1963 saw a concerted effort to demolish the majority of the surface buildings using explosives. However the upcast headstock remained until 1986.

Vox, do you remember the 1963 work to demolish the pit?

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Birley East Pit - A Brief History.

Opened in 1888

Closed 15/10/1943

From 1943 to 1948 it was used as a Training centre by the Ministry of Labour to train "Bevan Boys" it finally closed in October 1948.

However pumps were kept there until 1986 to keep water out of Brookhouse.

1963 saw a concerted effort to demolish the majority of the surface buildings using explosives. However the upcast headstock remained until 1986.

Vox, do you remember the 1963 work to demolish the pit?

1963 made me 13/14 so you'd think I'd remember seeing, hearing or even just hearing talk of explosins. That would have been a big event, but it seems to have passed me by. I'll talk to mom - see if she remembers anything.

The view from mom & dad's looks out across the valley, and in '63 there was nothing built opposite to obscure the view.

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Hiya Sazzle and Welcome to SheffieldHistory.

We'd appreciate details of your findings (if you can share) and a link to the Sites you found; that way we all get a bit more knowledge.

Personally, my heart dropped when I saw 1936, I'm not that old (honest), but I'm rubbish on anything after 1900 !

Hi,

Thank you thank you for your welcomes.

Well the website details are on one of your other topics, before I had posted yesterday here I had put Tinsley Park Colliery, Colliery, Pit, didn't even try mine, what am I like!!

When I found the link on the other topic, I couldn't believe how easy it was, just put Mellor Henry in and it brought all the names up, and I picked my Great Grandfather out. The website is www.cmhrs.co.uk The Coalmining History Resource Centre.

He was a Surface Labourer at Tinsley Park Colliery and he was killed on the 20th July 1936, the notes say " An LMS loco was drawing a brake van in colliery sidings when he walked infront and was killed instantly."

From what I can understand from my Grandma he was deaf in one ear and stepped out of his cabin didn't hear the train.

My Grandma was due to get married then and had to postpone the wedding until December 1936.

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Not quite a pit but -

When they started the excavations for the original Granville College building, they took open cast coal from the site for some considerable time.

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I was going to post this last night but the scanner threw a woobly

Excellent book about the Shirebrook Valley and the surrounding area,

ISBN 1-901587-65-7

Should be able to get it from Waterstones in Sheffield

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Hi all,i'm new to the site but finding it interesting and a very useful tool!

I'm hoping you can help me as i'm wanting to build a scale model of Birley East Colliery with working railway ect,so if anyone has photo's that they could post it would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers

Daz

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Hi all,i'm new to the site but finding it interesting and a very useful tool!

I'm hoping you can help me as i'm wanting to build a scale model of Birley East Colliery with working railway ect,so if anyone has photo's that they could post it would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers

Daz

Hi Daz

Welcome to the site.

I have seen very few photos of Birley East about, the book I mentioned in a previous post is probably your best start together with picturesheffield.com.

The book is I believe still current its ISBN No. is 1-901587-65-7. If you are in Sheffield try Waterstones.

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Came across this list on this site : http://freepages.gen...0.htm#YORKSHIRE

Not sure if it has been posted before. My Great Grandad worked at the Brightside pit which he walked into rather than travelling down a shaft - and interesting see no 40 Benjamin Huntsman is down as a mine owner- I assume it is the same one?

1 Aston Main, Sheffield, W. H. Stone.

2 Alumnia, Sheffield, Brooke and Son.

3 Beighton, Sheffield, Skinner and Holford.

4 Birkin, Sheffield, Jos. Bramall and Sons.

5 Bracken Moor, Sheffield, Executors of Jas. Grayson.

6 Brightside, Sheffield, John Denton and Co.

7 Bromley Main, Sheffield, Bromley Silkstone Coal Co.

8 Busk Flat, Sheffield, J. Helliwell.

9 Chapeltown, Sheffield, Newton, Chambers, and Co.

10 Clay Works, Sheffield, C. S. and H. W. Tinker.

11 Clough, Sheffield, Jas. Grayson.

12 Clough, Sheffield, John Gregory.

13 Deepcar, Sheffield, John Armitage and Son.

14 Deepcar, Sheffield, John Grayson, Lowood, and Co.

15 Dungworth, Sheffield, Haigh and Co.

16 Ecclesfield, Sheffield, Haigh and Co.

17 Gleadles, Sheffield, Thos. Ward.

18 Gateshead, Sheffield, Hepworth Fire-Clay Works.

19 Grimesthorpe, Sheffield, John Denton and Co.

20 Hall Park, Sheffield, Charles Marsden.

21 Henholmes(Deepcar), Sheffield, John Armitage and Son.

22 Holly Bush, Sheffield, Joseph Hattersley.

23 Hurlford, Sheffield, John Gregory and Son.

24 Kiveton Park, Sheffield, Kiveton Park Coal Co.

25 Low Ash, Sheffield, Geo. Siddon.

26 Lower Wincobank, Sheffield, J. Johnson.

27 Lowood Wharncliffe, Sheffield, Grayson, Lowood, and Co.

28 Loxey, Sheffield, T. Wragg.

29 Malin Bridge, Sheffield, Grsyson, Lowood, and Co.

30 Manor, Sheffield, Nunnery Colliery Co.

31 Meadow Fire Clay, Sheffield, T. W. Roome.

32 Meadow Hall, Sheffield, Mark Davy.

33 Myers Lane, Sheffield, George Longden and Son.

34 New Winning, Sheffield, Nunnery Colliery Co.

35 North Staveley, Sheffield, Staveley Coal and Iron Co., Limited.

36 Nunnery, Sheffield, Nunnery Colliery Co.

37 Orgreave, Sheffield, Rother Vale Collieries Limited.

38 Potter Hill, Sheffield, H. Law.

39 Shaw House, Sheffield, Benjamin Jackson.

40 Sheffield, Sheffield, Benjamin Huntsman.

41 Stannington Wood, Sheffield, Nichols and Jackson.

42 Starr's Bridge, Sheffield, Marshall and Crapper.

43 Spink Hall, Sheffield, Mrs. Grayson.

44 Spring Wood (Ecclesfield), Sheffield, John Mallison.

45 Stannington, Sheffield, Grayson, Lowood and Co.

46 Stocksbridge (Deepear), Sheffield, Samuel Fox aud Co., Limited.

47 St. Davids (Oughtibridge), Sheffield, Russell and Co.

48 Tankersley, Sheffield, Newton, Chambers, and Co.

49 Thorncliffe,Sheffield, Newton, Chambers, and Co.

50 Unstone Main, Sheffield, Unstone Coal and Coke Co.

51 Unstone, Sheffield, Houdall Coal Co.

52 Vernon Silkstone, Sheffield, Edward Swift.

53 Wharncliffe (Oughtibridge), Sheffield, J. Beaumont.

54 Wharncliffe Wood, Sheffield, Silica Fire Brick Co.

55 Wood, Sheffield, C. S. and H. W. Tinker.

55 Woodthorpe, Sheffield, Nunnery Colliery Co.

57 Wortley Silkstone, Sheffield, Thomas Andrews and Co.

My father worked as a coal getter down the old Nunnery Pit from the late 1940's until it's closure. On at least one occasion the winding engine broke down and they had to exit the pit by walking miles underground and climbing a series of ladders up a ventilation shaft that was located over the other side of Sheaf Street from Commercial Street. You can see the tower of the air-shaft on old photos looking down Commercial Street. It would be located where the Park Square Roundabout is situated today. I believe it caused problems when the roundabout was built. On the closure of the Nunnery my father transfered to Handsworth Pit which I believe shared the workings. My father worked as a part time Mines Rescue Worker until the service went full time, he didn't fancy moving to a tied house at Kiverton Park. This was just as well as my fathers employment with the NCB ended shortly after when he decked a deputy.

There is a photo on Picture Sheffield of the air-shaft, link .. S16372

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Hi Daz

Welcome to the site.

I have seen very few photos of Birley East about, the book I mentioned in a previous post is probably your best start together with picturesheffield.com.

The book is I believe still current its ISBN No. is 1-901587-65-7. If you are in Sheffield try Waterstones.

Thanks for the welcome! :)

I've been on picture sheffield (very useful) and I already own the above book ;-) but thanks for the ideas anyway,I have come across a few titles that may be useful,but won't know for sure until I get to look at a copy......

Books of Woodhouse,Hackenthorpe and Beighton archive photographs by Len Widdowson

East Of Sheffield by Roger Milnes

Winding up - The history of Birley East Colliery by Alan Rowles

Cheers

Daz

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Hi all,i'm new to the site but finding it interesting and a very useful tool!

I'm hoping you can help me as i'm wanting to build a scale model of Birley East Colliery with working railway ect,so if anyone has photo's that they could post it would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers

Daz

There is a map here showing some detail of the railway line to and at Birley East Colliery - third map down in the post.

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Birley East Pit - A Brief History.

Opened in 1888

Closed 15/10/1943

From 1943 to 1948 it was used as a Training centre by the Ministry of Labour to train "Bevan Boys" it finally closed in October 1948.

However pumps were kept there until 1986 to keep water out of Brookhouse.

1963 saw a concerted effort to demolish the majority of the surface buildings using explosives. However the upcast headstock remained until 1986.

Vox, do you remember the 1963 work to demolish the pit?

Hi Fellow SHs

I have found a couple of Photos of Bevin Boys that lived on Gray Street Pitsmoor ( Sorry no dates )

The individual one was Ted from London ( Written on rear of Photo ) who also appears in the group on

the second one along with Harry and George ( others not named ) They all look well dressed so they

must have come from well to do Families in London i have placed them on this post as it is the only

reference i could find on the site mentioning Bevin Boys so anyone researching their Families may

come across them..

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Thanks for the welcome!

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Winding up - The history of Birley East Colliery by Alan Rowles

Cheers

Daz

Picked up a copy of this book today at a book fair, looks a fascinating read.

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