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Brinsley Merged with Selston Colliery After 78 Years

Brinsley (Nottinghamshire) (an ex Barber, Walker Co, Eastwood Collieries pit) sunk to 259 yards (237m) in 1872 was closed in 1950 after 78 years work and merged with Selston, a single shaft sunk at Underwood.

The local slang name for Brinsley Colliery was 'Bod Tod' (Small pit compared with other surrounding mines).

SK44NE 446429, 348779 and 446427, 348778.

Arthur Lawrence 1846-1875 Brinsley at 7, Clifton sinking at 28
Arthur Lawrence began work at Brinsley at the age of 7
Brinsley in 1926 strike
The photos show the pit bank and a scene
during the 1926 strike.

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The mine is situated North of Eastwood and to the East of Brinsley village. The hamlet of Brinsley belonged to his Grace the Duke of Newcastle, plan by John Bromley of Derby in 1855.

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Brinsley 42 1913A toll house was shown on the junction of the road to Jacksdale. A coal picking belt was installed at the surface in 1912. A rail link between the pits transported the coal and crossing gates were situated on the road from Underwood to Eastwood, often holding up the traffic. The old wooden headstocks were still in use and would be dismantled and transported to and erected at the Lound Hall Mining Museum for a few years until that closed in 1989, then once more dismantled and transported back to Brinsley and rebuilt on the original site as a reminder of the mining heritage of that area. The old dirt tip now covered with trees stands as a backdrop to the picnic site created. Arthur Lawrence (pictured above), father of the famous author David Herbert Lawrence lived at Eastwood and began work at Brinsley at the age of 7 in 1851 but when he was 28 he left the pit to go as a sinker at Clifton colliery.

Seams worked:

  • Comb 1869
  • Deep Soft 3’ 3” (1.0m) sloom, clunch, at 244 yards (223m) finished 31/7/1932, abandoned 25/4/1934
  • (Hard Mine) Deep Hard June 1881, Low Main.

Manpower: Barber Walker and Co:

  • 1895: 323 Deep Soft, Deep Hard, 72 s/f
  • 1900: 338 DS, DH, 61 s/f
  • 1905: 347 DS, DH, 59 s/f
  • 1911: 312 DS, DH, 115 s/f
  • 1915: 355 DS, 78 s/f
  • 1920: 349 DS, Low Main, 57 s/f
  • 1925: 398 DS, LM, 31 s/f
  • 1930: 394 DS, LM, 23 s/f
  • 1935: 260 LM, 19 s/f
  • 1940: 246 LM, 17 s/f
  • 1945: 267 LM, 63 s/f
  • NCB No5 Area 1947: 229 LM, 86 s/f
  • 1948: 229 LM, 78 s/f
  • 1949: Output 113,000 tons, 104 men and boys u/g, Low Main, 37 s/f
  • merged with Selston 1950.

Agents:

  • Samuel Whitehead – 1886
  • Robert Harrison General Manager 1886 -
  • Edward Linley Agent 1886 –
  • John W Fryar – pre 1909 -1913
  • Len C Hodges (2548) 1913 -1915
  • CW Phillips 1916 -1918
  • RD Robinson (1094) 1919 -1929
  • John Robert Harrison (991) 1930 -1946
  • Jack H Pedley (2182) 1947 - 1950

Managers for Brinsley
  • Samuel Whitehead and Agent pre 1884 -
  • William Chambers (437) 1886 - 1907 (to Undermanager)
  • Len C Hodges (2548) 1907 - 1912 (promoted to Agent)
  • CF Hoyle (24) 1913 - 1915
  • John Robert Harrison (991) 1915 - 1918
  • RD Robinson (1094) 1918 - 1919
  • Edward R Lindley (3274) 1920 - 1924
  • J Lea (910) 1924 - 1943
  • Jack Hanman (3115) 1943 - 1950.

Undermanagers:

  • John Henshaw (service cert) pre 1887 - 1907
  • William Chambers (437) 1907 - 1909
  • HJ Humphreys (2701) - 1911
  • WT Dunn (2nd) 1911 - 1936
  • George W Hatton (2nd) 1936 - 1937
  • William Wright (2nd) 1937 - 1942
  • S Akers (2nd) 1942 - 1945
  • George W Hatton (2nd) 1945 - 1950.

Surveyors:

  • Geo H Bond and Son
  • George E Whitehouse then as for Selston.

Fatal Accidents Brinsley

  • Elisha Hopkin (19) hit by an object falling down the shaft 20/11/1848
  • Tom Clifford (40), fall 10/4/1856
  • Edward Hawkins (23) fell down the shaft 14/4/1859
  • William Hill (13) fall of roof 12/4/1865
  • George Cook (20) 20/4/1865
  • Charles Godfrey (20) was killed 15/2/1869
  • James Lawrence (28) fall of roof 24/2/1880
  • Thomas Naylor (54), fall of ground 15/12/1882
  • On Sunday evening 10/6/1883, there was an explosion at Brinsley colliery Nottinghamshire, (Barber Walker and Co). A Deputy, Charles Wright (40) died on his way home, and the Ostler, William Dunn (64) died next day plus 14 horses were killed by the blast or afterdamp
  • Thomas Kibble (29) fall of roof 1/10/1885
  • Freeman Walker (35) fall of coal 17/12/1885, died 19/12/1885
  • Charles Godfrey (20) crushed by wagons on the surface 19/2/1889
  • Enoch Bower (19) fall of roof 11/6/1891
  • Phillip Bostock (30) fall of roof 4/11/1892, died 18/11/1892
  • Charles Ford Pollard (31) fall of coal 6/1/1893
  • George Andrews (19) fall in a roadway 20/3/1900
  • Hosaiah Lacey (61) fall of roof 19/11/1901, died 21/11/1901
  • Harry May (46) fall of roof 3/6/1920
  • Charles Henry Martin (46) fall of roof 8/11/1923, died 13/11/1923
  • Richard Brough (37) and Henry Meakin (26) overcome by blackdamp 8/8/1929
  • John William Parkinson (34) fall of ground 26/11/1929, died 29/11/1929
  • Joseph William Smith (23) crushed by wagons on the surface 10/12/1934

Other Closures

  • Coton Park (South Derbyshire)
  • Furnace Hill No3 (H and C Hartshorne) Low Main 4’ 6” (1.37m) including 3” (0.08m) dicks, 21/6/1950,
    William M Erskine (1518)
  • High Park (Barber Walker and Co.)
  • Holborn (Cossall) and Lindway Lane, (Ashgate), abandoned in June 1950

 

 

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