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Dismantling Sidings

At Huntcliff again and this time the sidings above the main drift are being dismantled in 1906.

Image courtesy of Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum and other collections.

Dismantling Fan

As the caption says it’s Huntcliff mine 1906, although the fan was dismantled, the building “Huntcliffe Guibal Fan House” is a scheduled monument; continuing to stand adjacent to the railway line skirting Warsett Hill. It is clearly visible to many as they travel around the area, particularly when passing from Carlin How towards Brotton.

Image courtesy of Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum and other collections.

Lumpsey 1930

This is a locomotive J39 -0-6-0 no. 1448; it was the first of a class and almost new when the incident took place, it was derailed at the trap points at Lumpsey mine near Brotton.

Raymond Brown provided additional information: “This J39 Loco was not a write off, it went on to be renumbered 64700 under BR ownership and remained in traffic until 1961 (based at Sunderland Shed). It was cut up at the British Railway’s Cowlairs works in August 1961. Additional information courtesy of Ray Brown.

Image from a compilation by Derick Pearson and others, thanks to Raymond Brown for the update.

Lumpsey Mine 1930

This is a locomotive J39 -0-6-0 no. 1448; pictured being pulled upright after the incident at the trap points at Lumpsey mine near Brotton.

Image courtesy of a compilation by Derick Pearson and others.

Brotton – Huntcliff Mine

Another photograph relating to the dismantling of Huntcliffe Mines after the closure in 1906. This picture is of the dismantling of the tipping gantry. Maurice Dower tells us: “The man second left on the top of the timber gantry is my great grand-father James Herbert Dower.”

Grateful thanks to Simon Chapman for the information and Maurice Dower for the update.

Lumpsey Skin Shifters

This stern group of lads were the Lumpsey Mine football team, known collectively as ”The Skinshifters”.  They appear to have won a trophy – hope it wasn’t a knock-out competition!

Can anyone name the team and maybe give us a year and the name of the competition?

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection and others.

Brotton – Huntcliffe Mine

The photograph shows the last ”working” day of Huntcliffe Mines, 30th June 1906. The photograph was taken outside the workshops, alas now longer with us. All that remains is the Guibal Fanhouse beside the mineral railway line, towards the cliff edge at the bottom of Warsett Hill. The writing on the door of the wall behind ”Are we downhearted?” is from a song popular at that time, perhaps relevant to the situation!  With Simon Chapman’s assistance we can identify some of those present.

Back row: ?? , Mr Stephens (later Cashier at Lumpsey Mine), Ralph Clough (engineer-later at Lumpsey Mine), ?? , ?? , ?? , ??.

Middle row: Jimmy Dower (partially cut off), ??, ?? , ?? , ?? , ?? , ?? , ?? , ?? , ?? , ?? , William ‘Bill’ Garbutt (baby – who later worked at Kilton Mine, one of the first men to drive a locomotive underground and later Miner’s Lodge Secretary), William ‘Dick Hoss’ Garbutt, Mary Ellen Garbutt, Mr Matson (possibly a Manager).

Front row: ?? , ?? , ?? , ?? , ?? , ?? , ?? .

Paul Garbutt tells us: ”The baby in the photograph (Bill Garbutt) was my grandfather and this is the only photograph of him as a baby, he went on to work in the local mines and he was one of the main rescuers after the Kilton Mine explosion in May 1954. He never commented on the explosion and his subsequent actions in saving the injured miners, my father remembers that he came home that night and was a bit groggy and not his usual self ( the after effects of the gas explosion presumably ). The Evening Gazette reported on the disaster but my grandfather would not be interviewed, regarding the matter to be not worth discussing. My grandfather was an intensely private man and these few snippets of information are pretty much all we know about him, I just knew him once he was retired from work so never had the opportunity to find out about his employment history. He would never talk about himself much at all and especially not the Kilton Mine incident even though he helped save many of the miners, he was my hero regardless.” Similarly Alan Found tells us:”My grandfather worked at Kilton mine he would have been there in 1954 he never talked about the explosion.” Michael Garbutt adds: ”The baby, Bill (who is 8 month’s old in this picture) was also my grandfather. I know the lady holding him is his mother Martha Ellen Garbutt (nee Lines), both Paul’s and my Great Grandmother. The gentleman behind them is almost certainly our Great Grandfather, also William Garbutt, who was also working down the mine at this time, working with the horses, probably as a drover (he was know as Dick Hoss!). He had been in a serious accident there, around 1902, in which he was made almost totally blind in one eye, which meant he could not work there for a while, and so went up to Handale Farm at Loftus to work, and is actually where his daughter Marian was born. I also have a nice story about this photograph; as when I was talking about it to my great aunt Maud (Marian and she would have been three years old then), she mentioned that she was also there, but was shy and ran behind her mother’s skirt while it was being taken!”

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection and others, thanks to Paul Garbutt, Alan and Michael Garbutt for these details, as well Simon Chapman for his assistance, any further any help would be much appreciated.

Miners at Morrisons, Brotton

Pictured is a shift of miners outside the clock office at Morrison’s Pit.  Can anybody name them?

Image courtesy of the David Linton Collection, the Pem Holliday Collection, Derick Pearson and others.

Brotton – Brotton Pit – Going Down

This one of a series of photographs which are now starting to appear of the dropping of the boiler house chimney, at Brotton Mine in 1921.

Image courtesy of several sources, thanks to Simon Chapman for the dating information.

Lumpsey Minehead Gear Replacement

Three men in rather a dangerous position, the Archive asked: “Does anyone know when the mine head gear was replaced?” Simon Chapman assisted with: “This picture shows work being carried out on the upcast headgear about 1900 which was a wooden construction. It was replaced by a smaller steel structure in 1937. The headgear over the main drawing shaft was also wooden until 1918 when it was replaced, again by a steel headgear.”

Thanks to Simon Chapman for this information.