Word of the Week Archives 

01/10/18

Slurry - Wet coal residue from washing coal in the preparation plant.

15/10/18

Ganzi - Coat worn in the mines..

08/10/18

Car - Large tub or mine car; in Markham Colliery this was the term used for a 'manrider'.

29/10/18

Hoppit - A small cage (meaning lift) which just carried one or two men.

12/11/18

Roadman's Hammer - A special hammer used for laying rails. It was quite rare and therefore was closely guarded. Some miners comments it was like a noper.

26/11/18

Bodger - A flat-ended spanner with a spiky handle.

10/12/18

Jimmy Crow - A tool used for bending rails underground.

07/01/19

Stable Hole - Excavation usually at the gate end of a coal face to enable the cutting machine to be turned or moved over for cutting in the opposite direction to allow for depth of cut.

21/01/19

First Draw - Refers to the first cage to take men back to the surface. There would often be a rush on this, as depending on the size of the cage, it could take quite a long time to get all men back to the pit top.

11/02/19

Ragging up - Finishing the job and dressing to return to pit top.

25/02/19

Paid snap - Small payment for working through a meal break.

11/03/19

Yard Stick - A walking stick carried by mine officials, seen as a symbol of authority, to test the roof of the mine.

25/03/19

Scotches - Brakes used to stop tubs; they looked like a cricket bat with two niches in it.

08/04/19

Odd-working - Day wage work, also referred to as 'datalling' or 'tagg'.

22/04/19

Dotty britches - Dirty trousers.

06/05/19

Coal bagging - Delivering coal to the miners' houses.

20/05/19

Spoon shovel - A long handled shovel with a small, oval, cupped head.

03/06/19

Slurry - Wet coal residue from washing coal in the preparation plant.

17/06/19

Outloader - Men responsible for emptying coal into lorries to be taken away.

22/10/18

Snap Box/ Tin - A box to put you snap in; this could be metal or plastic and tended to have a particular shape. Often made by ACME, and these ones would always be metal.

05/11/18

Banksman - Miner in charge of operating the cage, taking the motties from the men and responsible for safety at the pit top.

19/11/18

Snaker - The man who pushed the Armoured Face/Flexible Conveyor (AFC or panzer) forward, following the shearer or trepanner.

03/12/18

Needles - Support props.

17/12/18

Jafnagged - A term used for expressing extreme exhaustion, some miners comment this is used more in Leicestershire.

14/01/19

Stacker - Butty employed on surface to empty pit tubs and grade coal.

28/01/19

Paddy Pan - The bucket or tub used to lower water into the mine for the pit ponies.

04/02/19

Thunder Box - Used as a toilet down the mine, found in pit bottom area only. Not plumbed in, but a box which would be emptied from time to time.

18/02/19

Lump - The name given to a big piece of coal.

04/03/19

Tweggies - Straps under the knees to stop dirt and dust entering the trousers. Also known as 'yorkies'.

18/03/19

Elephant's Feet - Type of stilt set into the ground to raise the prop and give support.

01/04/19

Needles - Support props.

15/04/19

Ganzi - Coat worn in the mines

29/04/19

Tail rope - The haulage rope exposed at the back of the last tub.

13/05/19

Cross mara - The person who did the same job as you, but on a different shift - used in Leicestershire.

27/05/19

Big heavers - Large mine cars capable of carrying one tonne of coal.

10/06/19

Bogie - Open-sided truck, used for taking coal out of the pit, mainly used in Leicestershire.

24/06/19

On the tonnage - Payment system that depended on the amount of coal a miner extracted.

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Snap Tin by David Amos