Norman Edward Jones - Miner and Artist

Introduction by David Jones

I discovered my grandfather's autobiography while clearing out my late uncle's house in Hen lane, Coventry. He probably started writing it during the 1960s but it ends abruptly during his description of the air raids on Coventry during WW2. Grandad had a stroke in the early 1970s and this is perhaps the reason why.

Norman Edward Jones was born at 88 Haunchwood Road, Stockingford in 1899. He was the son of Samuel Jones (a blacksmith at Stanley's Colliery) and Emma Perry, who moved to Stockingford in 1897 from Bloxwich, Staffs. Norman married Gertrude Moore and they had three children, Peggy, Norman (my farther) and Leslie. He went on to become a mining electrician.

Grandad was always noted for his excellent memory and his story tells of life growing up in Stockingford, the local characters, school life, events such as watching Claude Grahame-White and Louis Paulhan's 1910 biplane race between London and Manchester, mining accidents, and life and work in the local pits during WW1 in Stockingford and during WW2 at Keresley.

Grandad was a keen artist and made many sketches and paintings during his life. Most he gave away to friends and acquaintances and I am sure there are quite a few still to be found in the Nuneaton area. During his retirement Grandad was a frequent visitor to the Warwickshire Miners' Convalescent Home in Swanage where he would sketch and swap stories with fellow miners. He was generally considered a very quiet, thoughtful and polite man who loved to grow vegetables on his allotment and read books. Unfortunately my memories of him are after he had his stroke, which affected his mobility badly. Unable to garden and paint he spent his later life at his home in Hen Lane, Holbrooks. As a child, visiting him with my father, I always picture Grandad sitting in front of a roaring coal fire, saying very little and no doubt lost in his memories of better days.

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Norman Edward Jones Norman Edward Jones Warwickshire Miners' Convalescent Home Warwickshire Miners' Convalescent Home
William, Norman's brother Childhood sketch of Haunchwood House (1904) Corfe Castle watercolour Childhood sketch Stanley's colliery (1910)

Click here to view a pdf file of Mr Norman Edward Jones's Autobiography.

Submitted by David Jones

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