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Giltbrook Colliery also known as Newthorpe Colliery
1863-1877

Inquest Reports From Newspapers - Re Nottinghamshire Fatal Accidents


Nottingham Journal - Saturday 02 May 1840

Isaac Naylor
Inquest IN

Inquest before C. Swann, Gent. Coroner. On Thursday 26th ult, at the house of Jonathan Leavers, at the sign of the Gate, in the Hamlet of Kimberley, in the parish of Greasley, on view of the body of Isaac Naylor.

Samuel Brown, son of John Brown, collier, deposed as follows. I work in a coal pit, in the hamlet of Newthorpe, belonging to Messrs. North, Wakefield, and Morley, and Mark Richards, is the stavier of the pit. The deceased worked in the same pit; and on Tuesday last, at about half past five o’ clock in the evening, we had a “miss” which means, that there were not coals ready at the bottom of the shaft to fill the corve in time for the whimsy to turn the corve up, and then the whimsy stands until the whimsy man is called to go on. The deceased shouted up the shaft, to tell the banksman to throw something down, when he took a shovel and made a “ricket” {which means a channel} for the water to run down; and whilst he was doing so, a puncheon of wood about a yard long, and upwards of a foot in circumference, was thrown down the shaft, when I saw the deceased drop, but did not perceive the puncheon drop. He stretched out his left arm and leg, and instantaneously expired. Verdict “ Accidently killed by a puncheon of wood falling down on him in a coal pit”


Nottingham Mercury - Friday 13 December 1844

Joseph Meakin and Aaron Ledbeater
Inquest IN

On Saturday last, an inquest was held at Mr. William Ball’s, the White Bull, in Newthorpe, upon the bodies of Joseph Meakin and Aaron Ledbeater.

It appeared from the evidence of Thomas Kirk, of Beggarlee, in the parish of Greasley, that on the preceding Thursday afternoon, he and deceased were at work in in a coal pit, on Newthorpe Common, usually called “The Highland Stocks Pit” belonging to Messrs. North, Wakefield, and Morley, and that Ledbeater saw a large stone forming part of the roof was in a dangerous state, and likely to fall, and he tried to make it safe by setting up a timber prop. The prop tumbled out once whilst he was setting it, and the lid, or cross timbers from the prop top fell down. He then set the prop and lid up again; he then lent me his pickaxe to set another prop up forward, and he sat talking to me as I was working. He said to me, Thomas if this stone should come down it would kill a horse, and I told him to be sure and make it safe. He had plenty of timber to do so, but I did not see whether he tried to make it any safer. Whilst he sat talking to me the prop swayed to one side, and the stone came suddenly down, and fell upon both the deceased. I was then only about three yards off, but it did not reach me. Witness then described the efforts to remove the stone and bind, which nearly covered deceased, and was estimated to weigh from four to five tons, when this was accomplished, which occupied nearly an hour, deceased were found to be both dead. Another witness spoke to seeing Ledbeater putting up the prop, and to his thinking there was no danger, and to Ledbeater and Meakin expressing the same opinion, and Ledbeater had plenty of timber to make the roof safe if he had chosen to do so. This witness and Kirk thought that no person was blameable on account of the stone and bind falling. Ledbeater was a married man and resided at Ilkeston, but had no children; he was thirty one, years of age. Meakin was eighteen, years old and the son of Samuel Meakin of Newthorpe Common sawyer. Verdict “accidental death”


Nottingham Daily Express - Saturday 17 September 1864

Enoch Smart
Inquest ESm

On Tuesday an adjourned inquest was held by Mr. C. Swann, Esq, at the Horse and Groom Inn, Kimberley, in the parish of Greasley, on the body of Enoch Smart, aged fifty three years.

Evidence was given to the effect that on August 19th the deceased was working in a coal pit at Newthorpe. While he was at work a large stone slipped from the roof of the pit, fell onto the floor and then pitched against his back knocking him down. A fellow workmen took him up insensible and he was conveyed to his house in Kimberley. A surgeon attended him and found him much injured, his right hip being broken, and his bladder ruptured. He died from the injuries he received on September 4th. An inquest was held the following day and adjourned until Tuesday last. The result of the enquiry was a verdict of, “Accidental death”.


Nottinghamshire Guardian - Friday 10 October 1866

Meshach Chambers
Inquest Meshach

A very shocking and singular death occurred to Meshach Chambers, at a pit in the course of formation, at Giltbrook, Awsworth, close to Kimberley, on Wednesday. The pit belongs to Messrs. Hardy, Hall, and Co, and for some time past men have been engaged in sinking it, and performing the other necessary operations for the commencement of the works underground. Deceased was of that number and on Wednesday he unfortunately fell down the shaft, and received such injuries that his death was almost instantaneous. No special reasons have been assigned as to the cause of the accident, but it is generally supposed that while his attention was attracted to something unconnected to his work, the deceased deliberately walked into the pit.


Nottinghamshire Guardian - Friday 12 October 1866

William Lee
Inquest ESm

On Wednesday a very painful and sudden accident befell a youth twelve years of age, named William Lee, at Messrs Hicks and Company’s colliery at Kimberley.

It appeared that the youth was following his usual employment namely, attending to a horse pulling trucks of coal along the tramway in the pit, when by some unexplained cause, the animal knocked him down, and the wheels of the truck passed over his body, mutilating it in a dreadful manner. The poor creature lay in great agony until he was found by another collier named John Hallam, who instantly raised an alarm, and rendered him all the assistance that was possible. Help, however was unavailing, as the deceased expired almost directly after Hallam got to him.


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