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Silverwood Mine

South Yorkshire England

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Sarah Holden
Hi there, I have just been wondering around your web-site it is fantastic. My family emigrated to New Zealand in 1972 from Yorkshire. Since my Nana passed away last year I have been trying to trace a bit of my family history, on my Mothers side. I have talked with my great aunty (my Grandmothers older sister) who is now 90 years old.
My Grandfather was born in 1878 - George Thomas Mason My Grandmother was also born in 1878 - Margaret Ellen Price They were both born in Wednesbury - Staffordshire and in 1904 moved to 6 Norwood Street, Dalton Brook. I know that my Great Grandfather worked at Silverwood Pit as a Coal Hewer , I am going to get information off my Aunty on what years he worked in the pits so I can add to your web- site. I know he worked there in 1917 (from my Nanas Birth Certificate), and my Aunty has mentioned the 1926 Strike from May - October 1926.

Joe McDermott.
Hi John, really enjoyed looking at some of the old sites, I worked at Silverwood from 1977 to 1989,and I really miss all my old pals, I was known for my singing on the chair coming out of the mine.

Joanna Walkington

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  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,   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

Louise Hudd   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.
Best wishes Louise

Bob Green  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

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

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 to help.
Malcolm Shortt

Lynda Napper 

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 have vivid memories of the 1984 strike, the riots and army of Metropolitan Police that would sweep past our house on a regular basis. I grew up on The Crescent East in the house formerly owned by the Hartles featured on your site. I regularly stayed at a friends house on Hollings Lane and saw first hand the charging of the Mounted Police and the hostility between the two groups. 
Mining has played a huge role in my life going back many, many generations. I am currently researching my own family history and would like to know if you have info regarding New Stubbin where my great grandfather Charles Thomas Bartholomew worked?
Finally, I would just like to say a big thank you for saving our local heritage for future generations.
Lynda Napper

Robert Mills 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.
Robert Mills

 Emma Kelsall   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.
Thank You Emma Kelsall

Nicola Cooper

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.
Best Wishes Nicki Cooper

Julie Hardy

Dear John,

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

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.

Susan Wilson  Altrincham Cheshire
A great site it brings back so many memories of the tales that my dad used to tell me of his life working down the pit.My granddad and dad,both Ernest Wigglesworth,spent part of their life working underground.I have memories of my dad taking me there in the 1950's I think that he went to collected his wages.

Michael McGann []

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

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

 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 Silverwood.
Just a brief overview of my links with Ravenfield, and why even today I am a loyal Rotherham United supporter. Best wishes and congratulations on a great website. Roy Rudham.

  J. Mair I worked at Littleton from 1980-1993 I know what you are saying.

All the best
J Mair

Margaret Macia (nee Baker)

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.
My granddad, George Baker played trombone in the band and many´s the time that I went down to the Miners Welfare for practice sessions. He took a great interest in the young people that aspired to play in the band and gave up a lot of his time teaching trumpet, cornet and trombone. I also remember Reg. Gray who was the conductor. I think that he lived on Far Lane at that time.
Granddad went with the band a couple of times to Amersfoort and made friends with the family with whom he stayed. I think that they were called de Groote !
It's strange but brass-band music has always been a great love of mine and next Monday I am going to listen to the Royal Air Force Band who is giving a concert in Benalmadena which is very close to where I live.
Many thanks for your great web-site - long may it flourish. Regards. Margaret Macia (nee Baker)

Mark Rigby
Interesting reading but all too familiar for lots of pit villages, as yours ,massive investment told we were the Jewel in the crown then bang sorry lads pit is closing, Worked in Abercynon/Lady Windsor combine for 10 years in South Wales still miss it to this day 18 years ago.

Harry Hunt

My father was also a miner at Silverwood. His name was Harry Hunt although he was always known as 'Mick'. I am lead to believe that he started work at Silverwood in 1926 at the age of 14 as 'pony lad'. He continued to work there until he retired in 1977, he unfortunate died that same year. We lived in Sunnyside, again another mining village. My mother came to live with us in 1981 and I can still recall her shouting me to watch the TV when The announcement was made that Silverwood was going to close.
Rgds Harry Hunt

Eric Riley
Congratulations on a great web site it is great to get information about my old place of employment in the u.k. I started in 1950 left in 1969 to emigrate to Australia . It was nice to see my name on what I would call the honours list along side three of my uncles wishing you all the best on a great web sight
Eric Riley

Bob Parker.
Great site, lots of names that brings back lovely memories, my dad worked at Silverwood 1926 aged 14 until 1960, it is nice to keep in touch, I don't think any of our grandchildren realize what a life we had and yet we loved every day of it.
all the very best to everyone
Bob Parker/ little Lou

Martin Maguire 

Dear John,
I discovered the website for Silverwood yesterday. It is very informative and interesting - an insight into an industry all but gone. I worked at Silverwood from 1980 to 1991 as an Assistant Mine Surveyor. Like many contributors to the site, I have never found comradeship to equal that I experienced in the coal mining industry.
Regards, M J Maguire Environment Officer

George Clement  

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.
I am sorry to read of his passing via your website, to me he was a gent.

Larry & Kathy Dunn Reno, Nevada
Great site !!! My husband's Great Grandfather, Albert James Dunn (1868-1927) was a coal miner in Barnsley, Yorkshire, as were all his ancestors in England. Informative to read what it was like.
Thanks. Larry & Kathy Dunn

Neil Wheeler
a very interesting insight to miners &their familys history& a very good account of Paddy Burke the peoples friend.

John Berry

Dear John
I have just viewed your Silverwood Colliery web site and have been transported back to a very special time of my life. I started at Silverwood straight from school in April 1970, aged 15 years. I trained as an electrician, completing my apprenticeship at 19 years old and continued to work as an electrician until April 1994.
I will continue to browse the website for updates and enjoy the trip down memory lane, thank you
Regards John Berry
Group Health & Safety and QA Manager
Advance Security UK Ltd


Very informative site & well put together. I am not from mining background but was fascinated with their lives. They were great people.

Robert Etchells

Dear Sir,

I was delighted to read your tribute to my late Father Stan Etchells & thank you very much indeed.

Robert Etchells

Neil ' Nel 'Elliott.

       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

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.

Steve Marshall.

Paul Moorhouse

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 2007.
Regards Paul Moorhouse

P. Forster

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!
View to Drittel Polzer!

Wayne Phillips

“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.
Cheers to the Phillips, Burrows, and to those extended members of my family the Roberts and Whiteheads. “Wishing you all the very best in South Yorkshire” 
PS: Do you know of any site that can provide any details about Maltby Pit and its employee’s? It would be wonderful to learn about my Mums side of the family the Arthurs who worked at Maltby Pit for decades.
With Regards Wayne Phillips
Victoria, Australia




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