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1944 - Page 3


Bulwell (Nottinghamshire) Closed After 76 Years

Bulwell (Nottinghamshire) (BA Collieries Ltd) the smallest of the Leen Valley collieries, sunk in 1868/72 by Chas Seely and Co was closed in Oct 1944 after 76 years, Main Bright 3’ 0” (0.91m), at 182 yards (166m), Top Hard pit bottom 307 yards (280m), 371 u/g/116 s/f in 1940 and was called ‘Shonky pit’, at 10 ft (3.05m) dia was sunk to a total depth of 315 yards (288m).

Owners

  • Charles Seely and Co to 1886
  • Babbington Coal Co 1887-1935
    BA Collieries Ltd 1936-1945. E453060 N345900.

Seams worked

  • Top Hard 1872-1911 at 6ft 6½ in (1.99m) thick finished in March 1911.
  • The 3 ft thick (0.91m) Main Bright also known as the Bulwell Main at 182 yards (166m) finished coaling in August 1944.
  • Bulwell Main 1911-1913, 1930-1933.
    The pit was abandoned in 1945.

Manpower:

  • 1894: 131 Top Hard, 40 s/f
  • 1895: 128 TH, 44 s/f
  • 1896: 136 TH, 45 s/f
  • 1897: 151 TH, 58 s/f
  • 1898: 158 TH, 61 s/f
  • 1899: 179 TH, 69 s/f
  • 1900: 173 TH, 70 s/f
  • 1901: 183 TH, 75 s/f
  • 1902: 181 TH, 75 s/f
  • 1903: 145 TH, 67 s/f
  • 1904: 153 TH, 67 s/f
  • 1905: 152 TH, 66 s/f
  • 1906: 151 TH, 66 s/f
  • 1907: 151 TH, 58 s/f
  • 1908: 158 TH, 64 s/f
  • 1909: 159 TH, 59 s/f
  • 1910: 170 TH, 55 s/f
  • 1911: 184 Bulwell Main, 53 s/f
  • 1912: 193 Bulwell Main, 63 s/f
  • 1913: 206 Main Bright, 69 s/f
  • 1914: 216 Main Bright 69 s/f
  • 1915: 230 MB, 66 s/f
  • 1916: 347 MB, 66 s/f
  • 1917: 257 MB, 65 s/f
  • 1918: 269 MB, 65 s/f
  • 1919: 384 MB, 66 s/f
  • 1920: 338 MB, 79 s/f
  • 1921: 364 MB, 82 s/f
  • 1922: 382 MB, 88 s/f
  • 1923: 414 MB, 94 s/f
  • 1924: 463 MB, 102 s/f
  • 1925: 452 MB, 106 s/f
  • 1926: 435 MB, 104 s/f
  • 1927: 442 MB, 106 s/f
  • 1928: 416 MB, 108 s/f
  • 1929: 580 MB, 153 s/f
  • 1930: 454 Bulwell Main, 128 s/f
  • 1931: 431 BM, 125 s/f
  • 1932: 418 Main Bright, 118 s/f
  • 1933: 416 MB, 110 s/f
  • 1934: 317 MB, 158 s/f
  • 1935: 331 MB, 103 s/f
  • 1936: 361 MB, 114 s/f
  • 1937: 406 MB, 122 s/f
  • 1938: 421 MB, 133 s/f
  • 1939: 400 MB, 125 s/f
  • 1940: 371 MB, 116 s/f
  • 1941: 349 MB, 132 s/f
  • 1942: 369 MB, 136 s/f
  • 1943: 361 MB, 134 s/f
  • 1944: 21 MB, 13 s/f, finished 10/44
  • 1945: 18 MB, 11s/f, abandoned 9/45.

Agents:

  • George Fowler (817) pre 1883-1922
  • Tom A Lawton (1161) 1922-1935
  • Major FMT Bunney (2760) 1936-1939
  • Alan Hill (2769) 1936-1940
  • Peter L Collinson (1331) 1941-1943
  • Major FMT Bunney (2760) 1944-1945.

Managers for Bulwell

  • George Fowler (365 service cert and 817c) -1909 to Agent
  • EF Treece (1609) 1911-1932
  • Edwin W Lane (856) 1932-1936 (transferred to Bilsthorpe)
  • AE Booth (1623) 1936-1937 (transferred to Calverton sinking)
  • Alan Hill (734) 1937-38 (promoted to Agent Gedling)
  • C Knowles (2503) 1938-1940
  • Harry B Bennett (2820) (promoted from Undermanager Cinderhill No4) 1940-1944
  • Major FMT Bunney (2760) 1944
  • Harold Taylor (2108) 1945.

Undermanagers

  • Henry Harwood (1837 service cert) pre 1887-1893
  • Griffin Walters (380c and 448c) 1893-1915
  • S Bloor (1955 / 2nd) 1915-1932
  • EF Treece (1609) 1932-1933 (demoted from Manager to Undermanager)
  • H Coates (2686) 1933-1940 (promoted to Manager Kirkby)
  • NF Limb (3608 / 2nd) 1940-1944
  • SE Marston (3372 / 2nd) 1944-1945.

Workforce in

  • 1894, was 131 men underground, 40 on surface
  • 1913, 206 and 69
  • 1929, 580 and 153
  • 1943, 361 and 134

Fatal Accidents at Bulwell

  • 16 Mar 1908 William Shipstone (43), riding on a tub in a drift when it ran away, died next day
  • 25 Oct 1913 Jos Davis (58), Ripper, bind fell
  • 1 Jul 1915 Thomas Allington (41), withdrawing timber, died 5 Jul 1915
  • 7 Sep 1917 W Marlow (42), collier 9s stall, roof fell
  • 1 Aug 1917 Art Woodward (32), dataller, fall injured spine, died later.

Notes were made in the statistics from 1935 as to whether a person was wearing a helmet or not, on one occasion a statement said that one man’s life was definitely saved because he was wearing one. Dr Duncan was certifying men fit for work at the time for the company and another of his reports stated that a man was not suffering from a back injury caused by an accident, but suffering from lumbago!

Surveyor: Lewis H Spencer (517), Chief Surveyor to BA Collieries Ltd.


Other Mines Or Seams Abandoned 1944

  • Amber drift (Edwin Glossop) Low Main 4’ 1” (1.25m)
  • Cobnar Wood (Cobnar Wood Colliery Co Ltd) Piper, bat 4” (0.10m), coal with dirt bands 10” (0.25m) left up, section worked coal 3” (0.08), dirt 1” (0.02), coal 1’ 3” (0.38m), dirt ½” (0.01m), coal 5” (0.13m), workable 1’ 11” (0.58m), sunk 1923, closed 6/1944, uneconomic, met old workings by ED Fawcett, one adit and air shaft abandoned when coal became inferior 1924/25, second adit 1929, Surveyor W (Bill) M Erskine (1518)
  • Denby Clay No2 (WH and J Slater), Denby, Blackshale, discontinued June.
  • Holbrook No2 and 3 and Norwood (J and G Wells Ltd), Eckington, Deep Soft or Flockton, Feb 1944, joined to Westthorpe, Harold Cox (1598), G Walker (3903). Chimney and winding house demolished. At one period there were coke ovens and a wooden cooling tower for steam winding.
  • Holbrook Parkgate finished 31 Mar 1931, plan by Harold Cox (1598) 10 Oct 1944, G Walker (3903).
  • New Horsley (New Horsley Kilburn Colliery Co Ltd, Messrs Pickbourne and Hawkins), uneconomic generally and loss of money due to underground fire, Kilburn 4’ 3” (1.30m) and 1’ 0” (0.30m) floor coal, May 1944.
  • Pentrich (Haslam) was closed
  • Shireoaks No3 (Shireoaks Colliery Co Ltd), Harricroft, 1/1, discontinued since Aug 1929.
  • Wheeldon Mill No2 (JS Gaunt), Brimington, sinking abandoned Jan 1944.
  • Wingerworth (A Hardy) one adit from outcrop, worked through old hollows but met other old works coal Deep Hard, or Parkgate? - section: coal 3’ 2” (0.96m), dirt 5” (0.12m), coal 2’ 3” (0.69m), 30 Sep 1944, uneconomic, Surveyor: William M Erskine (1518) Mar 1943.
  • Wingfield Park No2 (Derbyshire) (Gregory Reddish and Co Ltd), South Wingfield, not worked in 1945
  • Yew Tree (Refractory Minerals Ltd), Wessington, (Derbyshire) Alton, Thin or Halifax Hard 1’ 2” (0.47m) and 5’ 6” (1.68m) ganister, 7/1, full dip 1in6.5, started 1937, abandoned 30 Sep 1944, Surveyor William M Erskine (1518).

For some reason at most collieries around this time the name Tupton was changed to Low Main.
Francis Thompson’s Atmospheric pumping engine of 1791 was re-erected at the pit and was in use until 1918.


Pentrich Colliery (Derbyshire) Closed After 46 Years

Pentrich (Derbyshire) (Pentrich Colliery Co Ltd), Pentrich, finished production on 14th July 1944 and was closed November 1944. Shaft positions SK E439410, N361800, E439450, N361800 and E439380, N351830.

Seams worked:

  • Deep Hard -1898 -1927
  • Blackshale -1910 -1938
  • Silkstone -1944
  • Tupton or Low Main -1944
  • Kilburn -1944

Manpower: Pentrich Colliery Co Ltd

  • 1915: 184 Tupton, 66 s/f
  • 1916: 197 u/g, 71 s/f
  • 1917: 223 u/g, 69 s/f
  • 1918: 193 u/g, 61 s/f
  • 1919: 260 u/g, 61 s/f
  • 1920: 275 u/g, 89 s/f
  • 1921: 172 Tupton and Silkstone, 47 s/f
  • 1922: 177 u/g, 53 s/f
  • 1923: 301 Low Main, 76 s/f
  • 1924: 318 u/g, 90 s/f
  • 1925: 345 u/g, 111 s/f
  • 1926: 407 Deep Hard and Low Main , 102 s/f
  • 1927: 345 Deep Hard, Tupton, Silkstone, 111 s/f
  • 1928: 357 Low Main, Silkstone and Kilburn, 106 s/f
  • 1929: 315 u/g, 109 s/f
  • 1930: 271 Kilburn and Low Main, 74 s/f
  • 1931: 326 u/g, 90 s/f
  • 1932: 345 u/g, 91 s/f
  • 1933: 411 u/g, 89 s/f
  • 1934: 446 u/g, 105 s/f
  • 1935: 452 u/g, 92 s/f
  • 1936: 385 u/g, 126 s/f
  • 1937: 305 u/g, 105 s/f
  • 1938: 318 Silkstone, Low Main and Kilburn, 112 s/f
  • 1939: 270 u/g app, 100 s/f app
  • 1940: 235 u/g, 95 s/f
  • 1941: 238 u/g, 94 s/f

1942: Silkstone 237 Silkstone, Kilburn and Threequarters, 81 s/f

  • 1943: 212 Kilburn and Threequarters, 81 s/f
  • 1944: 213 u/g, 85 s/f
    abandoned 11th November 1944.

Agents: RH Swallow (2557) 1940-1944.

Managers for Pentrich:

  • W Walker (2311) 1915-1917
  • RS Swallow (1664) 1917-1918
  • D Holmes (461) 1918-1922
  • RHF Hepplewhite (1438) 1922-1923
  • RS Swallow (1664) 1923-1930
  • WS Bamford (864) 1930-
  • Jack G Belfitt (2265) 1935-1937
  • W Severn (2000) 1937-1941
  • EH Perkins (2811) 1941-1944.
    Colliery abandoned.


Undermanagers

  • Andrew Bunting (7222 / 2nd) 1915-1918
  • F Poole (657 / 2nd) 1918
  • GH Edwards (78) 1919
  • None in post
  • TH Emmerson (376) 1922
  • Jack G Belfitt (6775 / 2nd) 1923-1931
  • W Platt (1036 / 2nd) 1931-1935
  • Andrew Bunting (7222 / 2nd) 1935
  • William Scott (3327 / 2nd) 1936-1937
  • C Percival (5072 / 2nd) 1937-1942
  • None in post
  • M McPherson (5551 / 2nd) 1944.

The Top Hard at Langwith (Derbyshire) was exhausted. Surveyor, Stan Coe (973) – later a Sub Area Surveyor, No1 Area NCB.


Fatal Accidents 1944

  • Alfreton, George Wellington Belcher (?) run over by tubs 8 Aug 1944
  • Blackwell B Winning, John George Goodhall (62) fall of coal 23 Mar 1944, died 26 Mar 1944
  • Britain, Cliff Barker (35) crushed by wagons on surface 8 Mar 1944, died 17 Jul 1944
  • Britain, Jack Oxley (31) fall of coal 22 Sep 1944
  • Manners, Arthur Smedley (41 or 43) surface accident, crushed by cage 3 May 1944
  • Shirebrook, George Henry Pears (35) caught in a cutter 27 Jul 1944.

Opencast Sites

  • Arkwright Arms Clowne seam 45 feet (13.7m) deep, seam in situ 3’ 0” (0.91m), extracted 2’ 6” (0.76m) (Delahope Ltd), 7.79 acres, 33,192 tons, 8 areas of old works exposed finished 8/1944 (final restoration by Nov 1945)
  • Eastwood Hall Coombe and Top Hard
  • Goose Green ??
  • Mapperley (Chas Brand and Sons), Top Hard, 3’ 9” (1.14m), 51,275 tons extracted, Aug 1944
  • Mickley Lane Piper seam
  • Townend Farm Waterloo (to South off Meadow Lane leading to South Normanton) May 1944

Average wages per shift

  • North Derbyshire 23s 8¾d (£1.18½)
  • South Derbyshire 25s 8½d (£1.28½)
  • Nottinghamshire 25s 11d (£1.29½)
  • Leicestershire 27s 0½d (£1.35) per shift.

Output

  • North Midlands 2.716m tons
  • South Midlands 0.757m tons

Output for 1944

  • North Derbyshire 13.8m tons, with 53 pits using 522 coal cutters, 43 pits using 818 conveyors, 44 gate end loaders, 25 power loaders
  • South Derbyshire 1.45m tons with 7 pits using 54 coal cutters, 81 conveyors, 2 gate end loaders and 4 power loaders
  • Nottinghamshire 15.8m tons with 45 pits using 437 coal cutters, 41 pits with 745 conveyors, 96 gate end loaders and 19 power loaders
  • Leicestershire 13 pits with 144 machines producing 4.38m tons.
There were still 40,000 pit ponies employed at the mines throughout the country.

 

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