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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.

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