Glenburn House at Glenburn Colliery Yard


I am looking for more information about an old house, now demolished, which I believe was situated at Glenburn Yard. I believe this was related to Glenburn Colliery.

My grandmother Rose Wilson lived here as a child with her family, in the 1920′s. Her parents were George Wilson and Sarah Ann Wilson nee Smith. George worked on the railways in Southport, he commuted every day by bicycle. Sarah was a housekeeper, her father John Smith was a miner in Skelmersdale, working at Tupenny Pit amongst others. I think this was a local name for Blaguegate Colliery.

I have spent several months trawling the internet to gather information about this house that they lived at. My grandmother’s memories are pretty hazy, and the house no longer exists. From what I can gather, the Wilson family moved from Southport to Skelmersdale around 1924. Apparently the house they moved to, “Glenburn House”, was owned by someone called Mrs Chitson. I think the house was vacant following the closure of Glenburn pit in 1923, and the Wilsons were allowed to live there on a caretaker basis. My gran has many memories of Summer Street, Stormy Corner, the Tawd and so on. Some of her sisters were later employed at Orme Mill.

I have visited the area, and walked the old path by the Tawd from Summer street. There are a number of overgrown foundations there, which I think may be the site where she lived.

Sadly, I have been unable to find any documentation or history of a Glenburn Yard, or a Glenburn house.

I wonder if anyone has any recollections of this pit and it’s yard. It would be great to find any more information about Glenburn house. If anyone has any old photos of the yard or the housing there, I would be extremely grateful.

Thanks in advance,




3 thoughts on “Glenburn House at Glenburn Colliery Yard

  1. In the 1911 Census I have found a Smith family living in a Colliery Cottage, Spa Lane, Father Samuel Smith age 37 says, Colliery Camp man his wife Theresa age 38 and children John Robert Balshaw Smith age 10 Samuel Smith age 2 and Jessie Smith a few months old. I have searched extensilvely and can find no trace of a Glenburn House. These people may or may not be related to you but I can find nothing else at all.

  2. Hi The tupenny pit from which the nickname for Blaguegate colliery originated was the original small mine on the site of the much larger and later colliery of Blaguegate. The shaft for this original mine is located within what later became the Lathom brickworks. It was approx. 50m. to the south of the then entrance gateway. I found it with a digger approx. 27 years ago and (to ensure it was safe) excavated into the fill then in it for about 15ft. and then backfilled it again. My maternal family came from Skelmersdale and Stormy and my great grandfather was Henry Houghton who was the manager of Blaguegate Colliery for Lord Lathom. After the sale of the assets of the Lathom Estate Henry Houghton and his eldest son my great uncle John Houghton purchased the original tupenny pit which had been mined using the pillar and stall method. My grandfather Reginauld Houghton told me that these original tupenny pit seams were only about 65ft. deep and were thick and of good quality easily got coal. John Houghton then extracted all the pillars left in the old workings of the twopenny pit (tupenny) which resulted in the collapse of the old workings and subsequently a some of the buildings in the area. The name twopenny related to the price of the coal per ton. My grandfather Reginuald married Margaret W. Kerfoot formerly of Aspinwall’s Farm which was located opposite Blaguagate Colliery. They had their wedding reception in the garden of Vine House which used to be in Stormy and which was the home of Richard Kerfoot. I’ll see if I can find any old photos which maybe of some interest. Thanks R

  3. to bryan glenburn house i think your grandmother is related to my dad rose mother and my nan are sisters ada eastham (smith)

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