James Campbell was born on 1st January 1804 County Down, Ireland. He was working as a carpenter on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway when he met George Stephenson who “took him in hand” and employed him as an engineer on railways and at collieries.
For ten years, from 1866, he was the Chief Engineer for the Staveley Coal and Iron Company and lived at “The Cottage” on Staveley Works, until his retirement in 1876.
During his time at Staveley, a new pit opened in Barrow Hill in 1868, on the site of the closed Waterloo pit, and was named Campbell Colliery in his honour.
The foundation stone of the new Methodist Chapel was laid on Tuesday 1st October 1872 by James Campbell and bears his name.
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