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Newsletter No.34, was sent to members in July 2013.

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Maggie and Mike kindly supplied this image of "Bedminster Colliery Woodmen" Dates and identities are unknown but is thought to show two underground Timbermen from one of the Bedminster Pits around 1900. Reproduced by courtesy Mike Beaze of Bedminster.

Back Numbers

SGMRG newsletters are available only in paper format, recent issues being nice A5 size booklets. If you wish to order back numbers of the newsletter, then our Publications Officer has some copies. These are £3 each plus 50p postage. Some Issues may be currently out of stock, but if you are patient they can be reprinted.

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Issue No 33. March 2013

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In 1754 the Swede RR Angerstein produced sketches of Bristol’s industry. This one purports to show a Glassworks Cone and a Fire Engine at one of the Crews Hole pits. Image Courtesy of Peter Berg.

Issue No 32. December 2012

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The 1712 replica Newcomen Engine in steam at night at the Black Country Museum.

Issue No 31. September 2012

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The substantial remains of Brandy Bottom's 60" Cornish Engine House, now being conserved by AIBT.

Issue No 30. June 2012

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The Newcomen Engine House at Brislington built C 1739 as drawn in the early ninetheenth century.

Ten Years On. March 2012

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Celebrating 10 years of SGMRG

Issue No 29. December 2011

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Shortwood and Brandy Bottom Chimneys in 1979

Issue No 28. August 2011

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Serridge in 1791

Issue No 27. December 2010

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Sealing it!

Issue No 26. September 2010

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Unsung Heroes. Ever since we started work at Serridge in 2005 we have been helped by "Slim" Hendy and his JCB - seen here concentrating hard in his latest efforts at Serridge. "Slim" is a well known local character and manages to find time when not on his JCB to be the drummer in a local band. To find out more about what he is doing see p. 2.

Issue No 25. June 2010

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As the newsletter goes to print, SGMRG is jointly hosting the National Association of Mining Heritage Organisations Annual Conference at Coalpit Heath. Full reports and photos in our next issue

Issue No 24. March 2010

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Our last newsletter showed work in a dry drift mine entrance as we worked to restore the left hand wall and arch. It's been a wet winter: the whole entrance is now flooded - but the restored wall looks good and secure.

Issue No 23. November 2009

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To find out what these local actors were doing at Oldwood, see inside. Also news of the National Conference of Mining Groups that is coming to Coalpit Heath 4-6 June 2010.

Issue No 22. August 2009

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Former miners and their families at the launch of the Frog Lane at 60 Exhibition and Book on 2nd May, marking the 60th anniversary of the closure of the Frog lane Colliery at Coalpit Heath, hosted by SGMRG.

Issue No 21. March 2009

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Surf Plate 13 - The Coalpit Heath Colliery Company Horse and Cart at Serridge Farm C1900s - Photo by Dorothy Hewitt - All photographs from the Hewitt collection published by courtesy of Anne Matson.

Issue No 20. December 2008

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Frog Lane Colliers loading coal into Drams at the Coalface - Courtesy of Ann Matson.

Issue No 19. September 2008

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Emergency Rescue Archaeology: This summer's work has been dominated by the emergency rescue archaeology at Yate No 2 following the shaft collapse at Easter - here Jerome Way and Andy Brander excavate an arched area - two of the large band of SGMRG members in the desperate rush to record as much as possible of the surface remains before the Coal Authority carry out work to cap the shaft.

Issue No 18. May 2008

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Yate no 2 Shaft Collapse: How you can help at Yate no 2 - pit profile (Barrs Court), research and news.

Issue No 17. October 2007

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Pit Profile (Shortwood), research on Serridge, news and events at Ram Hill, yet more new arrivals at Oldwood, Oldwood Open Day success, reviews and news.

Issue No 16. Summer 2007

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New look at Oldwood, E Staples - local mine manager, spanish mines, Oral History Project, Website, plus all the regular stuff.

Issue No 15. Spring 2006

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Whitehall Pit Profile, Frampton Iron Mines, Gloucester Coroners Records, an unusual postcard of Lower Conygre, Serridge Dig news, AGM report, Mining Landscape of Cornwall wins World Heritage Status plus all the regular stuff

Issue No 14. Winter 2005/2006

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Easton Pit Profile, The Surveyor, A visit to the Coal Authority Offices Mansfield, Nibley Puzzles, William Llewellyn, Newbury Postcards.

Issue No.13 Autumn 2005

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California Pit Profile, Cromhall Lime Kilns, Oldwood Open Day Bristol Coal Tramroads, Forest of Dean Postcards, Gasex Visit.

Issue No.12 Summer 2005

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Golden Valley Pit Profile, Coalpit Heath Colliery railway, European Mines Culture Project; Gasex Visit and Photos Bishop Sutton Postcard.

Issue No.11 Spring 2005

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Ram Hill Pit Profile, Kibbles, AGM Rambling around the Coalfield, John Mills, Handel Cossham, Norton Hill & Writhlington Postcards.

Issue No.10 Winter 2004/5

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Brandy Bottom Pit Profile, John Mills Coalpit Heath Miner series starts, George Watkins in South Gloucestershire, Thornbury Exhibition, Farrington Gurney Colliery Postcard, Hanham.

Issue No.9 Autumn 2004

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Hanham Pit Profile, Frog Lane Table Engine part two, Swan Mine visit, Felix Farley's Bristol Journal, Ludlows Postcard, Candle holder from Old Mills, A silver mine in the garden, NCB Flag.

Issue No.8 Summer 2004

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Parkfield Pit Profile, Oldwood Open day, Frog Lane table Engine Part One, Bristol Mining School lectures, Fred Lewis, Parkfield Miner, Big Pit visit, Baddesley Track panels, Camerton Twist tin, FOD postcards.

Issue No.7 Spring 2004

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Frog Lane Pit Profile, BRO Visit, Frog Lane Engine House demolition story and pictures, Mine drainage, part Two NCB Pit closures, year by year, Somerset Miners Association token.

Issue No.6 Winter 2003/4

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Our own Trevor Thompson takes a detailed look at the development of steam power and its application to mine drainage. David Hardwick reports on the Tub restoration and there is more on thin seam working this time in nearby Kingswood.

Issue No.5 Autumn 2003

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A look back at Kilmersdon 30 years on, Oldwood Open day, History of Rangeworthy Colliery, Forest Of Dean visit including Hopewell Colliery, In search of William Fairley, Mine Drainage Part One, Yate Exhibition.

Issue No.4 Summer 2003

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Fieldwork reports at Brandy Bottom, Yate No.2 and Oldwood. Visit to Frampton Iron Mine. Tapwell Bridge Colliery, Mine Ventilation Part Two, Rowland Hill, Building a cog.

Issue No.3 Spring 2003

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Issue No.2 November 2002 and
Issue No.1 August 2002

These were about the setting up of SGMRG and total 3 double sided sheets. If you would like a copy of both, please send a cheque for £1 to the Treasurer to cover postage, packing and printing.

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