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 King George V and Queen Mary

visited Silverwood 1912 on the 8th July



In 1912 on the 8th July King George V and Queen Mary visited Silverwood, during the visit the Queen had a ride on a Railway Trolley belonging to the Midland Railway , during the visit to Silverwood an explosion occurred at Cadeby Colliery killing 88 men and boys. The King and Queen visited Cadeby the next day. 


Recently [2011 ] I received this email which corrects the date given above.

"Dear Mr Doxey,
I've just been visiting your Silverwood Mine site, and noted with interest the photograph of Queen Mary visiting Silverwood in July 1912.
In connection with some cataloguing work here I was reading about the royal visit to Yorkshire in The Times online version. It's clear that King George V and Queen Mary arrived at Doncaster on 8 July, and visited Conisborough Castle en route for Wentworth Woodhouse, where they stayed each night until their return on 12 July.
They actually visited Silverwood and then Elsecar on Tuesday 9 July (not 8 July). Later that day they learned of the Cadeby tragedy, and motored there to visit the scene. They had seen the pit from the castle tower the previous day, and became aware that some of the miners who had probably been among the crowds greeting them were now dead. During their visit to Cadeby the Queen was moved to tears and the King was also reported to be visibly affected [The Times, 10 July 1912].
I hope this is of use in updating the information on your website.
With good wishes
Tristram Clarke"

Dr Tristram Clarke
Outreach Officer
Public Services Branch
National Archives of Scotland



The Lads Meet Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip

 31st of July1975

The Lads meet Price Phillip photo courtesy Fred SpencerFred Spencer kindly sent in this photo and tells us. "This photo relates to the Queens visit to Silverwood. It shows from left, Billy Frith, Freddie Powell, a grand lad, I lived next door but one to him at Sunnyside, we were great schoolboy mates and my uncle Fred Hartle, sharing a laugh with Prince Phillip"












The Queen meets the lads of SilverwoodHer Royal Majesty walks amongst the miners of Silverwood














tThe Queen meets the lads of SilverwoodHer Majesty Showing that Queens have a sense of humour too.













Queen Elizabeth on her visit looking not the slightest daunted by being underground in a mine once known as "The widow maker"















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