Mining for information in Neston, Cheshire

PUBLISHED: 15:04 14 January 2010 | UPDATED: 15:47 20 February 2013

Railway sidings at Neston's Colliery

Railway sidings at Neston's Colliery

A local history society is asking residents: 'What did your grandfather tell you about the Neston Coal Mines?'

Cheshire and Merseyside residents are being asked if they have any memorabilia or tales from the coal mines at Neston. The move is part of a programme of events this year to mark the 250th anniversary of the start of mining there in 1759.

Local historian Anthony Annakin-Smith, from the Burton and Neston History Society, said: 'We are hoping that items from the old mines still exist, for example letters, plans, safety tags or lamps.

The mine closed in 1927 but we also hope that people will have tales that have passed down the generations from family members who were miners. All items would, of course, be returned to their owners but we'd love to record them as part of the area's heritage. We'd also like to write down local mining memories before they are lost.'

The Society is planning a series of events throughout the year, including the launch of a Colliery Trail with interpretation boards, an audio trail, an exhibition at Neston Library and guided walks. The Society's members are also talking to local schools to help children learn about the area's heritage.

Anthony said: 'The mines were remarkable in many ways. The earliest mine has underground canals to move the coal. It was also the first place in Wirral or west Cheshire to have a steam engine so, really, it is where the region's Industrial Revolution started. Connections with the great engineer George Stephenson and episodes of sabotage also make the mine's story extraordinary'.

If you have information please contact Anthony on 0151 336 5697 or Edward Hilditch on 0151 336 4510.

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