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The open of the Miners’ Home.


The opening of the Miners’ Home.
Photo: Albert.S.
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Item #: 33246
The commemoration picture of the opening of the Miners’ Home.
The Miners’ Convalescent Home, Blackpool opened in June, 1927, by H.R.H. The Prince of Wales. The home took two years to build, and cost a reported£150.000, the money being raised by a levy of 1d per ton, on coal mined in Lancashire, and Cheshire coalfields. It is now private apartments. Now known as Admiral Point. It was designated a grade 11 listed building in 1995.

Comment by: john on 14th August 2021 at 14:11

My Dad used to go here every year after he retired in around 1984

Comment by: Colin on 14th August 2021 at 16:50

My granddad went to the home in 1960 after working at Wigan pits from 13 to 63 years old, he did complain when my dad picked him up" what do you think, we had to be back in at 9 o'clock for bed ".

Comment by: Karen on 14th August 2021 at 16:54

I always think he (the then Prince of Wales)l60ooks a bit mad !

Comment by: tuddy on 14th August 2021 at 21:45

I spent a week there on a course in 1979. None of us were back for 9 o'clock.

Comment by: whups on 15th August 2021 at 00:03

never been & neither did my old chap .

Comment by: Veronica on 15th August 2021 at 07:38

It does show how well thought of were the miners at the time. I can imagine them grumbling because they had to be back for 9 00 at night. But it was a Convalescent Home. I bet they enjoyed themselves even so - making new friends and talking about old times. They deserved their time spent there.

Comment by: Albert.S. on 15th August 2021 at 10:23

The carpet in the foyer, as I remember it, was sky blue, and designed with miners’ safety lamps. In later years several bungalows were built, to accommodate those previous miners’ that were dependent on help, with a physical disability, and a family member could accompany them.

Comment by: Pw on 15th August 2021 at 11:31

My dad went here in the 50's and later went to a place called Oakmere Hall when he broke his leg to convalesce.

Comment by: timl on 17th August 2021 at 02:31

I spent a week there. The NCB used to send their 4th year apprentices there for a week long training course. I remember the library had more books than the local library where I lived. Also remember the staff putting out huge plates of sandwiches at 9pm in an attempt to get us to come back early at nightime, but there were too many chip shops in Blackpool. If you came back really late, you had a 'please explain' the next morning. There was snow on the ground outside, so sleeping out wasn't an option.

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