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Old 15-08-2016, 06:44 AM
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Jan, Thomas is on the Durham Mining Museum site, fatalities list for Stobswood, with an approx. date of 1945.
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Old 15-08-2016, 07:16 AM
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Thanks Alan, spotted that yesterday. Not really any info about him though, unlike some of the other entries. There must be a gap in the online newspapers.
The ones I've got for Stobswood all lived local to the pit, this Thomas is a bit unusual, living at Radcliffe. I wonder if many Radcliffe lads travelled there?
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Old 15-08-2016, 11:15 PM
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Thanks Alan, spotted that yesterday. Not really any info about him though, unlike some of the other entries. There must be a gap in the online newspapers.
The ones I've got for Stobswood all lived local to the pit, this Thomas is a bit unusual, living at Radcliffe. I wonder if many Radcliffe lads travelled there?
It does make you wonder why he was at Stobswood. The army was still demobilising in 1946. I can imagine things would not be normal at that time.
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Old 16-08-2016, 04:13 PM
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The army was still demobilising in 1946. I can imagine things would not be normal at that time.
Yes, my dad didn't get demobbed until 1946 so someone had to do his job at Broomhill?
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Old 13-01-2017, 08:52 PM
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Hi chaps ,haven't been on the forum for quite a while and just noticed this post regarding The Burn Fireclay Co Ltd. I worked there nearly 40 years ago , infact I worked there twice ,having left in 78 and returned a year or two later and have lots of info on the company .
The company started in 1923 and closed in 2000. I was lucky enough to sneak into the ransacked office at the time and save some information . A few days later all the contents of the office was burned . The closed site lay dorment for a while before they decided to demolish it . I think Thomsons was the company who dismantled the site ,sadly there was a death . A employee I believe a bulldozer driver was ran over by the same machine .
The bricks you mentioned coquet was indeed a type manufactured there .Amongst the many others there was :Hyalaxe ,Burnaxe ,Superaxe, Hardaxe, Sinteraxe all with different quantity's of ingredients such as : Silica, Titania, Aluminia, Ferric Oxide , Lime , Magnesia , Potash, Soda etc .
I've done quite a bit of videoing of the area using my quadcopters .....here's a still shot from one of the videos.

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Old 15-01-2017, 06:39 PM
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Welcome back Rick. Are your videos on line anywhere?

Some of those bricks I bet must have been specialist refractory bricks. Probably quite rare to find one in the wild now.
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Old 15-01-2017, 06:42 PM
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I missed this on my visit to Stobswood. I can be forgiven as you were supposed to not notice it.


http://www.coleshillhouse.com/stobsw...ional-base.php
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Old 16-01-2017, 12:49 AM
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Interesting link ,coquet . I wonder where that OB is.

Yes , I have a few videos on youtube ,heres alink to one of them
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M43uPARvcMg
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Old 16-01-2017, 10:54 AM
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Wonderful. So Axe was a brand or type name for their refractory bricks. Simples.

Some underground footage of Stobswood Colliery in 1947:

Film 1


There's a nice panning view of the Terrace at the other side of the railway line then sweeping over to the colliery, in the distance the heap and the aerial ropeway. (above film I think)

Bit of a change of environment there for Joe the 'winda-cleaner' I think.

Film 2

Film 3
Great footage, no stone dust though! When was stone dust first used, any ideas? (For non miners - stone dust was used to cover coal dust underground to prevent the coal dust igniting following an explosion. It was white and improved visibility from reflected light no end!)
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Old 16-01-2017, 03:38 PM
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Good question.

What gets me in those films is the carbide cap lamps. There's a guy on the face filling coal with a one inch flame sticking out of the front of his lamp.
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Old 16-01-2017, 07:19 PM
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A problem with those lamps was that whenever a shot was fired the draught blew the light out and it had to be lit again, also a supply of clean water was needed for topping up during the shift.
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Old 05-10-2017, 10:26 AM
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Here's the lamp being used in not-so-ideal conditions?
Not Stobswood, probably a Scottish Colliery.



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