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on Fri Sep 21 2018, 22:01
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In the mid 1950’s the NCB assessed the number of coal mine shafts in a five mile radius of Wigan at 1013. If you add unrecorded shafts pre 1850 you can probably double that figure.


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on Fri Sep 21 2018, 22:43
I recently did a refurb on a house, it was previously owned by an ex pitmon , the new owners found 3 large shopping bags full to the very top with bars of soap, each bar of soap had the letters PHB stamped in the soap, the new owners were puzzled, i explained, it was soap supplied by the coal board at the showers, ( pit head baths) , this guy had obviously took a few wom every night for years ,

he probably did the same with bog rolls too,

hey Tonks, have you a stock of PHB soap ?? Very Happy
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on Sat Sep 22 2018, 08:58
You had to buy your own PHB soap Mester Tom.

It was cheap but you still had to buy it.

For some reason they used to sell Zorbit terry nappies as well.
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on Sat Sep 22 2018, 09:00
by heck, I did't know that, Crying or Very sad
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on Sat Sep 22 2018, 10:10
Alan Davies - @pitheadbaths - will be speaking about local mining history on Sunday at St Michael’s Church, Duke St, Swinley WN1 2BJ.

St Michael’s are hosting their patronal festival on the theme of Wigan’s amazing mining history. 

The church is open today (Sat 22nd Sep) with a display of mining artefacts, maps, pictures and more, and refreshments will be served. 

Sunday 23rd Sep, 2pm - 4pm:

At 2pm, Billy Boston will be presented with a model of his statue. There will be short speeches from Cllr David Molyneux, the Leader of Wigan Council, Stan Higginson, the Vicar of St Michael’s, Rita Culshaw, one of the last remaining pit brow lasses, and Alan Davies, author and ex-miner, who will outline the history of mining in the area.

Steve Winterburn, the sculptor of both the Billy Boston statue & the WHAMM mining monument, will be around to talk about the memorial. There will be refreshments and Ken Scally and Michael Winstanley will provide live music. 
 
Funds go towards WHAMM -
www.wiganminingstatue.org.uk

A few event photos by Alan Davies - @pitheadbaths

VIDEO by Wigan Today
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on Sat Sep 22 2018, 10:14
Nice one. Smile

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on Sat Sep 22 2018, 11:58
For stuff regarding old coal mines I find that 'side by side maps' set to Great Britain 'OS 25 inch 1892-1914' gives the best information regarding how the mine looked and for example I grew up in Bamfurlong during the 1960's and the remains of Bamfurlong Colliery was a real blot on the landscape and the whole area was covered in red shale, but the land was reclaimed and landscaped and where I used to play out over the fields to where all the shale was located, is now farmland, yoo would never know that a dirty coal mine had existed there, but I never actually knew where the mine was located, in relation to what the place looks like now, but thanks to this map, I do now Smile

https://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/side-by-side/#zoom=16&lat=53.5145&lon=-2.6119&layers=168&right=BingHyb

A different setting on the maps has finally answered my question as to where the 'Bloo Waters' were located, 'OS 1:25,000, 1937-61'

https://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/side-by-side/#zoom=16&lat=53.5114&lon=-2.6217&layers=10&right=BingHyb
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on Sat Sep 22 2018, 12:14
P. H. B. soaps were pink, green or white bought out of the pit canteen they also sold Palmolive shampoo, green or pink. Smile
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on Sat Sep 22 2018, 12:24
@Kryten wrote:You had to buy your own PHB soap Mester Tom.

It was cheap but you still had to buy it.

For some reason they used to sell Zorbit terry nappies as well.

I think they were Zorbit Terry towels, Mester. I remember our neighbours would get the towels and cut them to make nappies, the pit men got them cheaper than buying the Terry nappies elswhere.


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on Sat Sep 22 2018, 13:17
Every now & then free towels were given out at Parkside but if you were in the Haydock & Ashton branch of the union you didn,t get any,
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on Sat Sep 22 2018, 14:31
I remember we had some of this in our house.

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on Sat Sep 22 2018, 14:32
@Joseph wrote:
@Kryten wrote:You had to buy your own PHB soap Mester Tom.

It was cheap but you still had to buy it.

For some reason they used to sell Zorbit terry nappies as well.

I think they were Zorbit Terry towels, Mester. I remember our neighbours would get the towels and cut them to make nappies, the pit men got them cheaper than buying the Terry nappies elswhere.

No they were actual nappies you could buy, at least you could at Parkside and Parsonage,
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on Sat Sep 22 2018, 15:42
@Kryten wrote:
@Joseph wrote:
@Kryten wrote:You had to buy your own PHB soap Mester Tom.

It was cheap but you still had to buy it.

For some reason they used to sell Zorbit terry nappies as well.

I think they were Zorbit Terry towels, Mester. I remember our neighbours would get the towels and cut them to make nappies, the pit men got them cheaper than buying the Terry nappies elswhere.

No they were actual nappies you could buy, at least you could at Parkside and Parsonage,

My Mrs has just told me the same, Kryton. That's me told!
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on Sat Sep 22 2018, 15:59

George Orwell, road to wigan pier Chapter 3

At some of the larger and better appointed collieries there are
pithead baths. This is an enormous advantage, for not only can the miner
wash himself all over every day, in comfort and even luxury, but at the
baths he has two lockers where he can keep his pit clothes separate from
his day clothes, so that within twenty minutes of emerging as black as a
Negro he can be riding off to a football match dressed up to the nines

http://www.george-orwell.org/The_Road_to_Wigan_Pier/2.html

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