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The Decline Of The Industry
And Nationalisation 1947

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1930
1931

1930 - Page 2


Day To Day Contract

At Swanwick colliery (Derbyshire) on 23rd December 1930, the Swanwick Colliery Co gave the men notice that that they would be required to work on a day-to-day contract in future. The depression in the industry was starting to bite.


Manriding Accident

On 6th November 1930 at Moor Green pit (Nottinghamshire) (Barber, Walker and Co) there was a manriding accident. At 6.45am the capel on the rope-hauled manrider broke and the cars ran out of control for 250 yards (229m). One man was killed, 4 more were seriously hurt one, dying later, and 30 others had minor injuries.


Mines Inspectorate

The Mines Inspectorate would have been notified of such a happening. Incidentally rates of pay for Inspectors in 1930 were:

  • Divisional Inspector £850 x £25 per year up to a maximum of £1,000
  • Senior Inspector £550 x £25 / year to £750
  • Junior Inspector £350 x £20 / year to max £500. It was necessary to have 5 years experience and hold a 1st Class or 2nd Class certificate then join as a Sub Inspector, £200 x £10 to max £300.
  • Horse Inspector (30 to 40 years of age) £150 x £10 / year to £250, plus bonus.

Chief Inspector: Sir Henry Walker CBE and Deputy FH Wynne.

North Midland Division:

  • JR Felton OBE, Nottingham
  • AH Steele West Bridgford
  • R Yates DSO, Mapperley (assistants HLV Evans, Derby, AL Flint, Chesterfield and TE Pickering, Mansfield)
  • F Shooter, Burton on Trent.

Collieries Closed in 1930

  • Blackamoor (Chetwynd and Jones, Blackamoor Colliery Co), Troway, Silkstone, 2 drifts, 4 u/g / 3 s/f, old workings surrounding, abandoned March 1930, Surveyor Owen J Cottrell 23 Apr 1930
  • Blue Clay (C Purdy), Unstone Green, Mickley
  • Brickfield
  • Broxtowe and Nuthall Wood (Babbington Coal Co), Bilborough, fin 1929
  • Clay Cross No2 (sunk 1840) was closed after 80 years, wooden headgear. However Clay Cross No2 shaft was kept open for ventilation and emergency for Park House (Clay Cross No7)
  • Cown Edge (FJ Mills), Hayfield, 1/1
  • Dell Farm (R Buxton and Son) Wessington Green, Forty yards seam, coal 8” (0.20m), ganister 9” (0.23m), clay 6’ 0” (1.98m), adit and airshaft, a few headings, bad trade, 11th June, A Linsley, Chartered Surveyor
  • Digby (Digby Colliery Co Ltd), Eastwood, Deep Hard and Tupton seams finished after 64 years, water and expensive getting, E448503, N345109, Surveyor John Rigby
  • Drift pit, New Shady Hall (Charles Swift)
  • Ford Lane (Kay and Kay) Silkstone, Marsh Lane, opened in 1930 met ancient roadway, Surveyor Arthur D Marriott (918)
  • Grange (A Lomas), Cossall, outcrop
  • Hartington (Staveley Coal and Iron Co Ltd), Staveley, Deep Soft, closed after 51 years, 414/81
  • Heage Norton (JF Siddle), start 1919, powder magazine 12th Jan 1922, Alton seam upper bind, coal 3’ 8” (1.11m) fireclay and ironstone balls, fireclay, lower dark grey rock, dark blue bind, top coal 11” (0.28m) best coal 1’ 10” (0.56m) bottoms 6½” (0.16m) sandy seggar 3” (0.08m), strong light grey rock floor, shafts 22½ yards (20.57m), fin 1930
  • Lodge Farm (JE Adlington) (Charles Waller), Calow, Footrill 1in3 dip to Tupton 4’ 0” (1.22m) from outcrop, start 1925, met old works, abandoned Dec 1926, re-opened Oct 1930, abandoned 27th Nov 1930, Surveyor W Allsop (525) Nov 1930
  • Marsden ( William Ibbotson), Troway, Silkstone
  • Morton and Northfield (….?)
  • Pearsons Wood (….?) 31 Mar 1930
  • Salterwood and Ryefield No2 New Winnings pit (Denby Iron and Coal Co (TW Ward Ltd), Denby, Low Main, 149/73, 4th June, seam consisted Jerries 9” (0.23m), hard list 3” (0.08m), soft coal 2’ 10” (0.86m), hard list 2” (0.05m), soft (holing) 2” (0.05m), W Beckett Manager
  • Shady Drift pit (Charles Swift and Bennett), Eckington, Silkstone 20 yards (18m) deep, Apr, formerly worked by Ibbotson and Potter, (John Mellors gave up the colliery called Shady Hall in 1913, Swift and Co called it Shady in 1913 or thereabouts, met old works, Surveyor: Sydney Smith (787) AMIME, 12 Feb 1930
  • Shaw Wood (Shaw Wood Colliery Co or J Hartshorne), South Wingfield, 2 adits, used old air shaft 27 ft (8.2m) deep, new airshaft 19ft (5.8m), other shafts 40 ft (12.1m), 30ft (9.1m) and 25ft (7.6m), Tupton, bright coal left up 1’ 0” (0.30m), coal taken 3’ 7” (1.09m), Jacks 2” (0.05m), and Tupton Threequarters Coal 2’ 1” (0.63m), dirt 1½” (0.04m), coal 4” (0.10m), met old hollows to east in Nov 1929, 10/4, fin 22nd Feb, abandoned June 1930, Surveyor BR Russell (909)
  • Shireoaks (Shire Oaks Colliery Co) still closed temporarily
  • Stanhope (Halls Collieries Ltd) Bretby, Stanhope seam discontinued July
  • Tinkersick (The Chesterfield Coal Co Ltd) Brimington, 2 adits and airshaft 12’ 0” (3.65m) and shaft 10 yards (9m) to Piper but no coal worked, Deep Hards bind roof, coal 4” (0.10m), dirt 1” (0.025m), coal 4” (0.10m) all left up, top coal 2’ 0” (0.61m), smithies 6” (0.15m), bottom coal 2’ 0” (0.61m), branch floor, total 4’ 6” (1.37m) extracted, stopped 30 Sep 1930, met fault, sunk by Marson Bros in 1922, magnetic meridian 1923, Surveyor Arthur D Marriott (913), abandoned Dec, Two Oaks pit adjacent met old works, air shaft 12 yards (11m) abandoned 16 Apr 1902
  • Unstone (Unstone Colliery Co Ltd), Unstone, Piper, 8th October, 58 u/g /13 s/f, Mr Thorold’s estate, Richard George Coke Surveyor
  • Unstone (Unstone Colliery Co Ltd) Piper seam abandoned 8 Oct 1930, several adits and shafts, worked around old works from Brickfield pit (shaft position proved underground but not at the surface) also worked round North Unstone old works, old shaft no record, and adjacent to Two Oaks colliery abandoned 16 Apr 1902 and other old ancient workings, Surveyor Andrew Crawford (1750)
  • Wallsend (Wallsend Collieries Ltd) Silkstone, water and bad trade forced closure, 25 Jul 1930, adit and air shaft, undermined pipe line to south, 3 heads by Hewitt and Co 1929, Surveyor Arthur D Marriott (918)
  • West Hallam (West Hallam Colliery Co)
  • Woodside No1 (Shipley Collieries Ltd) Shipley, Roof and Main Soft closed temp July 1930.
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Digby Colliery Closed After 49 Years

Digby (Nottinghamshire) (Digby Colliery Co) sunk to 108 yards (99m) in 1879 was abandoned.
Merged with New London. The working was discontinued in September 1928.

Seams worked were Deep Soft; Deep Hard – Mar 1928 finished due to roof water and expense
Tupton – July 1928 expensive getting; and Piper.

Manpower:

  • 1894: 193 Deep Soft, Deep Hard, 37 s/f
  • 1895: 197 DS, DH, 39 s/f
  • 1896: 185 DS, DH, 28 s/f
  • 1897: 185 DS, DH, 28 s/f
  • 1898: 153 DS, DH, 48 s/f
  • 1899: 185 DS, DH, 39 s/f
  • 1900: 286 DS, DH, 74 s/f
  • 1901: 288 DS, DH, 127 s/f
  • 1902: 284 DS, DH, 104 s/f
  • 1903: 296 DS, DH, Tupton 108 s/f
  • 1904: 284 DS, DH, T, 79 s/f
  • 1905: 160 DS, DH abandoned, Tupton, 27 s/f
  • 1906: 146 DS abandoned, Tupton, 43 s/f
  • 1907: 191 T, 95 s/f
  • 1908: 207 DS, T, 125 s/f
  • 1909: 216 DS, T, 122 s/f
  • 1910: 239 DS, T, 100 s/f app
  • 1911: 240 DS, T, 94 s/f
  • 1912: 260 DS, T, 67 s/f
  • 1913: 278 T, 61 s/f
  • 1914: 316 T, merged New London for s/f 200
  • 1915: 272 T
  • 1916: 296 T
  • 1917: 323 T
  • 1918: 315 T
  • 1919: 355 Tupton, Piper
  • 1920: 386 T, P
  • 1921: merged New London
  • 1922: 376 T, P
  • 1923: 384 T, P
  • 1924: 395 T, P
  • 1925: 394 T, P
  • 1926: 388 Deep Hard, Tupton, Piper
  • 1927: 306 DH, T, P
  • 1928: discontinued; abandoned Jan 1930.

Agents

  • Tom Potter 1880s-1890s
  • E Wardle 1904-1910
  • WE Wardle 1910-1912
  • HD Bayley 1912-1914
  • John Whyte (1892) 1914-1918
  • ES Fawcett (1479) Manager and Agent 1918-1928.

Managers at Digby:

  • Granville Chambers (1621) pre 1880-1899
  • William Walker (2311) 1899-1909
  • John Whyte (1892) 1910-1918
  • ES Fawcett (1479) and Agent 1918-1928.

Undermanagers:

  • John Soar pre 1877-1892
  • J Pilkington (2nd) 1892-1899
  • T Walker (2nd) 1899-1904
  • W Barlow 1911-1917
  • W Beardon 1918-1923
  • Cyril Hunt 1924-1928.

Surveyors:

  • John Rigby for Digby Colliery Co.

Fatal Accidents Digby Old Pit

  • Meshach Chambers (21) fell down the shaft 10 Oct 1866
  • William Varley (11) run over by tubs 16 Jul 1868
  • John Birks (28) crushed when loading coal into wagons on the surface 1 Jan 1872
  • William Down (45) fell down the shaft 19 Nov 1878
  • Emanuel Webster (39) fall of coal 15 Sep 1880
  • Enos Leverton (12) run over by tubs 17 Nov 1888
  • Sam Wheatley (16) run over by tubs 8 Jan 1892
  • William Clarke Lowe (38) fall of coal 30 Sep 1899
  • George Hind (34) fall in a roadway 30 Aug 1899
  • Henry Hawker (29) crushed by tubs 1 Jan 1901 and died from gangrene 25 Jan 1901
  • Frank Hearson (21) run over by wagons on the surface 20 Mar 1903
  • Thomas Bradley Dale (23) caught in a coal cutter 26 Sep 1906
  • Ernest Lyder (36) shotfiring accident 20 Jan 1910
  • Walter Lilley (41) fall of roof 12 Nov 1910, died 25 Sep 1911
  • Charles William Walker (23) electrocuted on the surface 16 Jan 1914
  • William Walters (25) fall of roof 15 Feb 1917
  • William Mitchell (59) crushed by a coal cutter 14/6/17, died from pneumonia 30 Jun 1917
  • William Green (40) fall of roof 12 Dec 1917
  • George Henry Cooper (39) fall of roof 17 Jun 1918
  • John William Fox (25) fall of roof 20 Mar 1924
  • Arthur Lebetter (41) explosion of firedamp 7 Aug 1924
  • John Naylor (26) fall of roof 8 Oct 1924
  • Ernest Allen (15) fall of roof 12 May 1925
  • James Briggs (28) killed 5 Jan 1928 by an explosion of firedamp
  • George Dawes (54) died from his injuries later on 14 Jan 1928.

 

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