Silverwood Colliery was a colliery situated between Thrybergh and Ravenfield in Yorkshire, England.
MORE GHOST STORIES FROM SILVERWOOD HERE
Ghost Miner Scares a Pitman Source and date: Sun, 18 March 1982
A ghost in a coalmine has scared young pitman Steve Dimbleby, packing up his £150-a-week job at Silverwood Colliery, Rotherham, Yorkshire. He ran screaming for a mile underground after coming face to face with the frightening phantom miner. Steve, of Sunnyside, Rotherham, described the apparition: "He wore an old-fashioned square pitman's helmet, a waistcoat and grubby shirt. There was a light in the helmet. He bent his head and shone his light in my face. I realized there was something odd. Then when I looked at his face he had no features. It was blank — no eyes, no nose, no mouth." Steve froze with fear when he saw the ghost then ran. "I was ranting and raving and crying. I've hardly slept since it happened on Sunday night. I'd rather go on the dole that down that pit." Coal Board chiefs have now switched Steve to a £100-a-week surface job. They have also confirmed that fourteen years ago, a miner died where the spectre appeared. [In October 1887, another miner, Gary Pine, 19, reported seeing a ghost "in overalls and safety helmet slide through a concrete wall and vanish" in the Cotgrave Colliery in Nottinghamshire. According to the Sun, other miners were "refusing to do Gary's job other than in pairs".]
From the ~ The Mammoth Book of True Hauntings
By Peter Haining
Shortly after 8 a.m. on 3 February 1966, miners starting their shift went down the pit to board the "Paddy mail".It was normal practice for the ‘man-rider’ to be followed by a second train which carried equipment. On this day the second train suddenly ran out of control and caught up with the ‘man-riding’ train, hitting it hard in the rear. Ten men lost their lives and a further 29 miners were injured.The colliery closed in 1994, with remaining reserves being worked from nearby Maltby Main Colliery.
Early accidents recorded
1901 Charles Power killed by horse drawn wagon.
1901 Mr C. Sims 16th of June killed by wagon.
1902 Mr W. Cook 17th September died falling down shaft
1905 John James Brazier 29 April killed
1906, Horace Atkins March 25th, killed by roof fall
1906 John Price 13th June killed by roof fall
1906 t Henry Goulding 19th of August buried alive
1906 Thomas Flint 24th of August killed by falling stone
1906 James Parker 12th September killed by roof fall.
1906 George W. Hargreaves 2nd of December killed by falling stone
1907 George Simmone 23rd April crushed by tub
1907 Thomas Hather 26th of July killed by roof fall
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