Silverwood Logo by John Doxey background photo Mick Carver1900 - 1994

Dedicated to the Miners of Silverwood

History of the Mine

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Silverwood Mine

South Yorkshire England

Webmaster John Doxey

Main Photos Jonathan Dabbs.

Additional content Mick Carver

 


 

INTRODUCTION TO SITE

WHAT YOU WON'T FIND ON THIS SITE ! A hit counter. Abuse. Adult only material, Photo of Mrs. Thatcher.

WHAT YOU WILL FIND ON THIS SITE  A safe site for children to visit, history, useful information on mining. An in depth look at miners including genealogy, and also links to my other sites containing the history and genealogy of the Villages they lived in, Mining Poetry, True stories, humorous and sad recollections, great photos, and the major thing that has made this site a success, input from miners and their families.

Help in navigating this site

Pages are grouped for easier navigation, items like the Miners list,  Origins of Miners, Tales from the Mine are linked from all other pages by leader page only. This page you are now viewing is the only complete listing on this site.

Many of the pages contain text in Yorkshire dialect [ Phonetic ] If you have a problem reading the text please email me and I will decipher it for you. Or you can try my pages on the  Yorkshire accent

ENJOY YOUR VISIT !

LINKS

DESCRIPTION

Home Page


Site Guide


People list

 


News and Events

The welcome page to the site


This page, which is to help you navigate


 The people listed  appear on this site, either as contributors or were concerned with the mine at some stage in the history of Silverwood. There are also those who have websites with information related to this sites content. The list is in order of appearance and is a way of locating individuals and stories not listed elsewhere on the site.


A page to add your local news or advertise local events related to Silverwood Colliery or mining

 

HISTORY

The Shaft is Sunk


Dalton Mining Co


Early Years


Early Years 2


1913 Accident


1914


1915


1916


1917


1918


War Years at the Mine


1919


Early Trains


The 1920's


War Memorial of 1923


1930's


Travelling to work


Coke Ovens


Pit Head Baths


1940's


1947 Accident


1950's


1960's


The Blacking Mill


1966 Disaster


The Silverwood Disaster song


1970's


Mine improvements 1970


Journey to the Face


Loading Coal


Maps of Workings


1980's


1984 Strike


1984 Strike 2


The Miners Return


The 1985 Strike


One Million Tonnes


Weekly Record


Home of Quality


Riddor Incident


Silverwood Closure


Silverwood Closure 2


Final Years Photos


Stuart Tomlins Collection


Stuart Tomlins Collection 2


Stuart Tomlins Collection 3


Sunset on Silverwood


The Last Trains


Final Years


Final Years 2


Work After Silverwood


Silverwood 2007

The birth of the mine in 1900


The company who owned the mine until the nationalization of coal mines in the U/K


Pre 1920


Pre 1920


The sad day when three Dalton men were lost in a roof fall


A listing of miners lost in the Great War


A listing of miners lost in the Great War


A listing of miners lost in the Great War


A listing of miners lost in the Great War


A listing of miners lost in the Great War


Covering events at the mine during the Great War


The year following the Great War


A page on Trains and their operatives who worked for Dalton Main or Silverwood


1920 to 1930


The story of the Dalton Main War Memorial built in 1923


The mine in pre war years


A look at how the men got to their place of work


A very informative article from Michael Knight


The battle to have pit head baths in mines


Through the war and towards the 1950's


The sad loss of George Mosley and Wallace Beavis by Ian Brameld


The decade of new machines


The decade of tragic events, and the opening of the Swallow Wood Seam


The history of the Blacking Mill by Keith Barraclough and John Doxey


The tragic accident when two paddy trains collided underground


A song by ex Lord Mayor, and M. P. Stan Crowther


The mine becomes a legend in production


A glimpse of the improvements with photos


How the miners reached the coal face in the 1970's with photos


How the coal reached the surface in the 1970's with photos


Presentation by Bruce Wilson of hand drawn Maps showing underground workings


A decade of conflict, and production records


The final conflict during which Britain became a Police State


A personal recollection by Kilnhurst Colliery Miner Mike Glennon


The end of the 1984/5 strike and the day the miners returned to work


A record gained, an agreement broken, resulting in a 2 week strike by a group of miners.


The one million tonne output record with photo of some of the miners who gained it


A photo of the lads celebrating yet anouther Silverwood record.


A group of Silverwood miners with two of the finished products from coal


No not the runaway train, this is the story of the runaway Crane


A reflection with poems and a great painting of the mines demolition by Oliver Dabbs


A terrific presentation of photos from Jonathan Dabbs


Another terrific presentation of photos from George Johnson ex Maltby Main electrician


A presentation of marvellous photographs by Stuart in the final moments of Silverwood


A presentation of marvellous photographs by Stuart in the final moments of Silverwood


A presentation of marvellous photographs by Stuart in the final moments of Silverwood


Two excellent  photos from Mick Carver


Photos by George Johnson showing the last trains to remove coal from the mine


The closing of the mine and the aftermath


A descriptive presentation from Dean George Clement regarding the last workings at Silverwood


A look at how some of the miners fared after the closure of the mine


 Views of the restored site of Silverwood tip by Jon Rosling

COLLIERS

The Miners listed on the pages below are linked individually to the Origin pages in the next section

Miners List


Useful Information and help


Miners A


Miners B


Miners C


Miners D


Miners E


Miners F


Miners G


Miners H


Miners I-J


Miners K


Miners L


Miners M


Miners N


Miners O


Miners P


Miners Q-R


Miners S


Miners T


Miners U-V


Miners W


Miners X Y Z

A look at the men who worked at the mine, when they started, what they did, and when they finished.

A list to not only pay tribute to the men but also a fact file for their descendents.

 It is recommended to read the Miners List intro page before finding your miner. Each page contains A - Z links so you can navigate quickly.

Three Steps Search

A : Click on first letter of your miners surname

B: Locate your miner, if your miners name is underlined, click on the link

C: Your miners name will appear at the top of the new page with details, if there is a link [ more ] then follow that link for more details of your miner.

 

ORIGINS OF SILVERWOOD MINERS

The Miners listed on this section are linked individually from the Miners List above

Origins of Miners

 


Street Locations


Armthorpe Colliery


Army


Bradgate Drift


Cadeby Main


Canclow Colliery


Carlton Main


Denaby Main


Dinnington Main


Do Well Colliery


Firbeck Colliery


Grimethorpe Colliery


Hadfield colliery


Harworth


Hatfield Main


Here Before


Illness


Ireland


Lancashire


Maltby Main


Manvers Main


Men of August 1919


Mines A


Mines B


Mines C


Mines F


Mines G


Mines H


Mines I - K


Mines L - N


Mines O - R


Mines S


Mines T - U


Mines W - Y


Rossington Colliery


Rotherham Main Colliery


Roundwood


Thrybergh Hall


Thurcroft Colliery


Treeton Colliery


Unknown Colliery


Unknown Origin


Rotherham Corporation


School Leavers


Silverwood Top


Steelmen


Stubbin Collieries


Surface Workers


Various Occupations


Various Origins


Wales


Wath Main Colliery


Yorkshire Main

The following pages concern where the men worked prior to working at Silverwood, IT IS RECOMMENDED to start here, and also read the information at the top of each page


A listing of street names and their locations where some of the miners lived


 


Colliers from the Forces


 


 


 


 


 


Nearby Colliery, the mine has gone but the Band plays on


A presentation by Vincent Wardle regarding the short life of a little known Colliery


 


 


Nottingham Mine


 


 


Miners who returned to Silverwood


Men who returned after a long illness


Men who came direct from Ireland to Silverwood, or from the Derbyshire mine named Ireland


A list of Men who came from Lancashire


Nearby Colliery now one of the few remaining Mines in England


Situated in Wath on Dearne


A huge list of men who signed on in just one month with no previous employment stated


Mining locations with only a few Miners listed per mine


Mining locations with only a few Miners listed per mine


Mining locations with only a few Miners listed per mine


Mining locations with only a few Miners listed per mine


Mining locations with only a few Miners listed per mine


Mining locations with only a few Miners listed per mine


Mining locations with only a few Miners listed per mine


Mining locations with only a few Miners listed per mine


Mining locations with only a few Miners listed per mine


Mining locations with only a few Miners listed per mine


Mining locations with only a few Miners listed per mine


Mining locations with only a few Miners listed per mine


Nearby Colliery


Local Colliery Owned by John Brown and Co


Colliery owned by Dalton Mining company


Later known as Kilnhurst Colliery


Local Colliery


Local Colliery


A list of men where the previous colliery worked at is not clear


A group of miners with no record of previous employment


A list of men who came from the towns corporation workforce


Boys who signed on at Silverwood from School


A list of men with known occupations on the surface at Silverwood prior to working underground


A list of men who came to Silverwood from various steel industries


Local Rotherham mines owned by Earl Fitzwilliam


Men who worked on the surface of Silverwood who went underground


A list of men who came to Silverwood from other than the coal Industry


A listing of men who came from various parts of the U/K


A list of miners who came direct from Wales to Silverwood


 


Nearby Colliery at Edlington previously named Edlington Main colliery

WORKING LIFE

A look at the Miners of Silverwood , their working conditions, and other facts and events during their time at Silverwood

Working Life


Working Life 2


Working Life 3

What was it like being a miner


A glimpse of the working life of Ernest Lawery


A social gathering and a meeting with Prince Phillip

MINERS LEISURE

Leisure


Silverwood Sport


Silverwood F. C.

How miners spent their leisure time an article by John Doxey


The sporting miners of Silverwood


A presentation by Alan Hodgson of the clubs record 1919/1920 and in the F. A. Cup

Silverwood F. C. pg2


Larrett Roebuck


Lol Morgan


Samual J. Taylor

A continuation with a fact file on several local legends who emerged from the club by Alan Hodgson


Local Football star who started his career at Silverwood Colliery F. C.


Local Football star who started his career at Silverwood Colliery F. C.


Local Football star who started his career at Silverwood Colliery F. C.

SILVERWOOD INDIVIDUALS

This section will hopefully grow as the pages concern personal stories and histories of some of the remarkable men and women who worked at Silverwood or were associated with the mine. If you know of any of the Silverwood workforce that has a story to relate, please send it in.

William Hill


James William Hill


Fred Hartle


Hartle Family


Reginald Gray


Fred Spencer


Medical Team


Fred Kelly


Frederick Kelly Snr.


Warneford Cawthorne


Alfred Blyton


William "Bill" Marshall


Stephen Marshall


William Hitchen


Peter O'Brien


Bruce Wilson


Dave Vicars


R & F Green


Mike Longden 


Dean Clement


George Clement


James Slater


William Birch


Billy Mills


Jeff Lovell


The Barlow Family


Ralph Law


Ralph Law  pg2


George Baker


Frank Brown


James Browne


The Doxey Brothers


The Rogers Brothers


Frank Jones


James "T. C."Turner and Son


Keith B. Scholey


Ian "Bidder" Evers


Stan Etchells


Stan Crowther


Newey's of Silverwood


Alexander Dutton


Paddy Burke


Robert Pepper


James Dabbs


Benjamin Bennett


Dave Edwards


The Lawrence Family


William Lawrence


George Mosley


Albert Illsley


William Peers


Walter Ackroyd


Churm Family


George Wilshaw


George T. Davies


Don Pickering


The Coggins Family

 

Hero, and Train driver who worked at Silverwood.


Miner, Deputy, undermanager, Salesman, and a great character


Hero of the second world war, Silverwood Deputy, local chairman of veterans Club Rotherham


A somewhat exceptional family of miners who worked at the mine


The talented musician who was also a miner and became leader of  the colliery band.


Silverwood Miner , CID Officer, poet, artist , and writer.


A tribute featuring Albert Ilsley and other members of the remarkable team.


A man of many parts Fred became one of the best known miners who ever worked at Silverwood


Father of Fred above and William Kelly


From Coal Hewer to Chartered Mining Engineer one of the great achievers of the mine


The tragic story of a Silverwood miner, and how his widow kept his memory alive


Alfred Blyton's Grandson


The great great Grandson of Alfred Blyton relates his memories of starting work at Silverwood


A story from the late William Hitchens


Mining electrician, and local council member


Miner, underground train driver and unofficial historian of the mine


Underground Loco Driver and his memories of the mine


A wonderful insight into the lives of a father and son who played with the band


Memories of a cornet player with Silverwood Band.


One of the last Deputy's at Silverwood [ Son of George below ]


George recalls his memories from the closing of Cortonwood Colliery 


The story of a Silverwood train operative


The Miner with 51 years service with photo of certificate


The Miner from Dalton who never gave up.


An insight into the work of  a Silverwood Mining  Safety Officer by Jeff


The history of the Silverwood mining family by Freda Bliss, Betty Barlow, and Harold Barber


An insight into the work of a Silverwood Blacksmith from 1935 until 1981 with photos


Ralph's life story as related by Janet Law in 1991.


The story of a Trombone Player in the Silverwood Brass Band


One of the early Miners of Silverwood with photos.


The story of  the miner  who arrived at Silverwood pre 1906 and his family.


Three Lancashire lads who came to Silverwood in the 1920's


Three Welsh Lads who came to Silverwood prior to 1920


The remarkable story of Frank who went from dust sampling to Mining Engineer


The inspiring stories of a father known as "Topcat" and his son James who worked at Silverwood


The story of Keith with photo of his training certificate


Miner and Silverwood Welfare football club manager and player


A tribute to a local ex miner who became a Lord Mayor and received an O. B. E. from the Queen


A tribute to the man who wrote the Silverwood Disaster tribute song


A family tribute from David Newey son of William 'Bill' Newey of Dalton


The man who worked all his life in coal mines and the Coal Board has no records of him!


A tribute to the miner who was to become Lord Mayor of Rotherham but died just days before the occasion


The story of a Silverwood Coking Plant worker


A tribute to the late James Dabbs, and a mining family history


The story of a Silverwood Banksman by his grandson Wayne


From Silverwood to Appin Colliery Australia, plus a comparison of the two mines by Dave


A tribute presented by Steven Lawrence the son of Clifford Lawrence Silverwood Miner and Boxer


The Grandfather of Steven Lawrence who worked in mining for 50 years


The story of a Silverwood miner tragically killed below ground


The family story of an outstanding safetyman of Silverwood


A tribute to the Peers family of miners from Dalton


The amazing story of Silverwood's one legged miner


The life of a local coal mining family and a notorious wages case presented by Julie McNeill


The former Blacksmith who became Manager of Silverwood and Roundwood


The story of the Thrybergh family who originated in Lancashire


Dons working years at the mine


From Farmers to Miners the story of a Thrybergh family presented by Dionne Coggins

FACTS FEATURES AND STORIES

From the Mine and concerning the Mine

Silverwood Comments


The Price of Coal


Me N Thee


The Pit Shop


N. U. M.


Brass Band


Brass Band 2


Brass Band Drawing


Miners Welfare Club


Silverwood Welfare


Silverwood Signs


Checks and Awards


Silverwood Memories


Miners Interest


Under Our Feet


Mining Terms


Silverwood Row


Keep on the Sunnyside


The Managers House


Silverwood Accidents


2007 reunion


Aussie Reunion

 

What politicians, the press, ex miners and we said !


The tragic true cost that mining communities paid, with a poem by Fred Spencer


A poem depicting an imaginary conversation between two miners buried alive.


A look at what became the last building standing at Silverwood, the little shop !


The union at Silverwood


The history of the band with photos and band members


An incomplete listing of the bandsmen


A classy  imaginary drawing from Mick Carver


The club situated at Dalton known as the " Gun' n' Baggin"


A tribute to the committee members who emulated the true spirit of a mining community


Photos of some of the signs at Silverwood


Photos of pit checks and awards


A page to add your reflections concerning any aspect of Silverwood


A query on names of  trains and other interest


A look at the underground workings


Mining terms and explanations by Bruce Wilson, Fred Spencer, John Waller, and Keith Barraclough


A photographic presentation by Jonathan Dabs


The history of Sunnyside and Woodlaithes once owned by the Coal Board, with a list of  Residents


A photographic presentation by Jonathan Dabs


The start of a list of fatal and serious accidents at the mine


Photos of  the evening held at Silverwood Miners Welfare


The 2008 reunion of two Dalton miners of Silverwood

 

TALES FROM THE MINE

Tales from the Mine


Tales from the Mine 2


Tales from the Mine 3


Tales from the Mine 3a


Stone walling


Silverwood Ghost


Tales from the Mine 7


 

A collection of tales and memories from Bruce Wilson


Explore the Mine and meet the Miners with Bruce Wilson


This page featuring "The ride of a lifetime" Bruce Wilson


More legends and stories from Bruce Wilson


An insight into building stone walls underground by Fred Spencer


The legend of the haunting with true experiences encountered by three Silverwood miners


Two anecdotes from Geoff Walker


TALES FROM OTHER MINES

James Bamforth

 

A story from 1867 regarding a Handsworth Woodhouse miner [ Ladies you will need your Hankies for this one ]

Gary Evans


 

This is a great story from Gary Evans


 

MINING INFORMATION

Coal Hard Facts


Occupations


Blacksmiths


Blacksmiths 2


Loco Rules 1


Loco Rules 2


The Hunslet Loco


Silverwood Canaries


Mining Books


Mining Links


Site Trivia

A general look at coal, mining.


Some of the occupations in mining through the centuries


A presentation by Ralph Law ex Silverwood Blacksmith


A presentation by Ralph Law ex Silverwood Blacksmith


A   presentation by Dave Vicars ex Silverwood Loco Driver


A   presentation by Dave Vicars ex Silverwood Loco Driver


A photographic presentation by Dave Vicars ex Silverwood Loco Driver


The life saving feathered friends of the miners


Books by South Yorkshire Author Brian Elliot


Other Mining sites


Observations and trivial facts regarding the site.

PAGES FOR YOUR USE

Students Page


Guest Book Page1


  Guest Book Page 2


Messages


Genealogy Links

 

Some helpful information for students


Sign in at Silverwood


Sign in at Silverwood


Need an answer related to mining, or looking for lost friends then leave a message here


Links to help in your family search

LOCAL VILLAGES

My other sites concerning three local villages all linked along with this site so you can navigate quite easily from site to site. The sites below contain history, genealogy, memories, local legends, and plenty of photos of the area. Many of the miners of Silverwood lived in these Villages and some of their memories and lives are recorded here.

Thrybergh

Ravenfield

Dalton

 


 

By the glow and the warmth, we must always remember.
The price of coal, comes not in men's pockets.
It's flesh and it's blood. Let no man forget it.

Fred Spencer

 

 

Below are some of the sites this site is proudly linked to

The Silverwood Mine site is listed on  Access to Mineral  A site compiling Mining History across the United Kingdom
A team sponsored by the
Coal Authority  to give access to information on minerals in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. This site links you to the work of hundreds of archives, libraries, museums, researchers and enthusiasts around the UK and beyond It is made possible through the willing co-operation of many organizations and individuals who keep or study UK mining and minerals

 MINERS ADVICE PAGES Rotherhamwebs small logo Click here to visit a geneolgy site that includes mining links for those interested in tracing ancestors who were miners
 

ROTHERHAM FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY

Martyn Ward, Web Manager www.rotherhamfhs.co.uk

 

Seeking help locating local records, then try here, its the site to visit and like most family history groups the Rotherham Branch is a friendly helpful bunch of people.

   

 

 

 

 

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