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Ripley Colliery Closed After 94 Years


Ripley

Ripley colliery (Derbyshire) closed in 1949 after 94 years and sunk by Butterley Co in 1854 was merged with Denby Hall in 1949/50.  The Porter Barn fault passed through the take. The headstocks were made of pitch pine. There were no pit head baths at Ripley but new pit head baths had been built at Denby Hall. Prior to that workmen bathed at home, generally in a tin bath at the front of the fire.
Seams worked:

  • Ell -1891 and -1912
  • Deep Soft -1905 and -1919
  • Deep Hard  -1905
  • Piper 1944-1948
  • Furnace or Tupton or Low Main 1891-1947
  • Threequarters 1944-1949
  • Silkstone 1907-1914, 1918, 1941-1949
    Shaft depths DS 345 ft (105m), Furnace 405 ft (123.3m), DH 582 ft (177.4m),

Manpower:

  • 1883: No1 Deep Hard and No2 Deep Soft
  • 1894: 250 DS, DH, Tupton (Furnace), 86 s/f
  • 1895: 263 DS, DH, T, 63 s/f
  • 1897: 233 DS, DH, T, 47 s/f
  • 1898: 208 DS, DH, T, 46 s/f
  • 1899: 212 DS, DH, T, 53 s/f
  • 1900: 163 DS, DH, T, 42 s/f
  • 1902: 148 DS, DH, T, 39 s/f
  • 1903: DS, DH, T, 135 35 s/f
  • 1904: 102 DS, DH, T, 31 s/f
  • 1905: 79 DS and DS abandoned, Tupton, 49 s/f
  • 1906: 106 Tupton only, 46 s/f
  • 1907: 128 T, Silkstone, 32 s/f
  • 1908 141 T, S, 42 s/f
  • 1909: 182 T, S, 63 s/f
  • 1911: 153 T, S, 53 s/f
  • 1913: 162 T, Silkstone standing, 61 s/f
  • 1914: 156 T, S fin, 56 s/f
  • 1916: 139 T, 60 s/f
  • 1918: 136 T and S again, 70 s/f
  • 1920: 174 T, 92 s/f
  • 1922: 211 T, 78 s/f
  • 1923: 239 Low Main or T, 77 s/f
  • 1927: 258 LM, 83 s/f
  • 1929: 300 , 85 s/f
  • 1930: 314 LM, 84 s/f
  • 1933: 264 LM, 87 s/f
  • 1937: 245 111 s/f
  • 1940: 430 LM, 159 s/f
  • 1941: 479 LM and Silkstone, 174 s/f
  • 1942: 504 T, S, 196 s/f
  • 1944: 531 LM, S, Piper, Threequarters, 206 s/f
  • 1945: 606 P, LM, S, 3/4s, 258 s/f
  • 1946: 604 u/g, 242 s/f
  • NCB No5 Area 1947: 797 LM fin, P, S, 3/4s, 347 s/f
  • 1948: 695 S, 3/4s, Piper fin, 282 s/f
  • 1949: 832 S, 3/4s, 305 s/f; 600,000 tons output.

Agents:

  • Frederick Channer Corfield pre 1883-1905
  • Henry Eustace Mitton 1905-1921
  • Jack Bircumshaw (2144) 1922-1938
  • Montagu Francis Melville Wright (1124) 1938-1946
  • Jack G Belfitt (2265) 1947-1949.

Managers for Ripley

  • Sam Allsop (418) pre 1883-1884
  • Henry Stevenson (1575) 1884-1885
  • Samuel Alsop (418) 1885-1905
  • DHO Bishop (2507) 1905-1909
  • Henry Bradshaw (1786) 1909-1911
  • HH Holmes (2293) 1911-1938
  • George B Tristram (3490) 1938-1942
  • Arthur Benford (2279) 1943-1949. 

Undermanagers for Ripley

  • George Stone (302 service) pre 1887-1894
  • Alf Millhouse (978s) 1894-1918
  • HH Shipman (7579/2nd) 1918-1929
  • S Slater (388) 1929-1936
  • L Skeath (2282/2nd) 1936-1946
  • M McPherson (5561/2nd) 1944-1950, including Ernest A Hopkins (5042/2nd) for Denby Hall.    

Surveyors: as for Butterley.

Fatal Accidents Ripley

  • George Gyte (23) explosion of gas 5/10/1857
  • Another explosion on 16/10/1857 when William Bullock (24), George William Bunting (30), John Green (..), Henry Irvin (14), Samuel Meakin, John Millership, Samuel Shooter and his son, Samuel (14) another young boy, and William Walker (38), James Wragg and Enos Yates were all killed
  • John Watson (16) fall of roof 11/10/1862
  • Samuel Rondell (14) kicked by a pony 20/8/1864
  • William Watson (..) fall of roof 23/2/1865
  • Joseph Riley (40) fall of coal 12/7/1867
  • Thomas Parker (22) fall of ground 25/7/1868
  • Charles H Lynam (13) run over by tubs 8/10/1872
  • William Brindley (21) and Charles Stanley (20) fall of roof 20/3/1880
  • William Kirk (47) shotfiring accident 14/6/1882
  • Henry Platts (47) injured finger died from septicaemia 27/7/1886
  • Joseph Shoult (20) fall in a roadway 3/9/1888
  • George Statham (56) fall of coal 14/11/1888
  • William Cartwright (54) run over by a wagon on the surface 14/4/1889
  • James Gill (15) run over by tubs 14/11/1891
  • George Mellors (25) coal fell down the shaft and hit him 18/11/1899
  • George Henry Lamb (39) fall of coal 20/8/1919, died 22/9/1919
  • Henry Attewell (34) fall of roof 28/6/1922
  • Arthur James Daley (35) fall of roof ?/06/1922, died 31/7/1922
  • Wilfred Moorcroft (33) fell over 12/8/1929, died 30/8/1929
  • Thomas William Holmes (30) fall of coal 28/7/1937
  • George Henry Stenson (35) fall of roof 25/11/1934, died 3/4/1938
  • James Cresswell (50) fall of roof 9/5/1940
  • Henry Stocks (17) fall in a roadway 21/7/1941
  • Owen Wood (39) crushed by tubs 00/02/1942
  • Walter Hallam (64) overcome by fumes 1/3/1943
  • Alfred Hodgkinson (40) fall of roof 25/2/1943, died 21/3/1943
  • George Jordon (34) caught in machinery on the surface 9/7/1946
  • Edgar Taylor (49) 24/10/1946, died 16/2/1949
  • William Mellors (41) fall of roof 2/3/1951
  • William Stocks (35) injured by fall of roof in 1940, died 21/7/1952
  • Alfred Allsopp (36) fall of roof 26/6/1953
  • Noel Birks (36) fall of roof 22/2/1954
  • Samuel Butler (60) fall of roof 5/3/1954. 
From:
Sent:
Subject:

Andy Coupe
16 Mar 2016
Felling of Ripley Colliery Chimney

Ripley

Hi Fionn
This picture is from my family archives of the felling of the chimney on the Ripley site in 1907. There is some useful information on the photo. It was actually felled on Saturday 26th January 1907. It was my ancestor Mr Johnson who built it in 1853.


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