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Tom Simpson
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Digging for Coal
on: January 8, 2011, 20:51

Joe Smith, Chairman of S.A.G.E. found out that in Goldenhill in the thirteen hundreds that a man paid a penny a year to dig coal for a living.

This is why we have preserved the name of "Historic Mining Village of Goldenhill"

Does anyone else out there have anymore interesting facts.

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Re: Digging for Coal
on: January 10, 2011, 17:51

I don't think we had deep / vertical shaft mining in or around the village but there were certainly plenty of footrails.

I think footrail is the correct word, it simply states that you entered the mine by foot and rail, said quickly it comes out as futtrel.

Please feel free to correct me if you think I am wrong.

Can anyone remember the one at the top of Chatterley Drive?

Of course Chatterley Drive wasn't built then but there was a rough lane there even in the 50s and early 60s.

The footrail was on the right hand side and the machinery used for the winding gear was an old American army truck which was built up on a concrete stand.

The entrance to the mine was sealed up so nosey lads like myself couldn't get in there.

What we did was to mount the old rails on the slightly raised bank, put the old coal truck on it, everybody piled in and we let it roll down the incline until it fell off the end, brilliant.

Was this dangerous? yes of course it was, did we see the danger? no of course we didn't.

Read this and see if it brings back memories.


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Re: Digging for Coal
on: February 25, 2011, 17:20

There are some very interesting mining stories on,,,,,,

when you get to this site click on North Staffs Mining Stories on the left column.

There are two stories directly associated with Goldenhill but the rest make very interesting reading, particularly the Chatterly Whitfield one.

David Wood

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