Pit Pony "Bob" arrived at the Centre on Tuesday 17th July 2001 It has taken us since he was sold from the Carn Cornel Colliery in 1997 until now. Here is what we know of his life in the coalfields. He is 27 years old and was apparently sold to Carn Cornel from another colliery in 1996.
Carn Cornel Colliery opened in 1983. It worked the upper Pinchin seam of an average 2'6" of coal. Originally owned by Howard Morgan, Louth Evans and Gwyn Bowen it was sold to the Nant Fach Mining Company. Included in the sale was Pit Pony Bob.
Nant Fach colliery was approached through a farm above Goderagraig. When we went there first Snowy was the pony there. Four men worked the mine and Snowy hauled the drams of coal to the surface.
Beauty came from an ex-collier who kept horses. She had been used as a brood mare for the two years prior to her coming to the Centre. There is little call for traditional Cob's these days he told us. The feather on her legs and her build make her less desirable to some people.