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Day Hole End, Middleton Railway

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Day Hole End, Middleton Railway
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Undated. View of Day Hole End at Middleton Railway, located near Middleton Broom Colliery.

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peter stone

Comment:
Is this the same as Gosforth Day Hole Pit ? Is the view looking towards Town Street ? I ask because Gosforth Day Hole Pit was the scene of a Pit Tragedy Many men and boys were killed

Date:
16-Dec-2012

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Name:
Alf (Ali) Stubbs

Comment:
Hi Peter, Following a long interest in Middleton mining etc. I believe you are on the mark with the dayhole. mining was being carried out under the (plateu) south of the park which puts workings under "Town Street" etc.Which can be seen in the background.The day hole was driven from the outcrop of the 40yard seam,south of "The Broom",and down at an angle of 1:40 into the "Gosforth pit". This probably means the Gosforth was already opened and running but by what access method I'm not sure,prior to the "Dayhole". I am in the process of trying to determine if it was by one of the other many pits around the area or by the dayhole. The explosion killed 25 in total and occured on the 12th January,1825. I worked at the Broom for about 8 years around 1960 to 1968. If you want to contact me and talk mining etc.dont hesitate. I now live in New Zealand but the internet is great to overcome such hurdles. Cheers for now Ali Stubbs

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26-Dec-2012

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D Bland

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This looks as if it is looking towards Nova Scotia, (low houses)Cottages that stood were the start of Manor farm drive is now'

Date:
08-Jan-2013

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Name:
Ali Stubbs

Comment:
Hi, yes this is what we called "Nova Scotia" Top of the rope hill,and the Manor Farm estate covers the area above the day hole.Unfortunately this part of history is gone and probably will be forgotten sad as it may be. I am hoping to obtain past maps of the area and overlay them with modern maps to determine a more accurate position of the old and new,including hopefully old workings of the "Gosforth Pit". please keep the thred open and posts coming, whatever the importance,someone has always some memories to add and lets face it we leave our memories and history for our children and their children to come.If we dont leave it,it will be lost forever. Ali.

Date:
14-Jan-2013

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Name:
Peter Stone

Comment:
Thanks for the comments I am Middleton born and bred and have always had a keen interest in Local History When researching my Family Tree in Leeds Central Library I came across the following: EXPLOSION AT GOSFORTH DAY HOLE PIT JANUARY 12 1825 Near Leeds between Middleton and Belle Isle is a large hill at the base of which the above Colliery is situated A tunnel had been driven under the hill for 1400 yards large enough to admit a horse and waggon.At the end of the tunnel is a large steam engine.Near this engine has been sunk a shaft 80 yards deep up which the engine draws the coal.About 7 oclock in the evening an explosion took place believed to have been caused when a miner took the lid off his lamp to light his pipe.A bang loud as a cannon was heard for miles around.All the men and boys in the vicinity were either killed or seriously injured.All the bodies were recovered save for Joseph Haigh and John Ramsden The pit was then sealed for 5 weeks to smother the fire The remaining two bodies were then recovered.11 men were married leaving Widows and 27 children fatherless. 26 MEN AND BOYS WHO WERE KILLED JAN 12 1825 Benjamin Broadhead age 34 George Wright age 27 Peter Hamill age 32 William Wood age 34 John Proctor age 48 Joshua Liversedge age45 Richard Foster age 34 Benjamin Wood age 42 George Wright age 27 Luke Normanton age 27 James Wood age 22 James Drewery age 18 John Ramsden age 22 and his brother Kalita Ramsden age 10 John Ramsden age 21 Samuel Hanford age 19 W.Heald age 18 and his brother James Heald age 12 George Hewitt age 21 and his brother Samuel Hewitt age13 Benjamin Wood age 12 Samuel Ramsden age 10 Samuel Cromack age 10 James Foster age 8 Joseph Dixon age 8 John Ambler age 5 Please keep the comments coming.

Date:
05-Feb-2013

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Name:
Peter Stone

Comment:
Further to the above comment,the steam engine referred to was underground.It was equipped with an Engine House,Boiler and Firing Place at the time of the explosion the men and boys were working at a distance of 700yards from the bottom of the vertical shaft 24 men and boys were killed immediately 2 more were taken to the Infirmary where they died the same day.The tunnel from its entrance was originally 1400yards long before the steam engine then a vertical shaft of 80yards deep then another 700 yards to the accident site.What the account does not say is how deep the original tunnel was from the surface or which precise direction they were headed. Logic would seem to indicate they headed South. In that direction Thorpe Lane as the crow flies is one mile Therefore 2100yards would have put them under the fields between the Thorpe Hotel and Thorpe Village about halfway between Thorpe Lane and the Main Railway line Of course were that not the direction they took they could have been anywhere there being coal mining at East Ardsley Sharpe Lane and Westwood

Date:
11-Feb-2013

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peterstone1947@hotmail.co.uk

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