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Rothwell Fanny Pit, group photograph

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Rothwell Fanny Pit, group photograph
Description:
1983. Miners on the afternoon shift at Rothwell Fanny Pit pose for a group photograph. Fanny Pit was the last of the collieries owned by the Fentons and Charlesworths and it produced coal from 1867 until its closure on 9th December 1983. The Charlesworth family were the owners until the coal mines were nationalised in 1948. Fanny Pit was named so after one of the Charlesworth daughters. There was also 'Rose Pit' and 'Jane Pit' named after two other daughters. Pit ponies were used for haulage and there were 160 stabled at Fanny Pit in 1922. The last one gained its freedom in 1972 and retired to live on a farm. Two years after Fanny Pit ceased production the buildings underwent demolition and the shafts were capped.

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Name:
jack mitchell

Comment:
I was a deputy & shotfirer at this pit for over 8 years.These lads are only a small handful of over 300 men that worked at the mine,so i only recognise two faces.3rd from the left is RONNIE FELL, his brother BOBBY also worked at the mine.The big chap on the extreme right who's name i should remember, but can't, Was a fitter on my coal face, while acting the goat, commonly called HORSE PLAY,He gave me a BEAR HUG and damaged the tissue in my ribs. I was off work over 3 weeks strapped up. The lads told me he was panicking all that time because he thought i was going to be making a big issue out of it on my return.But i couldn't do it. He was a Pussy Cat really. Comm.29-Aug-07.

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astrojack7mars@msn.com

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Name:
TONY FELL

Comment:
Bobby and Ronnie Fell were my dads cousin's Trevor Fell,sadley died 7/6/09 who spent many a year on twilight shift.i started there just before strike.

Date:
05-Feb-2010

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tonyfell66@btinternet.com

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Name:
garry brown

Comment:
the building in the background is the washer where the coal was washed in a baum box washer seperating the coal from the slag

Date:
18-Dec-2011

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