Once in a while I search for ghost stories etc. Which is how I came across this site two weeks ago, when it reminded me of my own experience/dream. I'm still not sure if it was real, but I remember it as though it was.
It was in my old house (council) which sat on the end of a road named Ridgeway and just merging onto Whitesfield. I was around 4 or 5 when this happened. One morning I awoke at dawn, just as the sun was breaking through. I don't recall what made me do it, but I knelt upon my bed and looked out of the window.
What I saw, on the smallest strip of grass that parted my driveway from the right-hand-side neighbour's, were 4/5 miners digging at the ground with what looked like pick axes. I shouted for my Mum, asking her to look outside, but when she did, she said there was nothing there and told me to go back to sleep. I don't know what happened next, whether I fell asleep or if the rest of my "dream" was void, but I remember waking in the morning to find that there was nothing outside when I looked. The grass was perfect and untampered, as though there hadn't been anyone digging at it all.
I told my mum last weekend about my "dream" and asked if I called out to her at all, but she doesn't remember and now thinks I'm crazy! This was still bugging me by Saturday and after searching for the history of Ridgeway and only getting house valuations, I instead searched for "coal mining in Nailsea" and it came up straight away.
The excitement I felt was unreal! I came to learn that there were 27 pits in the town, two of which I believe we're on Silver Street (just up the road from Ridgeway) and Whitesfield. I couldn't find anything though, to suggest that my road was also once a part of this. After much searching, I came across a kind of timeline that I will post shortly, which details everything including where some (not sure if all) pits were amongst other historical events. Nailsea was also a centre for glass blowing, which I remember there used to be a Bristol Blue Glass building in the centre.
My aunt and nan have claims to the paranormal, so hopefully I'm not crazy and I really did see something. Otherwise, it was a very odd dream and coincidental, because at the time I don't think I knew what a miner even was!