The most important thing to come out of the mine is the Miner. Researching through my family tree I found that on returning from WW1 my Grandad went into the Mines, his fathers before him were in the Mines in the North of England. For that I am a proud decendant of coal miners.

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COMRADES FOREVER

GIVE ME STRENGTH 
Named by John Meyer
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12" 
How many times  Mick Westwood POEM
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BLOOD MONEY

Named by Charles Shaw

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

A Young Lads Best Day   Mick Westwood POEM

EDDIE DOWNES

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

Photo courtesy of

https://www.facebook.com/jason.shipley.3910

FROM BOY TO MAN - PETER STEPHENSON

Named by James Lamb

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

Stores orders    Mick Westwood POEM

BEAUTIFUL JENNY named by Bev Howey and J
BEAUTIFUL JENNY
Named by Bev Howey & Jackie Watson
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"
First painting after death of Mam Jenny.
DAI THE COAL named by Delyth Woods and T
DAI THE COAL
Named by Delyth Wood & Tom Reynolds.
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"
Wasteland   Ralph Jones POEM
BROTHERS WE STAND named by Malcolm Kilby
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CHILDHOOD GONE named by Linda Hepple Ric
BROTHERS WE STAND
Named by Malcolm Kilby
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

MR JARVIS

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

CHILDHOOD GONE
Named by Linda Hepple Richardson
Charcoal on black card 16 x12"
Minor Miner  Malcolm Barnes POEM
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DIGNITY

Named by John Murdie

Watercolour on Bockingford 16 x 12" 

Currently showing in Spennymoor Art Gallery

Never More    Mick Westwood POEM

COAL MINERS DAUGHTER named by Neil Whitt
COALMINERS DAUGHTER
Named by Neil Whittaker, Steve Dudley, James Lamb, Lynn Townsend & Carol Cunningham
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12" 
OLD TIMER named by Ewan Welsh and Patric

OLD TIMER

Named by Ewan Welsh & Patrick McCarroll

Watercolour on Bockingford 16 x 12" 

Currently showing in Spennymoor Art Gallery

This face has seen it all  Sean Edwards POEM

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ERIC'S PAINTING

Gifted to a friend

Derwent pastels on brown mountboard

One Lamp   Mick Westwood  POEM

I GET SCARED TOO named by unknown miner#
DRILLING BLACK GOLD named by Dean Stroug
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I GET SCARED TOO

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

The Flickering Light   Ralph Jones POEM

DRILLING BLACK GOLD
Named Dean Stroughton
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"
Big Geordie    James Bridgewood POEM

GEOFF HALL

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

FAREWELL MARRA named by Allan Heseltine.
FLANNEL AND A WESH named by Amanda Garro
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FAREWELL MARRA
Named by Allan Heseltine
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12" 
Marra - A friend, pal, buddy, mate.
Video collaboration between Ralph Jones and
Sean Edwards
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2sOMrlY1zI&t=3s
FLANNEL AND A WESH
Named by Amanda Garroway Roberts. 
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12" 
Why lock the door?    Ralph Jones POEM

BIT OF A SQUEEZE 

Named by Moira Harper

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

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CHILDHOOD LOST

Named by Artist

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

An Industrial Revolution (A childs view) - Ralph Jones POEM

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Miner in Thailand

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

INTO THE DARKNESS named by Arthur Cole#.

INTO THE DARKNESS

Named by Arthur Cole, also named: 

LIGHT OF THE WORD

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

Where do you look?   Mick Westwood POEM

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TOGETHER ALWAYS 
Named by Julia Tweedy
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12" 
Forever Friends   Margaret Robertson POEM
FOR MY FAMILY, I WILL named by Michaela

FOR MY FAMILY, I WILL

Named by Michaela Holmes

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12" 

The Mine Owners Eulogy   Fred Dickson POEM

IT WON'T BEAT ME, NOTHING EVER DID named

IT WON'T BEAT ME, NOTHING EVER DID.

Named by Dave Goodwin

Charcoal on black card 16 X 12" 

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IT IS WHAT IT IS

Named by Dave Egan

Watercolour on Bockingford 16 x 12" 

Currently showing at Spennymoor Art Gallery

Can you kill a Miners spirit?  Mick Westwood POEM

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I TRIED...
Named by Artist
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12" 
The Silent Wheels   Ralph Jones POEM
ONE LAST TIME named by Stewart Melrose.j

ONE LAST TIME

Named by Stewart Melrose

Watercolour on Bockingford 16 x 12" 

Currently showing at Spennymoor Art Gallery

Compensation     Jan Price POEM

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LAST RITES

Named by Tommy Hutton

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

My Valley    Jan Price POEM

HOMEWARD BOUND named by Takisha Robinson

HOMEWARD BOUND

Named by Takisha Robinson, John Harrison, Wendy Higham, John Farrelly, Lorraine M Wroe, Colin Otter, Tony Hogan and Bill Whelan

Watercolour on Bockingford 16 x 12"

Sleep Proudly  Mick Westwood  POEM

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Donated to Grimethorpe Miners Charity
via Johnny Wood
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"
A Miners Winter   Mick Westwood POEM
LETS SAY A PRAYER! named by Jeff Weaver.
LET'S SAY A PRAYER!
Named by Jeff Weaver
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12" 
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE named by William R

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

Named by William Riggott

Watercolour on Bockingford 16 x 12"

Currently showing at Spennymoor Town Hall

Big Geordie   James Bridgewood POEM

MEEK AND STRONG donated to Lifespan Char
MEEK AND STRONG
Donated to Lifespan Charity 2017 
http://lifespan-charity.com/
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"
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MR MACPHERSON 
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"
The creaking front door  Ralph Jones  POEM
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MY HERO
Named Christine Thornton
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12" 
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MEEK AND STRONG BROWN EYES

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

NOT SO HARD LASS NAMED BY Sandra Robinso
NOT SO HARD LASS
Named by Sandra Robinson
Original photo by Bill Brandt 1937
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12" 
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OH GOD, NO!
Donated to Red Hills Durham Miners Hall for Chairman
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"
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OH GOD, NO!
Donated to Lifespan Charity 2018
http://lifespan-charity.com/
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12
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PITMAN'S PRAYER
Named by Johnny Wood
Won Hetton artist of the year 2018 with this painting.
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"
Pitmans Prayer    Author Unknown
POWER named by Ian Baxter Owned by Denni
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KEITH
Donated to a Mining Charity to help with funds. (I believe 'Keith' bought it)
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12" 
LIFE THROUGH A MINERS EYES named by Walt
LIFE THROUGH A MINERS EYES
Named by Walter Sherrif
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12" 
A Miners Life for me   Ken Batty POEM
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TONY BANKS

Charcoal pencils on black card

16 x12"

A CROWN FOR A KING named by Brian Lashle

A CROWN FOR A KING

Named by Brian Lashley

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

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MY DIAMOND
Named by Paddy Hanrahan
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12" 
MY SONS, MY LIFE named by Linda Greenhou
MY SON, MY LIFE
Named by Linda Greenhouse
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"
The Miner    Jan Price POEM
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NEIL - MINER IN AUSTRALIA 
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"
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GARY WARD

Photo from Guardian Newspaper - Kind permission given by Gary Ward

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12" 

JOHN DAVIES AT 12 YEARS named by Artist.

JOHN DAVIES AT 12 YEARS OLD

Named by Artist

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

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MINER AND FRIEND
Named by Artist
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"
A Canary's tale   Arthur Cole POEM
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Oh GOD, NO!
Named by Artist
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12" 
Oh God, No!!    Malcolm Barnes POEM
MY PAINTING BEING PRESENTED TO DENNIS SK

My painting being presented to Dennis Skinner MP at Durham Miners Gala 2018

Photograph Chris Bell.

POWER
Named by Ian Baxter
Donated to Dennis Skinner
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"
STRONG HANDS STRONG HEART named by James

STRONG HANDS, STRONG HEART

Named by James Lamb

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12" 

Your hands   Jan Price POEM

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THE FACE OF COAL

Named by Tania Robinson and

Gareth Martin who gave me

permission to use his 

photograph of Roderick

Hughes.

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

NOT FOR SALE.

TA KEEP YA WARM LAD named by Chris Orton
TA KEEP YA WARM LAD
Named by Chris Orton
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12" 
Ta Keep ya warm lad   Sean Edwards POEM
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SANDY
Named by Alan J Collins
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12" 
Sandy      Alan J Collins
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PROUD
Named by Ian Powie
Proud   Ralph Jones POEM
THE END OF THE LINE named by Mark Burrow
THE LONG CRAWL named by Michael Aspinall
THE END OF THE LINE
Named by Mark Burrows
Charcoal on black card
The End of the Line   Ralph Jones POEM
THE LONG CRAWL 
Named by Michael Aspinall
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12" 
Eighteen inches    Malcolm Barnes POEM
WHAT ELSE IS THERE named by Gail Watson.
COAL IN THE VEINS named by Gary Gormley.
WHAT ELSE IS THERE?
Named by Gail Watson
Derwent pastels on black card 12 x 10" 

COAL IN THE VEINS

Named by Gary Gormley

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12" 

WINDOWS OF WISDOM named by Emma Richards
WINDOWS OF WISDOM
Named by Violet Rogers
Derwent pastel pencils on brown mountboard 16 x 12" 
Windows of Wisdom     Malcolm Barnes POEM

Widows of wisdom; Made me think of when I was a wee girl and dad took up to the pit(mine) with my uncle. As the miners were reaching daylight all you could see as they came into view were the whites of their eyes and hear their chatter.

Rosanne Gratten 2019

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A MOMENTS THOUGHT
Named by Kevin Jones
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12" 
One pair of hands  Mick Westwood POEM
ADAMS ALE named by Joan Driscoe, Alan J
ADAMS ALE
Named by Joan Driscoe, Alan J Collins
and Derek Burt
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"
BEST BIB AND TUCKER named by Margaret Ma
CHILD OF MINE named by Yvonne Gardiner#.
BEST BIB AND TUCKER 
Named by Margaret Martin
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"
Drink up Dai  Jan Price POEM
CHILD OF MINE
Named by Yvonne Gardiner
Derwent pastel pencils on grey mountboard
CONTEMPLATION named by Neil Whittaker (2
CONTEMPLATION 
Named by Neil Whittaker
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"
Artists own
EDDIE'S HANDS named by Debra Northy and

EDDIE'S HANDS

Named by sisters Debra Northy and Suzanne Lane, in memory of their Dad.

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

Hands    Malcolm Barnes POEM

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CUTTING EDGE

Named by David Rutter

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

HE WAS MY FRIEND named by Neil Whittaker
HE WAS MY FRIEND
Named by Neil Whittaker
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"
LITTLE JIMMY AT THE WHEEL named by Artis
LITTLE JIMMY AT THE WHEEL
Named by Artist
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"
HEY WHERE YA BEEN named by Geoff Thompso
HEY, WHERE YA BEEN?
Named by Geoff Thompson
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"
LAST DELIVERY named by Hodgson Lisa gift
LAST DELIVERY
Named by Hodgson Lisa
Gifted to Kevin
Charcoal on blacl card 16 x 12"
MIDST THE DARKNESS - named by Tania Robi
MIDST THE DARKNESS
Named by Tania Robinson
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"
The swinging mandrel   Ralph Jones POEM
MY LITTLE BEAUTY named by Walter Sherrif
MY LITTLE BEAUTY
Named by Walter Sherriff
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"
Photo owned by Ronnie Pine, permission to use.
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NO WORDS
Named by Susan Woodward
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"
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LITTLE BUDDY 
Named by John Silvester
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12 
Life underground     Margaret Robertson POEM
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ORGREAVE LEGACY
Charcoal on black card with glitter 16 x 12"
Orgreave   Neil Whittaker POEM
ME AND ME MARRA named by Baz Geordie Pin
ME AND ME MARRA
Named by Baz 'Geordie' Pinnington
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"
Christmas on the coal face  Mick Westwood POEM
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MY LITTLE CHERUB
Named by Arthur Cole
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"
From the cradle, to the grave   Ralph Jones POEM
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PIT LADDIES
Named by Violet Rogers
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"
Digging for Coal    Delia Bennett POEM
SCRUB THE DEVILS DUST named by Lance Bla
SCRUB THE DEVILS DUST
Named by Lance Blanchard
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"
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REMEMBER WHEN?
Named by James Lamb
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12" 
THANKS LITTLE MARRA named by Rob Moore.j
THANKS LITTLE MARRA
Named by Rob Moore
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"
THE HEART OF DARKNESS named by Steve Dud
THE HEART OF DARKNESS
Named by Steve Dudley
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"
THE STRENGTH OF MAN AND TOOL named by Ma
THE STRENGTH OF MAN AND TOOL
Named by Margaret Wiseman
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"
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HARD GRAFT

Named by Carol Cunningham

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12" 

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THE RESCUE
Named by Ron Dobson
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"
A Collier's Prayer   Ralph Jones POEM
TIRED OUT, BODY AND SOUL named by Lynda
TIRED OUT. BODY AND SOUL
Named by Lynda Gardiner
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"
His reward    Delia Bennett POEM
SWEEP DREAMS named by Emlyn Davies, Ken

SWEEP DREAMS

Named by Emlyn Davies, Ken Ternet & Malcolm Barnes

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12" 

Sweep Dreams  Malcolm Barnes POEM

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VICTOR

Named for Mick Westwood

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

Victor  Mick Westwood POEM

WHEN THE DAY'S DONE named by Chris Lees.

WHEN THE DAY'S DONE

Named by Chris Lees

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12" 

WOR GEORDIE AND BESS named by Bill Engle

WOR GEORDIE & BESS

Named by Bill Engles

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

YOU LITTLE BEAUTY named by Jim Cornwall.

YOU LITTLE BEAUTY

Named by Jim Cornwall

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12" 

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BEAMISH MINER

Named by Donald Taylor 

Charcoal on black card 10 x 10 

BRIAN ARMSTRONG 

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

CHILDHOOD LOST

Named by Artist 

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

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HO'WAY SON, BAIT TIME named by Margaret

GAFFER

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12" 

HO'WAY SON, BAIT TIME

Named by Margaret Tilbury

Charcoal on black card

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OH GOD, NO!

Charcoal on black card 

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TEARS

Named by Artist

Derwent pastels on brown mountboard 16 X 12"

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HANS JACOBS - Dutch Miner

Photograph by kind permission of Jason Shipley https://www.facebook.com/Jason-Shipley-Social-documentary-photographer-112293336840270/

Similar picture Donated to Mr John Storey Snr from Newbiggin who is believed to be the gentleman in the original photograph.

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OH, FOR SUNSHINE named by Billy Fraser

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

CHAMPION MOUSER named by Lorraine M Wroe

CHAMPION MOUSER

Named by Lorraine M Wroe

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

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Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

DRILLING BLACK GOLD named by Dean Stroug
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THE STRONGEST LINK named by David Clayton, Brian Whitelaw, Philip Crooks & Jimmy Russell

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

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BOYS WILL BE BOYS

Named by Brian Robinson - photographer

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

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"Blood Brothers "

Day after day they were locked far away,

From the light and the sight of the sun,

Long before dawn they would leave this world,

Before any new day had begun.

Long days away, from the sun`s precious ray,

They would work in the underground land,

Where only the lamplight would shine them,

And their being was in their own hand.

Into the night with no sign of the light,

That would signify evening was done,

The miner did strain for the coal in that vein,

Till all strength in his body was gone.

Day after day till they sent him away,

And destroyed all the pride that he had,

Left to rot on the dole, killed all pride in his soul, Now this miner is bitter and sad.

Night after night, he remembers the sight,

Of the friends that he left in his team,

All of them then, they were proud mining men, Devoted, and loyal, - Supreme.

Now at his rest he remembers so well,

All his buddies, his mates and his friends,

And of partnerships forged on the anvil of hell,

With the Brothers, whose faith never bends. 

Copyright Mick Westwood

COMRADES FOREVER 

Named by Terry Parry

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

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THE CHAMP

Named by Lee Magden

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"