Haynes - study of a local miner
Mick Pearson with material supplied by Linda + Peter Lamberg)
was a remarkable man in the eyes of his family, and his life is
typical of many Black Country folk from the 19th century. Hopefully
his story will give something of an insight into the people of
the region during the Industrial Revolution.
Picture shows Benjamin
outside his home in St. Andrews Street Netherton. It was
taken in about 1920.
was born in Brierley Hill in 1857, into a Mining family. He began
his working life at Brettle's Pit, Old Hill, at the age of 7 years.
In those days earning money was more important than any education,
the theory was that any lad who went down the pit didn't need
to read or write, or do accounts.
first duties consisted of "door-minder", and as the
years rolled on he passed through various stages such as "Horse-Driver",
"Loader", "Hewer", "Stallman" etc.
until eventually he obtained his Fireman's Certificate.
was always anxious to improve his position, and at this stage
of his "career" he was fired with ambition to obtain
his "Second Class Certificate of Competency". To someone
who was self-educated this was no small task, but for years he
studied hard and plodded on with this object in mind. His first
attempt was at Birmingham University, but this was unsuccessful.
Undaunted, and despite the fact he could ill-afford the necessary
fees and incidental expenses, he sat again in June 1912 at the
Cardiff Centre and was successful.
as a Second Class Under Ground Manager was only the start, it
was some time before he could obtain such a post. Eventually,
he was employed under Mr Newey at two of Noah Hingley and Sons
collieries, where he stayed for a few years.
anxious to widen his field of experience, he joined the Colliery
Staff of the Earl of Dudley under Mr. S Dimmock, and was responsible
for several pits in the Himley district. In time he was invited
by his old employers, Mobberley and Perry, to undertake the responsibility
of working the Oldnall Colliery, where he spent a strenuous and
successful 11 years, making his service with this firm about 22
Benjamin and Pamela Haynes
addition to his mining activities he was a Weslyan Local Preacher
for about 46 years, and occupied the position of Society Steward
for 22 of those years. He was also very musical and played the
harmonium. He married Pamela Amelia Hackett in 1881; they had
five sons and one daughter.
taught his sons by example, and made sure they all had a good
education, so they would be well equipped for life, remembering
his own career and having to do things the hard way.
Family Group showing Benjamin with some
of his children (circa N/K)
and his family lived in Old Hill and then Netherton, where Benjamin
passed peacefully away aged 73 years. He received countless tributes
at his funeral and is buried in St. Giles, Rowley Regis. He leaves
a legacy of industrious and hard work, something that has helped
to make the Black Country what it is today.
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