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Lumpsey Ironstone Mine

Lumpsey Ironstone Mine

Further to our original posting of this image; Martin Fox tells us: ”The picture shows Lumpsey mine.” Also Simon Chapman tells us: ”This picture was indeed taken at Lumpsey Mine and is shown here the correct way round. It was taken in 1918 when the existing wooden headgear (with its lower wheels) was being replaced by a higher one made of steel. After the mine closed in 1954 the steel headgear was dismantled and re-erected at Waldridge Colliery in County Durham for a few years further use.”

Image courtesy of Olive Bennett and many thanks to Martin for the correction; also to Simon Chapman for the excellent supporting information.

North Skelton Mine

North Skelton Mine

North Skelton mine, the wooden headgear predates the replacement by a steel headgear in 1924.

Photo courtesy George Pearson.

Off Tack

Off Tack

A miner’s pay slip 1943, less than a fiver for seven days hard graft on wartime rations. Explanation for younger viewers: a pay slip was called an ”Off Tack” because of the deductions from the wages.
Courtesy of Jeff Templeman.

South Skelton Mine

South Skelton Mine

South Skelton Mine, around the time of closure in 1954. Mining commenced
in the 1860’s, at a depth of about 200 feet.
Photo courtesy George Pearson.

South Skelton

South Skelton

South Skelton Mine, just before the war, The Picking Belt Shed at the left of the photo looks fairly new it was installed around 1935. The Picking Belt
came from the redundant Belmont Mine.
Photo courtesy George Pearson.

Pit Top South Skelton

Pit Top South Skelton

This photo showing the arrangement at the top of the shaft at South Skelton Mine. On the right hand cage an empty tub waits to be lowered down the shaft. The man on the side of the cage appears to have his hand on a Signalling Handle which will send the right hand cage down and the left hand cage will raise a loaded tub to the surface. In the background the full tub from the left hand cage is being put into the Tippler unit, which will turn the tub upside down and drop the contents onto the Picking Belt for sorting the shale from the stone. Any further information or corrections will be welcome.
Photo courtesy George Pearson.

Long Acre Mine

Long Acre Mine

Longacre Mine was situated close to the present Hollybush Industrial Estate.
Near where the new Asda supermarket is being built. The 286 foot shaft was in operation from 1876 till closure in 1954. Before closure the workings were taken over by North Skelton Mine. The mine ventilating fan is to the left of this image.
Photo courtesy George Pearson.

Picking Belt

Picking Belt

A typical scene on the picking belt at an ironstone mine in Cleveland. Here the shale was seperated from the ironstone as it came from the mine, larger lumps are being broken up by sledge hammers. Bill Danby tells us: ”My brother in law, Frank Holmes, who was a Deputy at both Lingdale and North Skelton Ironstone Mines says that this photograph is most likely Lingdale. North Skelton did not have a “belt”, as there so little shale content in the ore extracted from that mine, whereas at Lingdale the shale content was high. Hence the man-made mountain that used to stand behind Coral Street. South Skelton Mine, he adds, also had a “belt” but it was on a slope.”
Photo courtesy of George Pearson and many thanks to Bill (and Frank) for the update.

Closure on the “Tele”!

Closure on the

George House, Tyne Tees Televison Reporter interviewing A North Skelton Miner. On 17th January 1964 At the end of his last shift. Peter Armstrong tells us: ”I think this miner being interviewed is my grandfather William Henry Armstrong (“Boy” Armstrong). ”
Photo courtesy Jeff Templeman and many thanks to Peter for that update.

Last Pay

Last Pay

Last pay day at North Skelton Mine 17th January 1964.
Being paid is George Swan, Walking stick hooked in his pocket,
he lost a leg down the mine, he was given the job of handing out the Explosives to the Shotfirers from the underground magazine.
behind George is believed to be John Whiteley.
Photo courtesy Jeff Templeman.
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