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Pit History Group Doubles Its Membership

Thursday April 18 2013

We Are Barnsley We Are Barnsley

A HISTORY group has increased its membership by 50 per cent during a campaign to gather information on Wombwell's former pit communities.

Mary Taylor, of the Wombwell Heritage Group, began interviewing elderly people in the former communities around Mitchell Main and Wombwell Main, as well as Lundhill, Hemingfield, Concrete Cottages, Alma and Shipcroft earlier this year.

Mary said interest in the project greatly increased following a feature in the Barnsley Chronicle and three of those who came forward to be interviewed have since joined the group.

"It might not sound a lot but it is for us as we only have a core of about half a dozen active members," said Mary.

"Quite a lot of the information and photos from the interviews are of Mitchell Main, which is where our three new members are from, and I think it's really important the history of those communities is preserved."

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Reply Posted by Jennifer Clarke on Tuesday February 28 2017 at 08:37
Hi Mary my family were miners at Lundhill my great grandfather Samuel Burden his wife was called Mary who lived in Elsecar & Wombwell died through a accident at Lundhill their daughter Violetta married my grandfather Harry Senior from Wombwell was also a miner both brothers on the Burden & Senior family were also miners . My gr grandfather Herod Senior from Birdwell was a miner Dad John Eyre from Hoyland & Wombwell were also a miner he was Cortonwood Pit he was buried a few times so I come from a mining family.
I noticed your name is Taylor you never know we might be related.
I forgot to say I was born in Wombwell where I went to school.
Thank you if I can help let me know.