Hi. I'm researching my family tree and it's full of miners, I'm very proud to say, on both sides of my paternal family. I have come across my grandmother's side of Walker's and Lake's and a Joseph William Lake who lived at Foster's buildings in Choppington, in 1901. He, too was a miner (hewer) yet died aged 45 in 1909. I'm not sure if he was involved in a pit accident but it seems a young age for a man to go! Do you have any record of any accidents etc at that time? Not sure which pit either, maybe Barrington? Assuming those buildings were like pit rows so he'd likely work at the closest pit? Was there one in Choppington? Barrington?
Any help would be greatly appreciated