House with mem­o­ries of big man who saved vil­lage pit

From a lo­cal hero to happy youth hostellers, they are all in the life and times of Low Hole Bot­tom, Bew­er­ley. Sharon Dale re­ports.

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

UN­LIKE palaces and stately piles, whose his­tory and in­hab­i­tants are well-doc­u­mented, most of us know noth­ing about the peo­ple who lived in our homes be­fore us.

Some­times it’s best not to know, but Roger Tush­ing­ham has chap­ter and verse and he is keen to pass it on to who­ever buys his house in the vil­lage of Bew­er­ley, near Pate­ley Bridge.

He’ll start by ex­plain­ing that the large rock in­scribed with the words “God is Love” has stood out­side Low Hole Bot­tom for more than 100 years and he’ll tell you it is a poignant me­mo­rial to a lo­cal hero.

Be­fore the row of four cot­tages were con­verted into one large prop­erty, Ben­jamin “Bin” Han­nam lived in the end house and stand­ing at a stocky 6ft 5in, the lead miner had a rep­u­ta­tion as the big­gest and strong­est man for miles around. When the lo­cal mine col­lapsed and be­gan to flood, it was Bin who saved it and all the jobs that went with it, but the feat of en­durance left him crip­pled.

Ac­cord­ing to lo­cal le­gend he

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