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Bond's Main Colliery Closed After 52 Years



Bond's Main

On 28th May 1949 Bonds Main at Temple Normanton, (Derbyshire) sunk by Staveley Coal and Iron Co Ltd 1895-1897 was abandoned after 52 years. It had been closed after the 1921 strike, put up for sale, purchased and re-opened by the Clay Cross Co Ltd in 1923/1924. The colliery was situated at Temple Normanton village, some 3 miles South East of Chesterfield. Several rows of houses for the miners and named Bond’s Main (after one of the directors) were situated opposite the pit. Surface level was 403’ 0” (122.8m) above sea level. In Jan 1908 a roadway from Calow Main colliery thirled to Bonds Main colliery.

A pithead canteen was opened on 27/11/1942 during the War. House and gas coal was produced.

Bonds Main

  • UC shaft Duncil 1 yard 0 ft 2 inches (0.96m) at 9 yards 1ft 6in (8.70m) deep
  • Deep Hard at 250 yards (228.7m)
  • Blackshale at 373 yards (341m).

Output in 1947 was 110,586 tons with 450 men. 
Output in 1949 was 37,206 tons and 164 men. 
Production finished in April 1949

Shaft positions E442 065 N367890, E442045 N367925. A section showing the coal seams passed through:

  • Dunsil 3’ 7” (1.09m) @ 9yards 1’ 6” (8.68m)
  • Top Waterloo 6’ 0” (1.83m) @ 26 yards 1’ 9” (24.3m)
  • Bottom Waterloo 6’ 3” (1.90m) @ 60 yards 1’ 6” (55.3m), coal 1’ 4” (0.40m) @ 68 yards 1’ 7” (63.6m), coal 1’ 2” (0.35m) @ 82 yards 1’ 2” (76.0m), coal 8” (0.20m) @ 87 yards 9” (81.6m)
  • Top Ell 2’ 4” (0.71m) @ 108 yards 10” (99.5m)
  • Bottom Ell 3’ 2” (0.97m) @ 129 yards 2’ 10” (120.5m)
  • Deep Soft 9’ 9” (2.97m) (c 1’ 5” (0.43m), d 1’ 2” 0.35m), c 1’ 11” (0.58m), d 1’ 0” (0.30m), c 4’ 6” (1.37m), coal 11” (0.28m) @ 206 yards 9” (188.5m), Deep Hard 6’ 0” (1.83m), c 11” (0.28m), d 4” (0.10m), c 4’ 9” (1.45m)
  • 1st Piper 5’ 8” (1.73m) @ 272 yards 2’ 1” (250.6m) c 2’ 9” (0.84m), d 7” (0.18m), c 2” (0.05m), d 3” (0.08m), c 1’ 3” (0.38m)
  • 2nd Piper 1’ 6” (0.45m) @ 284 yards 1’ 6” (260.1m)
  • Tupton 6’ 7” (2.0m) c 1’ 5” (0.43m), d 1’ 0” (0.30m), c 4’ 1” (1.24m)
  • Threequarter 2’ 9” (0.84m) @ 317 yards (290.0m), coal (Yard ?) 2’ 2” (0.66m) @ 351 yards 5” (321.3m)
  • Blackshale 4’ 10” (1.47m) (c 2’ 0” (0.61m), d 3” (0.08m), c 8” (0.20m), d 3” (0.08m), c 1’ 7” (0.48m) @ 372 yards 2’ 4” (342.3m).

Seams worked

  • Silkstone to 1921
  • Bottom Waterloo -1921
  • Bottom Ell -1934
  • Deep Soft 1916-1921 abandoned 8/8/1923
  • Threequarter -30/6/1946
  • Deep Hard -30/8/1902, HMI Arthur H Stokes; -1928 and -30/6/1947,
  • (Blackshale) Silkstone 1897-1921 and -31/12/1945, HMI James Frame
  • Tupton 1924-1949. After closure water would be pumped from the pit to supply Williamthorpe – until 1962.

Manpower: Staveley Coal and Iron Co Ltd:

  • 1896: 36 sinking  and 92 s/f
  • 1897: 96 sinking, 100 s/f
  • 1898: 70 Silkstone, 78 s/f
  • 1899: 175 S, 57 s/f
  • 1900: 250 S, 75 s/f
  • 1901: 391S, 102 s/f
  • 1902: 491 S, 270 s/f
  • 1903: 485 S, 209 s/f
  • 1904: 546 S, 176 s/f
  • 1905: 427 S, 154 s/f
  • 1906: 401 S, 140 s/f
  • 1907: 666 S, 181 s/f
  • 1908: 680 S, 180 s/f
  • 1909: 734 S, 221 s/f
  • 1911: 651 S, 200 s/f
  • 1912: 430 S, 113 s/f
  • 1913: 488 S, 115 s/f
  • 1914: 389 S, 130 s/f
  • 1915: 381 S, 106 s/f
  • 1916: 460 S, DS, 119 s/f
  • 1917: 488 S, DS, 124 s/f
  • 1918: 440 S, DS, 116 s/f
  • 1919: 549 S, DS, 148 s/f
  • 1920: 558 Silkstone and Deep Soft146 s/f
  • 1921: 21 S, DS, 18 s/f, production ceased after strike
  • 1922: 11 S, DS, 12 s/f
  • 1923: 10 S, DS, 12 s/f, abandoned; the majority of the manpower was transferred to Arkwright. 40 men were left on salvage duties for the next 12 months.

Clay Cross Co:
Agents
:

  • George W Dickinson (255) Agent; William M Mitton (927) Agent; GF Gardner (1333) Agent 1940 - 1947

Sub-Area Manager:

  • Harold Kirk (1511) 1947-1949.

Managers:

  • William Bunting (839) 1895-1899
  • Ed E Booker (2312) 1899-1901
  • William Bunting (839) 1901-1905
  • RW Cuthbertson (541) 1905-1911
  • AB Hewitt (2505) -1913
  • GR Cowley (3055) -1915
  • W Waplington (501) -1918
  • FG Weller (777) -1922. The colliery was abandoned in 1923.

Undermanagers:

  • E Moxon (2nd) 1898-1901
  • L Wright (2nd) 1902-1914
  • A Horner (2nd) 1915-1919
  • T Simmonds (2nd) 1919-1923
  • William M Mitton (927) 1934-1940
  • GF Gardner (1333) 1940-1947.

Bonds Main Colliery re-opened by Clay Cross Co: DC Shaft 250 yards 2 ft (229.2m) to Deep Hard start 1936-1937, dip 1in2.4; UC Shaft 373 yards (341m) to Blackshale 4’ 10” (1.47m) thick, dip across face 1in2.2.

Manpower Clay Cross Co Ltd:

  • 1923: 49 Tupton, 18 s/f.
  • 1924: 111 Tupton, 41 s/f;
  • 1925: 182 Tupton and Deep Hard, 12 s/f
  • 1926: 243 T, DH, 61 s/f
  • 1927: 257 Deep Hard fin, Tupton and Blackshale
  • 1928: 296 T, Silkstone, 74 s/f
  • 1929: 360 T, Blackshale or Silkstone, 85 s/f
  • 1930: 402 T, BS, 83 s/f
  • 1931: 376 T, BS, 89 s/f
  • 1932: 386 Tupton, Tupton Three Quarters, Blackshale102 s/f
  • 1933: 393 T, T ¾, BS, Ell, 89 s/f
  • 1934: 384 T, T¾, BS, 104 s/f
  • 1935: 428 T, T¾, BS, 108 s/f
  • 1936: 308 T, T¾, BS, 92 s/f
  • 1937: 320 T, T¾, BS, 95 s/f
  • 1938: 346 T, T¾, BS, 101 s/f
  • 1940: 309 T, T¾, BS, 105 s/f
  • 1941: 295 T, T¾, BS, 97 s/f
  • 1942: 305 T, T¾, BS and Deep Hard, 114 s/f
  • 1943: 332 T, T¾, BS, DH, 102 s/f
  • 1944: 340 T, T¾, BS, DH, 110 s/f
  • 1945: 336 T, T¾, BS, DH, 96 s/f, total 492 men and boys
  • 1946: Tupton Three Quarters and Blackshale finished:
  • NCB No1 Area EMD 1947: 352 Tupton, Deep Hard abandoned 6/47, 106 s/f
  • 1948: 352 Tupton, 95 s/f
  • 1949: 309 Tupton, 83 s/f, 111,000 tons, discontinued and ceased production 5 u/g / 49 s/f.

Agents Clay Cross Co Ltd:

  • George W Dickinson (113) 1923-1934
  • William M Mitton 1934-1940
  • GF Gardner 1940-1947.

Sub-Area Manager:

  • JS Rayner 1947-1950.

Managers for Bonds Main:

  • George W Dickinson (113) 1923-1925
  • W Marsh (1657) 1925-1949.

Undermanagers:

  • W Marsh (1731 / 2nd) 1924-1925
  • none 1925-1931
  • Thos A Sharpe (2617 / 2nd) 1932-40 (transferred to Morton)
  • HS Cockerell (3178 / 2nd) 1940-1943
  • Thos A Sharpe (2617 / 2nd) (transferred back from Morton) 1943-1945
  • George H Anthony (5094 / 2nd) 1945-1949.

Surveyors:  for Staveley Coal and Iron Co...

  • JA Verner
  • E Wheldon (office?) then for Clay Cross Co
  • From 1924.... G Wilfred Fox (796) -1946 (appointed EMD No1 Area Surveyor)
  • Thos WG May (1566 May 1943) 1947-1949.

Output and Manpower NCB:

  • 1947: 110,586 tons, 352 Tupton, Deep Hard abandoned, 106 s/f, 450 men;
  • 1948: 99,484 tons, Tupton 412 men, inc 95 s/f
  • 1949: 37,206 tons, Tupton 164 men.
  • Ceased production May 1949.

Fatal Accidents Bond’s Main

  • Ernest Brown (20) crushed by tubs 22/4/1899
  • Joseph Twigg (61) injured his head on the surface 14/7/1903, died 23/7/1903
  • George Scott (21) fall in a roadway 23/4/1904
  • John William Lowe (32) fall of roof 15/4/1905
  • John Hart (25) fall of roof 16/8/1905, died 20/8/1905
  • William Oxley (14) run over by tubs 11/10/1906
  • Benjamin Bodle (44) fall of roof 9/11/1906
  • Edward Milnes (25) fall of roof 1/3/1904, died 25/12/1906
  • John Joseph Bamford (32) fall in a roadway 14/5/1907
  • William Marples (50) strained himself lifting a tub 24/10/1907
  • Joseph Davidson (31) fall of roof 15/1/1908
  • Walter Brittan (52) fall of roof 20/7/1910, died of toxaemia 29/8/1910
  • B Mallen (38) crushed by a pony 26/4/1912
  • Henry Shepherd (17) crushed by a tub 14/7/1913
  • Joseph Smith (40) fall of roof 30/9/1915, died 1/10/1916
  • Walter Round (22) fall of roof 20/8/1924
  • Ernest Hall (26) fall of roof 1/2/1926
  • Joseph Rayner (32) fall of roof 26/9/1930, died 9/10/1930
  • Arthur Gadsby (60) run over by tubs 23/11/1932
  • Joseph Weldin (61) fall of roof 20/12/1932
  • Willie Harrison (19) crushed by a coal cutter 23/1/1936
  • John Henry Watson (36) fall of roof 25/10/1937
  • John William Bagshaw (45) fall of coal 26/4/1940
  • Fred Gilbert (33) overcome by blackdamp 26/8/1941
  • Herbert Goddard (61) fall of roof 5//1943, died 23/5/1943.

Calow drift (Bond’s Main Colliery Co Ltd) (Derbyshire) 3 adits, dip of seams 1in3. Bottom Waterloo, top coal 2’ 4” (0.71m), dirt 3” (0.08m), coal 1’ 6” (0.45m), middle dirt 5½” (0.14m), bottom coal 1’ 7” (0.48m), fireclay 6’ 1½” (1.87m). Bottom Ell 13/11/1934 finished, Surveyor Ron N Leverett (2037) signed the plan 12/11/1948. Tupton 27/5/1949 IP Findley (2004, Apr 1948). Water lodges in Tupton and Bottom Piper. It was part of a complex including Campbell and Hartington and Ireland.


Broxtowe Colliery Merged With Babbington After 57 Years

Broxtowe near Nottingham sunk in 1863 and 1891-1892 to 792 feet (241.5m) by the Babbington Coal Co, and kept open as a pumping pit since working stopped in 1928 was closed in 1949 after 57 years and merged with Babbington.

Manpower:

  • 1894: 210 Deep Soft, 51 s/f
  • 1895: 223 DS, 61 s/f
  • 1896: 311 DS, 66 s/f
  • Now under Babbington management: 1897: 438 DS, 80 s/f

Agents:

George Fowler 1891-1897, from 1897 under Babbington:

Managers for Broxtowe:

  • George Fowler (365 service cert) 1891-1897, then from 1897 under Babbington management.

Undermanagers:

  • Samuel Starr (377) 1892-97, from 1897 under Babbington colliery.

Surveyors: for Babbington

  • John Walters -1927
  • Lewis Spencer (517) 1927 - 1947

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