SJ5194 : Mining Statue

taken 10 years ago, 3 km from Sutton Leach, St Helens, Great Britain

Mining Statue
Mining Statue
This monument to Mr. Anderton, the inventor of the power shearer and loader, otherwise known locally as "th'cutter", which revolutionised longwall mining throughout the world.You can see the helical drum of the cutter under the bust of a collier. Each pick in the drum had a manganese-steel tip and each pick was worth 27 over 25 years ago.Originally the monument was situated in front of Anderton House, Lowton, which place housed National Coal Board district administrative offices; with the closure of these offices together with that of the last colliery in the Lancashire coalfield, the monument was moved to National Coal Board (renamed British Coal) Western Area offices in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. However, as the Anderton shearer was first used at Ravenhead Colliery ("Groves's"), St. Helens, of which colliery Mr. Anderton was the general manager, St. Helens council asked British Coal if they could transfer the monument to a site which is very near to where Ravenhead colliery used to be. One more point (and don't tell anybody): Mr. Anderton was a Wiganer.
There is often confusion between James Anderton CBE , former chief constable of Manchester who was born in Wigan , and James Anderton OBE , inventor of the power shearer , whose birthplace I have so far been unable to confirm. However he lived locally and died aged 89 at his home in Newton le Willows.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 7 February, 2008   (more nearby)
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Monday, 12 October, 2009
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Monument > Monument   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 51445 94772 [1m precision]
WGS84: 53:26.8478N 2:43.9525W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 51445 94772
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