Burradon Coal Mine
This is my grandad's experience through Burradon Coal Mine...
At the age of fifteen, my grandad started his first ever job as a 'Stone Man' in Burradon Coal Mine. A Stone Man keeps all the gates clear of stones so that the coal miners could work. Later, he got promoted to a 'Coal Filler'. A Coal Filler loads all of the coal into the tubs onto the belt which went to the shaft (the cages that went up and down). My grandad left school on a Friday and later started working in the mine on a Monday. My grandad stopped working at the mines thirty two years later once all the mines closed.
My grandad worked at these mines in order...
1. Burradon Coal Mine
2. Wheatslade Coal Mine
3. Ecclas Colliery Backworth
4. Ellington Colliery
There were many explosions in Wheatslade pit and many of the miners got stuck in the mine and sadly died. My grandad says Burradon pit was his favourite because he just lived across the road to the oit and didn't have far to travel.
Burradon Coal Mine is very special to Tyneside because Burradon was a mining village and had pit houses. The only way you could own a pit house would e if you worked in Burradon Pit. My grandma and grandad lived in a pit house opposite to the pit. The house is still here to this day and is called Strawberry Terrace in Burradon. Since then they soold council houses to anybody that wanted them and my grandparents moved out.
All of the pits closed. The last to close was Ellington Pit. After my grandad started his own business called Willy's Wheels Taxi Business but retired at the age of sixty-five.
By Caitlin Dack