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I came across this place years back from a friend who got me into caving/potholing and mining, why does this place have any significance to this you may ask......then read on because all I am about to tell you is nothing more than the truth !. A former Pit Engineer Mr Bramwell Pashley who was Married to Winifred and a father of four, in his younger years he served 9 years down't pit after leaving school at the age of 13 unfortunately when the time came he could not go and fight in WW2 due to his bad feet he studied old mine plans and bought a semi-detached house with his life savings over a coal seam he eventually ran his own haulage business. His wife must have been very tolerant as at the time of the war coal was on rations and Mr Pashley made his own mine in the back garden in Durkar, near Wakefield and in doing so many of the household items were converted and utilised for the mine, The Vacuum cleaner was adapted for the air extractor a washing mangle was used to haul up the coal in the households washing tub and so came the name of his mine "Peggy Tub Main", this was over 5 years of digging and to the astonishment of his neighbours the mine was born which he spent his weekends down't the pit pulling up around 2 tones each weekend. The shaft went 25 feet deep before he hit coal and then it was brick lined with 5500 bricks although this mine shaft was built he had a very lengthy battle with the National Coal Board for a licence to extract the coal. By 1947 his business was fully up and running, underground the light was by candle and he used a pick axe to chip out the coal he even ignored the potential dangers from methane gas, eventually the winding gear was coupled up to 3 electric motors and then the household electric meter. His dream was to employ as many as 35 men and extract over 100 tons of coal a week but in the 1960's he struck into old mine workings from another pit which flooded his own pit but worse was to come, in 1966/7 the mine closed for good as his "lock stock the fekking lot" house/out buildings and land was compulsory purchased due to the plans to extend the M1 (which to be hones is no bloody where near) and so could have carried on without a problem IMO !. The family moved to near by Newmillerdam and would you have guessed it again he build yet another mine this time instead of going vertical (shaft) he went horizontal known as a "Drift mine" into the hill side, sadly to say at the age of 66 and in the year of 1981 he died.....Rest in piece Sir. Could you believe what the faces of the health and safety inspectors....hell they would be foaming at the mouth!. In his memory I give you the below pics for you to view including a link to a B&W small vid of the man and his mine "Peggy Tub Main". the house and out buildings shaft and bits A small link to Peggy Tub Main... http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=46552 a short advert is before this small but excellent film.
I was on a walkabout in Margate last year and ventured into the Dreamland site, heavy security presence at the time, did try the female charm to get nearer for better pics but it was a no-go, as you are all probably aware this lovely historic railway was damaged badly by fire earlier in the year, anyway on with the pics I did get. Dreamland opened in 1920 and is a Grade II listed, the park has the oldest roller coaster in the uk, the link below gives more history and info. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dreamland_Margate They left a door open for me lol, security and there cat were right next to this in there hut. Looking through the window. Did manage to get around back on top of car-park and get a few pics. Enjoy the pics.