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The Decline Of The Industry
And Nationalisation 1947

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1932
1934
1932 Pages   1     2     3  

1932 - Page 2


Colliery Closures in 1932

  • Alma 1,2,3 North Wingfield, (North Wingfield Collieries Ltd, Mr GL Chambers) Top Waterloo coal 1’ 9½” (0.55m) dirt 9½” (0.24m) coal 1’ 4” (0.40m), DC shaft 70 yds (64m), abandoned after 55 years Arthur Marriott and Co, H Randall (689)
  • Avenue No9 and 11 (Clay Cross Co Ltd) Clay Cross, Deep Soft and Tupton, abandoned after 51 years. No11 was sunk originally by Wingerworth Coal Co and taken over by Clay Cross Co later. It had been abandoned several times before and reopened. The water pumped out of the pit was for the Carbonisation plant
  • Baker Street (Hearthcote Pottery Co (1930) Ltd), Swadlincote, coal and fireclay 1/1, idle 1932
  • Birchwood Vale (GH Jarvis) Bramley Moor, Blackshale top coal 1’ 6” (0.46m) tinkers 9” (0.23m) bottom coal 1’ 8” (0.50m), Dec 1932 (and also in 1934), (2 adits were closed in 1926), there was a tramway to Ford Lane, Surveyor Arthur D Marriott (908)
  • Birk Hill (F Storey) Eckington still idle
  • Bondland Starvehim Valley (Kilburn) (E Glossop)
  • Chesterfield Road (Herbert Barker) Eckington, Flockton coal 4 ft (1.22m) start 1928, met old works stopped in Dec 1931, abandoned in July 1932 tramway to Chesterfield Road, Marsh Quarry colliery adjacent with an adit, entrance and two 9 ft (2.74m) dia shafts
  • Ford Lane Silkstone (Messrs Kay and Kay) near Shady Hall, tops 1’ 6” (0.45m), dirt 1” (0.02m), tinkers 9” (0.23m), bottoms 1’ 8” (0.51m)
  • Granville 1 and 2 (South Derbyshire) Over coal in Main seam May, Block or Jack, 30th June
  • Grangewood (E Brackenbury), Chesterfield, Piper
  • Hazel Ridge (Hazel Ridge Colliery Co), Temple Normanton, High Hazel ironstone 6” (0.15m), cannel 2” (0.05m), coal 2’ 10” (0.86m), clay 5” (0.13m), black shale 2” (0.05m), clay 5” (0.13m), hard floor. LNER access, old works before, Deep Hard adit, 5/1, Manager A Hemmington (1282), finished April, Abandoned 5th June, Surveyor D Waller (729)
  • Little Hartshay (E Glossop) Lower Hartshay, Blackshale abandoned Oct
  • Ludworth Moor (A Wozencroft), Ludworth, 2 foot (0.61m) seam finished Apr
  • Manners No2 (Manners Colliery Co Ltd), Ilkeston, Kilburn finished
  • Marehay Fords (Butterley Co), Ripley, stopped pumping operations June 1931
  • Marsden (Davenport and Unwin), Troway, Silkstone 2/nil Aug
  • Newthorpe (Newthorpe Colliery Co (1931) Ltd), Greasley, only re - opened in 1931, Top Hard abandoned 4/2, Manager Arthur D Marriott (2nd)
  • New Farm ( William Needham) Barlow, Ashgate seam coal and dirt left up 1’ 4”, (0.41m) best coal 1’ 4” (0.41m), dirt 4” (0.10m), coal and dirt 1’ 0” (0.30m), 3 adits from outcrop and air shaft 5 yards (4.5m), 23rd Dec, met old works from Barlow colliery, 23rd December 1932, Surveyor: George E Durbin (952)
  • North Wingfield (North Wingfield Collieries Ltd, Alma Colliery) in liquidation, Top Waterloo abandoned Feb, 21/4, Manager George E Sellars (226)
  • Old Loscoe (Butterley Co Ltd) closed
  • Quarry Gate (Quarry Gate Colliery Co) Coal Aston, Silkstone, stone drift 1in3 in 1930 - 1931, no coal, in the other area old works surrounding, abandoned 31 Mar 1932, Surveyor Arthur D Marriott (918). Shady drift (C Swift and Co) originally called Shady Hall, closed 1913, Blackshale seam, met old workings
  • Shireoaks still stood (Shireoaks Colliery Co)
  • Sicklebrook (Fisher, Hill and Havenhand), Coal Aston, Silkstone, top coal 2’ 6” (0.76m), dirt 6” (0.15m), bottom coal 1’ 10” (0.56m), an adit and used an old drift entrance that finished in Dec 1927, 2 shafts 9 ft (2.74m) and 10 ft (3.0m), finished June, abandoned Dec, 2/nil, Surveyor Arthur D Marriot (918)
  • Stone Lane (Nurse and Wilkinson) Whittington, Tupton, coal 2’ 4” (0.71m), clay 2’ 0” (0.61m), adit 1in5, shaft 18 ft (5.49m), 31st Dec 1932, Surveyor Arthur D Marriott (918)
  • Tibshelf No1, 2 (Babbington Colliery Co), Deep Hard was 3ft 0¾in (0.93m) at 268 yards (245m), there was a connection through to No4 shaft at Low Main horizon, abandoned in October 1932 after 54 years
  • Upper Hartshay colliery closed 24th Oct 1932, due to output restrictions (Coal Mines Act 1930), Butterley Co, Kilburn batts 10” (0.25m), coal 2’ 9” (0.84m), clunch 8” (0.20m), floor coal 3” (0.08m), connected to Lower Hartshay colliery, Surveyor Ernest Severn Lamb (Cert No 839), Porter Barn fault 96 feet (29m) passed through the pit bottom
  • Wallsend (Wallsend Colliery Ltd), Newbold, rock and bat, Tupton 2’ 4” (0.76m) and 1’ 6” (0.45m) fireclay, Jan, no sale for clay, abandoned April, some openwork at outcrop, (Silkstone closed previously in 1930, due to water and bad trade), Arthur D Marriott (918).
    (25 Pits)
Brinsley Deep Soft 3’ 3” (1.0m) stopped July 1932. Surveyor, George Chas H Whitelock. Plan April 1934.
Selston Deep Soft at 332 yards (303m) deep at DC shaft was abandoned 25 Jul 1932, Surveyor George W Whitelock (910).

Dead Dog Pit

From an unknown source – a reference to Dead dog pit, Ilkeston in 1932 – could this be where dogs were lowered into the pits in the far distant past to test the pit to see if it was free from stythe before the men were lowered into the mine? For if the dog did not collapse then it was deemed safe for men to descend into the pit.


Tibshelf No 1 and 2 (Bottom Pit) Closed After 65 Years

Tibshelf No1 and 2 (Derbyshire) (Chas Seely and Co), 2 shafts sunk in 1867 - 1870 was closed in April 1932, but pumping operations were continued in the Low Main and Blackshale at the Bottom pit to protect the workings in the Top pit.

4 men were underground pumping and 32 on the surface. Shaft depth 395 yards (361m), with Blackshale seam at 386 yards (353m). The mine had been purchased by the Babbington Co.

The Sheepbridge Coal and Iron Co purchased both the Top pit and the Bottom pit in 1938. Shaft position E444254 N360089.

Seams worked: Tupton or (Low Main from 1923) at No1 pre 1883 (probably from 1870) - 1932, Silkstone or (Blackshale from 1923) pre 1883 (probably from 1870) - 1932, Deep Hard at No2 pre 1883 (probably from 1870) - 1932, and Threequarter seam 1923 - 1928

Manpower: Babbington Coal Co:

  • 1894: No1: 391 Tupton, 92 s/f, No2: 260 Deep Hard, 59 s/f, Silkstone, 272, 59 s/f
  • 1895: No1: 355 T, 83 s/f, No2: 254 DH, 65 s/f, 250 S, 67 s/f
  • 1896: No1: 349 T, 94 s/f, 265 DH, 73 s/f
  • 1897: No1: 351 T, 94 s/f, No2: 273 DH, 74 s/f, 234 S, 67 s/f
  • 1898: No1: 329 T, 97 s/f, No2: 268 DH, 74 s/f, 225 S, 71 s/f
  • 1899: No1: 334 T, 93 s/f, No2: 252 DH, 80 s/f, 234 S, 69 s/f
  • 1900: No1: 340 T, 89 s/f, No2: 263 DH, 76 s/f, 236 S, 70 s/f
  • 1901: No1: 364 T, 95 s/f, No2: 271 DH, 85 s/f, 242 S, 71 s/f
  • 1902: No1: 356 T, 93 s/f, No2: 247 DH, 83 s/f, 261 S, 70 s/f
  • 1903: No1: 335 T, 76 s/f, No2: 252 DH, 69 s/f, 245 S, 69 s/f
  • 1904: No1: 372 T, No2: 235 DH, 213 S, 207 s/f
  • 1905: No1: 340 T, No2: 231 DH, 253 S, 217 s/f
  • 1906: No1: 332 T, No2: 237 Deep Hard, 206 S, 219 s/f
  • 1907: No1: 280 T, No2: 237 DH, 238 S, 229 s/f
  • 1908: No1: 355 T, No2: 263 DH, 257 S, 239 s/f
  • 1909: No1: 334 T, No2: 275 DH, 296 S, 244 s/f
  • 1910: No1: 350 T, No2: 280 DH, 280 S, 240 s/f
  • 1911: No1: 365 T No2: 280 DH, 275 S, 234 s/f
  • 1912: No1: 368 T, No2: 267 DH, 268 S, 234 s/f
  • 1913: No1: 360 T, No2: 254 DH, 287 S, 210 s/f
  • 1914: No1: 352 T, No2: 255 DH, 274 S, 233 s/f
  • 1915: No1: 326 T, No2: 217 DH, 249 S, 226 s/f
  • 1916: No1: 327 T, No2: 209 DH, 241 S, 223 s/f
  • 1917: No1: 330 T, No2: 195 DH, 251 S, 218 s/f
  • 1918: No1: 310 T, No2: 191 DH, 244 S, 216 s/f
  • 1919: No1: 335 T, No2: 207 DH, 281 S, 241 s/f
  • 1920: No1: 304 T, No2: 206 DH, 256 S, 233 s/f
  • 1921: No1: 305 T, No2: 202 DH, 255 S, 229 s/f
  • 1922: No1: 335 T, No2: 171 DH, 258 S, 251 s/f
  • 1923: No1: 358 (Tupton) Low Main, No2: 144 Deep Hard, Threequarter, 256 (Silkstone) Blackshale, 253 s/f
  • 1924: No1/No2: 769 DH, LM, ¾, BS, 260 s/f
  • 1925: No1/No2: 817 DH, LM, ¾, BS, 253 s/f
  • 1926: No1/No2: 750 DH, LM, 3/4., BS, 246 s/f
  • 1927: No1/No2: 709 DH, LM, ¾, BS, 235 s/f
  • 1928: No1/No2: 235 DH, LM, ¾, BS, 116 s/f
  • 1929: No1/No2: 380 DH, LM, BS, 143 s/f
  • 1930: No1/No2: 379 DH, LM, BS, 162 s/f
  • 1931: No1/No2: 339 DH, LM, BS, 157 s/f
  • 1932: No1/No2: 327 DH, LM, BS, 161 s/f
  • 1933: No1/No2: 3 Pumping, 12 s/f
  • 1934: No1/No2: 3 Pumping, 12 s/f
  • 1935: No1/No2: 3 Pumping, 14 s/f
  • 1936: No1/No2: 3 Pumping, 18 s/f
  • 1937: No1/No2: 16 Pumping, 15 s/f
  • 1938: No1/No2: 3 Pumping, 13 s/f
  • Sheepbridge Coal and Iron Co Ltd: 1940: 3 Pumping, 10 s/f, abandoned May 1939.

Managers for Tibshelf No1 and 2:

  • Stewart Crawford Wardell (506 service cert) and Agent pre 1870 - 1903
  • RHF Hepplewhite (1438) 1903 - 1908
  • Tom A Lawton (1161) 1909 - 1916 promoted to Agent
  • John W Chambers (191) 1916 - 1932 then Arthur Riley (365) Manager for No3 and 4 took over the management of No1 and 2 also.

Undermanagers:

  • R Coupe pre 1877 - 1899
  • William Coupe pre 1887 - 1899
  • J Radford (2nd class) 1893 - 1895 transferred to No3
  • G Rawson (2nd) 1893 - 1904
  • T Walters (2nd) 1895 - 1932
  • E Leadbeater (2nd) 1903 - 1915
  • WH Walters (2nd) 1908 - 1918
  • George Hill (2nd) transferred from No3, 1908 - 1918
  • JH Wain (2nd) 1919 - 1922
  • E Vaughan (2nd) 1918 - 1924
  • J Radford (2nd) 1924 - 1932.

Surveyors included:

  • John Merriman
  • Arthur Haydn Booth (300) - 1939.

Fatal Accidents Tibshelf:

  • William Tomlinson (30) sinker, fell off scaffold down shaft 27 Apr 1867
  • William Massey (36) sinker, stone fell down shaft and struck him 10 Sep 1869
  • No1 pit Thomas Holloway (20) fall of roof 3 Jun 1870
  • William Knifton (25) fall of roof 18 Dec 1872
  • Thomas Stapleton (23) crushed by the cage 26 Jul 1873
  • EB Patrick (13) run over by tubs 22 Mar 1875
  • Thomas Hendy (60) fall in a roadway 12 Jun 1876
  • William Stocks (20) fall of roof 19 Jan 1877
  • Levi Ray (21) fall of roof 12 Feb 1877
  • John George Coupe (19) run over by wagon on surface 12 Sep 1878
  • Stephen Scarston (19) shotfiring accident 16 Dec 1878
  • John Cotterill (45) fall in a roadway 23 Dec 1880
  • George Wilson Spur (27) fall of roof 26 Jul 1882
  • George Parker (13) crushed by tubs 4 Sep 1893
  • Thomas Ealing (33) run over by wagon on the surface 3 Jan 1884
  • William Wood (13) fall in a roadway 27 Nov 1889
  • William Dan (25) run over by wagons on the surface 24 Apr 1891
  • Albert George Dunkley (35) crushed by tubs 19 Sep 1891
  • William Coupe (60) run over by wagons on the surface 25 Oct 1892
  • John Fletcher (47) fell down the shaft 5 Jul 1893
  • Charles Birkin Key (16) crushed by drop cage on the surface 4 Sep 1894
  • George Herons (38) crushed by wagon on the surface 3 Dec 1894
  • No2 pit Andrew Limb (24) fall of roof 22 Mar 1895
  • No1 pit Jacob Partlow (13) run over by tubs 2 May 1895
  • No2 pit John William Lawson (26) fall of roof 1 Apr 1896
  • No2 pit John William Scott (21) fall of roof 12 Jan 1898
  • John Tomlinson (64) fall of roof 2 Feb 1899
  • George Clarke (49) fall of roof 2 Aug 1900, died 4 Aug 1900
  • John Dudley (62) crush by wagon on the surface 22 May 1903
  • No2 pit Fred Cutts (15) run over by tubs 8 Oct 1903
  • No1 pit Sam Flowers (20) roof fall 25 Apr 1904, fractured spine, died 23 Dec 1904
  • No2 pit Edgar Butler (13) fall in a roadway 7 Dec 1906
  • No1 pit William Holling (31) explosion of firedamp 26 Feb 1905, died 10 Apr 1908
  • No2 pit William Henry Pickering (24) fall of roof 22 Feb 1909
  • No1 pit Richard Slack (64) fall of roof 10 Oct 1910
  • William Quick (24) fall of roof 3 Jan 1911
  • Fred Boulter (39) crushed by a wagon on the surface 14 Dec 1911
  • Robert Coupe (57) Undermanager, injured his hand on 16 Jan 1912, died from diabetes 7 Feb 1912
  • William Wilson (57) fall of roof 5 Mar 1912
  • Thomas Tomlinson (16) fall in a roadway 25 Sep 1912
  • Thomas Kiddy (54) fall of coal 28 Feb 1913, died 5 Jul 1913
  • William Peat (51) fall of roof 31 Jul 1913
  • Charles Riley (69) injured hand 10 Apr 1915, died from toxaemia 22 Apr 1915
  • George Wilbourne (58) burnt by slack on the surface 5 Aug 1916
  • Joseph Hill (35) injured hand 20 Jul 1916, died from toxaemia 5 Sep 1916
  • John Rawson (31) fall of roof 26 Apr 1917
  • George Wilbourne (58) buried by slack on the surface 29 Apr 1916
  • John James Bunting (22) fall of roof 6 Feb 1919
  • Alfred Barlow (16) fall of roof 31 Dec 1919, died 17 Jan 1920
  • Thomas Bonser (15) run over by tubs 30 Jun 1922
  • Stewart Meakin (24) fall of coal 1 Jan 1924
  • Robert Farnsworth (67) fell off a ladder on the surface on 6 Feb 1924, died 21 Apr 1924
  • William Crampton (59) crushed by wagons on the surface 20 Feb 1924
  • George Shearsby (29) fall of roof 30 Mar 1925
  • Walter Weaver (52) fall of roof 29 Apr 1927
  • Percy Reast (22) crushed by tubs 25 Oct 1928
  • John Hardwick (51) fall of roof 16 Oct 1930
  • George Henry Brooks (36) fractured spine 8 May 1934
  • William H Greenwood (59) caught in machinery on the surface 29 Jan 1935
  • Thomas Millward (67) fell from a wagon on the surface 29 Jan 1935
  • Fred Broadhead (28) fall of roof 29 Sep 1936, died 12 Oct 1936.

No3 pit

  • George Hewitt (13) caught in machinery on the surface 9 Dec 1896
  • Enoch Davis (37) fall of roof 14 Jan 1897
  • Walter Machin (18) fall of roof 14 Jan 1897
  • John William Plummer (19) crushed by the cage 20 Jul 1897
  • No4 pit Joseph Brazenall (25) crushed by tubs 20 Nov 1902
  • No3 pit George Piken (55) fall of roof 9 Mar 1903
  • Ernest Cresswell (29) crushed by the cage 9 Jul 1906
  • Thomas N Kenshaw (30) fall of roof 7 Oct 1909
  • No4 pit William Pratt (52) fall of roof 4 Mar 1918, died 16 Mar 1918
  • No3 pit Tom Allsop (55) fall of roof 2 Feb 1931, died 16 Feb 1931
  • No4 pit Albert Cox (34) fall of roof 12 Feb 1932
  • Thomas Gower (42) fall of roof 28 Aug 1933
  • Wilfred Calladine (39) fall of roof 13 Jan 1938
  • Wallis Platts (30) crushed by tubs 17 Nov 1931, died 14 Oct 1938.

The Babbington Coal Co now employed round about 1,000 men and boys.


Old Collieries Previously Closed

Old Collieries Previously Closed in the Chesterfield Central Area Were:

Ashgate, Back Lane, Boythorpe, Britannia, Brockwell, Brockwell Lane, Crawshaw’s, Do Well, Field House, Folly House, Furnace Hill, Gas House, Highfield Pearson’s, Holme, Holme Close, Holme Farm, Holme Hall, Ingmanwell, Inkerman, Longlands, Loundsley Green, Mitchell’s, Newbold Back Lane, Newbold Knowles, New Brampton, New Brampton, Old Brampton, Bridge House, Riber, Reservoir, Sanvic, Sough, Stonegravel, Townsend, Walgrove, Wallsend, Walton Wyatt, West End.

Old Named Collieries to the south and west of Chesterfield were Boythorpe, Brimington, Brookside, Dark Lane, Grangewood, Hasland, Langer Lane, Somersall, Speighthill, Storforth Lane, Turnoak, Walton, Walton, Walton Engine pit, Wheel Engine pit, Whitecotes, Whitebanks.

Old Known Mines to the east were Dobbin Clough, Hady, Hady Old, Hady Hill, Hady Wood, Hasland, Ingmanwell, Riber New, Rice’s, Spital Lane, Tapton, Whitebanks.

To the north of Chesterfield at Whittington Moor and Whittington were Bagshawe, Bridge Lane, Dunston, Foxley Oaks, Hillhouse, Long Close, Silkstone Old, Swaddale, Tapton, Tapton (Lockoford), Tapton and Wallsend, Tinkersick, Wheeldon Mill, Whittington.

At Sheepbridge, the old pits included Albert, Beale’s, Brickyard, Devonshire Silkstone, Grove, Lancaster’s, Littlemoor, Newbold Common, Newbold Moor, New Dunston, Newbold, New Langley, New Marrs, Senior’s, Sheepbridge.

Some of the pits mentioned above have no starting or finishing dates that are reliable and therefore are not in the list in Part 8 of the book . However research is continuing.

 

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