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jvb
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76 of 79  Thu 7th Jul 2016 12:35pm  
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On 27th Jun 2016 6:54pm, Midland Red said: I thought Bermuda was a village built to house miners of Griff Colliery Oh my
Yes, you are quite right. There wasn't a pit called Bermuda. For more details of the pits in the Griff area see this.
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Norman Conquest
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77 of 79  Thu 7th Jul 2016 2:39pm  
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Very interesting post and enjoyed reading about the Griff coalmines and the local canals. I was shot firer at Newdigate colliery and during training I went down Griff to see how slate coal was blown. A much harder coal than the two yard and rider that we were mining at Newdigate. The Griff hard coal was reduced down and blown into the Electricity Boards boilers as that was the best way of burning it. I don't think that Francis Newdigate ever owned Newdigate colliery but it was on his land and he received a pay out for each ton of coal brought to the surface. In the link above a couple of shots are of Newdigate waggons that ended up in the canal. The boat waiting to get through is heavily loaded and the boatmen would say that "The sparrows are drinking off the gun'alls"
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Kaga simpson
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78 of 79  Tue 12th Jun 2018 5:08pm  
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Before the turn of the twentieth century Potters Green was known as Wyken of the Sowe, mainly farms and fields with only a scattering of houses, but mainly the men worked at the Pottery just two fields away and the Wyken Collieries, Alexander-Victoria and Craven. But Alexander shaft ceased in 1870 time and Victoria shaft in 1907. The Craven was much larger, known after Lord Craven of Coombe To accommodate the colliers more houses were built and rented out at about six shillings a week, the houses themselves were substantial - the kitchens were the back rooms looking over the scrubby back gardens and the ash-pits, the front room became the dwelling room. The colliers I believe worked in the little gin-pits, donkeys plodding wearily in a circle around what was called a gin bringing the coal to the surface. Some boys went down the pits when they were only ten years of age, risking their lives daily. Most of the miners drank heavily, most stayed in the pub Friday, Saturday and Sunday till closing time, but they rarely missed work from their drinking. The men worked in stalls, so many to a stall, depending how good they worked they moved to different stalls, some stalls the coal was thin and hard to get at, their wages dropped and there was shadow over their families. The money would be short on Friday. Most miners gave their women 30 shillings to cover everything, they never saved or gave their wives a chance to save, it all went on drink. Schools closed early on Fridays to give the kids a chance to collect the wages if the man could not get there. I think they were paid from the front room of one of the managers' houses near the Jolly Colliers. Post copied from topic Woodway Lane and Potters Green on 12th Jun 2018 6:05 pm
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pixrobin
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79 of 79  Tue 12th Jun 2018 7:33pm  
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Kaga - you paint pictures with your words. I can almost visualise the fields and ashpits surrounding those houses. Thank you.
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