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Collier and Heaver

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Hi Iain,

Coal heaver: a man employed in carrying coal
Collier: a coal miner or coal merchant

I am not sure (so don't quote me!) a coal heaver or hever was a person
that carried coal and a collier is a person who dug the coal out.

Well it sounds good eh!
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Hi Dave,
It sounds pretty good too me. I couldn't quite make out the writing in the census ( 1 too many whiskies the night before ). But heaver sounds like they where heaving bags or sacks of coal.

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You will have to lay off the whisky Iain ha ha. Mind you I should talk, he says gulping down the red wine.......

When I started researching my families, I had heaver and hewer on my first few census's, lookily I live in Nottinghamshire where coalmining WAS prevalent, so I could find out reasonably easily. Seems that most of my family were "down pit". What a life it was then.

I have a number of mates who had previously worked down the pit (1980 - 90) and never failed to go to work - to have a good sleep! But as we all know, Maggie came along and wiped it all out - that's another story!

Cheers matey,
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