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Middleton Broom Colliery
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Undated. Old view of Middleton Broom Colliery which closed in 1968 and had been a large source of employment in the area. Middleton Park now occupies the site, separating Middleton from Belle Isle. Middleton Colliery had been sinking into a decline in 1811, during the Napoleonic Wars, but its fortunes were revived by John Blenkinsop's rack and pinion system in conjunction with Matthew Murray's lightweight steam locomotive, Salamanca. These two innovations enabled heavy loads of coal etc. to be taken to and from the mine without the need for horses (the fittest of which had been seconded to the wars.) In the late 1950s the line, which had fallen into a state of disrepair, was truncated and, by 1960, the rail traffic had been diverted on to a B.R. line. Middleton Broom Colliery was owned by Middleton Estate and Colliery Co. Ltd., Leeds in 1918.

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Barry Rhodes

Comment:
i worked at the pit in 1961 iwas 15 years old and went underground at 16 then onto the coal face at 18 until it closed down

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Name:
jacqui christie

Comment:
My father who died on sat 7th july was the manager Percy Robinson and he was responsible for the safe but sad shut down of Middleton Broom Colliery. He often told us stories of Royal the pit pony and of all the other ponies. His father and all his brothers worked at the pit and his nephews.

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Tony

Comment:
I remember the colliery. I spent 1957-1963 (age 5-11) in a flat in Newhall Cresent, and our next-door-neighbour was a miner at the pit. There were still remnants of the route of the railway line from the coal merchant in Town Street (roughly where Newhall Gardens is now) down the hill to the pit.

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Neil

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My Grandfather worked at Middleton Broom Pit. I understand he started there at hte age of 13, and went underground at 14. He worked there for about twenty-five years.

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Mick

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The picture of the mine brings memories flooding back I worked underground as a pony driver then as a face worker in the 60s at the mine I remember the pit pony Royal well brown and white in colour, I took him out working underground a few times and others too, they worked their hearts out and they were very clever too, but most pony drivers took good care of them they were well stabled and feed was good,and they were kept very clean by the stable man called Day, S Stanley was the blacksmith,Percy Robinson was in charge of the pony drivers and the ponies too also he was the safety officer,I think the under Manager a man named (percy)Simson took the pony Royal when the mine closed.I remember their was a drift shaft from the mine that went to Robinhood it was to be used as a nuke shelter we was told, Middleton Broom had a great team of men some sadly lost their life's underground too.

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Pauline

Comment:
I'm hoping someone might be able to help me find out about an accident my grandfather had at the colliery where he lost an arm. He was a chainman. He died in 1947 aged 60. I wondered whether anyone knows if colliery records still exist.

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jack mitchell

Comment:
When this pit closed down,some of the lads came to my pit ROTHWELL (fanny) HAIGH. The under manager PERCY SIMPSON, MICK relates to, came to ROTHWELL as a Full Manager. He had a GEORDIE ACCENT. He was a fantastic man. Unfortunately, that didn't stop me and him having many an argument over the job. 21-Feb-08.

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Dave Siron

Comment:
Hi,good comments about "Miggy Pit"I worked there from school as a pony driver and for the safety officer Harold Brown,Percy Simpson became the manager and the day overman George "Tug"Wilson the undermanager,went onto the coalface at 18 training with Dickie Brooks and George Lee ,went on to become a deputy at a number of other pits but "Miggy"was one of the best !

Date:
24-Jan-2009

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jdsiron@yahoo.com

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Name:
Booker

Comment:
My grandfather,father and brother worked at this pit. When I left school the pit closed so I went to fanny pit. I have pictures of my father at the pit in 1948.

Date:
12-Feb-2009

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Name:
D McGough

Comment:
Could Booker please send me a copy of his picture taken in 1948 i too was at FANNY PIT...

Date:
03-Mar-2009

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footswitch173@aol.com

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jack mitchell

Comment:
Hi Booker, How abaaht sendin me wun owd lad. 27-April-09.

Date:
27-Apr-2009

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astrojack7mars@msn.com

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Ann P

Comment:
My father worked at Middleton Broom Colliery from the age of 14 years for most of his life, expect for the war years. Jacquie Smith's father would have known him, as he stayed on to help in the closure of Middleton Broom. The pit pony 'Royal' was a great favourite amongst the men and I remember Dad speaking of it with affection.

Date:
20-Jun-2009

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fredgreenwood@sky.com

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i also worked here from 1960 until its closure many happy memories great set of lads to work with

Date:
22-Jul-2009

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fredgreenwood@sky.com

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matt brownridge

Comment:
my grandad worked at middleton for a number of years i never really knew him as he died when i was a baby he was called albert payne worked at the gas works in leeds after the pit, i am a collector now of miners pit checks tallys if any one has a middleton broom pit check i am willing to pay as i havent got one regards matt castleford 01977 515074/ 07707164074

Date:
25-Jul-2009

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mattb1981@live.co.uk

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Stuart Crossland

Comment:
I think my grandfather was the colliery engineer. I still have a bureau presented to him with an inscription that reads "Presented to Mr Alfred Crossland on the occasion of his marriage by the workpeople at the Broom Pit Middleton Colliery, 28 Oct 1896".

Date:
28-Jul-2009

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johnstuart.crossland@btinternet.com

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Name:
ann

Comment:
Both my grandfather Sydney Clarkson,his brother John,his son in law Harold Brown and my uncle also Sydney Clarkson all worked at Miggy pit.He was a pit deputy and shot firer.He left when the pit closed I think and went to work for Tetleys a good move I think.By the way Stuart my gt grandmothers name was Crossland.

Date:
15-Nov-2009

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Name:
i myers

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my dad worked down this pit does any one remember him hes name was " wally myers"

Date:
04-Apr-2010

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mushywhite@hotmail.com

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Jack Gale

Comment:
I worked at Miggy pit for the 1st ten yearts of my working life. I remember many of the names listed in your comments. Part of my memoirs are about Middleton Broom. Anyone interested they arte at www.jackgale.co.uk

Date:
30-Apr-2010

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Jean Andrew

Comment:
I remember going across the fields to middleton when i was a little girl. we used to go chumping there and played in robin hood. i always remember we used to be chased by someone we nicknamed peg leg. i think he had a false leg. i suppose we were not supposed to be there. he never caught us by the way. this was in mid to late 50's. i do remember walking along the railway lines up to some buildings and a slag heap. we used to get into trouble as we used to slide down it ,pretty dangerous now i think of it but great fun. did we get filthy. i think peg leg must have been a watchman or caretaker. anyone know who he might have been?

Date:
26-Jun-2010

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jeanandrew@gmail.com

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Laura Lee

Comment:
My dad, George Lee, worked here from 1952 till 1968. Later on, he worked at Lofthouse and Riccall before retiring through ill health in 1988. He died on 10th April 2011. Always had funny stories to tell about life in the mines! Good to see Middleton at last.

Date:
19-Apr-2011

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leelm58@hotmail.com

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Name:
dick brook

Comment:
dave i remenber you at miggy pit get in toutch with you later get in touch at richardbrook@hotmail.co.uk on facebook

Date:
24-May-2011

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richardbrook@hotmail.co.uk

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Name:
rona

Comment:
My Grandad, Percy Littlewood was Colliery Manager at Broom Pit in the early 1900s and lived in the cottages at the edge of the woods, in front of the lake and then moved to Holmswell House on Town Street. Anyone remember him.

Date:
08-Sep-2011

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rona_powell@hotmail.com

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Alf Stubbs

Comment:
Hi,after a stint for about 2 years at Fanny,I came to the Broome,spent some time in the survey office then worked with old George Cunningham(the leprecaun from Ireland.)We did the methane drilling when the first ploughs were installed and and "panzers'.Just want to throw a few names around and if anyone wants to chat just email me.Benny Wilkinson,(train/off)Harold ???,(safety off),Eddie Garner(head surveyor)John,(2ic surveyor)Danny Dawson and myself(Linesmen).Tug Wilson(overman),Cawthorne(manager)???Percy Robinson???,Harry Cripps???,(might be Fanny). Holmes Brothers,Terry Brock,shotfirer,Mick Barker,Laurie Myers,Eric Winterburn, Jim Gale,Jack gale,Eric Pennels ???,Dickie Brookes,Nosh Edmunds,Charlie Cotton,(belt training)Harry Silverwood,(face training)???,Joe Riley,Jack Stevenson(machine training),the list is pretty endless,sorry if I forgot anyone the memories of the Broome are some of the best years of my life.Look forward to hearing from some of you and although I have been in New Zealand for 36 years I would do my best if a re union was arranged to create another highlight in my life,Ali Stubbs.

Date:
09-Sep-2011

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stubzy@xtra.co.nz

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Name:
Ernest Stones

Comment:
Hi my father Ernest Stones who i was named after worked as a belt filler and bied at Broom on 18 August 1954 due to a cave in. I was 20 months old at the time. This bit is a sad bit apologies. I never new my Dad but somehow loved him very much and would love to know about him. My family never talked about him a good friend of his Jack Shakespear a deputy who went out with my mother after his death never talked about him. This makes me feel as though my father was a bad man. Please can anyone help me i feel inside me that he was not a bad man, but need to know what kind of man was he? what he was like, what he liked to do after work. I know he was in the army and lived through the whole of the war then worked at Miggy pit till he died and thats all i know about him. Please can anyone help me to get to know him befor i die, i live in hope.

Date:
22-Oct-2011

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ernie.stones@yahoo.co.uk

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Terry Coulson

Comment:
i started at Middleton pit in 1961 the same day as Barry Rhodes and Tony Smith. I worked as a pony driver underground, people talk about Royal the pony what about Robin , Monty , Misty and Snowy.I worked on the coal face on se2's.Common return was middle gate , tale gate was a slit from ones main gate. Who i worked with was Ken Elliot,George Cullen,Ab Sykes,Ernest Swallow,Kevin Doyle,Brain Buzy And Wilf and George Coulson. Good times.

Date:
02-Feb-2012

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Tina Cowpe

Comment:
Hi I was born in Middleton 1957. I used to go to the pit and nick coal for our fire with my dad early on a Sunday Morning. It was a great adventure as we werent supposed to be there. I remember coming back home as 'Black as Coal'. I remember 'Peg Leg' although he never caught me.

Date:
28-Feb-2012

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pat ford

Comment:
i was born in miggy in 1958,throstle grove,china town in them days,my dad mick ford was irish with a false leg i wonder if he was peg leg im sure ive heard he was a watchman.

Date:
05-Sep-2012

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eddie preston

Comment:
my brother, andrew wright worked there in the late sixtys and up to it been closed in 68.does anybody remember or worked with him ?. he emigrated to australia in 69 as a coal miner and worked at a pit called oakdale in n.s.w.and worked his way up the ladder to become the safety officer there.not bad for a lad from belle isle.

Date:
25-Nov-2012

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Name:
Paul

Comment:
Hi Terry Coulson Ernest Swallow was my Grandfather and Ab Sykes me grandfathers best mate .

Date:
21-Feb-2013

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Name:
john dinsdale

Comment:
my father harry dinsdale worked at the broom i was 12 when he died after accident at the pit the date was 8 jan 1959 does anyone remember him

Date:
28-Mar-2013

Email:
johndinsdale46@virginmedia.com

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Name:
Jeff Ellener

Comment:
My Grandad Francis Donald Gill worked at Middleton Broom from leaving school to retiring,He was a deputy.His brother Raymond worked at Fanny pit all his working life.

Date:
09-Apr-2013

Email:
jeffellener@hotmail.co.uk

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Name:
Anne.

Comment:
Hi Booker.Would that be your surname?If so are you related in any way to Jesse Booker b.1874?

Date:
10-Jun-2013

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Name:
Pamela

Comment:
My brother John Prideaux, R.I.P. when aged 14 years, worked here as a pony driver until he enlisted in 1943/4...ish returning after the war to Fanny Pit in Rothwell. He married in St Mary's Church, a girl from the Nova Scotia houses. Miners had hard, dangerous working lives and travelling home during the fifties and sixties many felt compelled to use their newspapers (generally the Daily Mirror!!)to cover the tram/bus seat before sitting, thus saving their fellow passengers clothes being covered in coal dust. There were no washing facilities at the pits in those days. We all have a lot to thank these brave men for.

Date:
07-Sep-2013

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