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Dismantling Sidings

Dismantling Sidings

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

Dismantling Fan

Dismantling Fan

As the caption says it’s Huntcliff mine 1906.

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.

Brotton – Huntcliffe Mine

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), ?? , ?? , Mr Matson (possibly a Manager).

Front Row: ?? , ?? , ?? , ?? , ?? , ?? , ?? .

Paul Garbutt tells us: ”The baby in the photo, Bill Garbutt, was my grandfather and this is the only photo 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!”

Thanks to Paul, Alan and Michael for these details, as well Simon Chapman for his assistance, any further any help would be much appreciated.

Miners at Morrisons, Brotton

Miners at Morrisons, Brotton

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

Brotton – Brotton Pit – Going Down

Brotton - Brotton Pit - Going Down

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

Many thanks to Simon Chapman for the information – John)

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.

Lumpsey Pit – Brotton

A lovely clear photograph (from a Huntrods postcard) of Lumpsey mine at Brotton. Huntrods the photographer (and postcard producer) would not have had to travel very far to capture this image. In 1901 Mr J. E. Huntrods was living in at 32 Errington Street, Brotton; just next door really! Presently some ruins of the buildings still remain with the shaft being capped off.

Lumpsey 1905

A lovely clear photograph of Lumpsey mine dating from 1905.

Lumpsey Again.

Another view of Lumpsey, with a lot of tubs waiting to go to the Iron and Steel works and the pit props waiting to go down into the mine.