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From: "A J Taylor" <>
Subject: RE: [LAN] Boiler Fireman/Firebeater.
Date: Sat, 1 Jul 2000 04:19:04 +0100
You made me feel my age, I worked on Lancashire & Super Lancashire Boilers
in my early years in the Steel Industry (started at Irlam ended up at
Alan TAYLOR (Nottinghamshire)
> Hello Jane,
> He was sometimes called 'Firebeater'.
> 'Firebeater' was an occupation in the Textile Mills. He was the person who
> 'Stoked-up' the Lancashire steam raising boiler which was commonly used to
> provide Power (and Heat if it was needed). In later times
> Electrification of
> the various processes superceded the old overhead 'Lineshaft'
> which had been
> the means of providing the power to drive the individual machines.
> Electric Motors were fitted to each machine in the
> 'modernisation' that took
> As well as shovelling in the Coal he would rake out the Red Hot
> clinker that
> had fallen from the grill in the boiler. He would immediately dampen it to
> cool it down.
> I hope that this is helpful,
> Best Wishes,
> Norman Buckley - Bury,Lancashire,England,U.K.
> CHESHIRE FHS2894MC, MLFHS10533.
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