Coal and Dialect of the East Midlands

"Testing for gas" at Silverhill

Coal mining for many years was a crucial part of the East Midlands but since 2015 all mines have now closed. The language that miners used as part of their working lives is distinctive but in danger of being lost with these closures.

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  • My parents moved to Mansfield from Nottingham (Toton) when I was nine years old. The first question I received. “What pits your dad wok at?” When they saw him in a trilby hat, it was downhill from there. Still love Mansfield.

    By Malcolm Hancock (07/05/2023)
  • The monument shown of the miner stands at the highest point on the old Silverhill dirt tip which has been transformed into wooded areas and footpaths. Below the figure is a plate showing many of the coal mines worked with their starting and finishing dates.
    I was instrumental, along with David Clarke MBE, at the Coal Authority in researching the opening and closing dates of most of the more modern Nottinghamshire mines.
    The statue was unveiled in 2005 so there are three collieries shown that have no finishing date. Harworth closed for production in 2006 awaiting a buyer but was finally abandoned in 2014. Welbeck closed 2010, and the last colliery was Thoresby in 2015.

    By Robert Bradley (01/05/2023)

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