Those were the Days

An article appeared in the Herald Newspaper on Tuesday 18th September 2018 about the  decline of exhausted pits and the perks offered to miners if they will willing to move to the new coalfields of Eastern Scotland during the mid 20th Century.

One such uneconomic pit was Priory, pictured here in 1948 in the article. I was pleased to see the newspaper referencing ‘Blantyre Project’ website too.

1948 Those were the days

Featuring Blantyre Project Social Media with permission. Strictly not for use by others on or offline, our visitors said:

John Cornfield On my mother’s side of the family we’ve got relatives who definitely moved East up to Fife to. Work in the pits

Stuart Oneil Aye john. My grandas brother peter murphy moved through there.his daughter married a guy and they moved to high valleyfield.charlie charnooskie was his name

John CornfieldStuart Oneil my dad always mentioned the charmooskie nam e with great fondness

Stuart Oneil Small world john.the miners were all close granda worked at dixons.i remember going through to high valleyfield as a wee boy visiting my relatives

Stuart Oneil Some of my mothers side moved through to valleyfield and rosyth area

Blantyre Project I recently found out that my great grandfather lived at Priory Rows. I need to research a lot more about my family’s mining heritage in Blantyre.

Wendy Wilson My Grandpa, Gran, Dad & Uncle all moved to Fife I think in the 1930s. I am sure it was High Valleyfield because I remember my Dad saying it was near Culross. My Gran hated it though & they moved back to Lanarkshire.

Eleanor WemyssLiz CuttsEllie WheelwrightMary Dalton xx

Mary Dalton I think my mum and dad moved to Fife around 1949 /50 wullie O’Neil lived in glenrothes

Jeanette Turvey my grandad and gran moved to Fife in the 1950s my pop worked in the pit at Comrie they lived in Oakley my gran didn’t like it and never really unpacked

Jeanette Turvey John and Elizabeth Lamond

Marian Maguire If they got a perk getting there furniture moved it was the only perk. Working for practically nothing, health and safety some hope.

Frances Reid my mothers relations moved to High Valleyfield x

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