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Who Is Breaking the Law?

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

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.

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.

Kilton Mine

Kilton Mine

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

Image courtesy of George Pearson (via Jeff Templeman)

Two Hills

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

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 is, 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 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.

The third man was Johnson. Two deputies, Robert Johnson 44, of 6 Boosbeck Road, Skelton Green and William Garbutt 48, of Foster Street, Brotton were overcome by gas when attempting to rescue the three men, but were later allowed to go home. As the deputies and the two loader men were brought out the Kilton mine rescue team found Johnson but were unable to move him.”

 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 coalfileds. 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 occassion 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 beofre the other teams came. The man who was killed was Raymond Johnson and was knicknamed Chocolate Johnson.”

Many thanks to Derick for that explanation.

Kilton B

Kilton B

On the left is Dennis Pearson, with big Geoge (Ducks) Hollingworth at Kilton B on the right. This photo was taken for the Record breaking venture that took place in Kilton Pit in the early 1950s. 1 week of absolute dedication to drill, shot, fill and lead this stone.
The record breakers were Dennis Pearson from Carlin How – an ex Lingdale lad, George Hollingworth from Lingdale, Stan Tremain from North Skelton I believe, Septimus Bamborough from Carlin How and John Stonehouse senior from Lingdale.
North Skelton claimed to have beaten this 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

Kilton Mine - 1896

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

Kilton Mine

Kilton Mine

The write up under the photo tells that Kilton pit was 680ft deep (see I can learn something new every day) and it asks was the windmill in the background used to pump water from the mine.  I know someone out there will tell us just what the windmill was used for – please.

Kilton Mine – Lingdale Junction

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. 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 Teesside. 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.
Thank you once again Simon.

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