1900 - 1994
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Ex Silverwood Miner and Policeman
Starting his working life at Silverwood in 1955 Fred observed not just the surroundings of the mine he was working in, he also observed the many characters he encountered. These observations stayed with him and enabled him to later write down in great detail these vivid memories. Fred also produced some fine paintings and drawings of Silverwood as can be seen above.
trainee's when he started work at Silverwood he travelled to Manvers
Main which was the area training centre.
Leaving Silverwood for a new career in the C. I. D. he found himself stationed at nearby Rotherham, a vastly different environment from his days underground.
Fred recalls "In the early 1970s having joined the Police, I was posted to CID at Conisbrough, a great old 'nick' almost as old as the Castle? We lived in one of the Police houses on Morley Place. From there I was posted to nearby Mexborough CID. As the years went by, I was transferred around the Force area. Returning as Detective Inspector at Mexborough in 1989 one of the areas covered, being good old Conisbrough. I retired in 1995 after 10 years I still miss the area and working with all sections of the community.
Back in the mid 1990s I was called across to Grimethorpe Colliery, not my area, but the powers that be knew of my mining background. There had been a very serious sabotage underground, the pit was out, " Over to you Fred" I was left to sort it. I went underground to examine the scene, taking a photographer with me. "
Today in retirement, it is memories of his time at Silverwood that remain to the forefront of his memories, and when reading his stories and verse one senses the pride of this mans involvement with the miners at Silverwood.
Having had several stories
published including the terrific memory below which was
Many thanks Fred,
Copyright Fred Spencer
I experienced few pleasures as a coal face worker in the 1950s, other than
removing my size seven boots, from my size nine feet. Until, that
is, I bought my first motor car, a red 1946 Morgan 4-4 Drophead
Coupe JTT 96 a Devon number I believe. This had been for sale at
the Falcon Garage, Dinnington, with an asking price of £225. I was
earning £18-00 a week on the coal face. The dealer gave me £125 for
my BSA B31 350cc solo motorcycle.
FRED SPENCER email@example.com
Poetry by Fred
Articles by Fred
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