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Bell’s Pit Miners – 1935

Bell’s Pit miners leaving the mine in 1935. Joe Metcalfe is identified as holding the handrail at the bottom of the steps. Joe lived at 14 Bell’s Huts in the 1930’s; with his wife Clara Jane and George, who was possibly his brother. Can anybody assist with names of the other miners?

Image and details courtesy of Trevor Metcalfe (grandson of Joe Metcalfe).

Bell's Pit, Carlin How

Bell's Pit, Carlin How

Bell’s pit as it was known due to its ownership by Bell Brothers, at Carlin How. Bell Brothers were the creators of Bell’s Huts. The mine more popularly known as ”Duck Hole” (because of the very wet working conditions) was towards the end of its working life known as North Loftus Mine. Connections were made underground to Lumpsey and North Loftus Mines.
Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday. Collection.

Duckhole Mine

Duckhole Mine

A different view of Duckhole pit taken from Carlin How.
(photo courtesy of Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum)

Crag Hall Mine – Carlin How

Crag Hall Mine - Carlin How

Bell’s Pit – Carlin How

Bell's Pit - Carlin How

Bell’s pit, due to its ownership by Bell Brothers, at Carlin How, more popularly known as ”Duck Hole” (because of the very wet working conditions), was towards the end of its working life known as North Loftus Mine.

Carlin How – Duckhole Pit

Carlin How - Duckhole Pit

Nice photo, taken this time from Mill Bank. Glover’s Path can be seen as can the buildings to the left of the photo belonging to Whitecliffe mine.  The old railway bridge is very clear, as are the steel works back right. Carlin How mine was known to the miners as Duck Hole owing to the wet working conditions. Duckhole closed in 1944 and in the image the headgear has been demolished. The chimney for North Loftus pit can still be seen so it is believed to be from about 1950.

Many thanks to Simon Chapman for additional information.

Duckhole Pit

Duckhole Pit

Another photo of Duckhole mine and once again we can clearly see the works on the hill, come on you people out there what date would this be taken, help a lady (I use the term loosely) out.

My guess would be about 1930.    Thank you Simon what would I do without you?

Duckhole Pit with Whitecliffe & Kilton Mill in Foreground

Duckhole Pit with Whitecliffe & Kilton Mill in Foreground

The image is taken from a series of photographs produced by Bruce who was a Loftus photographer, producing lots of images around old Cleveland. Many considered the name was emphasised because of the link to de Bruce of Skelton Castle and Kilton. THanks to Derick Pearson for the update and information. John

Duck Hole Pit

Duck Hole Pit

Not a very clear picture but we can make out Glover’s Path and Kilton Mill and on the hillside ’Duck Hole’ pit. It got this name because of the working conditions; it was so wet the men could be ankle deep or more in water while working down there – it’s real name was North Loftus Mine.

Also to be seen in the picture are the remains of the original Whitecliffe mine. North Loftus mine was completely separate and only worked as an independent mine in the 1870s’. Later the shaft was acquired by Skinningrove Iron Co. and used to raise ironstone from Carlin How and Loftus mines, only being infilled about 1947.

Thanks to Simon Chapman for the addition to this post

Duckhole and Skinningrove Pits

Duckhole and Skinningrove Pits

Taken from the railway lines above, the picture clearly shows Duckhole in the foreground with Skinningrove or Loftus pit farther down in the valley.

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