Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Ilkeston in the Thirties : Manners Road Mines Rescue Station

Pictured here are the rescue team based at the Mines Rescue Station, Manners Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire circa 1931.

The station existed from 1916 - 1988 when the building became a nursing home. 

Mines rescue workers werre understandably regarded as local heroes. One man who was based at Manners Road was Philip Healey (1928 - 2000), who worked there 1954 - 1971. A website, originally dedicated to Philip and other mines recue workers and run by his son, can be found at www.healeyhero.co.uk and has now developed into a site deicated to the history of coal mining in the Notts/Derbyshire area generally. Particularly interesting is www.healeyhero.co.uk/rescue/menu/station.htm#top .

This picture comes from `Ilkeston in the Thirties`, a publication produced by Ilkestion and District Local History Society. The booklet is still in print and new copies can be acquired from http://www.ilkestonhistory.org.uk/  . Our copy is at 3839 in our listings and costs £1.95 plus postage. As it is a light, thin booklet, postage should be relatively cheap.

As mentioned previously, we stock a number of titles relating to the history of the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire are and to the history of coal mining - check out our listings using the links provided.

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