Preece Family History and One Name Study
dedicated to the research of Preece individuals and
|While there are very few deep coal mines
left in the UK in 2015 (there are many other
mines/quarries left), mining has been a long-term source
of employment in this country.
Refer back to my list of occupations appearing in my database, and you would find "Miner" at number 18, with "Collier" just outside the top 20. Add "Coal Miner Hewer" (number 41) and assorted variations on these words and over 700 entries can be found for the industry over the 1841 to 1911 census years and other parish records. Not all mines are for coal, as will be seen in the subsequent sections. In my totals, I have included such occupations as clerks at mines, and other occupations not directly involved in the extraction process, but I have excluded coal dealers and hauliers.
Over they years there have also been a number of mining accidents involving Preece family members, and I will include details of these wherever possible in the appropriate census section.
I have included a section below the main map with links to a variety of pages covering different types of mining across the country, these pages themselves have many links within them to explore all aspects of the industry.
Each section will have the census entries for those who have been identified as part of the industry, together with commentary on areas, movement etc. Maps will be included for each year to show where the people lived.
The map to the left shows all the places where Preece family members have been recorded in the census from 1841 - 1911 and involved in the mining industry. This is places of residence rather than the actual place of occupation but of course they will necessarily be working close to home. This is a map covering all the years to show the spread over time - as will be seen from the individual years, there are few in 1841 but the numbers have grown considerably by 1911. The map here does not separate lead, coal etc, but the maps on the more detailed pages do so.
Details are shown below of the numbers involved in each of the years, split into coal, lead and iron ore where appropriate.
Links are shown below to jump to separate sections.
|External links to further background information
|Yearly totals by type of mining
Institute North of England Institute of Mining
and Mechanical Engineers
Forest of Dean Mining in the Forest of Dean
National Archives Research guide for Mines and Mining
Scottish Mining Very informative site for the whole of Scotland
North Staffordshire Mining Lots of stories, many on video, of North Staffordshire mining
Shropshire Mines Covering various different types of mining across the county
Welsh Coal Mining Stories and colliery background across the country
|1841 & 1851
|1861 & 1871
|1881 & 1891
|1901 & 1911