Coal mining lamp checks wanted

I WONDER if anyone can help me with my interest in coal mining memorabilia and in particular the brass embossed colliery lamp checks or tokens and tallies as they are sometimes called.

These are brass discs with the name of the colliery and miner’s number.

The miner would draw this check along with his lamp from the lamp room before going down the mine.

I am trying hard to obtain some lamp checks from the collieries that once operated in Northumberland.

I have listed the names of some of the collieries I am trying to obtain a lamp token from: Hartford, Horton Grange, Newbiggin, Netherton, Cambois, North Seaton, Bedlington DF & A, Linton, Lynemouth, Choppington A & B, Dudley, New Delaval, Seaton Burn, Seaton Delaval, Seghill, Mill, Isabella, Weetslade, Hazelrigg, Backworth, Ashington, Shilbottle, Hauxley, Whittle, Pegswood, Woodhorn, Ellington, Longhirst and Stobswood.

I would very much like to hear from anyone who once worked at and can remember these collieries working.

And any help they can give me would be very much appreciated.


5 Cherry Grove



West Midlands