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on Mon Oct 17 2016, 10:52
The small team of miners at Paradise Farm colliery, Shevington (near Wigan), seem both competent and content, but their equipment betrays the constraints of a small operation: their descent into the pit is lit by candles, not safety lamps. It's an easier ride out on cable railway wagons bringing coal to be sorted and bagged for the consumer. From farm to fireplace, this is local fuel for local people.

The colliery's diminutive size provides the novelty interest that attracted cinemagazine Gaumont Mirror to this story. But the film adds some political grit with a reference to the pit's easy labour relations. Contemporary cinemagoers wouldn't fail to remember the previous year's General Strike in support of mine workers' pay and conditions. Alas, though, the jobs of the seven men working here were far from secure. The Wigan coalfields had already passed peak production and this tiny pit closed a few years late


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on Mon Oct 17 2016, 16:01
Dont fancy going down a coal mine with a candle. Must have been really hard work for them, but they had a smile on their faces in the film. Our Smallest Colliery 1927 709307421
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on Thu Nov 10 2016, 16:40
Nice find, Champion. Our Smallest Colliery 1927 709307421
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on Thu Nov 10 2016, 16:47
Nice bit of social history Champion Our Smallest Colliery 1927 3530011831

A glimpse into yesteryear.

We are so lucky today.
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on Fri Nov 11 2016, 21:54
Brilliant film, Champion.... Our Smallest Colliery 1927 3625261725
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on Fri Apr 07 2017, 11:00
No miners lamps ?
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on Sun Apr 09 2017, 15:52
Don't know how I missed this previously.

Belting find, Champion. Our Smallest Colliery 1927 709307421
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