ROWLEYHILL QUARRYMEN, 1898
SPRINGWELL QUARRYMEN, c.1925/29
SPRINGWELL QUARRY, 1993
View over Springwell Quarry & The Bowes Railway. Windsor Road is beyond the field.
Bowes Railway Museum, Springwell Colliery and Springwell Road are off-picture, lower-left.
Eighton Banks Railway Crossing (via 'Blackimhill Engine') is off-picture, top-right.
[ Photo: Thanks to Bob Peacock. ]
Map: Springwell Quarry & 'The Rowley'
OS 6-inch Map: 1888-1913
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PITCH & TOSS
It's a well known fact (My dad told me!) that Springwell Quarry regularly hosted sessions of the
illegal gambling game, Pitch & Toss. The police would raid the site and haul the miscreants before the magistrates who handed out increasing fines for each subsequent appearance. Persistent offenders
could find themselves in jail for up to a month. Therefore lookouts were positioned, to keep an eye out for 'the poliss', before games began.
The rules of the game varied slightly from place to place but the basic game involve one player, the Chucker,
placing two old pennies on two spread fingers, and throwing them in the air. Although side-bets were undoubtedly being placed, most players were betting against the Chucker. There were three possible outcomes from the falling pennies:
2 Heads - the Chucker wins, (alternatively, those betting on Heads win).
2 Tails - the Chucker loses, (alternatively, those betting on Tails win.
1 Head & 1 Tail - no one wins, but the stakes ride for the next throw.
The Chucker was selected by each candidate throwing a penny at a chosen marker on the ground, nearest to the marker got the job.
If no one wanted to be the Chucker, a person not taking part in the gambling was given the task, and players bet on either Heads or Tails.