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I Wonder Where The Next One Is Coming From?

I Wonder Where The Next One Is Coming From?

A Miner checks his final pay packet from Lingdale mine, at the Accounts Office ”Bob Hole”. The flat front on his safety helmet contained a clear shield which was pulled down to protect the eyes whilst drilling or using a pickaxe. We asked if anyone could identify the miner. Bill Danby tells us: ”My brother in law, Frank Holmes, who was a Deputy at Lingdale Ironstone Mine for a long time says the man at the front is Eric Hatfield, who was also a Deputy there. Man at the rear not known.”
Photo courtesy of George Pearson and thanks to Frank Holmes (via Bill Danby for the update); also to Paula Miller for confirmation on Eric Hatfield.

Going Home

Going Home

Miners leaving the cage on the last day at Lingdale, 23rd February 1962.We asked if anyone could name the men in the photograph. Bill Danby tells us: ”My brother in law, Frank Holmes, who was an Underground  Deputy  at Lingdale mine for a long time says that man at the rear is  “Tibber” Slater, who used to  live just below him in  Scarth Street, Lingdale. Frank cannot presently recall the Surname of the man at the front, but his Christian name was Jim. Frank recalls that Jim’s best mate was a man called Alan Forbes, who was involved in the worst pit accident that Frank ever experienced. That is saying something, as Frank was down Lingdale mine at the time of the gas explosion on the 25th August 1953 which killed 7 men and injured others. On the 28th August 1961, when Alan was aged 45, a piece of stone, “the size of a bus”, Frank says, fell on him  from the pit roof. Miners had to stand on top of it to break it up and get to the dead man. Jim never went down any mine again after that. So from that story and in Frank’s opinion,  it would seem that the photograph was not taken on the last day at the mine.”
Image courtesy of George Pearson and thanks to Bill Daby for those updates.

Below Ground

Below Ground

Underground at Kilton mine with a view of an Eimco Loader known as a cranner in Cleveland. The miner at the tub is making room for more stone. Derick Pearson tells us: ” This photo is of Septimus Bambrough of Carlin How (left) and Stan Tremain of North Skelton (right). They were part of the record-breaking team at Kilton Pit (District 11 in 1951). The other members of the team were John Stonehouse snr of Lingdale (platelayer), Dennis Pearson (Deputy and my father)  of Carlin How and Big George (Ducks) Hollinworthof  Lingdale. My father Dennis and Big George were drilling the face, Sep and Stan using the Eimco Loader (cranner) and John making sure the metals were laid in order to keep things going. This record was never beaten. Some North Skelton Miners claimed to have beaten it within the year with overall tonnage, but they had a 6 man team and so the tonnage per man output was never beaten. Andrew Turnbull was mine manager and said he had 5 ” injins” or engines as the top workers were called. He said he was proud to be their manager.The event made the headlines in the Evening Gazette and also many of the national newspapers in mining communities.”

Photo courtesy of George Pearson and thanks to Derick for the update.

Oh My Aching Back

Oh My Aching Back

Picking belt Lingdale – this must have been back breaking work – an entire shift bent sorting ore!
Image courtesy of George Pearson.

Liverton Mine

Liverton Mine

Liverton Mine around 1900. The round housing for the Guibal Mine Ventilating Fan is in the centre of the photo. The tall steam hoist for raising wagons to the kilns is towards the left. One of the pylons for the aerial ropeway to the shale tip is towards the front of the photo with a bucket on its way to the tip.
Photo courtesy George Pearson.

Linskill’s District

Linskill's District

Long range view of exposed roof bolts after roof fall in Linskill’s District Lingdale Mine, with a miner warily examining the situation.
Image courtesy of George Pearson.

Lingdale Mine

Lingdale Mine

Roof bolting supports at main road junction
Image courtesy George Pearson.

Lingdale Mine Post Drill

Lingdale Mine Post Drill

Miners using a pneumatic powered post drill at a junction, in Lingdale Mine 1950s.
Image courtesy George Pearson.

Lumpsey Mine

Lumpsey Mine

Giving a good view of a miner using a hand ratchet drill, drilling holes ready for the charges by the shotfirer. David Richardson tells us: ”An excellent photo of a miner in the process of drilling a hole using a Blackett Hutton Hand Rotary Drill and while Hardy Pick Ratchet Drills were used they are operated much differently to the Blackett Huttons.”
Photo courtesy of George Pearson and thanks to David for that update.

Safety Award

Safety Award

Walter Bradley?, Works Engineer with Albert Atkinson receiving an award.
The top of no 5 furnace can be seen between the cooling towers.
Photo courtesy Dave Mcgill.