Created 21-Nov-11
Modified 21-Nov-11
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Fletcher-Burrows were colliery owners in the Atherton area of Lancashire. They owned and operated a large number of colliery and coal-mining operations. They were considered 'good employers' and built a 'model village' at Howe Bridge. In 1921 they commissioned the famous cartoonist W Heath-Robinson to produce a calendar for the following year. (SEARCH in the site box for "Heath Robinson" to see the cartoons) In 1929 Fletcher Burrows was incorporated into Manchester Collieries.
Photography: The name of the photographer is unknown. Whoever it was produced a remarkable series of images both above and below ground. In several shots he has attempted quite deliberately to capture faces and expressions, this is particularly obvious in his sometimes intimate photos of pit-brow lassies. (SEE HRS 1515 in particular)

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Keywords:atherton, coal mining, coal-mining, coalmining, engineering, fletcher-burrows, heath robinson, howe bridge, lancashire, steam engines, victorians, wigan

HRS 1501 Coalmining, Chanters no 1 winding engine

HRS 1501 Coalmining, Chanters no 1 winding engine

HRS 1502 Coalmining, Chanters no 1 cage

HRS 1502 Coalmining, Chanters no 1 cage

HRS 1503 Coalmining, Wagon road Chanters Atherton

HRS 1503 Coalmining, Wagon road  Chanters Atherton

HRS 1504 Coalmining, Gibfield wagon shop May 1906

HRS 1504 Coalmining, Gibfield wagon shop May 1906

HRS 1505 Coalmining, Gibfield workers coming off shift

HRS 1505 Coalmining, Gibfield workers coming off shift

HRS 1506 Coalmining, Gibfield winding gear

HRS 1506 Coalmining, Gibfield winding gear

HRS 1507 Coalmining, Gibfield testing for gas

HRS 1507 Coalmining, Gibfield testing for gas

HRS 1508 Coalmining, Gibfield air compressors

HRS 1508 Coalmining, Gibfield air compressors

HRS 1509 Coalmining, Gibfield feeder mechanism

HRS 1509 Coalmining, Gibfield feeder mechanism

HRS 1510 Coalmining, pitbrow lassies on screens Gibfield

HRS 1510 Coalmining, pitbrow lassies on screens Gibfield

HRS 1511 Coalmining, Gibfield locomotive repair shop

HRS 1511 Coalmining, Gibfield locomotive repair shop

HRS 1512 Coalmining, Gibfield blacksmith in smithy

HRS 1512 Coalmining, Gibfield blacksmith in smithy

HRS 1513 Coalmining, rock drilling in tunnel by hand Gibfield

HRS 1513 Coalmining, rock drilling in tunnel by hand Gibfield

HRS 1514 Coalmining, fan engine, Gibfield side mechanism

HRS 1514 Coalmining, fan engine, Gibfield side mechanism

HRS 1515 Coalmining, pitbrow women in cabin Gibfield

HRS 1515 Coalmining, pitbrow women in cabin Gibfield

HRS 1516 Coalmining, colliers on wooden steps Gibfield

HRS 1516 Coalmining, colliers on wooden steps Gibfield

HRS 1517 Coalmining, cabin Gibfield

HRS 1517 Coalmining, cabin Gibfield

HRS 1518 Coalmining, Gibfield men working in tunnel

HRS 1518 Coalmining, Gibfield men working in tunnel

HRS 1519 Coalmining, Gibfield men with pitlamps

HRS 1519 Coalmining, Gibfield men with pitlamps

HRS 1520 Coalmining, tubs in yard Gibfield

HRS 1520 Coalmining, tubs in yard Gibfield