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Shirland Colliery Pit Pony

One of the last Pit Ponies, Prince shown here with Mr. John Cheetham. The thick-leather helmet fitted around the pony's face provided protection whilst working underground in the dark, where head-height obstructions would be difficult to see. Shirland Colliery pit was sunk in 1864 and provided a major source of employment for the parish for the next century. By the end of the 19th century, some 50…