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THE ORIGINS OF SILVERWOOD MINERS

DO WELL COLLIERY

Presented by Vincent Wardle

 

The men below worked at Do Well Colliery before signing on at Silverwood. .  Where a miners entry has a link [ more ] , that link will take you to further information on that miner.

Please note that some street names occurred in different localities, as in Doncaster Road which could be in Rotherham, Dalton, Thrybergh, or Hooton Roberts.  School Street can be Thrybergh or Eastwood Rotherham.

Where locality is known it will be recorded below. If you know of the locality of a street below that has no locality named please contact me so the list can be completed.  Some Street Locations are listed here [ This site ]

The list is in a timeframe format per month and year The month and year is when they left Dinnington and signed on at Silverwood.

 

Please note there is a protection on these pages containing the list.

 

This site accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of information contained on the origin pages, but be assured that all information has been accepted  by this site as accurate on face value. Should you discover an inaccurate entry please inform me so that entry can be rectified.    

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FOREWORD

 

So far I have only found one miner who worked at Do Well colliery prior to coming to Silverwood, recently Vincent Wardle found that entry on this site and then supplied the story of what must be the shortest lifespan of a colliery.

Vincent's interest in the Do Well colliery was triggered when he found the pit check pictured below.

The story below is well worth reading and with it Vincent supplied a couple of photos of historic value.

 

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DO WELL COLLIERY

By Vincent Wardle 2007

 

 

I was recently looking through your Silverwood Colliery Website, as I was after some information, and came across your page that was headed "UNKNOWN COLLIERIES"
The following line caught my eye :

 

"L. Myers age 45 living at 58 Norwood St Dalton signed on as a Stoneworker March 1925 previously worked at Dowell ?"
 
The reason I mention this is because I have just put up for sale a Pit Check from DO - WELL colliery on ebay (Item number 330098023629) 
When I first found the pit check it was in the dredging from the canal at Staveley in Chesterfield, Derbyshire where it had laid for 67 years until I found it in 1990

 


 
 

DO - WELL colliery was part of the Stanton and Stavely Iron Works based at Staveley, and closed in 1923 due to flooding, which would suggest why L. Myers above applied to Silverwood after that date.
 
I was told the colliery was named after clipper ship of the time, apparently there was SPEED WELL, DO-WELL and another I cannot remember.  There is a Pub in Staveley called the Speedwell Arms, and if that name was already in use, perhaps the mine owners chose another of the names - e.g. DO - WELL.  Up to date I have not managed to verify this info regarding the clipper ships.
From the coal board archives a leaflet presumably produced by Stanton and Stavely Iron Works states:

"The colliery situated near the company works is one of the most modern in the Kingdom. At present the coal faces are only just being set out. The two shafts sunk to depths of 312 yards go down to the Black shale, which seam it is proposed to work.

All machinery at this pit is electrically driven, so that a notable feature is the absence  of chimney stacks and consequently smoke. The coal being drawn at present is from the headings, and is practically all worked by compressed air cutting machines. These will be introduced throughout the pit when development is in full swing, as well as other modern appliances.

The coal is of excellent quality being admirably suited for gas making and household purposes."


It is interesting to note, that the shaft was started to be dug in 1921, and the figures on the sheet I have sent show S. Collins as Manager (Certificate Number 790).  The next column is blank, and that would have had the undermanager (Obviously not needed whilst not fully operational) the next column of 14, is the amount of underground workers in 1921, and 50 in the following column is the amount of pit top workers.
  Two years later, underground workers were only 81 in number and pit top workers 135.  In that year, apparently the Deep Shale seam they were heading for, as with other surrounding pits working the same seam suffered from heavy flooding, and after 1923 there is no further mention of the colliery, and it is suspected it closed due to the severe flooding.  Quite a loss when you look at the pit head pictures.  
 
However this does tie in with the migration of workers to surrounding collieries in the subsequent years.
 

 

The Pit Check, of which there must be only a few ever made for a pit with a maximum of 81 underground workers, and that only existed for 2 - 3 years. It was found in the dredging's from the Chesterfield Canal at Staveley, next to what used to be the Canal Tavern, where it had laid in the canal bottom for 67 years !!!!
I can only imagine the collier that owned it, after having been laid off, had a few pints to drown his sorrows, and with a few well chosen words, threw the check into the canal . . . LOL LOL

 

 

 

 

The Stavely company actually owned eight pits and these were.

Barlborough,

Bonds Main,

Markham No. 1 and Markham No. 2, Hartington,

Ireland ,

and Do well which were all around Chesterfield, they owned also Warsop Main which was 5 miles North of Mansfield. Coal from these mines could be delivered by rail between six and eight hours to the ports of Hull, Boston Goole Grimsby, and Immingham. 

 

The rail companies of the London Midlands and Scottish rail system, and  the London North East rail system were used, and the photo left shows the route of these lines.

 

 

 

 

Vincent Wardle 2007

 

Many thanks to Vincent for sharing his research and presenting this page.

 

 

 

 

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