Platt Lane Coliery

Started by: peter francis (22)

Does anyone know the name of the last owners of platt lane colliery which closed about 1895

Started: 15th Jun 2014 at 09:18

Posted by: tonker (24048) 

Whiston Collieries Company Ltd.

Replied: 15th Jun 2014 at 15:03

Posted by: winder (1293)

This is from Industrial Railways of the Wigan Coalfield book.
"Platt Lane Colliery was leased by The Wigan and Whiston Coal Co in 1888 to the brothers William and James Lathom, who worked it until the mid 1890s."

"The Wigan and Whiston Coal Co Ltd, which had been registered as a limited company on 21st Dec 1895, was in liquidation in Jan 1896. A new company, Whiston Collieries Ltd was formed to take over the Whiston mines, the Platt Lane operations apparently being abandoned at that time."

Replied: 15th Jun 2014 at 15:51

Posted by: tonker (24048) 

Wasn't they taken over by Hulton Collieries?

I've come to the conclusion that all the 'Top Brass' pissed into the same pot with the collieries, mills and engineering works. The same names crop up as directors in them all. Pilkington for one, Legh and Gerard for others. They got where water couldn't, the Ainscoughs and Whelans of yesteryear, so to speak.
They also list the same Liverpool addresses and were well involved in the slave trade.

Replied: 15th Jun 2014 at 20:54

Posted by: peter francis (22)

Winder,I wonder if you would contact me by e mail. I am nearing completion of a paper on the Latham family between 1830 - 1930 and just missing a couple of facts, and I think you may be able to help me.
My e mail is
Regards Peter

Replied: 16th Jun 2014 at 00:05

Posted by: winder (1293)

tonker, the only thing I've found connecting Whiston Coll and Hulton Colls is this;
The township of Whiston is historically linked with coal mining, the first reference to which appeared in 1521. Many shafts were sunk around the area including those at Carr Colliery of 1760's; Whiston Colliery of 1802 (closed 1890); Halsnead Colliery of 1802 (closed 1895); but the most familiar pit within the area was at Cronton Colliery (WH93/20) which was begun in 1913, the first coal from which was raised in April 1915 (this was originally called the Hulton Colliery Co.). The collieries made good use of branch lines constructed for ease of transportation to a widening market.

The Earl of Crawford was one of the mine owners who was involved in the slave trade!

peter. I will contact you shortly.

Replied: 16th Jun 2014 at 14:47


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