On 22nd May, Year 3 looked at the rubbing of a tombstone from St. Peter’s Church, Rosehill bank that Richard (that history bloke) F. Stevenson had taken. Written on it was, ‘In Loving Memory Of Thomas W. Robson.’ We wanted to find out more about this boy, who died at only 14 years of age in 1917. We asked many questions, and hoped, after using historical and geographical resources (e.g. local maps, 1911 Census, etc.) , we’d be able to answer as many as we could… Read on to find out more about what we did…
Using the 1911 census, we found out he was a miner at the G Pit Colliery in Wallsend. We discovered that he lived at 41, Gerald Street with his dad, William, his mam, Marie, his grandmother, Anne Wiseman, his two brothers and sisters.
We learnt so much about what life was like down the pit in the early 1900s.
We could even track his walking route to work on a map (where we could point out our own streets!).
We looked at many Victorian artefacts – things that Thomas would have seen in his house – and mining artefacts.
Then, when we had learned a great deal, we role-played what life would have been like for a miner in those days, as well as re-enacted poor Thomas’ death.
Thank you Richard for a greatest fun-filled, fact-filled, day of local historical research!