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Rothwell Colliery (Fanny Pit), Bullough Lane

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Rothwell Colliery (Fanny Pit), Bullough Lane
Description:
Undated View of Rothwell colliery, or 'Fanny Pit'located off Bullough Lane. It was the last of the collieries owned by the firm of J. J. Charlesworth until the nationalisation of the mines in 1948. It produced coal from 1867 until its closure on 9th December 1983. It became known as the Fanny Pit in 1911, when a new shaft was sunk at the Midland pit, after a daughter of the Charlesworth family. (There was also a Rose Pit and Jane Pit.) Another new shaft was sunk in 1922 to improve ventilation. The buildings were demolished about two years after the pit closed and it is now the site of Rothwell Country Park.

User Comments:

Name:
jack mitchell

Comment:
I wish i'd a pound, for every time iv'e ridden that shaft, in the near centre of picture. 12-Feb -08.

Email:
astrojack7mars@msn.com

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Name:
michael wilkinson( brother of Geoff)

Comment:
We think that our dad worked at this pit until the general strike in the 20s. Does anyone know whether this pit was also called the 'Bell Hill' pit ?

Date:
25-Aug-2009

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Name:
garry brown

Comment:
worked in the washer(large building in the middle) and on the muck stack till the pit was shut, not known as bell hill pit that was on bell hill at rothwell haigh

Date:
18-Dec-2011

Email:
black.gargoyle@gmail.com

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Name:
Anthony Broscomb

Comment:
My father, Bill Broscomb, and his brother Walter worked there. Walter died of 'black lung disease' in 1974. We emigrated to Canada in 1952. I have Dad's letters of recommendation from the superintendant and the union.

Date:
17-Sep-2012

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Name:
Charlie Smith

Comment:
We used to slide down the drift belt on bank bars, it beat walking down. If you were lucky there wouldn't be any coal left on the belt. If there was - get ready for a crash. It was a good ride the other way! not that I ever rode the belt. Blocking Bed 21s with 3 shearers was very near the drift bottom. We took our wives and girl friends on a tour one sat morning, I think Ralph Brown and Peter Arnett plus a few others went. Still in mining at Hatfield Colliery.

Date:
01-Aug-2013

Email:
charley-smith@sky.com

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Name:
Derek Komoroczky

Comment:
My first job 1976 after leaving school!

Date:
22-Sep-2013

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