Appeal - Harry Stoke Colliery, South Gloucestershire.
A friend of mine is compiling info about this short-lived drift mine near Bristol and is keen to contact anyone with information about it. The mine worked from 1952 to closure on 14 June 1963. It hardly ever made a profit and so was closed. The mine produced 470,000 tons of coal at a loss of 14s 6d per ton.
We know some miners went on to South Wales and some to Cornwall when the mine closed as well as miners being bussed to the still operational mines in the Somerset Coalfield. Does this apply to anyone reading this?
We have already spoken to Graham Brown, Ernest Chambers, Donald Crew, Colin Dee, John Denning, Harry Packer, Colin Ponting, Barry Rubery, Jeff Shepherd, Ron Sheppard and Frank Thornell. We are very keen to speak to any others who worked there or have info especially photos.
There is quite a bit of history in the John Cornwell books below
Collieries of Kingswood and South Glos 1983 pages 50 – 53
The Bristol Coalfield 2003 pages 89 - 93
Collieries of Somerset and Bristol 2001 pages 24-34
Thanks in anticipation of lots of useful replies!
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