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The Decline Of The Industry Continued
After Nationalisation 1947

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1961 - Page 1


New NCB Chairman

(Lord) Alfred Robens (photo) was appointed Chairman of NCB.  He succeeded Sir James Bowman from February 1961-1971.  He had served as a Labour MP and had had experience in the Department of Energy.


Wage Rises and Equal Pay

From 1st January 1961, wage rises were implemented for NUM members.  At the same time women clerical workers doing a similar job to men were to receive equal pay.


Mineworkers' Pension

Membership of the Mineworkers Pension Scheme was made compulsory and employees were contracted out of the State Graduated Pension Scheme.


Smokeless Fuel

National Smokeless Fuel Agreement signed, however local agreements for coal still applied.


Deputies

In February a National Conciliation Scheme for Deputies was agreed with NACODS. 


Steetley Top Hard Abandoned

The Top Hard 3’ 4” (1.02m) to 3’ 9” (1.14m) at Steetley (North Derbyshire) was abandoned on 1st Jan 1961.

Workings adjacent were Whitwell (North Derbyshire) and Manton (Nottinghamshire).  There were goaf connections to Shireoaks, the Top Hard there being abandoned in 1960

Panel working was not as successful as the old stall method of working.



Bevercotes Starts Production In 1961

Bevercotes Starts Production In 1961, from the Parkgate seam with the most modern and up-to-date machinery and methods.  It was hailed as the first ‘push-button’ colliery in the World and had an underground control centre to monitor production etc.  Tower mounted Koepe winders, Ventilation by Aerex bladed centrifugal type 4.57m dia, 1640kw motor at 375rpm, 280m, 3m/s at 3,000N/m3, 2 x 24 ft (7.31m) dia shafts concrete lined.  DC shaft, 2 x 2 ton mine cars, UC 12 ton skips.  Dense medium coal prep plant capable of 600 tons per hour, plus a foreign coal bunker of 250 tons per hour.  Methane drainage was practised with 4 vacuum pumps at the surface, 108,000 cu ft /hr at 8” (0.20m) mercury.  Shaft ranges 12” (0.30m) dia and district ranges, 8” (0.20m) and 4” (0.10m).

I visited the mine and was highly impressed by everything I saw, because basically although there was some mechanisation at Teversal in the Waterloo seam, using shearers etc it was still a 19th Century pit, with handfilling methods in the Dunsil seam and low roadways etc. All development work was done by boring and firing and handfilling out. This new pit was isolated and not connected to any other. Around 20 gallons of underground water pumped up No1 shaft and discharged into the nearby River Meden.


Manton No4 Shaft

No4 shaft at 24 feet (7.31m) dia was sunk at Manton (Nottinghamshire) to access the Deep Soft (Flockton) and Parkgate.  A new tower winder with 4 ropes was commissioned to wind 14.5 ton skips.  No2 shaft, 20 feet dia (6.1m) was deepened to the Parkgate seam.  Electric winders were installed.

 


Norwood Shafts Filled

Norwood shafts (Derbyshire) were filled in June 1961. Position No1 shaft Sk4460581853, No2 shaft SK4657581856 app.


Amalgamation

Mechanisation and Strata Control merged in June 1961


Reconstruction Schemes

Major reconstruction schemes were completed at 3 collieries in South Derbyshire and 2 others undergoing reconstruction whilst a further 3 were to be undertaken to maintain output. The Area was the first in the country to reach an output of 2 tons per manshift. When the Main Coal workings from Old Copperas pit were entered from Bretby colliery in 1961 it was apparent that the workings had been flooded for many years but had been drained by the pump at Nadins pit.


Shirebrook

The Top Hard seam at Shirebrook (Derbyshire) worked continually since opening, was abandoned. A major reconstruction introduced mine cars for winding coal and long cross-measures drift to the Deep Soft and deepening of No2 shaft.


Outburst at Welbeck

Stanton Ironworks nr IlkestonThere was an outburst of firedamp at Welbeck (Nottinghamshire) from the Top Hard seam and one at Rufford (Nottinghamshire) from the Low Main seam.


Coal Injection

Coal injection into a blast furnace was tried successfully at Stanton Ironworks


Coal News And Management News

The Coal News and Management News were published to replace the magazine ‘Coal. The information published was generally welcomed by the workforce as it had production information, as well as light hearted comments about the industry in general, and details about the local pits in the area, in fact some comments in this book are from the publications.


Trepan-Shearers

Trepan-shearers were introduced, to give a mixture of small and large coals. One end of the machine had a trepan auger head and the other end a shearer disc and when worked one way gave large coals and in the opposite direction small coals.


Apprenticeship Scheme

A 5 year Apprenticeship scheme was introduced for mechanics and electricians as mechanisation was gathering pace, and the older men in the job were ‘somewhat past it’, no disrespect meant, but they were used to the old coal cutters and low voltage power.


Bolsover Winder

Bolsover (Derbyshire) No2 shaft winder was converted from steam to electric, to wind from 622 yards (569m).


Colliery Closures 1961

Shipley Woodside No 2 / 3 Merged With Coppice After 61 Years

Woodside No 2 / 3 colliery (Derbyshire) sunk in 1899 by the Shipley Colliery Co was closed in June 1961 after 61 years and merged with Coppice.

Tagg Hill Air shaft was situated near to the Technical College on Ilkeston Road (dismantled 2004). The mine was situated mid way between Heanor and Ilkeston at Shipley village. The Drift mine sunk to Top Hard at 45 yards (41m) in 1948 continued. Shaft positions: SK44SW, 444765, 344463 and 444795, 344373. Highest manpower was 1,623 in 1949 and highest ever output of 940,576 tons in 1954.  There were at least 8 shafts sunk in the pit yard.

This was the pit that I visited in 1947 (photo above to right) when I was 10 years old and vowed never to go underground again. However that was not to be.

Woodside No1 was sunk 1874
The original pit Shipley was sunk around 1817/1820 by E M Mundy down to Kilburn (or Buckland Hollow coal) at 499 yards (457m).
The Waterloo seam lay at 103 yards (94m) and Deep Hard at 244 yards (223m).
The old Woodside Tandem shafts to the Soft coal, another pair of Tandem shafts to the Top Hard at 6 feet (1.8m) diameter and only 12 feet (3.65m) apart (corf chain loops left in). 
The engine house was located between these pairs of shafts. 
No2
and No3 UC shafts were sunk to the Kilburn. 
No3
winding Low Main 290 yards (265m), Ashgate and Mickley wound 100 yards (91m) below Low Main pit bottom.  Pithead baths were opened in 1938.

Seams worked:

  • Roof Soft -1961
  • Deep Soft -1959
  • Piper -1960
  • Low Main -1955
  • Kilburn 1899-1937 at 490 yards (448m).

 A Sandvik steel band conveyor (Swedish) first of its kind in UK was installed and transported 1,200 tons in 7 hours. 
In 1949 output was 174,089 and manpower 1,623 and in 1954 output 940,576 tons and manpower 1,562. 
In 1957 coal face men 808, EBG 464, surface 298, total 1,570.
A heading in Dunsil seam was abandoned in July 1961Sams shaft.
Drift mine to Waterloo at 50 yards (46m).

Manpower: Woodside: EM Mundy:

  • 1894: 628 Deep Soft and Waterloo, 181 s/f
  • 1895: 601 DS and W, 198 s/f
  • 1896: 591 DS and W, 184 s/f
  • 1897: 620 DS and W, 130 s/f

Woodside No1:

  • 1898: 610 Deep Soft and Deep Hard, 121 s/f
  • 1899: 615 DS, DH, 124 s/f
  • 1900: 635 DS, DH, 213 s/f
  • 1901: 612 DS, DH, 195 s/f
  • 1902: 452 DS, DH, 87 s/f

Shipley Colliery Co:

  • 1903: 572 Deep Soft 66 s/f, 54 Deep Hard, 14 s/f
  • 1904: 534 DS, 100 s/f, 440 DH, 43 s/f
  • 1905: 690 W, DS and DH, 159 s/f
  • 1906: 616 DS, DH, 152 s/f
  • 1907: 625 DS, DH126, s/f
  • 1908: 706 DS, DH, 175 s/f
  • 1909: 361 DS, DH 103 s/f
  • 1910: 380 DS, DH, 100 s/f
  • 1911: 400 DS, DH and Piper 92 s/f
  • 1912: 424 DS, DH and P 82 s/f
  • 1913: 478 DS and P, 232 s/f
  • 1914: 451 DS and P, 139 s/f
  • 1915: 450 DS and P 115 s/f
  • 1916: 457 DS and P 111 s/f
  • 1917: 465 DS and P 109 s/f
  • 1918: 437 DS and P 112 s/f
  • 1919: 481 DS and P 128 s/f
  • 1920: 463 DS, ironstone and P, 126 s/f
  • 1921: 442 DS, I and P 115 s/f
  • 1922: 428 DS, I and P 121 s/f
  • 1923: 455 DS, I and P, 105 s /f
  • 1924: 529 Main Soft, Roof and P 151 s/f
  • 1925: 491 MS, Roof and DH 147 s/f
  • 1926: 513 Roof, 113 s/f
  • 1927: 563 Roof and Piper, 152 s/f
  • 1928: 543 Roof and Main Soft 140 s/f
  • 1929: 456 R and MS 112 s/f
  • 1930: 470 R and MS 117 s/f, temp closed July
  • 1931: 5 u/g
  • 1932: 9 u/g
  • 1933: 8 u/g
  • 1934: 7 u/g
  • 1935: 7 u/g
  • 1936: 7 u/g
  • 1937: 7 u/g
  • 1938: 7 u/g
  • 1939: 7 u/g
  • 1940: 7 u/g
  • 1941: 7 u/g
  • 1944:  7 sinking
  • 1945: 11 sinking
  • 1946:

Woodside No2: EM Mundy

  • 1898: 67 Waterloo, 12 s/f
  • 1899: 35 W, 7 s/f
  • 1900: 287 W, 30 s/f
  • 1901: 413 Waterloo and Kilburn, 98 s/f
  • 1902: 168 Kilburn, 25 s/f

Shipley Colliery Co

  • 1903: 598 Kilburn, 126 s/f
  • 1904: 649 K, 200 s/f
  • 1905: 705 K, 189 s/f
  • 1906: 720 K, 247 s/f
  • 1907: 739 K, 232 s/f
  • 1908: 775 K, 226 s/f
  • 1909: 1,106 K, 249 s/f
  • 1910: 1,130 K, 252 s/f
  • 1911: 1,147 K, 255 s/f
  • 1912: 1,060 K, 280 s/f
  • 1913: 1,091 K, 293 s/f
  • 1914: 1,055 K, 265 s/f
  • 1915: 880 K, 234 s/f
  • 1916: 834 K, 230 s/f
  • 1917: 800 K, 239 s/f
  • 1918: 754 K, 219 s/f
  • 1919: 856 K, 234 s/f
  • 1920: 857 K 229 s/f
  • 1921: 863 K, 203 s/f
  • 1922: 871 K, 222 s/f
  • 1923: 945 Kilburn and Low Main, 252 s/f
  • 1924: 995 K and LM, 280 s/f
  • 1925: 1,087 K and LM, 331 s/f
  • 1926: 975 K and LM 265 s/f
  • 1927: 714 K, 209 s/f
  • 1928: 685 K, 193 s/f
  • 1929: 630 K, 135 s/f
  • 1930: 673 K, 161 s/f
  • 1931: 639 K, 144 s/f
  • 1932: 672 K and P, 162 s/f
  • 1933: 446 K and P, 129 s/f
  • 1934: 454 K and P, 96 s/f
  • 1935: 367 K and P, 103 s/f
  • 1936: 379 K and P, 112 s/f
  • 1937: 377 K and P, 113 s/f
  • 1938: 408 Piper, 119 s/f
  • 1939: 400 P, 120 s/f
  • 1940: 390 P, 123 s/f
  • 1941: 404 P, 122 s/f
  • 1942: 404 Roof, Main Soft and Piper, 120 s/f
  • 1943: 469 P, 135 s/f
  • 1944: 471 P, 134 s/f
  • 1945: 479 P, 135 s/f
  • 1946:

Woodside No3

  • 1902: EM Mundy: 29 Waterloo, 4 s/f
  • Shipley Colliery Co: 1903: 38 W, 4 s/f
  • 1904: 402 W, 8 s/f
  • 1905: 705 Kilburn, 189 s/f; combine to No1 and No2 pits. No3 pit again
  • 1927: 408, Low Main, 104 s/f
  • 1928: 278 LM, 89 s/f
  • 1929: 285 LM, 83 s/f
  • 1930: 400 LM, 143 s/f
  • 1931: 463 LM, 128 s/f
  • 1932: 646 LM, 162 s/f
  • 1933: 824 LM, 184 s/f
  • 1934: 866 LM, 214 s/f
  • 1935: 886 LM, 201 s/f
  • 1936: 866 LM, 191 s/f
  • 1937: 833 LM, 116 s/f
  • 1938: 784 LM, 216 s/f
  • 1939: 650 LM, 200 s/f
  • 1940: 601 LM, 186 s/f
  • 1941: 588 LM, 175 s/f
  • 1942: 558 LM, 157 s/f
  • 1943: 437 LM, 140 s/f
  • 1944: 512 LM, 147 s/f
  • 1945: 476 LM, 145 s/f
  • 1946:

Output and Manpower NCB: No5 Area EMD

  • 1947: 700,800 tons, 1,494 men
  • 1948: 857,502 tons, 1,618 men
  • 1949: 827,047 tons, 1,623 men
  • 1950: 841,621 tons, 1,586 men
  • 1951: 858,911 tons, 1,609 men
  • 1952: 916,511 tons, 1,609 men
  • 1953: 925,709 tons, 1,604 men
  • 1954: 940,576 tons, 1,562 men
  • 1955: 935,617 tons, 1,547 men
  • 1956: 885,919 tons, 1,558 men
  • 1957: 822,109 tons, 1,537 men
  • 1958: 699,697 tons, 1,376 men
  • 1959: 532,300 tons, 1,181 men
  • 1960: 241,732 tons, 678 men
  • 1961: 90,694  tons, 240 men.  Colliery merged with Coppice June 1961.

Agents:

  • RH Robinson Agent 1886-1893
  • AD Mitton (2161) Agent 1893-1895
  • ?
  • RH Ferens (1810) Agent 1922-1924
  • R Claytor Agent 1924-1928
  • RG Eaton (13) Agent 1928-1941
  • Jack L Westwood (1543) Agent 1941-1943
  • Jim Smillie Agent (2828) 1944-1946.

Sub-Area Managers / Group Managers:

  • Sub-Area Manager Tommy Wright (3048)
  • Group Manager  P Cliff Parry (4149) 1952-1955
  • Group Manager  F Donald Davies 1955-1957
  • Group Manager 1957- Sam S Thornhill (3123)

Managers for Woodside

  • Francis Channer Gillett ME pre 1883-
  • RH Robinson pre 1883-1886, Agent and Manager 1886-1893
  • Arthur D Mitton (2161) Agent and Manager 1893-1895
  • WEC Wilson (525) 1895-1899
  • Guy Hamilton Ashwin (1930) 1899-1900
  • ATC Savage (1137) 1901-1913
  • WH Hardy (1424) 1913-1923
  • William Claytor (511) 1923-1924 (for Coppice also)
  • RG Eaton (13) 1924-1928, to Agent -1941
  • Jack L Westwood (1543) 1928-1938
  • Clarence Moore (2964) 1938-
  • Jim Smillie (2828) Agent and Manager 1943-1944 and Agent 1944-1950s
  • GS Milne (2764) 1944-1945
  • Tommy Wright (3048) 1945-1950 (promoted to Sub-Area Manager, Group Manager, later AGM)
  • GS Milne (2764) 1950-1951
  • Arthur Dennis (4207) 1952-1955 (promoted to Group Manager)
  • William Murday (4631) 1955-1956
  • David M Parkes (5431) 1956 Acting, promoted 1957-1959
  • John Hobley (2651) 1960-1961. 

Deputy Manager:

  • Robert (Bob) Haworth (5086) 1959-1960 (transferred to Moorgreen).

Assistant Manager:

  • R Evans (3926) No1 1953-1955
  • Les Dransfield (3978) No1, 1956-1957 (transferred to Undermanager Selston)
  • Robert (Bob) Haworth (5086) for 1, 2, 3, 1958-1959 (promoted to Deputy Manager). 

Undermanagers for Woodside

  • Thos Moore pre 1887-1899
  • No1 Chas Simms (2nd) 1899-1902 and for No1 and No3 1902-1905, No1 1905-08
  • C Meadows No2 (2nd) 1899-1902
  • WH Hardy (2nd) No2 1902-1913 to Manager
  • G Burton (2nd) No1 1908-1913, No1 1913-1915, No2 1915-1925
  • AE Moore (2nd) No1 1913-1928 and No2 -1935, No3 1938-
  • A Wood (2nd) No1 1915-1916
  • W Smedley (2nd) 1924-1925
  • A Hicking (2nd) No1 1926-1930 closed temp and for No1, No2 -, No1 sinking 1943-
  • George Thorpe (2nd) No2 1926-1928 and No3 -1938
  • C Clough (2nd) No3 1940-1941
  • A Mitchell (2nd) No3 1941-1945
  • Freddie W Gill (4065) No3 1945-1947 (to Pleasley, later to HMI)
  • William E Bridgett (3846) No2 1947- (promoted to Manager High Park)
  • Arthur Dennis (4207) No3 1947- (promoted to Manager Woodside)
  • R Speak (2nd) No1 1950-
  • William Murday (4631) No2 1952
  • CW Allen (4584) No3 1952-1953 (transferred to Coppice)
  • Horace Henshaw (2nd) and (3328 / 1) No2 1953-1955 (to Assistant Manager Warsop)
  • Maurice Godfrey (2nd) and (5994 1st) No3 1953-1955 (promoted to Manager Pye Hill)
  • J Smith (530 / 2nd) No1 1956-1959
  • D Dorn (5645) No2 1956-1957
  • Ernest A Hopkins (2nd) and (5684 / 1) No3 1954-1955 (promoted to Manager Wingfield Manor)
  • David M Parkes (5431) No3 1956 (promoted to Manager)
  • D McTighe (5999) No3 1956-57
  • Sammy P Greaves (5674) No3 1957-1961 (ex Teversal junior Undermanager, transferred to Denby Drury Lowe)
  • Jack Murday (2nd) No2 1958-1960
  • John E Smith (4364) No2 1960-1961
  • Ken G Edwards (6826) No1 1959-1961.

Surveyors

  • William E Martin Shipley Collieries Ltd 1938-1946
  • HL Jackson (502) 1960
  • SEG Hill (870) Group Surveyor, 1960
  • Ken E Nicholson (2202).

Fatal Accidents: Shipley

  • John Hargreaves (13) 15/8/1915. 

Other Fatals

  • George Eley died underground of natural causes. (His son Hiram Eley (35) was the first to be killed underground at the newly opened Ollerton Colliery in 1926).

Woodside, Winter 2010

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