The Miners Club – Miners Estate – Moston

14 Aug

The Miners Club – 1968. Courtesy S. Mir.

Moston Pit from Lightbowne Road looking over Broadhurst Fields in 1959. Courtesy D. Hampson.

Moston Pit from Lightbowne Road looking over Broadhurst Fields in 1959. Courtesy D. Hampson.

The Miners Club is a rare and unique example of the lasting legacy of the industrialisation of Moston.

Originally it was the Moston Colliery Pithead Baths, where the coal miners from the nearby Moston Colliery would scrub themselves clean from the dirt and grime from their back breaking toils down Moston Pit. It would later became a social club and social hub for the pit men to settle down to a well deserved pint or two, a game of crib and cards and good old bit of banter. 

Howard Patent (left) and Louis Beckett (right)  outside the reborn "Miners Club".

Howard Patent (left) and Louis Beckett (right) outside the reborn “Miners Club”.

In later years after the decline and subsequent closure of the Moston Pit, the Miners Club remained firmly at the heart of the community throughout the 1980s, hosting many social events until in finally closed and was left to rot for many years before artist Louis Beckett had a vision to breath new life into the building and create a community arts centre, the results of which was the Miners Community Arts and Music Centre, born from the altruistic spirit, hard work and determination of local lad, Louis Beckett and a band of very willing helpers. 

Fears over pit closure in 1950. Thursday 01 June 1950, Yorkshire Post and Leeds Mercury. Image © Johnston Press plc.

The Moston Pit was closed in June 1950 by the N.C.B (The National Coal Board), although the miners still maintained the venting shaft which connected it to Bradford Colliery (roughly where Manchester Velodrome  is today) site until 1968. After the final closure houses were built for the pit crews and their families and became known has it continues to do so today, as the Miners Estates.

Acknowledgments

Thank you to L. Ludd for the invaluable help I received in writing this post.

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2 Responses to “The Miners Club – Miners Estate – Moston”

  1. S. O'Loughlin February 23, 2014 at 10:03 pm #

    I lived nearby in Miles Platting (had a relative who worked there – his wife still lives on the miners’ estate).

    Will make a contribution soon, maybe about the corrugated iron ‘portable showers’ from the Council that used to set up in the school playground every Monday, the whole school went through like cattle!, boys one side, girls the other…..this was the 1960’s. I am not making that up!

    Or maybe about the area (now demolished) known as ‘The Tripe Colony’ in Miles Platting.

    Or ‘molly dancing’ which was commonplace across North Manchester around May Day, involved kids dressing up, cross dressing for the boys !, and going round houses reciting a rhyme and asking for money….common in the 50s. I last saw it outside my house on Ridgeway St, Miles Platting c1959. Last report was in Salford about 1963, and was related to the May queen that was selected in every terraced street, and also went round the houses (with attendants), reciting a rhyme. I took part in a BBC Radio 4 programme about ‘molly dancing’ and by way of a letter in the Manchester Evening News did some research myself. Got letters from people who remembered it. Passed all my material on to the Salford Local History Library.

    Sad that a folk tradition that has lasted hundreds (with roots maybe going back to pagan times) of years, can disappear in the space of a few years (wiped out by slum clearance and television), and nobody notices.

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