Jim Hardwick

Jim Hardwick, in the centre, was one of the dozen or so joiners at Water Haigh. One of their many tasks was to repair the fleet of wooden high sided wagons which were used to store coal internally in the colliery yard and to carry it to the canal side staithe. This photo was taken in the 1960s. The group are standing in front of a wagon cheap which had been sent to the joinery shops for bad brakes and oiling. Jim’s initials are chalked on the side. Left to right: Bernard Roberts, Brian Myers, Jim Hardwick, head joiner Harold Watson, Maurice Connell who worked in the sawmill. (Photos on this page courtesy Rothwell and District Historical Society).

Jim Hardwick – an Ouzlewell Green lad