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Posted: 13/11/2011 20:35:25
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Here is an account of an accident from the mine report. JT Rigg reported on Roanhead mines monthly for Wadham & Co. Wadhams reported to the mineral owner, Myles Sandys of Greythwaite:

April 1920, Kathleen Pit
In this pit there is at present one working which is at the bottom or 204 Yds level and is a main level they have started to drive Northwest from near the shaft in the direction of Nigel No2 pit. This drift is so far being driven by hand, and is at present in limestone and has cut into a large lough in which there was a quantity of sand and water but this has been overcome and they are now driving on again , in jointy limestone. It is their intention to drive this drift on with the rock drills. They are at work fitting up an air compressor and drills have arrived but they have the air pipes still to put in and connect up.

June 1920
........This drift is still being driven by hand as they have not yet got the air pipes put in, and they are having to get a new air receiver, as they had a misfortune with the old one- the end blew out while testing the same.

November 1920
The rock drills are now in use and they have driven 340Ft. It is intended to test the ground between the two pits, to test the depth of the Nigel ore and to drain the water away from same.

And here is an account from an aural history tape. George Braithwaite worked at Roanhead from 1929 until 1941.

GB As I would say the chap who told the tale to me wasn’t one for elaborating. We called him Jackie Barnes, he had served his time. It was a chap who was older than me, and he had served his apprenticeship at Askham ironworks. And then when they were taken over he had gone to Roanhead, and of course this Hunter chappie was probably of Askham stock.
Q Was he a young lad?
GB Well yes, he was only a young feller, apprentice in the engineering shop. Oh no, that was true enough. I never doubted it. He was sat on the safety valve of an air receiver that was – you know what I mean – the cylinder where they store the compressed air, you know, to take the impulse, the pulse out of it, because they were all, the compressors in those days were all reciprocating – they weren’t reciprocating – there was horizontal and.......mainly Ingersol Rand in those days but there was Ingersol Rand and Ali McLennan and......There was a third one that was common......Doesn’t matter.
Q What was the point of sitting on the pressure valve?
GB Well so they could get more pressure on, so it wouldn’t blow off, to see how much pressure they could build up with the engine. You see they were all experimenting with the compressed air in those days and the compressor itself would...... It was common enough to get about 100 to 120, but I am talking about 20 years previous to that, when this happened it would be about 1910, probably before the first world war.
...... It was Hughey who gave the order, you know what I mean. He would only be a young feller in those days, and his father would still be alive, old Myles, and it was......”Go on, see how high we can get”. You know what I mean. This is what happened, it was a cast iron receiver and it .....burst.
Mrs B He was all right was Hughie
GB Oh, Hughie was alright, yes, he was a great big tomboy, wasn’t he?
Mrs B An overgrown schoolboy.

Just shows that those mine reports only tell the mineral owner what he needs to know. Is the story recorded elsewhere? Old Myles would be Myles Burton Kennedy, who died in 1914.


A hundred and ninety six and still a-swelling! water, below the middle gauge-cocks! carrying every pound she can stand! nigger roosting on the safety valve... Mark Twain, The Gilded Age
IP: Edited: 13/11/2011 21:07:12 by peterrivington
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