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Who Is Breaking the Law?

Look carefully at the photograph; one man is breaking the law can you see which one? The man standing on the left is mine manager Andrew Turnbull, so I am surmising that this is Kilton Mine? Simon Chapman has again assisted in answering our query, he tells us: ”This picture was taken at Kilton Mine in 1951 when the first diesel locomotive was introduced underground into the Cleveland Mines. The driver was Sidney Lightfoot.”

Image courtesy of Olive Bennett and many thanks to Simon Chapman for the update.

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 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 (Senior) of Lingdale (platelayer), Dennis Pearson (Deputy and my father)  of Carlin How and Big George (Ducks) Hollinworth of  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 five ” 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.”

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

Kilton Mine

A view of Kilton Mine; it seems strange to compare this busy scene with the present day site, which with one of the few surving ironstone shale tip in the district and a couple of derelict buildings, appears almost ghostlike today.

Image courtesy of George Pearson.

Two Hills

Two hills in the landscape, one artificial the other a natural formation, in the foreground Kilton Mine shale heap. In the distance on the right Freebrough Hill. An attempt has been made to keep the shale heap as a relic of the Ironstone Mining legacy of the area. But it would seem some of the tip has disappeared.
Part of the site has also become a Nature Reserve. The remaining buildings have deteriorated and are becoming dangerous.

Image courtesy Eric Johnson.

Crook Rescue Team, Kilton Pit Men

Not from outer space but from underground, we did not really know anything about this photo other than what was written on it: ”Crook rescue Team, Kilton Pit men. Dennis Pearson 1st Back”. Taken from the ’Evening Gazette’ Monday 3 May 1954: “Fourteen taken to hospital”. ‘Rescuers overcome in bid to save others. One Dead, 31 Gassed in Cleveland Mine’ One man was killed and 31 others were overcome by gas following an explosion at Kilton Ironstone mine, near Brotton today. The dead man was, Raymond Johnson age 40, loader man of 34 Gladstone Street, Loftus, whose body was brought to the surface about five hours after the explosion took place. Of the 31 overcome by gas were several of the rescue men; fourteen men were taken to hospitals in Redcar, Brotton and Guisborough, and the others treated on the spot. Helping the local mine rescue team were teams from Crook (two) Houghton le Spring and Benwell Tower, near Newcastle. Ambulances were sent from Redcar and Carlin Howe ‘Fire brigades help’ Middlesbrough Fire brigade and neighbouring fire authorities were asked to send resuscitation apparatus to the mine. It is believed that the explosion which displaced arches and roof supports occurred just before a three-man loader team started operations. The force of the blast blew Stanley Burton age 38 of 34 St Helens Walk, Liverton Mines and Iwan Dumoncie age 29 of 28 Tyne Street, East Loftus off their feet and threw them some distance. Burton suffering from cuts and abrasions was taken to the Guisborough Admiral Hospital, but the other man was allowed to go home.” It is worth visiting the Durham Mining Museum Site to read the full Mines Inspectors Report on this incident. Derick Pearson explained: ”This photograph was taken to show those associated with the clipping underneath it, and also because it was one of the rescue groups which covered many of the pits throughout the area including the coalfields. My father (Deputy) Dennis Pearson is first left standing on the back row. Next to him is Bob walker who lived at North Skelton at that time. The rest of the team I am certain were from different pits and on this occasion there were teams from 3 other pits. When I say team I mean 2 men teams in this instance. There were teams from Crook, Houghton le Springs and Benwell as well as others to drop back on in the event of a multiple disaster. The reason it was called Crook rescue team was because the rescue teams involved all travelled and practised their rescue methods at the mine at Crook. As my Father and Bob were from Kilton Pit the photo always got called “The Crook Rescue Team” by the local lads, hence the name on the back of it. Andrew Turnbull the Mine manager at Kilton Mine used to take my Father and Bob up to Crook in his vehicle, a Vauxhall Wyvern or Velox at that time. The Gas explosion rescue mentioned above was already in force before the rescue teams from the outlying Durham pits arrived and men like Rob Johnson and Bill Garbutt acted fearlessly trying to get their own mates out before the other teams came. The man who was killed was Raymond Johnson and was nicknamed ‘Chock Johnson’.” Many thanks to Derick for that explanation. Alan Featonby adds: ” I was at school with Andrew Turnbull’s son during the early 1960’s. At that time his father drove a Vauxhall Cresta ‘E’. It had the sun visor option and two tone paint, Gold and blue. Very stylish! My father had a 1955 Vauxhall Wyvern in gold, hence my recognition.”

Image courtesy of Carlin How Community Centre and from a collection compiled by Derick Pearson in 1983, additional information courtesy of Eric Johnson.

Kilton B

Pictured we have two of the ironstone miners undertaking a record-breaking venture of removing ironstone in a one week period: on the left is Dennis Pearson, with on the right George (Ducks) Hollingworth at Kilton B . This photograph was taken for the record breaking venture that took place in Kilton Pit in the early 1950s. One week of absolute dedication; to drill, shot fire, fill tubs and lead the stone.
The record breakers were Dennis Pearson from Carlin How (an ex-Lingdale lad), George Hollingworth from Lingdale, Stan Tremain from North Skelton, Septimus Bamborough from Carlin How and John Stonehouse ‘senior’ from Lingdale. North Skelton claimed to have beaten the record later but it was not recorded as they used more men in the venture and so the output of Stone per man was less. The Kilton record stood and mine manager Andrew Turnbull was justly proud of his men.
Thanks to Derick Pearson for the information.

Kilton Mine – 1896

A lovely clear photograph of Kilton Pit in full production by the look of the emissions from the chimney.

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection.

Kilton Mine

The write up under the Huntrodd’s postcard view of Kilton pit included information that it was 680 feet deep and also was querying the windmill in the background possibly being used to pump water from the mine. Derick Pearson advised: “The shaft with the windmill at the back of this photograph, was an air return shaft as well as a second rout out in the event of problems. The windmill may have been used at that time to drive an output fan to draw the stale air from the workings which would in turn draw clean air in from the other shaft.”

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection, thanks to Derick Pearson for the update.

Kilton Mine – Lingdale Junction

Taken about 1957 of a loaded train from Kilton Mine approaching Lingdale Junction; the Lingdale Mines branch is the one curving to the right and was extremely steep. Simon Chapman told us: “Look carefully at the train and you’ll see the brake van is behind the engine, not at the back of the train. This was allowed in later years because the gradient was down all the way to Brotton, where the engine ran round to reverse the train before taking it to Tees-side. In place of the brake van at the end of the train a lamp or red flag was hung on the back of the last wagon to show to signalmen at Kiltonthorpe Junction and Brotton that the train was complete i.e. a wagon hadn’t been derailed and lost on the way.” Also of interest is the shale spoil ‘hill’ on the left of the image; this is now one of the few remaining hills of excavated spoil from the ironstone mines of East Cleveland; South Skelton being another such reminder. Alan Featonby suggests: “It is possible this photograph was taken on 21st May, 1959. A similar photograph appears in ‘Stephen Chapman’s book Railway Memories No. 18 Cleveland and Whitby’ attributed to Ken Hoole. If so, the locomotive is Class J26 65762 of Thornaby shed. The car by the coal drops is the give away.”

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection and many thanks to Simon Chapman, Peter Appleton and Alan Featonby for the updates.

Kilton Pit Team Who Rescued Edward Bendall

Pictured we have; back row (left to right): William Beadnall (joiner), Raymond Edwin Johnson (back overman), Ivan Zagrovic,  Raymond Brown (loaderman), Edward Dove (loaderman), Wladislaw Wnek (fitter).

Front row: G. Woodall (haulage hand), John Robert Carter (senior overman), Andrew Turnbull (mine manager), Dennis Pearson (deputy mine manager), Edward Bendall (loaderman – buried under the rockfall), Frank Morris (head locomotive fitter). The team also received the Queen’s Commendation for Brave Conduct.

Derick Pearson advises: “My father is the deputy on here Dennis Pearson; each of these men got Laurel Leaf medals (which I still have) presented to them by Sir Anthony Eden. The article was published in the London Gazette on 3rd of July 1956 and each man got a certificate”. Ryan Zagrovic tell us: “My grandad was Ivan Zagrovic on there unfortunately I didn’t get to meet him”. Pam McVay adds: “W. Beadnall lived on Lorne Terrace, Brotton; he was our neighbour but until now did not know about this, people kept quiet about their achievements in those days!”.

Image from a collection compiled by Derick Pearson, thanks to Derick Pearson, Ryan Zagrovic and Pamela McVay for the updates. Also thanks to Chris Twigg for additional christian names, work positions and additional inforamtion.