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Silverwood Mine

Hollings Lane


South Yorkshire England

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1900 to 1914


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Around 1901 George Willey was one of the first miners to become employed in the new mine, his descendant Fred Willey was possibly the last man to exit the mine when in his position as Overman he locked up in 1994.

Some of the other first miners at Silverwood were  Frederick Kelly who was the father of Fred and William, both sons were to sign on at Silverwood in later years.  Joseph Mckenzie  who worked on the sinking of the shaft. Men like Oliver Dabs who came over to Thrybergh from the village of Jump near Elsecar to work at Silverwood in 1905.

Patrick Deehan of 9 Doncaster Rd  came over from Ireland  to work at Silverwood when the shaft was first sunk


The opening of the new Mine saw a huge influx of people into the area, and the once quiet Rural Villages of Thrybergh, and Dalton , in particular became a hubbub of activity.


Page's Engineering Weekly - Page 832
.".. have lately completed a contract for large coal- screening plant for the Dalton Main Collieries Company, Ltd., at their Silverwood Colliery. "


Electrical Times - Page 947
Seven 25-ton trolley locomotives are to be used at Silverwood colliery


Transactions of the Institution of Mining Engineers: Volume 26  Institution of Mining Engineers (Great Britain) 1903
Walter Baxter Silverwood Colliery, Thrybergh, near Rotherham


Bulletin by Institution of Mining and Metallurgy (Great Britain) - 1904
... controlled air-lock at Silverwood Colliery.


Train Number 1021 type 0-6-OT with OC cylinders 18x24 wheels and a four foot gauge was purchased by Dalton Main on the 1st of the 10th 1904 from Andrew Barclay, Kilmarnock Locomotive Works, known as Engine no 4


Albert Earnest Willey was amongst the first miners to work at the colliery and became one of the longest serving men to work there, apparently he worked well beyond retirement age [ 65 ] until the management realised how old he was. His family were amongst the first to reside in Sunnyside. Many of the family were to sign on at Silverwood over the years and one of his descendants Fred Willey a deputy was one of the last to leave the pit prior to its closure.   For a short period of time the family lived in the stone cottages on the way to Bramley in Ravenfield.


G. F. Hardwick writes: " My grandfather was born in Tansey Green Rd Kingswinford Staffordshire he later resided at 4 Doncaster Rd Dalton. His name was Isaac Hardwick he served in the Sudan wars in the 1880s when he was demobbed he came to Rotherham looking for work and started at Silverwood early 1900s,Issac must have been one of the first after the shaft was sunk. He was in the army from 1884 to the mid 1890s some west midlands regiments he came out a Sgt major but that's all we know, I have got a requisition form for his pension.

In 1901the family are listed as:-

Harry  Hardwick 5 Staffde Bromley York Rotherham
Isaac  Hardwick 32 Staffde Tansey Green York Rotherham Coal Miner
Mary A Hardwick 31 Staffde Bromley York Rotherham
Minnie  Hardwick 8 Staffde Tansey Green York Rotherham

Isaac had six sons, his eldest son Thomas was killed in the first world war

Initials: T H
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: York and Lancaster Regiment
Unit Text: 2nd/4th Bn.
Age: 23
Date of Death: 21/07/1918
Service No: 17876
Additional information: Husband of Ruth Hardwick, of Dalton Brook, Rotherham, Yorkshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: I. B. 27.

The other sons all worked at Silverwood pit their names were Fred ,George [ who was my father worked at Silverwood from 14 years old 1913 to having a heart attack in 1961] , Charles, Frank, Burgess, they all lived at 4, Doncaster Rd, Dalton.

Also on my mothers side of the family her father was Albert Edward Ogden, her mother was Elizabeth Ogden they lived at 52 Saville St with sons Thomas, Rodger, Albert, Leonard and daughters May, Dot, Martha, Clarice, Alice, Edith. Albert Edward and sons worked at Silverwood Colliery. "


The Mining Engineer - Page xvi 1905
BAXTER, WALTER, Silverwood Colliery, Thrybergh, near Rotherham and above

The Railway news ...: Volume 84
The only colliery that I can see that will be affected by it is the Thurcroft Colliery, and at present there is connection ... Rhodes to sell the railways which he had constructed for the service of his Dalton and Silverwood Collieries.

March 25th, 1906, Horace Atkins Age: 26 who was employed as an Hurrier was the victim of a roof fall down the mine receiving substantial injuries, he sadly died from those injuries on the 18th of January 1907

Transport world: Volume 20 1906
At the Silverwood pit of the Dalton Main Colliery Company there was recently a break-down of the engine portion of the electric generating plant, which rendered necessary the ordering at once of a 300 kw. alternating current generator .

Journal: Volume 80 Iron and Steel Institute  1909
... of a number of locked coil winding ropes installed at the Silverwood colliery in 1906 in place of the ordinary lay ropes. ... H Mine Drainage. W.O. Wood ** gives an account of the method employed in stopping an extensive leak, ...

In the year 1906 on the 13th June John Price age 23 a Trammer walked behind the back timber in the mine to answer a call of nature when a section of roof fell upon him, the unfortunate John was killed
On the 19th of August that same year Henry Goulding age 34 a labourer climbed in a hopper containing small coal to level it out after a quantity of coal had been drawn out of the bottom, the coal he was standing on gave way burying Henry in the hopper beneath the coal which suffocated him.
A few days later on the 24th of August Thomas Flint age 47 a shotfirer was at the gate lip in the mine getting ready to fire a charge when suddenly a stone fell striking him on the head, he later died from his injuries on the 2nd of September 1906
Less than a month later on the 12th September 1906 James Parker age 27 a collier was drawing back props when twelve props were displaced by a roof fall killing James instantly
The mine claimed yet another miner on the 2nd of December 1906 one George W. Hargreaves age 51 a roadsman, George and one other man were relocating rails on one of the underground roads, during the course of this work two pit props required moving so George hit the first prop with his tomahawk, The prop did not come out , what did come out was a very large piece of stone which fell from the roof onto George and the "MERRY WIDOWER" claimed yet another victim.

Transport world: Volume 20
At the Silverwood pit of the Dalton Main Colliery Company there was recently a break-down of the engine portion of the electric generating plant, which rendered necessary the ordering at once of a 300 kw. alternating current generator .

William Green  who was a Train Driver for G.C.R. was assigned to Silverwood Colliery in 1906








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