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Lumpsey Mine Brotton

Another drawing by Mr Harrison, this time of Lumpsey mine from the south; look at all those pit props carefully drawn.
Image courtesy of Joan Webster.

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An image of Brotton Lumpsey Mine, the Archive was unsure of the date; Eric Johnson suggested: “Perhaps taken during the general strike of 1926; the three officers on the right with lanyards appear to be Police Officers, the others in different uniforms might be “Specials”. If it is the general strike the two workers on the right near the mine tubs would be called a not very nice name. but why so many officers at Lumpsey?”

We have been advised by Simon Chapman: ”The pump house between the shafts was built in 1908, the main headgear was replaced by steel in 1918, so the picture was taken between these two dates. My guess is 1912.”

Image courtesy of Derick Pearson (also the David Linton Collection and the Pem Holliday Collection); thanks to Eric Johnson and Simon Chapman for the updates.

Lumpsey 3

A further lovely photograph showing some of the buildings of Lumpsey Mine; with four of the workmen.

Lumpsey Pit Officials (1910)

The Mine Manager and various officials of Lumpsey Pit.

Standing: ??, William Stephens, ??, ??, Mr Ralph Clough Jnr (son of Mr Clough Lumpsey Mine Engineer – 1911 Census lists Ralph as an Enginewright).

Seated: Mr. Robert Clough (Engineer), Mr. Dixon (Manager), ??.

Simon Chapman advises us: ” Mr Stephens is the chap standing at the left with the light-coloured cap and the well-starched collar. The chap standing at the right with the bowler hat and the bushy moustache I think was Mr Clough, son of the engineer sitting front left.”

Rod Umpleby tells us: ”William Stephens who was shown previously in the photograph 1906 of the closure of Huntcliffe Mine. He was described as later cashier at Lumsey Mine. He was my great-great uncle and the 1911 census gave his occupation as mines treasurer.”

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection, thanks to Simon Chapman and Rod Umpleby for these updates and can anybody assist with any more names and information?

Lumpsey 1910

A further image of workmen at Lumpsey Mine, again in 1910, but can you name any of the men?

Lumpsey Workmen

The end of a shift at Lumpsey Mine, again about 1910; at least that is what I am presuming. Some of the men have logs under their arms these would be the off cuts from the pit props.  Anyone recognise any of the men in this photograph?

Lumpsey 2

Not the most charming group of men we have ever seen and believed to be some of the work force of Lumpsey Mine, we presume that the man in the middle is a blacksmith?  Please correct us if we are wrong. We think the blacksmith is James Kennedy on the photograph, he was recorded as a Blacksmith in 1911, whilst his brother John was listed as a Platelayer Underground. The container held by the miner on the right was for carrying water or cold tea and was known as a ‘Dudley’.

Left to right from the back row: B. Catron, J. Wilks, T. Clay, W. Clay, H. Clay, W. Marshall, C. Bealwall, Robert Marley, J. W. Marshall, J. Walton, J. Clay, G. Best, S. Webb, T. Curtley, R. Clough, R. Peacock, W. Cross, T. Jackson, J. Kennedy, D. Annear, T. Marshall, J. Beadon. Donna Wilson contacted the Archive with: “I think R. Marley on this picture might be Robert Marley, born 1879 in Liverton Street, Guisborough; son of David and Anne Marley. David and Anne are my great, great grand parents; I come from Robert’s older sister, Diana Marley; born 1873, she married Arthur Charles Wilson.” Whilst James Wilks added: “J. Wilks is my great granddad who was a lovely man apparently and looks the spit of my dearly departed granddad when he was young.”

Thanks to Donna Wilson and James Wilks for the updates.

Lumpsey Stable Hands

What more can I say about this photograph the heading says it all; the stable hands of Lumpsey mine. The Archive would welcome any information regarding dating this image or even any of the stable hands in the photograph.

Image courtesy of Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum.

Lumpsey Mine

A series of photographs showing Lumpsey Mine, in this one we can see the man bending at the front has put the ’sprag’ (a heavy rod) into the wheel of the tub to stop it moving, the sprags were very heavy.  Many of the horse leaders had serious accidents throwing the sprag into the wheel of the moving tub, if they didn’t get it right then it often came back onto their legs. We have to remember that the mines were not level they had to follow the seam of ironstone up hill and down dale.

Underground At Lumpsey

How much ironstone can one filler get into a tub?  By the look of that tub quite a lot if you know how to load it. Simon Chapman updated the Archive with: “Note that the guy in the background appears to be using a hand-operated rotary drill, a so-called ratchet. The props are deliberately cut to a bit of a point at the base so that if weight started to come on the working place this weaker part of the prop would start to ‘bunch-up’ and therefore give a visual warning.”

Update courtesy of Simon Chapman.