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Flooded fields at Hirst Hollow Colliery, Dronsfield Woodhouse, c 1930s ?
From collection of F H Brindley
Brindley, F H (Sheffield and District News Pictures, 973 Abbeydale Road)
c 1930s ?
About this image
The photographer's original caption for this image reads:
'IS THE FARMER PLEASED NOW? WE DOUBT IT.
The Derbyshire farmers have had to go long distances for water for their cattle. This snap taken today near Holmesfield, shows that the rain is now making lakes in the fields. The farmers are still unhappy.'
Despite the allusion to agriculture the backdrop to this picture is purely industrial and is believed to show Hirst Hollow Colliery. This small drift mine was situated beside the road linking Holmesfield with Dronsfield Woodhouse and was driven in 1913. It was still operating in 1945 when 21 men were employed below ground with four on the surface, the owners being the Hirst Hollow Colliery Company. By 1959 it had closed and today the site is covered in woodland.