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All Lit Up

No names on this photgraph loaned to us by George Pearson. Believed to be underground at Lingdale Mine. Can you name anyone?

Going Home

Going Home

Miners at Lingdale, leaving the Mine one carrys a safety lamp, others are discarded on the ground along with Helmet Battery Lamps. Was this the Last Shift?.
Identification of the Miners or corrections welcome.

Photo courtesy George Pearson.

Final Closure Lingdale

Final Closure Lingdale

1962 and the final day at Lingdale mine. The Miners are coming out of the Shaft Cage for the Last Time. In the background a Hand can be seen about to pull down on the Handle marked Pit Bottom, to tell the Onsetter at the bottom of the Shaft the Cage is Clear. The Handle on the left is for the Winding Engine. Identification of the Miners or corrections will be welcome.
Image courtesy George Pearson.

All Smiles

All Smiles

I would have a guess that these men are queueing for their pay at the end of a long hard week down the mine at Lingdale, as they appear to be holding their ”Off Taks”. We asked for help with identification of the miners and Bill Danby tells us: ”My brother in law, Frank Holmes, now aged 88, is the handsome young man far Right. He worked at Lingdale mine for some years. He  was a Deputy when it closed and transferred to North Skelton mine where he worked until the closure of that mine and was the last Deputy out in 1964. He can identify some of the others:- The miner next to him is Jim Pearson. The one 4th from Right with his hand in his pocket is George “Dacker” Neal. The man in the centre with his back to the camera is Bernard “Bish” Swinburne. The miner 8th from the Right in the dark coat is Jack Armstrong. Standing in front of him is Ted Porritt. Behind Ted, [you can just see the top half of his head], is Eric Hatfield, who appears on your recent photograph entitled “I wonder where the next one is coming from”.  Frank recalls that Eric was a good cricketer and once took all ten wickets for Skelton Castle. All the miners named lived in Lingdale. Franks says that the photograph was taken some time prior to the last pay day.”
Image courtesy of George Pearson and many thanks to Bill for the update.

Lingdale Mine Bricks

Lingdale Mine Bricks

A sideline at Lingdale Mine was the manufacture of bricks made from the waste shale. In the photo piles of bricks are stacked at the right hand side, with pallets of bricks being hoisted and lowered by the rope hoist system in the Photo. Down into the rail wagons below.
An excellent description of the plant and it’s working is given in Simon Chapman’s Book “Lingdale Mine”.
Image courtesy of George Pearson.

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.

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.

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.

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