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Old 24-05-2013, 05:11 PM
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This is a sad one from 1858, reported in the Newcastle Courant of 2 April:

"Another inquest was held before the same coroner, on Wednesday the 1st, at the house of Mr Muers, innkeeper, Shilbottle, on the body of Joseph Henderson, a boy about 15 years of age, who was killed that morning while descending the shaft of the pit there. He was a stranger in the district, but had been employed in the colliery for the last few months, and it is believed his mother is now residing in Berwick. The inquest was adjourned to 9th April, for the purpose of giving notice to the Government Inspector of Mines."
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Old 26-05-2013, 10:06 AM
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Here's an even younger one, David Johnson 'a member of Chevington Church Choir, who was accidentally Killed at Broomhill Colliery, Sept 29 1911, aged 14 years.'

He was ran over by a 'Set' [according to the Durham Mining Museum web site]; a 'Set' being a connected train of mine tubs.


This stone is in St. Johns Churchyard Chevington.
sorry about the photo, undergrowth and shadows from the trees!

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Old 26-05-2013, 11:04 AM
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Just realized this Johnson family is that of the Andrew/Arthur Johnson/Johnstone mystery mentioned in John Hardy's book "By the Green of the Spring"
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Old 26-05-2013, 09:45 PM
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Yes, that's right Coquet, I would love to find out how their son Arthur Johnson came to be named Andrew Johnstone on the monument. I'm 100% certain this was the case as his Mother Anne Masters Johnson is mentioned in both the 1901 census and on the CWGC site.
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Old 27-05-2013, 09:24 PM
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where was it and was that big water tower anything to do with it?
Sorry,, I am a bit to young to remember any mines other than Ellington.
It was all bulldozers and dump trucks in Marks Bridge area (which I just remember) when I was a little lad growing up in Dandsfield Square, Amble
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Old 28-05-2013, 08:17 AM
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Here's Broomhill Colliery on the map 1950's:
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Old 28-05-2013, 08:26 AM
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The water tower was built 1955 so nothing to do with the colliery.
On that map the mine has its own reservoir, probably supplying the underground fire fighting range. (although it could be a settling area for mine water pumped out of the pit but I doubt it in those days)
There are two main pipe systems in a coal mine, pumping (water out) and fire-fighting (water in, hopefully seldom used).
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