1900 - 1994
Dedicated to the Miners of Silverwood
History of the Mine
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South Yorkshire England
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Joanna Walkington email@example.com
HI my name is Rosalie Walkington and as I am getting on in years I am trying to find out information on my grandad who worked at the Silverwood pit (I think) my mother referred to it as the "Widows Pit". She was very close chested about how he died and when but I believe that it was down the pit and that he was 37 at the time. My gran said that she got £500 compensation because it was too dangerous to bring the bodies up so they just closed off the seam. His name was Alfred Blyton and I think that he was a foreman. I want my children and grandchildren to see what prices were paid by their ancestors to feed their families and to keep others who were better heeled warm! I want them to be proud of their line. I hope you can help.
Brian Eyre firstname.lastname@example.org Hi John every time I visit your site there’s something new, when I think it can’t get better it does. Keep up the good work.
Bruce Wilson, Brucew754@aol.com former Silverwood Miner. just come across your very interesting site. I took quite a few photos during the miners strike, many of picketing around the country, some good ones of march back to work. outside Silverwood pit, and in the pit yard showing Colliery banner etc [ all colour] .picket duty on a cold and frosty morning outside Silverwood colliery gates. picket duty in notts, is your dad on the photo, if interested let me know, keep up the good work
email@example.com Many congratulations on the web site - it is fascinating. Here is another name for your list - my
grandfather - Arthur Hudd He worked at Silverwood from about
1932 to 1972. Firstly as a coal miner, and then above ground
during the last few years he was there.
Bob Green firstname.lastname@example.org I was beginning to think that no-one else had heard of Silverwood Colliery Brass band. It's been a pleasure to read and reply to your request for information.. Bob Green (Sheffield)
Paul Charles Linstead Paul@plinstead.fslife.co.uk
Hi I am the son of Charles Linstead ,my name is Paul ,my brother Malcolm John ,also worked at Silverwood Pit as an apprentice welder ,but only for a short time after leaving school (Spurley Hey )
Charles (wag) to some started from school at Hickelton Main late 30s went on to become a Deputy at Thurcroft and returned to Silverwood to work in the First Aid Room having left the NCB ,to work in the Test house at Tinsley Wire works I am looking to complete a work history for my father Charles so that I can pursue a claim for him ,in his death some years ago , great to see the work that has been done and proud to add my fathers name to it
Yours Sincerly Paul Charles Linstead
Malcolm Shortt email@example.com
What an interesting site. My father,
Amos Shortt, worked at Silverwood Colliery most of his life
before he retired as a deputy in the mid 60's. In his youth he
lived with his Aunt May - May Bailey at 14 Saville Street,
Dalton. I believe that May Baileys husband was either killed or
died in the 30's 40's. If anyone can throw more light on May
Bailey I would be most grateful. Conversely if anyone would
like more details of my father Amos Shortt or his father
George Shortt who was also a miner I would be only too pleased
Lynda Napper firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi, I just wanted to say what a
great site this is. I grew up in the shadow of Silverwood,
my father Alan Napper was a deputy at Silverwood until it's
closure. I know that he still misses working there, that and
the many great friends and colleagues that he had.
I was born in 54 Norwood St in 1940, my father (Billy Mills)
worked at Silverwood until a fall crushed his legs. My Grandfather
Tom Barlow (56 Norwood St) and his sons Enoch (Nip) and Horace
also worked down the pit.
I went to Dalton Junior Headmaster Mr Hillsley, Thrybergh
Secondary Modern Headmaster Mr Armatage. I moved to Dorset in
1963 but still refer to the 'Brook' as my home.
Hi. My niece found your site whilst researching our family tree.
My Granddad, Reginald Kelsall died in the 1966 disaster so I never
got to meet him, but it's interesting to read about where he and
many of the family worked.
Nicola Cooper email@example.com
Dear John, I've just come across your webpage dedicated to
Thrybergh and Silverwood pit. It's fantastic. My late father Frank Harvey was a train driver at
Silverwood pit and my late grandfather William McGowan also worked
there. My parents moved from Rotherham to here in Suffolk
before I was born but dad often talked about life down the mine. I was proud he did such a job, especially when he
told me how dangerous it could be (there was a train crash once
before he went on shift and this convinced him to come out). I often visit Rotherham and Sheffield, my parents
were both born in Dalton and I still have relatives living in
Moorgate, Hooten Roberts and Bramley. Your beer's so much better too, apart from the
Adams stuff brewed on the Suffolk coast. Thanks again for a fab website.
Julie Hardy firstname.lastname@example.org
My sister (Nicola Cooper - who has already left a message in your guestbook) directed me to your website as our father and grandfather both worked down the pit. In fact, I believe that my parents only met because my granddad worked the same shifts as my dad and decided he was as "a nice fellow"! I was most interested to read the page about the 1966 accident and then, when I saw the reference at the bottom of the page to Mr Frank Harvey who drove the train on the very next shift after the accident (and then moved to Suffolk in 1968) my heart stopped - this is my dad you're talking about! Sadly, my dad (whose nickname down the pit was Ticker) died in 1997 but I remember him talking occasionally about working at Silverwood - he didn't talk an awful lot about it, and certainly not the accident as I think it was still too painful a subject for him. I was only 3 at the time of the accident, but I do remember him coming home after his shift still covered in pit dust because he hadn't wanted to use the showers so he could get home quicker.
I am very proud to be a Yorkshire girl (although I do get my leg pulled about it as I married an Essex boy and now live in Southend!) and I'm proud of the work my dad and my granddad (whose name was William McGowan) did. If anyone reads this message who knew my dad or granddad I would love to hear from you. with kindest regards. Julie Hardy
Martyn Harvey email@example.com
What a good, comprehensive site. My Father was Frank Harvey - train driver 1955 to 1968. My grandfather, William Mc Gowan also worked there and it was from Frank working with William that he met my Mother (one of Williams's daughters). My Father often spoke of and told tales of "t'pit" and I as always most attentive when they were being told - especially when my dad & Granddad were telling them together. I vaguely remember he had a nickname, I think it was "Ticker" if anyone can remember, please let me know.
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Michael McGann [email@example.com]
Excellent site, My grandfather John Henry Mcgann came to the area specifically as a shaft sinker to work on the Silverwood site. On completion he signed on as a Stoneman and lived at the end house of Osberton Street /Saville Street. He was sacked in c.1926. My father Hugh Mcgann worked as a surface labourer at Silverwood from 1923 until 1974. I went to Silverwood as undermanager in1979 and stayed until 1987. Keep the flame burning bright. Mike Mcgann.
Barry Holt firstname.lastname@example.org
Just looking. The site is interesting. I am looking for information on coal mining around the Morley East Ardsley area of west Yorkshire both my Grandfather were miners and would have worked in the mines around 1900. I understand the area was dotted with lots of small Mines. Any information would be well received. Barry Holt
Roy Rudham Roy@lsnwa.freeserve.co.uk
Hi , My name is Roy Rudham; I now live in
Oadby, Leicestershire. However I was born in 21 Silverwood Cottages,
which is now 104 Hollins Lane, Ravenfield in February
1943. We moved to 5 Birchwood Drive when the houses were built, and
I attended Ravenfield Primary School from 1948 until 1954, I well
remember Miss Ward as Head teacher and also Mrs Littlewood. I went
for a very short spell to Maltby Hall, upon leaving Ravenfield, my
family then moved to Sale in Cheshire. I have a sister Eileen Rudham (now
Eileen Eglin), Eileen was born in 1944, and a brother Graham, who
unfortunately did not live long and is buried at Ravenfield Church. My grandfather with whom we lived from
my birth until age 5 was Albert Greaves who worked as a deputy at
Silverwood and as a miner for 52 years, my sister still as his Coal
Board certificate of service. During our time in Silverwood and
Ravenfield my father Alan Rudham worked on the Coke Ovens at
J. Mair email@example.com I worked at Littleton from 1980-1993 I know what you are saying.
All the best
Margaret Macia (nee Baker) firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear John, I have just logged on to your excellent site about the Silverwood Band. I
can't begin to tell you how many memories it has churned up for me.
Harry Hunt email@example.com
Martin Maguire firstname.lastname@example.org
George Clement email@example.com
I was a deputy at Cortonwood under Len Barlow, he gave me a lot of encouragement in my career, he once invited me to
his home to give me some mining text books which I still have and
treasure. While at his home he showed me a sailing boat he had built in his
back garden, I think he named it after his daughter.
Larry & Kathy Dunn
Neil Wheeler firstname.lastname@example.org
John Berry John.Berry@advancesecurity.co.uk
Very informative site & well put together. I am not from mining background but was fascinated with their lives. They were great people.
Robert Etchells email@example.com
I was delighted to read your tribute to my late Father Stan Etchells & thank you very much indeed.
Neil ' Nel 'Elliott. firstname.lastname@example.org
Just found this site I worked at Silverwood from 75 to Closure, I am very proud to have been a Silverwood lad some brilliant lads.
Steve Marshall Discojud@aol.com
Terrific website. I worked at Silverwood colliery from 1973 till 1980. I did a 4 year apprenticeship as a colliery electrician, worked as an electrician till 1980 when I left to work in the leisure industry as a service engineer 27 years later I am till there. have some fond memories, of my time at Silverwood, and would love to share them on the site if possible.
Paul Moorhouse email@example.com
Excellent site, social history, brilliant.
Spent 2 and a half hours rekindling great memories of Silverwood pit
and the characters that helped build its history through to the
sadness of its closure. I would also like to mention Paddy Burke a
real character, Mick Hope pit overman and Kenny 'Fingers' Skelton
(we used to compare scars) who have all sadly passed away during
P. Forster firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello, very interesting side! We are one
trenches from miners on a coalpit in Germany! We would become
pleasing to us about a return visit and an entry in our visitors'
book! Nice greetings from Germany!
Wayne Phillips email@example.com
“Excellent site John” You have added true and
emotional meaning to what can only be described as real working
class history. Ninety years of my ancestry is documented within
your pages and you have assisted me greatly in my appreciation for
what I presently enjoy in life and to whom I owe it too. I’m an
Aussie now, however I can remember as a 12 year old visiting
Silverwood back in 1976 and watching my Granddad coming out of the
pit and walking across to the shower block. It took a while to
recognize him amongst the sea of black faces and white eyes, however
for both my brother and I at the time, it made us feel proud. I
returned to the UK in 1985 for a brief while and witnessed first
hand the disgraceful disrespect shown by the British government
toward the men and women who made England the economic powerhouse it
was and is. It was a heart breaking experience. My Granddad (Tom
Phillips, from Dalton, Sunnyside and now Wickersley) is still kickin'
on and is well into his 80’s. He is testament to the resilience of
those men who toiled in the most atrocious of working conditions.
All information on this site is correct to the extent of my knowledge,
should you spot an error please let me know and that error will be