In the early 20th century there were 19 working collieries within three miles of Eastwood – Moorgreen being one of them.
This photo and the one below belonged to the late Tony Winfield, who used to work at Moorgreen. The photos were submitted by his wife, Winifred.
Tony worked at Moorgreen pit for 15 years, until he was made redundant when they all closed. His father and one of his two brothers also worked there.
His other brother worked at pits in Stanley and Annesley.
In 1908, 13-year-old boys working underground were paid 1/8d - the equivalent of 9p a week.