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Miners from Savile Pit


Miners from Savile Pit
Description:
19th September 1963 Group portrait of miners taken after a sit down strike at Savile Pit Bottom. They had been demanding extra pay for working a difficult coal face and came up after three days when the management agreed to discuss their grievance. Savile Colliery was located in Mickletown, a mining village near Methley.

User Comments:

Name:
jack mitchell

Comment:
I worked down Savile colliery till joining the army in Jan1958.Now i am wondering about the chap third from the right at back with his hand in the air.Is he (George Aveyard)?He lived in Sott Hall Road Leeds,near me.We used to travel to work together in the fifties.When i left, he was a filler in the newly developed Flockton seam.I was a filler on (Browns Board 1)in the beeston seam.Could anybody verify(I am 99% sure).Comment made 20 Aug 2006.

Email:
astrojack7mars@msn.com

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Name:
Richard Thornton

Comment:
The man in the front row 2nd from the left was my father Andrew (Danny) Thornton who died last year. I understand their is a photograph of them all in the Bay Horse pub afterwards.

Email:
richthornton@aol.com

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Name:
Geoff Heald

Comment:
I also worked in the flockton seam 1957 till about1961 Frank Wright was the shot firer,His father Harry Wright also worked down Saville Pit.Dave Appleyard and Fred Worth were just a couple of friends .

Email:
geoff.heald@ntlworld.com

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Name:
jack mitchell

Comment:
If i remember right Geoff, Harry Wright was the pit overman. I believe also, brothers Jack Wright, and Edwin Wright, pit Deputies, were also related to them. Edwin Wright was the Deputy on the training coal face in the Beeston Seam in 1955/6 when me and George Aveyard in this picture, did our COAL FACE training. Jack was a smashin fella. When i came out of the army, it was HARRY WRIGHT who would have set me back on. Unfortunately, there were no longer any old fashioned coal faces. It had all become MECHANISED. SHEARING MACHINES, and HYDROLIC WALKING CHOCKS, which required a different kind of training. So Harry gave me a reference to take to ROTHWELL ( FANNY ) PIT. Where they had both types of coal face. I worked there about 9 years, 8 yrs, of which was as a DEPUTY & SHOTFIRER. 11-JUNE-08.

Email:
astrojack7mars@msn.com

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Name:
Geoff Heald

Comment:
Hello Jack I also worked down saville in the 50s/ early 60s but stranger still I believe I was in the same class has your wife at saville green school. small world.

Date:
28-Jun-2010

Email:
geoff.heald@ntlworld.com

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Name:
Peter Roberts

Comment:
I went to Whitwood Mining and Technical Colledge on a Deputies training course with a Danny Thornton, I am sure that is him second left front row. Sorry to hear he has passed away.

Date:
09-Oct-2010

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Name:
Richard Thornton

Comment:
Yes Peter, my dad did go to Whitwood mining and Technical college with you. 3rd May 2013

Date:
03-May-2013

Email:
richthornton@aol.com

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Name:
pat smith

Comment:
30th november 1961 my father edwin arnold was workin on the pit face and about 3pm there was a cave in he was in there by himself he died that day and I canot fined any record of this he lived at 6 wordsworth drive oulton nr leeds he left my mum and 5 children and she was 6 months pregnant with my brother robert it is very inportant we fined a record of this for the sake of my fathers children grankids and all the other grankids to come

Date:
27-Aug-2014

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Name:
Leodis Office

Comment:
Pat Smith, have you tried the Local Studies Library? They have local newspapers from this time and may be able to find a report on it for you. You can contact them on 0113 2478290 or local&familyhistory@leeds.gov.uk

Date:
27-Aug-2014

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