Friday, 2 September 2016

Featherstone's Pubs.

FEATHERSTONE'S PUBS

THE BRADLEY ARMS
 The Bradley Arms was originally the Sun Inn and it is named in an 1822 directory. The name was changed to the Bradley Arms when George Bradley bought the Ackton and Featherstone estates in 1865. 

 A photo from the Tony Lumb Collection.
 A photo from the Featherstone Heritage Group.

A photo from Mark Kirby.
 
A photo from the Featherstone Heritage Group.

THE LORD NELSON INN
The Lord Nelson Inn is named in an 1822 directory. It closed in 1867 and was .converted into a house called Nelson Cottage.

A photo from Susan Rayner of Nelson Cottage in its original state.

A Featherstone Heritage Group photo showing Nelson Cottage modernised.
The mounting steps outside the inn which show it was well used.
                                                               
                                                                 THE SUN INN
The Sun Inn was opened as a beerhouse sometime after the Lord Nelson Inn closed. It was granted a full licence in 1875.It was demolished in 2011 to make way for housing.

                                             A photo from the Wakefield Library Collection.
A photo by Bill Henderson.

THE FEATHERSTONE HOTEL

The Featherstone Hotel was opened by Carter's Knottingley Brewery in 1894.

A photo from the Featherstone Heritage Group.


THE LAST ORDERS HOTEL
The Last Orders Hotel was opened as The Heywood Arms probably when the Wakefield to Goole Railway was built. It is named on an 1849 Ordnance Survey map. It was still the Heywood Arms in 1873, but by 1876 it was the Railway Hotel. The name was changed again to The Last Orders Hotel in 2007.



 A photo from the Tony Lumb Collection.

 THE JUBILEE HOTEL 
The Jubilee Hotel was opened by the Tadcaster Brewery Company in 1897. It was named to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. It was closed and boarded up in 2018 and converted into independent living space for people with learning and physical disabilities probably in 2011.

  
A photo from the Featherstone Heritage Group

A photo from the Featherstone Heritage Group.

 A personal photo from 1988.

A personal photo from 1988.























Monday, 22 August 2016

Purston's Pubs

 
PURSTON'S PUBS


THE MALT SHOVEL INN   
The Malt Shovel Inn is in an 1822 directory and another in 1838. It is probably in the 1841 Census but not in the 1851 Census. Where it was in Purston is not known. 

THE WHITE HOUSE HOTEL
The White House Hotel was originally a private residence. It was bought by Charles Raybould, a Featherstone bookmaker, and turned into the Rainbow Club in 1963.  A few years later it was changed to a public house.

                                 The White House long before it was the White House.

A personal photo from 1987.
                                                              
A personal photo from 1987.

THE TRAVELLERS' REST HOTEL
  The Travellers' Rest Hotel is listed in an 1822 directory and the date it was built is unknown.
A photo from the Featherstone Heritage Group.
A personal photo from 1987.

An edited photo from the Featherstone Heritage Group.

THE JUNCTION HOTEL
The Junction Hotel is on the Ordnance Survey map for 1849. It is titled New Inn. It is not named in the 1851 Census, but in the 1861 Census it is still the New Inn. It is named as the Junction Hotel in a court case in 1869. In its early days it had its own brewery.

A photo from the Featherstone Heritage Group.
  
A photo from the Featherstone Heritage Group.
                                                     
A personal photo from 1987.

THE ST OSWALD ARMS
The St Oswald Arms was opened in 1966. It closed in 1910 and was reopened as a mini-market..

A personal photo taken in  1987.

A personal photo taken in 1987.

A photo from the Featherstone Heritage Group.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Station Lane





STATION LANE, FEATHERSTONE

A PHOTOGRAPHIC SELECTION

A photo from the Featherstone Heritage Group showing the station entrance

 A photo from the original Local History group showing Station Lane level crossing.
A photo from Featherstone |heritage Group showing the full length of Station Lane.
A photo from the Featherstone Heritage Group.
An edited photo from the Tony Lumb Collection.

A photo from the Tony Lumb Collection showing Leatham and Tews Bank
A photo from the Toni Lumb Collection showing Station Lane up from George Street.

A photo from Featherstone |heritage Group showing Station Lane from the Hippodrome to the station.


A photo from the Tony Lumb Collection showing the original iron sidings bridge.
A Tony Lumb Collection photo showing the one-time many shop blinds.


A photo from the Featherstone Heritage Group.

 A Frith postcard from 1961.

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Saturday, 30 April 2016

Featherstone's Collieries



ACKTON HALL COLLIERY



Original name - Manor Colliery
Owners - George Bradley - Lord Masham - Ackton Hall Colliery Co. Ltd - National Coal Board
Shaft sinking began - 1873
Maximum output - 615,000 tons in 1958
Maximum employment - underground - 1,940 in 1924
                                         surface - 636 in 1924
Closed down in 1985



MANAGERS
Joseph Blackburn 1876-1878
Peter Hall 1878-1880
Isaac Foster 1880-1881
W Brunton 1881-1884
George Senior 1884-1895
Hubert St John Durnford 1895-1903
Ellis Barraclough 1903-1911
David Protheroe 1911-1918
J W McTrusty 1918-1927
A M G Prest 1927-1932
Jimmy Nelson 1932-1949
Jack Wright 1949-1956
P F Howitt 1956-1960
Fred Vollans 1960-1964
George Prince 1964-1970
Richard Wastell 1970-1975
Thomas Mottram 1975-1983
Roy Cocker 1983-1984
Harry Hoy 1984-1985
Jack Kirkwood 1985


FEATHERSTONE MAIN COLLIERY



Original name -  Featherstone Colliery.
Owners - John Shaw - Featherstone Coal Company - South Kirkby, Featherstone and        Hemsworth Collieries Limited.
Shaft sinking began - 1868.
Maximum output -
Maximum employment - underground - 2,095 in 1924.
                                         surface - 480 in 1924.
Closed down in 1935.

MANAGERS
Earnest Andrews 1868-1886
J T Bennett 1886-1893
Thomas Thompson 1893-1897
Peter Darlington 1897- 1922
A M G Prest 1922-1924
T Beach 1924-1928
C S Magee 1928-1934
N Baster 1934-1935


SNYDALE COLLIERY


Original name - Snydale Victoria Colliery.
Owners - Rhodes and Dalby - Henry Briggs and Sons Ltd - National Coal Board.
Shaft sinking began - 1863.
Maximum output - 185,000 tons in 1953 and 1954.
Maximum employment - underground - 702 in 1922.
                                         Surface - 209 in 1922.
Closed down in 1966.

MANAGERS
Abraham Wardman 1863-1895
James T Eley 1895-1902
Thomas Beach 1903-1907
Robert Johnson Shaw 1907-
A Simpkin 1911-1918
G A Charlton 1924 - 1944
H P A (Percy) Johnson 1944-1947
Charles Appleby 1947-1951
F Speakman 1951-1954
Edgar Fearnside 1954-1957
Les Simpkin 1957-1960
John Tunnicliffe 1960-1965
George Galley 1965-1966





Ackton Hall Colliery Fatal Accidents



ACKTON HALL COLLIERY FATAL ACCIDENTS

Note: This list will be extended as more information is available. Not all first names or ages are known.

1882
J Leadbetter, a collier age 31 was killed by a fall of roof.
1883
Alfred Steel, a pony driver age 15 was coming from the stables when he was hit by a fall of coal,
1885
Mark Westmoreland, a sinker age 19 was struck by something while descending the shaft. He died two days later.

1892
Reuben Peace, head banksman age 34 was oiling the winding rope while standing on planks across the shaft. The cage came up and dislodged him and he fell down the shaft.
1893
Abraham Hercock, a surface labourer age 28 was killed when a large piece of iron being lifted by a crane fell on him.
1894
John Sadler, a sinker age 50 was working on a scaffold in the Silkstone shaft when the cage was accidentally raised and tipped him off and he fell down the shaft. 
Harry Elvin, a sinker age 27 was holding a drill rod which two men were striking, A small piece of steel flew off and pierced his heart and he died a few minutes later.
1895
George Farrar, a carting agent, was in Green Lane when an engine approached and spooked his horse which knocked him on the lines and the engine ran over his leg. He died from shock the next day.
Albert Fearnley, a collier age 22 was crushed by a fall of stone and died the same afternoon.
1896
Leonard Foster, a collier age 21 was crushed by a fall of roof.
George Worman, a surface worker age 16 was walking through the sidings and was run over by a wagon.
H Heath, a collier age 30 was killed by a fall of roof.
E Frith, a collier age 30 was injured by a fall of roof and died two days later.
1897
T Lister, a collier age 28 was killed by a fall of roof.
James Winstanley, a stone worker age 44 was killed by a fall of roof.
Elias Allen, a collier age 45 was killed by a fall of roof.
1898
Henry Palfryaman, a collier age 31 of South View was killed by a fall of roof.
1899
Jarvis Housley. a collier age 30 lodging in Aberdeen Terrace was killed by a fall of roof.
John Edward Clare, a collier age 49 lodging in Clark's Buildings was killed by a fall of roof.
1900
 J Coulston, a byeworker age 44 was injured by a fall of roof and died five days later.
1901
J Waite, a pony driver age 17 was found dead under a full tub.
William Taylor, a hanger-on age 28 in the pit bottom tried to adjust a tub in the cage when the cage rose and crushed him.
Thamas Poynte, a collier age 24 was killed by a fall of roof. 
1902
Alfred Dickinson, a roadman age 18 of Halton Street was run over by runaway tubs when a haulage chain broke.
George William Palmer, a collier age 44 of Andrew Street was injured by a fall of roof and died the same day in Clayton Hospital.
1903
E Farmer. a pony driver age 15. was injured when he fell in front of a full tum on February 17 and died two days later.
1904
Fred Littlewood, a collier age 23 was killed by a fall of roof.
Mark Yardley, a collier age 40 was killed by a fall of roof. 
Richard Ingram, a collier age 25 of Fearnley Street was injured by a fall of coal in January. He was taken to Clayton Hospital where he died some months later. The inquest in \November decided he died as a result of a fractured spine.
1905
Thomas Rudge, a byeworker age 24 was killed by a fall of stone when he removed a prop.
Alfred Milner, a wagon greaser age 43 was knocked down and killed by empty wagons,
Charles Garforth, a collier age 52 was killed by a fall of coal. 
1906
Abraham Thatcher, a collier age 58 was killed by a stone which fell from the roof.
John Green, a collier age 62 was killed by a fall of stone.
Arthur Henderson, a pony driver age 16 was riding in a tub which became derailed. he was thrown out and broke his neck.
1907
Joseph Lindley, a collier age 54 of North Featherstone was killed by a fall of coal.
Michael Doran, a collier age 50 was killed by a fall of roof.
1908
Walter Tomlinson, a labourer age 30 was killed by a fall of roof.
Herbert Knight, a collier age 36 of West View, North Featherstone, was hit in the stomach by a discharged prop and died at home five days later.
George Lythgoe, a collier age 45 was killed by a fall of roof.
David Cowcill, a collier age 44 was injured by a fall of coal and died two days later.
1909
 Harold Marsh, a screener age 13 went through a fence and was caught in the machinery. He was taken to Clayton Hospital and died after an operation.
James Platt, a miner age 34 of Pontefract was burned in an ignition of firedamp and taken to Clayton Hospital where he died the next day.
 Herbert Meredith, a miner age 23 of Pontefract was burned in the same incident and also taken to Clayton Hospital, He died five days later, 
Arthur Schofield, a pony driver age 16 of Tanshelf was found dead crushed between a tub and the side of the roadway.
Enoch Davies, a collier age 65 of Gladstone Street was injured by a fall of coal on June 15 and taken home where he died on June 24.
William Hall, a deputy age 57 of Fearnley Street was injured by a fall of roof. He was taken to Dr Finch's surgery where he died shortly after.
Herbert Toft, a byworker age 45 was killed by a fall of roof.
1910
William Davy McDonald, a labourer age 48 of Leeds was crushed when a new boiler being installed slipped and trapped him.
Arthur Chappell Mason, a pit bottom lad  age 19 of West View was killed when a pulley wheel broke and a piece hit him in the face,
George Callear, a greaser age 19 was killed when his clothing was caught by a driving shaft.
William Dyas, a pony driver age 16 of Post Office Road was run over by derailed tubs. He was taken to Pontefract Dispensary where he died from shock.
John Reynolds, a lamp cleaner age 14 of Thornton's Buildings stood too near the fire in the lamproom and his apron caught fire. He was taken to Clayton Hospital where he died two days later.
1911
Thomas Gill, a pony driver age 16 was run over by a full tub.
Francis Walker, a pony driver age 19 was trapped between two runs of tubs. 
1912
Fred Hill, a collier age 51 was injured by a fall on coal and taken to Clayton Hospital where he died a week later.
William Moxon, a pony driver age 16 of Pontefract was illegally riding on a full tub and it came off the rails and trapped him at the side of the road. He was taken to Clayton Hospital where he died. 
1913
James Henry Parkin,  a boiler fireman age 26 was knocked down by a locomotive.
James Spencer Woodworth, a boilersmith age 27 fell from the roof of the boilerhouse and fractured his skull. He was taken to Clayton Hospital and died the same day.
Howard Davison, a door boy age 14 of Church Lane, North Featherstone, was trapped by a pony and tubs. He went home apparently not seriously injured but died the same day.
1914
Alfred Turner, a glassworker age 16 of Knottingley, was found dead trapped between a tub and the side of the road. It was his first day at work and he had claimed two years experience at Prince of Wales Colliery.  Glassworker was probably his job at Knottingley.
 Thomas Millard, a pony driver age 15 was run over by four empty tubs he was driving. he was taken to Clayton Hospital where he died soon after being admitted.
John Albert Jubb, a collier age 34 of Pontefract was killed by a fall of roof.
1915
Albert Blackburn, a pony driver age 16 was riding on a full tub and was crushed between the tub and the roof.
Charles Hutchinson, a collier age 41 of Dickinson Terrace was killed by a fall of coal.
Joseph Parkinson, a wagon lowerer age 55 of Pontefract was crushed between a wagon and a wall. 
1916
Samuel Barker,  a collier age 59 of Featherstone Square was killed by a fall of roof. 
1917
George Heptinstall, a rope lad age 15 was crushed between empty tubs.
Harold Walsh, age 10 of Featherstone Square was playing on a haulage wheel on the dirt tip when it started and he was thrown off and fractured his skull.
Henry Young of Pontefract was killed by a fall of roof.
1918
Robert Standage, age 24 of Vicarage Lane was run over by a tub.
Thomas Ellis, age 15 of Leeds Street was run over by tubs. 

 

 
 

 



 

 






Featherstone Main Colliery Fatal Accidents



FEATHERSTONE MAIN COLLIERY FATAL ACCIDENTS

Note: This list will be extended as more information is available. Not all first names or ages are known.

1872
William Phoenix, W Livesey and John Cawthorne. Phoenix, a deputy, was examining the pit before work started and took off the top of his lamp and ignited firedamp. Livesey was 14 and Cawthorne was 13.
1875
C Green, a collier age 25 was killed by a fall of roof.
Jas McVay, a surface screener, was crushed by wagons.
1877
John Henry Dixon,  a collier age 27 was killed by a fall of coal. 
1878
 E Walker, a collier age 20 was killed by a fall of stone.
John Hunter, age 14 was run over by tubs.
1881
William Wait, a collier age 62 was crushed by tubs.
1883
C Lunn, a pony driver age 16 was run over by tubs.
1884
W Whaites, a collier age 24 was injured by a fall of roof on February 15 and died March 11.
1886
T Parkin, a collier age 40 was killed by a fall of coal.
1887
E Limb, a collier age 56 was killed by a fall of roof.
D Hodgson, a screener age 17 was crushed by wagons and died the next day.
1888
Adolphus Rowley, a pony driver age 19 was crushed by tubs and died two months later.
Thomas Cardo, a trapper age 14 fell out of the cage.
1889
Glossop, a shunter age 22 was crushed by tubs.

1891
W Longbottom, a surface worker age 26 was hit on the head by a lump of coal on December 1 and died on December 20.
1892
  J Westwood, a collier age 49 was killed by a fall of coal.


1893
Tom Roberts, a pony driver age 14 was injured when his head was crushed between a tub and the side of the roadway. He was taken home and died the same night.
1894
Joseph Taylor, a byworker age 23 was killed by a fall of stone.
J Foster, a collier age 30 was killed by a fall of roof.
1895
John Henry Thomas, a labourer age 14 was knocked down by a wagon and died a few hours later in Clayton Hospital.
William Scott, a collier age 54 was injured by a fall of coal and the next day in Clayton Hospital.
1897
T Dutton, a driver age 16 was crushed between a tub and a bar. 
1898
George Horbury, a shunter age 22 of Streethouse was riding on his shunter's pole when he fell off and was run over by a wagon.
E Frobisher, a colliery age 50 was killed by a fall of roof.
1901
F Addey, a collier age 24 was killed by a fall of roof. 
1902
Henry Womersley, a byeworker age 55 of Kinsley was killed by a fall of roof.
J Barnes, a collier age 25 was killed by a fall of coal. 
John Hardy, a collier age 40 of Pretoria Street was injured by a fall of roof last December 5 and died on April 20.
1905
James Bennett, a deputy age 46 was hit by runaway tubs and taken to Clayton Hospital where he died soon after.
George Eccles, a collier of Pontefract age 53 died in Clayton Hospital after being buried by a fall of roof.
John Henry Barnett, a miner of Pontefract age 30 was killed by  fall of roof.
Alfred Flockton, a collier age 36 of Castleford was killed by a fall of coal.
 John Beach, a hanger-on age 34 of Granville Street was killed when he was standing on the sump boards and was hit by the cage.
1906
John Turner, a haulage lad age 18 slipped and fell on the rails and was run over by tubs. He died four days later in Pontefract Infirmary.  
1907
Alfred Rigg, a byeworker age 24 of Gladstone Terrace was injured by a large stone which fell from the roof and he died the next day in Clayton Hospital.
John Hill, a collier age 33 of Pretoria Street was killed by a fall of roof.
Charles Wheatley Patrick, a collier age 57 was killed when he was crushed by runaway tubs.
1908
Bernard Maurice Westbrook, a pony driver age 16 of Cowards Buildings was found dead after being run over by a full tub.
Benjamin Parker, a collier age 49 of Purston was killed by a fall of roof.
Samuel Morton, a collier age 50 was injured when a pot hole (a fossilised tree trunk) fell on him on July 29. He died on August 7.
James Hamer, a filler (trainee collier) age 21 of Albert Street was hit by a fall of roof on December 9 which fractured his spine. He was taken to Clayton Hospital where he died on December 18.
1909
James Turton Haggas, a miner of Crossley Street was killed by a fall of stone.
J W Machin, a pony driver age 17 died when he was crushed between two runs of tubs. 
1910
Thomas Lyman, a deputy age 54 was killed by a fall of roof. 
1911
John William Alder,  a collier age 31 was killed by a fall of roof. 
Enoch Llewellyn, a pony driver age 14 stumbled into the side of the roadway and a sharp stone cut his throat and severed his trachea and carotid artery. 
Joseph Slater, a byworker age 57 was hit by runaway tubs.
John Barnett, a collier age 59 of Lord Street was killed by a fall of coal.
William Wilks, a collier age 44 of Thorntons Buidings was killed by a fall of roof. 
1912
Archie Roberts, a pony driver age 18 was run over by a full tub on April 19 and died September 25.
Julius Connell,  a byworker age 43 of Pontefract was killed by a fall of roof.
John Barrett, a byworker age 23 was killed by a fall of roof. 
1913
Charles Evans, a collier age 28 of Streethouse was killed by a fall of roof.
Patrick Cain, a collier age 40 was injured by a fall of coal on 11 April and died 24 November.
Samuel Hudson, a collier age 40 was killed by a fall of roof.
Arhur Spencer, a washery assistant age 17 of Hall Street, Purston, was oiling a creeper and was caught by the machinery and killed.
Charles Ward,  a pony driver age 19 was run over by a full tub on 2 October and died 18 February 1914. 
1914
Thomas Lakin, a byworker age 58 was killed by a fall of roof.
William Dunmore, a collier age 33 was killed by a fall of coal.
Edward Hughes, a collier age 51 was killed by a fall of coal and roof.
1915
George William Pearson, a collier age 31 was killed by a fall of coal. 
1916
Thomas Toplis, a pony driver age 17 of Church Lane was found dead under a full tub. 
1917 
 John Martin Rowett, age 57 of Pretoria Street and Levi Walters, age 31 of Ackworth Road, Purston, were killed by a fall of roof.
John William Betteridge, age 24 of Sharlston was killed by a fall of roof.
Joseph Gibson, age 40 was killed by a fall of roof. 
 
 


 



 











Friday, 29 April 2016

Snydale Colliery Fatal Accidents



SNYDALE COLLIERY FATAL ACCIDENTS

Note: This list will be extended as more information becomes available. Not all ages or first names are known.


1864
Benjamin Hepworth age 35 and John Greenwood age 34, shaft sinkers, were killed by an explosion of firedamp during shaft sinking operations.
1869
Henry Peel Noble age 29 and John Barratt age 35, drifters, were suffocated by powder fumes after firing a shot.
1870
Ambrose Webster, a blacksmith, took an ordinary flame lamp down the pit instead of a safety lamp and ignited firedamp. He died a few days later from his burns.
R Poole and W Luter, colliers, took their candles into the goaf (a waste area) and ignited gas.
1871
Abraham Roberts, a pony driver age 25, was crushed by tubs.
1872
George Smith, a collier age 28 was killed by a fall of roof.
Jim Corrigan, a collier age 49 was killed by a fall of roof.
Samuel Hardcastle, a furnaceman age 55 attempted to get off the cage when it set off and crushed him.
1878
William Wilcox , a pony driver age 16 was killed by a fall of roof.
1879
S Kerfool age 37 a byeworker, William Douthroit age 38 a byeworker, Charles Allsopp age 35 a byeworker, John Brown age 42 a horsekeeper, William Oldridge age 32 a miner, William Pegg age 28 a miner, J Calcannon age 29 a miner and Samuel Camp age 20 a pony driver were all killed when the winding rope broke after the cages collided.
1883
W Wilcox, a collier age 50 was killed by a fall of roof.
1885
Michael James Luckman, a pony driver age 14 was run over by tubs.
1886
William Massey, a collier age 56 was killed by a fall of roof.
1889
E Luckman, a pony driver age 14 was crushed by tubs.
1890
Samuel Raleigh, a collier age 19 was killed by a fall of roof.

1893
John Gleed, an underground labourer age 25 was found lying across the tub rails and on arrival at Clayton Hospital it was found his back was broken and he died five days later.
J Nash, a collier age 25 was killed by a fall of coal.
1895
J Stead, a collier age 26 was injured by a fall of roof and died three days later. 
1896
George Oliver,  a collier age 49 strained himself lifting a tub and died five days later.
1897
M Layne, a collier age 30 was killed by a fall of roof.
Charles Foster, a collier age 44 was killed by a fall of roof. 
Isaac Harvey, a surface labourer age 62 was pushing a wagon under the screens when another wagon crushed him. 
1899
J Machin, a pony driver age 17 was trapped between tubs on January 26 and died April 21. 
1900
Ernest Staples, a surface worker age 20 was found dead in a coal washer hopper. It was presumed he fell from a ladder. 
1901
R Hammond, a pony driver age 17 was found dead under a tub.
T Atkinson, a haulage lad age 17 was killed when the haulage rope jerked and knocked him in front of the tubs.
W Jackson, a trapper (in charge of a ventilation door) age 14 was passing  some full tubs when the horse moved forward and he was crushed between a tub and a door frame. He died two days later. 
1902
Isaac Hufton, a collier age 58 of Andrew Street was injured by a fall of roof and died the same day. 
1904
Joseph Wardle, a stone miner age 28 was enlarging a roadway and was killed by a fall of roof.
James Green, a collier age 28 was killed by a fall of roof.
Benjamin Ward, a collier age 49 was injured by a fall of roof. He was taken home where he died shortly afterwards.
1908
Joseph Oliver, a collier age 40 was killed by a fall of roof.
Henry Lockwood, a carter age 20 was caught between a coal cart and a wagon and he died five days later. 
1910
Thomas Lucas, a collier age 56 was killed by a fall of roof. 
1911
Cyril Jones a byworker age 22 of Sharlston was injured by a fall of roof on March 1 and died of pneumonia on March 10. 
Henry Bailey, a collier age 35 was killed by a fall of roof. 
1914
Edward Brooke, a collier age 27 was killed by a fall of roof. 
Ernest Hopkin, a pony driver age 19 of Sheffield but lodging in Featherstone for six weeks was trapped  between a tub and a prop and killed.