Collieries Collector

Meet Peter Wall, who has an unusual hobby. Peter collects brass embossed Colliery Lamp Checks or Tokens and Tallies, as they are sometimes called.

Peter Wall with his collection of colliery memorabilia

These are brass discs with the name of the colliery on them as well as the miner’s number. The miner would draw this check along with his lamp from the lamp room before going down the mine.
Peter is trying very hard to obtain some lamp checks from the collieries that once operated in this part of the country and is seeking your help.
“I have listed below the names of some of the collieries I am trying to obtain a Lamp check from,” he says. “I would very much like to hear from any one who once worked at and can remember these and other collieries working and any help they can give me in trying to obtain any lamp checks from them would be very much appreciated.”The collieries Peter is seeking information on are:
Woodend – Easton – Ardenrigg – Whitrigg – Riddochill – Loganlea – Cuthill – Greenrigg – Benhar – Hassockrigg – Calderhead – Baads – Polkemmet – Blairmuckhill.
If you can help, please contact Peter at

5 Cherry Grove
West Midlands
TEL 01384 376458

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Suse Coon

Suse Coon started life training to be an architect but ended up as a fashion buyer then civil servant. After some time out to bring up her family of three, she returned to what had been a hobby and entered the field of freelance journalism. After becoming regional correspondent, then editor of the orienteering magazine CompassSport, she formed Pages Editorial & Publishing Services. In this guise, West Lothian Life was launched, while Suse maintained a level of freelancing and wrote the award winning children's novel Richard's Castle. In 1999, Suse bought over CompassSport and found her time taken up pretty well exclusively with the two magazines. In 2004, West Lothian Life was expanded to form Lothian Life, however, the workload was too great. In 2006, CompassSport was sold and Suse concentrated on the web version of Lothian Life. Her hobbies include gardening, orienteering, sea kayaking and Tai Chi.

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