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The Decline Of The Industry
And Nationalisation 1947

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1937
1938

1937 - Page 1


NMA Union

In January 1937 Herbert Booth, President of the NMA resigned and Bernard Taylor of Sherwood (Nottinghamshire) was appointed temporarily until the amalgamation of the unions. He was to become Labour MP for Mansfield for many years and later Lord Taylor. He wrote a book on his experiences – ‘Uphill all the way’.


Nationalisation of Mines Rejected

In February 1937 Batey, a Labour MP introduced a Bill in Parliament for the Nationalisation of Mines and Minerals, but it was defeated on the second reading.


Ignition Of Firedamp

There was an ignition of firedamp at Silver Hill (Nottinghamshire) (Stanton Ironworks Co Ltd) caused by cutter picks sparking whilst working through a fault hade.

No injuries were reported.


BA Collieries Absorbed Digby Colliery Company

On 1st April 1937, BA Collieries Ltd took over the collieries Digby and Gedling of the Digby Colliery Co. The new shaft sinking at Calverton, a satellite for Bestwood was included.

In May 1937 Gedling was sold for £140,000 cash and a balance of 500,000 ordinary shares at £1 in the BA Co.

New London And Digby Collieries Closed After 53 and 71 Years

The merged pits of New London sunk in 1874 by Digby Coal Co and Digby, (Nottinghamshire) sunk in 1866 by Hall and Co, bought by Digby Coal Co in 1870, name changed to Digby Colliery Co from 1894 were closed temporarily, when the company was taken over by BA Collieries Ltd but the pit was abandoned shortly afterwards in Sept 1937. Digby shaft position E448614, N346144. Digby No1 Deep Soft shaft 660 ft (201m), New London Deep Soft No1 shaft 324 ft (71.3m) deep.

Seams worked: Deep Soft, Deep Hard, Piper, Tupton and Silkstone.

Manpower: Digby:

  • 1887-1891: standing
  • 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: 288 DS, DH, 178 s/f
  • 1904: 284 DS, DH, 80 s/f
  • 1905: 160 Deep Soft, Deep Hard, Tupton finished, 27 s/f
  • 1906: 146 Deep Soft fin, Tupton, 95 s/f
  • 1907: 191 T, 95 s/f
  • 1908: 207 DS, DH, 125 s/f
  • 1909: 216 DS, T, 122 s/f
  • 1910: app 230 DS, DH, T, 110 s/f
  • 1911: 240 DS, DH, 94 s/f
  • 1912: 260 DS, T, 67 s/f
  • 1913: 278 T, 61 s/f
  • 1914: merged: Digby and New London: 316 T, 501 DS, DH, T, 200 s/f
  • 1915: 272 T, 492 DS, DH, 179 s/f
  • 1916: 298 T, 513 DS, DH, 190 s/f
  • 1917: 323 T, 527 DS, DH, 207 s/f
  • 1918: 315 T, 562 DS, DH, T, 203 s/f
  • 1919: 365 T, Piper, 602 DS, DH, T, 273 s/f
  • 1920: 386 T, P, 699 DS, DH, T, 275 s/f
  • 1921: 732 DS, T, DH, T, Silkstone, 304 s/f
  • 1922: 376 DS T, 785 DH, T, S, 313 s/f
  • 1923: 395 P, T, 833 DS, DH, P, T, S, 324 s/f
  • 1924: 384 P, T, 809 DS, DH, P, T, S, 307 s/f
  • 1925: 394 Piper, Tupton, 782 Deep Soft, Deep Hard, Piper, Tupton, 329 s/f
  • 1926: 388 DH, P, T, 717 DS, DH, P, T, 314 s/f
  • 1927: 306 DH, P, T, 737 Silkstone DS, DH, P, T, 331 s/f
  • 1928: Digby closed 574 Deep Hard, Piper, Tupton discontinued Sep 1928

Manpower: New London

  • 1895: 566 DS, DH, 90 s/f
  • 1896: 505 DS, DH, 104 s/f
  • 1897: 557 DS, DH, 100 s/f
  • 1898: 548 DS, DH, 87 s/f
  • 1899: 511 DS, DH, 89 s/f
  • 1900: 571 DS, DH, 68 s/f
  • 1901: 588 DS, DH, 66 s/f
  • 1902: 602 DS, DH, 57 s/f
  • 1903: 569 DS, DH, 60 s/f
  • 1904: 564 DS, DH, 93 s/f
  • 1905: 626 DS, DH, T, 76 s/f
  • 1906: 627 Deep Soft, Deep Hard, Tupton, 66 s/f
  • 1907: 623 DS, DH, T, 65 s/f
  • 1908: 666 DS, DH, T, 64 s/f
  • 1909: 614 DS, DH, T, 55 s/f
  • 1910: ?
  • 1911: 530 DS, DH, T, 56 s/f
  • 1912: 498 DS, DH, T, 95 s/f
  • 1913: 483 DS, DH, T, 106 s/f
  • 1914: merged.
New London only cont'd,
  • 1928: Deep Soft, Deep Hard, Piper, Tupton, 202 s/f
  • 1929: 652 DS, DH, P, T, 227 s/f
  • 1930: 678 DS, DH, P, T, 230 s/f, Digby abandoned Jan 1930
  • 1931: 712 DS, DH, P, T, 248 s/f
  • 1932: 723 DS, DH, P, T, 255 s/f
  • 1933: 769 DS, DH, P, T, 255 s/f
  • 1934: 715 DS, DH, P, T, 252 s/f
  • 1935: 598 DS, DH, P, T, 221 s/f
  • 1936: 615 DS, DH, P, T, 220 s/f
  • 1937: 626 DS, DH, P, T all finished, 233 s/f, colliery abandoned Nov 1937.

Agents:

  • Tom Potter pre 1891-
  • WE Walker pre 1909-1913
  • HD Bayley 1913-1914
  • John Whyte (1892) 1914-1918
  • ES Fawcett (1479) 1918-1936.

Managers for Digby:

  • Godfrey Baker (870) pre 1883-1889
  • Granville Chambers (1621) 1889-1898.
  • William Walker (2311) 1899-
  • E Wardle -1911; John Whyte (1892) 1911-1918 (transferred to Cossall) New London: William Walker (2311)
  • ES Fawcett (1479) -1937.

Undermanagers for Digby:

  • John Soar (148) pre 1891-1892
  • I Pilkington (1365) 1892-1898
  • T Walker (3562) 1898-1910
  • W Barlow (7573 / 2) 1910-1918 (transferred to Cossall)
  • Cyril Hunt (2378 / 2)

Undermanagers for New London:

  • James Ellis (pre 1887-)
  • William Walker (2311) - (promoted to Manager), George Gittens (318) pre 1891-1899
  • W Guyler (1634) 1900 -, W Stirland (5773 / 2) 1913 -1929
  • W Beardon (2nd) 1918 -
BA Collieries Ltd also absorbed Joseph Haigh Ltd and West End Collieries Ltd of Yorkshire.

Fatal Accidents

  • Meshach Chambers (21) fell down shaft 10 Oct 1866
  • William Vardy (11) run over by tubs 16 Jul 1868
  • John Birks (28) loading wagons on surface 1 Jan 1872
  • William Down (43) fell down 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 1899
  • William Clarke Lowe (38) fall of coal 30 Sep 1899
  • George Hind (34) fall of coal 30 Aug 1900
  • Henry Harker (29) crushed by tubs 1 Jan 1901, died from gangrene 25 Jan 1901
  • Frank Hearson (21) run over by wagons on surface 20 Mar 1903
  • Thomas Bradley Dale (23) trapped by 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 Jul 1917
  • William Mitchell (59) trapped by coal cutter 14 Jun 1917, died of pneumonia 30 Jun 1917
  • William Green (40) fall of roof 13 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 gas 7 Aug 1924
  • John Naylor (26) fall of roof 8 Oct 1924
  • Ernest Allen (15) fall of roof 12 May 1925
  • James Briggs (28) 5 Jan 1928 and
  • George Dawes (54) explosion of gas 5 Jan 1928, died 14 Jan 1928.

 

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