About: The Long Lost Hidden Coal Mines of Barnsley by Dave Cherry
thanks for the video... i didnt know there were so many small mines in the area... i was born in mexborough... dad was a miner at cadeby colliery and gdad was at denaby main... i live in australia and have worked as an u/g miner since 1981... my son is a miner and my brother is a miner also
Brilliant video Dave, thoroughly enjoyed it.
Fascinating video. I live in Mid Somerset and last weekend I went for a walk to find the remains of some of the old pits in the area where I live. Old maps show at least five within a mile. Old Rock, New Rock, Nettlebridge, Strap, Moorewood. Hardly a trace of any of them remains above ground. A dense thicket defends the remains of the shaft at Moorewood. An inclined plane which used to carry coal up from Moorewood to sidings at the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway is now a steep and narrow country lane. Coal is believed to have been mined in the area since Roman times.
Now you must be thinking this must be a bit of a wind-up. It is not!
William Smith, the engineer now acknowledged as the father of English Geology lived near Bath, and when some lucky landowners at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution found they had vast seams of coal under their estates he had an endless stream of surveying work. Much of it was futile. He was a scrupulously honest man who told countless landed gentry in the Home Counties there was absolutely no chance that they would make a fortune from sinking mine shafts on their land.
Somerset's coal mines were never fantastically profitable. The seams were thin and the coal poor in quality. Many of the smaller pits were only active in the winter, and the workers left the pits to work on the farms in the summer.
I once knew a former miner who moved to the area from West Durham when the pits there started closing down. Within ten years most of the pits in Somerset were closing too. However he was by then near retirement so he was happy to hang on for a payoff when his turn came.
I went to 2018 oaks disaster momorial
I live near barnsley main
Thanks Dave. Very informative. Being a forth generation ex miner . Brought up in New Lodge in 60s played many happy hours around that ventilation shaft of east gawber colliery as kids we only knew it as Red Building!!! Me dad Henry charlesworth Midgley. Worked at Barnsley main. Cortonwood. Barrow. Church Lane. (Dodworth), me brother Arnie was deputy at Redbrook. Whilst my other brother Roy worked at old Carlton and various other pits in Barnsley area,
Oh Aye, thats a rate video cocker, i'm going up t' me nans later she'll love this!!!!
Thanks for making and posting. I am wracking my brain for the name of the Barnsley pit near my Great Auntie Marjorie Smith's house. We visited her on holiday at a time I leved on a farm in Wales and so found a landscape with a pit to be fascinating. We sat on a grassy bank on the edge of a big depression in open ground which was a third full with water so black it was impossible to see anything below the surface at all... black as pitch it was..... watching this pit against the late afternoon sun. I thought it was magical and far better thna a farm to look at (age seven years). It makes you wonder what remains of the headings below ground now and the silence of those spaces save for water and maybe the groan of the ground settling evey now and aagain.
Good video, my grandad was one of 18 in 1957 barnburgh main disaster,
Big thank you to you Dave for putting these videos together, I'm part of the group at Hemingfield Colliery and all of us trying to preserve the coal mining heritage of Barnsley, we really appreciate what you are doing.
Thanks Dave for all your hard work. Love this video. My Dad was a miner all his working life at Dearne Valley but you wouldn't get me down a mine for all the tea in China. I have great respect for all miners and this information adds to that. It is really interesting and I look forward to part two. All the best. Tony
Absolutely fabulous video!!
I was born in Barnsley but we moved to Canada when I was young. My dad and all of his brothers were coal miners - my dad worked at Barnsley Main.
Shame thou...they all died of emphysema.
All of my relations going back to the 1500's are from Worsborough Dale. As well, my mom's brother owned the Cutting Edge way back in the 60's..it used to be a farm.
I loved the presentation on the old mine shafts. I totally recognize the scenery on the driving trip. My uncle lived by the Canal :)
I went to school in Canada and became a Mining Technologist. I guess mining is in my blood :) As well, you can take the girl out of Barnsley, but you can't take Barnsley out of the girl.
Thanks so much for the video - my dad would have loved it.
PS. My dad lived in Stairfoot as a child. He loved the Stairfoot Roundabout song.
Cheers Dave Cherry. I will use this YouTube video instead of the Facebook link. Ta sorry it has taken so long
Thanks for putting together this very interesting film, keep up the great work and we are looking forward to seeing part two!
very interesting Dave, thanks for taking the time to post this.
The house at the back of the park was where Ian Porter lived. He was owner of Wilson and Longbottoms when I worked there and ex Master Cutler.
Another great video Dave. I'm not from a mining family but love local history.
Thanks again for the great video and awesome history