1900 - 1994
Dedicated to the Miners of Silverwood
History of the Mine
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|Facts, Stories and Features|
|The Price of Coal|
|Me N Thee|
|The Pit Shop|
|N. U. M.|
|Brass Band 2|
|Brass Band Drawing|
|Miners Welfare Club|
|Checks and Awards|
|Under Our Feet|
|Keep on the Sunnyside|
|The Managers House|
|Tales from the Mine|
|The making of the Mine|
|History of the Mine|
|Listing of Miners|
|Where the Miners of Silverwood came from|
|Origins of Miners|
|Work and Leisure|
|Biographies and Tributes|
Facts, Stories and Features
|Legends from the Mine|
|Tales from the Mine|
|For Your Use|
NATIONAL. UNION. OF MINERS.
Many people believe that Unions are an unnecessary evil of the workplace, well I think you only have to look at the 1984 strike, and the history of the conditions workers endured prior to the forming of Unions to realize that without them the working mans lot would never have improved.
During the 1800's and continuing into the early part of the twentieth century the Miners strived to form unions. This of course was opposed by the Mine owners and the Ruling Class. During the period of the Combination Act these early attempts at forming unions were disguised by the Miners who named their Unions Friendly Societies, needless to say there were quite a lot of Friendly societies in the Mining areas of England at this time.
Northumberland and Durham were the first two counties to merge and negotiated a reduction in hours around 1831, this was a major boost in showing that together workers could improve their lot . The Miners Association of Great Britain and Ireland was formed in 1842 and despite Yorkshire and the East Midlands failing to join, the union movement was steadily moving forward.
By 1874 two
Miners were actually elected in a general election, even though it
was not until 1884 that the Miners themselves were allowed to vote
in a Parliamentary Election
It was not until 1908 that all the areas joined the M. F. G. B. making the union the most powerful voice in the Trade Union movement.
On the 1st of January 1945 with the Coal Industry moving into Nationalization, the M. F. G. B. was restructured and emerged with a new name N. U. M.
The Office in the
photo below situated at Silverwood belonged to the local Lodge of
the N. U. M. A place where miners could raise issues and discuss
problems, every colliery had a union office.
Photo copyright and kindly contributed by Mick Carver
Photo courtesy and copyright George Johnson
John Henry Green 1910 approx was the most popular labour leader in South Yorkshire, and was at the head of over 3000 Silverwood miners.
William . (Bill) Rollett 1930's
Fred Kelly 1950's He was in turn president, delegate and secretary of the Silverwood branch. For many years he served on the committee making both friends and enemies along the way.
Tommy D'Arcy pre 1960 union official, and N.U.M. safety inspector.
Warneford Cawthorne pre 1953 N.U.M. rep
Fred Green 1960's Secretary
Albert Green N.U.M. during 84/85 strike
Terry Johnson pre1994 served on the N. U. M. Committee
Steve Hammill (Silverwood NUM), 1985
Granville Richardson, union secretary at Silverwood
T. B. Hemmingway Branch President 1970's
E. Manns Branch Delegate 1970's
J. R. Moran Treasurer 1970's
If you have a memory of the Union and its Officials at Silverwood Please send them in
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