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Thomas Grainge Hurst (1824-1890)
1891 Obituary 
THOMAS GRAINGE HURST was born in London on May 2nd, 1824. On the death of his parents he went to the North of England, and was educated there and in Paris.
After serving a regular period of pupilage under the late Thomas Atkinson and others, he was engaged for six years, from 1846 to 1852, as Assistant Engineer at Seaton Delaval Colliery under Thomas Emerson Forster.
He was then appointed chief viewer of the Backworth and West Cramlington Collieries, which he continued to manage with great success until the year 1866. During this period the C Pit was sunk to the Low Main Seam.
In 1866 he resigned the viewership at Backworth, and went into North Wales to the Mostyn Colliery. He only remained there a short time, and returning to the North became a partner in the firm of T. E. Forster and Co, Mining Engineers, at Newcastle-on-Tyne.
At the end of 1873 Mr. Hurst retired from the partnership, and from that time till his death occupied the position of chief viewer to the Seaton Delaval Coal Company, in which firm he was also a partner.
During these years he had charge of the extensive collieries at Seaton Delaval, and also of the sinking and opening out of the New Hartley Colliery. . . . [more]