About: On the discovery of an ancient coal mine
That's enough to make me feel claustrophobic
Emley Pit in West Yorkshire had 18inch seams and coal was exported to Sweden for steel making.
Well for the money of course...
In the Heywood-Whitefield area the coal is under 200 feet of glacial sands and gravels - so no mines at the surface. Possibly worked from Rochdale or Oldham pits at depth. Some pits on higher ground around Cheeseden. KH
Do you know much about the coal mines under Heywood by any chance? There isn't all that much information - at least detailed information - on the things, like where abouts they actually were and where the entrances are. Not that I plan on going in haha, it's just interesting to know, you look at things in a different light when you walk past it now knowing there's actually something there.
My gt-gt-gt grandfather on my dad's paternal side worked in the mines in Lancashire from at least 1826 to the time he died at the age of 74 in 1881 as did all his sons and some of his grandsons.That in itself was remarkable given the terrible conditions they had to deal with. The hours were brutally long and the work was back breaking I honestly don't know how they did it back in those days.They were really tough men.
@gustindun my greatgrandfather worked in a coal mine in west virginia in the 40s n 50s. He died of lung cancer due to the lack of filters an oxegen mask.
My Father worked in seams of 18inches at Marley Hill Newcastle upon Tyne
Thanks for your comments welshcourtland. I have recently added quite a few videos to this channel kenhowarth2 about coalmining in Wales forgotten coalfield in NE Wales. If you are interested in coalmining have a look those as well. KH
Hi thcthc.Yes many small mines used pick and shovels,also using explosives to break down the coal.Coal would be hauled out by horses as late as the 1990s.Timber supports were also used instead of steel supports.Very dusty,smokey work.Great to hear of your interest in the subject.Hwyl.
This is very interesting, though also somewhat depressing, considering the conditions people had to work in.
Thanks for that video.
PS you might like the song I wrote and recorded about this theme - just check out my channel and /or type in wahlbrinck + industrial revolution
I can also recall similar conditions in the private mines of the Pennines in the 1970s and 80s. You may be interested to know that in NE Wales former miners are enthusiastically recording their memories of mining life for posterity. The project, in which I am involved, is organised by Wrexham Council Northern Marches Cymru from the old Bersham Colliery site. KH
Hiya,i worked in privatley owned mines in low seams of 2 foot 4 and even 18 inch high seams.Very cramped and often very wet.I personally lost 4 mates killed in seperate roof falls over a nine year period.However this was not in the 1840s but in west wales in the late 1980s mid 1990s.Dont mean to criticize the commentary but bad conditions can occur at any time and just didnt cease to exist after the 19 th century.Thanks for listening to an ancient collier of 49 years old.
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