YORKSHIRE COALMINING HISTORY BOOKS

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Askern Main Colliery & Instoneville: Early Development

40 A5 pages with 27 illustrations.
£4.50
ISBN 9780956286437

The villagers of Askern Spa were shocked to find that the new Askern Colliery would be built on top of the hill overlooking Askern Lake, the Hydropathic Establishment and the various Bath Houses where people came to take the waters, and the pit and its Coalite plant came to dominate the village. However, proceedings did not go smoothly and it wasnít until the colliery had changed ownership three times that full development was in progress under the chairmanship of Sir Samuel Instone who eventually employed 3,000 men at the pit, most of whom lived in the purpose-built pit village of Instoneville.

Bentley Colliery & Bentley New Village: Early Development

40 A5 pages with 21 illustrations.
£4.50
ISBN 9780956286413

Bentley Colliery was developed by experienced Nottinghamshire colliery owners Barber Walker & Company and at its height employed 4,000 men who produced over 1,000,000 tons of coal per year. This was despite numerous problems, including the sinking of the shafts, extensive flooding in the 1930s, a shortage of housing for the workforce and a terrible disaster in 1931 which claimed the lives of 45 miners.

Bullcroft Colliery, Carcroft & Skellow: Early Development

40 A5 pages with 27 illustrations.
£4.50
ISBN 9780956286420

The small agricultural settlements of Carcroft and Skellow were rudely awakened with the arrival of Sir Arthur Markham who commenced the development of Bullcroft Colliery. However, the speed to reach the coal was offset by a battle with water which Markhamís perseverance and engineering skill eventually overcame. Once in production Bullcroft Colliery employed 3,000 men, most of whom lived in large housing estates in Carcroft and New Skellow built for the pitís workforce.

Dearne Valley Collieries, Communities & Transport

294 A5 pages 230 illustrations and 16 col pages)
£9.95
ISBN 9780956286482

For 150 years the Dearne Valley was the centre of coal production in the South Yorkshire coalfield and names like Grimethorpe, Manvers Main and Hickleton Main became famous throughout the area. This first part of the book details the growth and the eventual closure of the 18 pits in the valley. The second part describes the mining villages that grew up alongside the collieries. The third part illustrates the transport networks that developed to transport the coal and the people of the valley, by road, rail and canal. The book features 230 illustrations, many of which have never been previously published.

Denaby & Cadeby Main Collieries: The Development of a Mining Community

108 A5 pages with 65 illustrations
£5.95
ISBN 9780956286468

In 1863, John Buckingham Pope headed a consortium of promotors keen to exploit the coal reserves in an undeveloped portion of the South Yorkshire Coalfield. With a reputation for commercial efficiency, the Denaby & Cadeby Main Collieries Ltd developed Denaby and Cadeby Main Collieries and built a settlement of 2,100 house to accommodate their workforce, with the aim of producing 2,000,000 tons of coal per year. The colliery company created a frontier settlement, where they had almost despotic powers over the entire village and the ruthlessness of the colliery management naturally hardened the menís attitudes but did the village really deserve the reputation of being the worst village in England?

Maltby Main Colliery & The Development of a Mining Community

72 A5 pages with 43 illustrations
£4.95
ISBN 9780956286451

In the early 1900s, The Sheepbridge Coal & Iron Company turned their attention to exploiting the coal seams of the South Yorkshire Coalfield as a replacement for their declining coal reserves at their older Derbyshire collieries. Consequently, they developed a colliery at Maltby with the aim of producing 1,000,000 tons of coal per year from a workforce of 3,000 men, many of whom were housed in an unusual company-owned settlement designated as Maltby Model Village. Under the dynamic leadership of the colliery chairman, Maurice Deacon, and the subsequent civic pride of local councillors, in particular Edward Dunn and Hughie Ross, the mining community of Maltby would grow from a small village of 700 people to a township of 18,000 inhabitants.

New Coalfields New Housing : Reviewing the achievements of The Industrial Housing Association

140 A5 pages with 100 illustrations.
£7.95
ISBN 9780956286475

Within 35 former mining villages throughout England and Wales, can be found architecturally identical housing constructed in the 1920s by an organisation known as The Industrial Housing Association. This organisation was formed to address the urgent need for the provision of housing, particularly in the new coalfields of South Yorkshire, East Midlands and South Wales. By taking advantage of loans and grants from the Governmentís Public Works Board and adopting the recommendations of the 1918 Tudor Walters Report, the Industrial Housing Association provided 12,000 houses for miners and their families. Nearly 100 years later, with the cessation of deep mined coal in the United Kingdom, these colliery estates remain as an example of what can be achieved by co-operation between public and private sectors in addressing a shortage of affordable housing, a problem that is still of considerable relevance today.

Rossington Main Colliery: The Development of a Mining Community

92 A5 pages with 79 illustrations.
£5.95
ISBN 9781916109704

Rossington is reputed to be one of the largest villages in the country but, at the time of the 1911 census, it only had 371 inhabitants. However, the following year a group of industrialists and dignitaries assembled in a field near Holmes Carr Wood where the wife of Maurice Deacon, (the Managing Director of the newly formed Rossington Main Colliery Company Ltd) cut the first sod of turf, prior to the sinking of the shafts for the new colliery. Under the guidance of Maurice Deacon and Lord Aberconway, within 20 years, a new purpose-built planned settlement of over 1,500 colliery-owned houses was constructed to accommodate the 3,000 employees at the pit which was expected to produce 1,000,000 tons of coal per year. Thus, a new chapter in Rossingtonís history commenced as people from all over the country moved to the area to undertake a new life dominated by coal. This book is presented in three parts: Part 1 features 16 pages of colour illustrations, Part 2 details the development of the colliery from 1912 to its closure in 2006, and Part 3 documents the development of the village of New Rossington.

The Yorkshire Coalfield

Pits and Mining Communities depicted on a selection of old postcards and ephemera.

160 A4 pages with 500 illustrations.
£15 (£12.50 + £2.50P&P)
ISBN 9780956286499

Coal Mining once dominated parts of Yorkshire and this book commemorates the industry at its height during the years either side of the First World War. The book forms a fitting souvenir to a now vanished industry following the closure of the last Yorkshire colliery in 2015.

Introduction (History, Geology, Postcards & Ephemera)
Part 1 Mining the Coal (Sinking, Construction, Buildings, Architecture, By-Products, Marketing, Transport, Miners and Management)
Part 2 The Mining Community (Housing, Facilities, Amenities, the 1912 Royal Visit, Disasters, Memorials, Mines Rescue Service, Strikes, Union, Welfare, Sports & Leisure)
Part 3 Colour Section (16 Pages)
Part 4 Directory (an alphabetical listing of Yorkshire pits on old postcards)
Part 5 Appendices (Ephemera, Glossary, Places to Visit, Further Reading, Index)

Yorkshire Main Colliery & New Edlington: Early Development (2014)

56 A5 pages 31 illustrations
£4.95
ISBN 9780956286444

Originally known as Edlington Main Colliery, the renamed Yorkshire Main Colliery and the village of New Edlington were developed by The Staveley Coal & Iron Company as a partial replacement for their declining coal reserves at their older Derbyshire collieries. Under the dynamic leadership of the Staveley Chairman, Charlie Markham, the new colliery at Edlington would eventually employ 3,500 men who produced over 1,000,000 tons of coal per year. However, this would not be enough for the ambitious Charlie Markham who wanted the pit at Edlington to live up to its new name and become the biggest colliery in Yorkshire?

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