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The Decline Of The Industry Continued
After Nationalisation 1947

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1952 - Page 3


Reorganisations

  • Bevercotes sinking started 1952.
  • Boring provings for proposed Cotgrave mine.
  • New Coal prep plant and electric winders at Ormonde.
  • Large scheme at Glapwell with new pit bottom.
  • New shaft tops at Creswell and Donisthorpe.
  • Concentration of output from GrassmoorBonds Main and Pilsley to Williamthorpe and Holmewood nearing completion. Underground haulage and winding reorganisation finished and new Coal prep plant to start.
  • At Rufford reorganisation of haulage and winding of Top Hard to fit in with new 3rd shaft at lower seam project.
  • Both shafts at Clipstone have been deepened to Low Main and new winding house and engines and new tall headgear erected. 
  • Thoresby installation of trunk conveyors and locomotive haulage on level drivages and skip winding at the deepened shafts.
  • At Ollerton a new Locos and circuit and pit bottom and pit top at the DC coal winding shaft to be in use in 1953
  • Pleasley shaft deepening complete and new pit bottom and loco circuit continues.
  • All the output at Bestwood coming out of the Lancaster surface drifts.
  • At Calverton new mine only 500 tons a day is being wound at present but will increase.
  • The new pit bottom and pit top at Gedling will be operational in 1954.
    Total expenditure £22m.

There Are 13 Drift Mines In Operation

  • Arkwright - No1 Area
  • Oxcroft No1
  • Renishaw Park  
  • Shirland - No4 Area
  • Wingfield Manor
  • Stanley No2 - No5 Area
  • Denby Hall
  • Cossall
  • Oakwood Grange
  • Woodside No1
  • Bestwood - No6 Area
  • Merry Lees - No7 Area
  • Cadley Hill 

There were 14 underground fires in 1952 with one serious one at Bentinck where 3 men were overcome by smoke but fortunately recovered, however several ponies died.

8 brickworks and one pipeworks were in operation but demand outstipped production.


Carbonisation

  • Coal carbonised increased by 35,000 tons to 791,000 tons
  • Coke produced increased by 27,000 tons to 617,000 tons
  • Breeze produced decreased slightly to 42,000 tons
  • Tar produced increased slightly to 37,000 tons
  • Crude Benzole produced increased very slightly to 2,863,000 gallons
  • Ammonia (as tons of sulphate) same at 7,750 tons
  • Ammonia (as concentrated liquor units) increased to 64,140 units
  • Gas (sold to outside users) increased slightly to 4,995,000,000 cu ft.

The extensions to Grassmoor plant nearing completion with increased gas production sold to the Gas Board.

The extension and new ovens at Hardwick plant almost complete.

Work on the Avenue Coking Plant begun.

Gas production at Blackwell decreased 93,000,000 cu ft to 727,030,000 cu ft.

At Clay Cross there was an increase of 32,000,000 to 485,000,000 cu ft. 

Grassmoor increased by 14,000,000 cu ft to 1,518,000,000 cu ft.

Hardwick 65,000,000 cu f, an increase to 1,113,500,000 cu ft

Harworth an increase of 130,000,000 cu ft to 1,150,500,000 cu ft.

The Division holdings comprised 129 farms of 12,390 acres, 4,100 acres of agricultural lands and woodland and 410 acres of allotment gardens giving a grand total of 16,900 acres.

There are 15,430 freehold houses and 2,683 leasehold.

Output for 1952

  • North Derbyshire 16,020,736 tons
  • Nottinghamshire 20,376,611 tons
  • South Derbyshire 3,452,447 tons
  • Leicestershire 4,277,523 tons.

Increase overall from1951 of 1,145,240 tons. Absenteeism rate was high at 11.37%. I don't think that any consideration was given to the fact that men being under stress etc were suffering whilst at work in poor conditions.

The Marketing Department was re-organised from 1/8/1952 with HQ at Mansfield Woodhouse with a sub-office at Moira. 

  • Deep mined coal disposed of increased by 1m tons to 41,488,772 tons
  • Opencast coal sales decreased by 700,000 tons to 1,876,184 tons 
  • Coke increased by 19,000 tons to 601,545 tons. Coke Breeze stayed about the same at 41,916 tons
  • Patent fuel decreased by 13,000 tons to 64,417 tons
  • Bricks sold increased by 9,000,000 to 67,798,559
  • Pipes 11,387 tons sold, about the same as in 1951.

Total Inland disposals 39,634,927 tons of deep mined coal and 1,843,727 tons of opencast coal.  This included

  • Gas Works 3,664,120 tons or 8.83%
  • Electricity Works 10,029,429 tons or 24.17%
  • Locomotives and Railway bunkers 3,48,008 tons or 8.39%
  • Coke ovens 2,157,535 tons or 5.20%
  • Iron  and  Steel 1,921,886 tons or 4.63%
  • Engineering 1,068,546 tons or 2.58%
  • Other industry 5,924,783 tons or 14.28%
  • British Sugar Corporation 331,579 tons or 0.80%
  • House Coal Depots 8,821,256 tons or 21.26%
  • Miscellaneous 2,234,885 tons or 5.39%, plus 399,220 tons or 0.97% to Special stocking grounds.
  • Trawler bunkers 154,242 tons or 0.37%
  • Foreign bunkers 105,468 tons or 0.25%
  • Other exports 958,112 tons or 2.31%
  • Eire 237,703 tons or 0.57%

Disputes Settled Under The Conciliation Machinery

 

1947

1948

1949

1950

1951

1952

Pit Level

65

63

72

41

29

25

Area level

63

85137

137

148

184

128

Referred  to District

19

17

19

8

3

6

referred to Umpire

1

2

4

3

0

0

Total

148

167

232

200

216

159

Manpower 

93,977

97,786

98,131

95,818

96,709

99,283

Pithead Baths opened in 1952 at Shirland, Langton, Desford, Radford and Wollaton
Under construction at 

  • Arkwright
  • Denby Hall
  • Donisthorpe
  • Holmewood
  • Marquis
  • Rawdon
  • Moorgreen
  • Ollerton
  • Ormonde
  • Stanley
  • Nailstone
  • New Hucknall
  • South Leicester

And to start construction at:-

  • Blackwell B Winning
  • Ramcroft
  • Oxcroft 

And later:-

  • Pye Hill
  • Swadlincote
  • Bagworth
  • Mapperley
  • Measham
  • New Selston

New Canteens at:-

  • Langton
  • Arkwright
  • Alfreton
  • Ormonde
  • Moorgreen
  • Rawdon
  • South Leicester
  • Stanley

Six new Surgeries opened at:-

  • Alfreton
  • Bolsover
  • Coppice
  • Langton
  • Teversal
  • Wollaton

16 more being built giving a total of 44 now. A further 15 are planned.

8 new State Registered Nurses set on making a total of 40. There is one full-time Medical Officer per Division.

74 paraplegics and their families were given a fortnight's holiday at the Derbyshire Miners' Welfare Holiday Centre at Skegness.

3,552 new houses to be built by the Housing Association.

Part-time Day Release at Technical Colleges was

  • 1,750 for 1952/1953
  • 1,654 for 1951/1952.

Trainees:

  • 2,611 Juveniles
  • 2,754 adults completed their Preliminary training
  • 3,417 adults completed their face training
  • 22 fully reserved training faces and 389 production faces in use. 
  • 17 DPTs (Directed Practical Trainees) enrolled.

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