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Bretby Colliery Closed After 86 Years

BretbyBretby colliery (Newhall Park) (South Derbyshire) was closed after 86 years, in May 1962.  The mine was sunk 1872-1876 and owned by the Countess of Chesterfield. It was subsequently taken over by the Earl of Carnarvon in 1890 and Halls Collieries from 1920
Shaft depths: 90 yards (82m), 144 yards (132m) and 171 yards (156m).
The mine was situated to the south west of Newhall and to the west of Swadlincote.

Position No1 43/2719/306991, No2 43/2719/318975.

Bretby 1960Seams worked were

  • Eureka - 1882, 1886, - 1928,  - Nov 1940
  • Stanhope - 1886, - 1913, - 1928
  • Woodfield -1882, - 1928 - 1938, - Feb 1948,  - 1961
  • Nether -1898
  • Stockings - 1882, - Feb 1948, -1961
  • Main 8’ 6” (2.6m) – Feb 1928, - Oct 1934
  • Kilburn - 1922, - 1928, - 1943, - 1955 and - 1966, closed because of underground water. 

The pit was closed in 1928 as being unprofitable under present conditions, however it was re-opened .  Nether Main closed through exhaustion May 1962.  It was previously worked from a surface outlet 1880, abandoned 1892 and 1898, worked again 1925-1934, re-opened Dec 1958-1962.

Bretby No1 sunk 1854 worked Eureka, Woodfield, and Stanhope to 1886
New sinking No1 and No2 1893-94, (Earl of Carnarvon).

The Great Newhall sough some 2½ miles long was driven from east of Newhall Church to the brook from Swadlincote to Castle Gresley. It was circular in shape with a complete lining of bricks called barrel arching and varied from 3’ 6” (1.05m) to 4’ 0” (1.22m) dia with air shafts at intervals. Water entered the sough on the east side of Newhall Church and was thought to originate from Russia and Blewes pits. Also from the east side of Pitfield Close in a ditch called Sough ditch. The sough was cleaned out regularly in the 1950s to prevent water building up and entering Bretby colliery. It is not known when the sough was driven.

Manpower: Earl of Carnarvon:

  • 1894: 426 Eureka, Stanhope, 153 surface
  • 1895: 491 E, S, 161 s/f
  • 1896: 408 E, S 120 s/f
  • 1897: 404 E, S, Nether, 120 s/f
  • 1898: 405 E, S, 122 s/f
  • 1899: 350 E, S, Woodfield, 103 s/f
  • 1900: 334 E, S, W, Nether, 111 s/f
  • 1901: 360 E, S, W, N, 117 s/f
  • 1902: 344 E, S, W, N, 121 s/f
  • 1903: 311 E, S, W, N, 111 s/f
  • 1904: 308 E, S, W, Nether, 113 s/f
  • 1905: 284 E, S, W, Kilburn, 109 s/f
  • 1906: 252 E, S, W, K, 96 s/f
  • 1907: 281, E, S, K, W, 100 s/f
  • 1908: 356 E, S, K, W, 102 s/f
  • 1909: 366 E, S, K, W, 110 s/f
  • 1911: 434 E, S, K, W, Deep Hard, 116 s/f
  • 1912: 346 E, S, K, W, DH, 104 s/f
  • 1913: 305 E, S, K, W, DH, 95 s/f
  • 1914: 311 E, S, K, W, DH, 93 s/f
  • 1915: 209 E, S, K, W, DH, 80 s/f
  • 1916: 309 E, S, K, W, DH, 85 s/f
  • 1917: 350 E, S, K, W, 86 s/f
  • 1919: No1: 387 E, S, K, W, 85 s/f
  • 1920: Halls Collieries Ltd: 322 E, S, K, W, 86 s/f
  • 1921: 380 E, S, K, W, 86 s/f
  • 1922: 482 E, S, K, W, 99 s/f
  • 1923: 523 E, S, K, W, 96 s/f
  • 1924: 526 E, S, K, W, 96 s/f
  • 1924: 536 E, S, W, 104 s/f
  • 1925: 486 E, Main, S, W, 97 s/f
  • 1926: 391 E, M, S, W, 95 s/f
  • 1927: 476 E, M, S, W, 111 s/f
  • 1928: 479 E, M, S, W, 108 s/f
  • 1929: 458 E, M, S, W, 109 s/f
  • 1930: 397 E, M, S, W, 88 s/f
  • 1931: 444 E, M, S, W, 105 s/f
  • 1932: 377 Eureka, M, S, W, 103 s/f
  • 1933: 349 Main, Kilburn, Woodfield, 94 s/f
  • 1934: 317 Kilburn, Woodfield, 109 s/f
  • 1935: 294 Eureka, K, W, 90 s/f
  • 1936:292 E, K, W, 88 s/f
  • 1937: 303 E, K, W, 87 s/f
  • 1938: 281 E, K, W, 89 s/f
  • 1940: 266 Stockings, Kilburn, Stanhope, 101 s/f
  • 1941: 269 S, K, S, 112 s/f
  • 1942: 290 S, K, S, 102 s/f
  • 1943: 302 Stockings, Kilburn, 103 s/f
  • 1944: 268 S, K, 106 s/f
  • 1945: 303 S, K, 120 s/f
  • 1946: 329 S, K, 120 s/f

No7 Area EMD

  • 1947: 329 Stockings, Kilburn abandoned, 110 s/f
  • 1949: 367 S, 118 s/f
  • 1950: 368 S, 119 s/f
  • 1951: 381 S, 115 s/f
  • 1952: 374 S, 114 s/f
  • 1953: 358 S, 110 s/f
  • 1954: 350 S, 105 s/f
  • 1955: 345 S, 102 s/f
  • 1956: 320 S, 93 s/f
  • 1957: 292 Stockings, Woodfield 81 s/f
  • 1958: 290 S, W, 93 s/f
  • 1959: 290 S, W, 83 s/f
  • 1960: 86 Main, 28 s/f
  • 1961: 86 M, 28 s/f
  • 1962: 81 Main, 24 s/f
  • 1963: Colliery abandoned

Seams worked:

  • The Kilburn, first worked 1905-1924, re-opened 1932-1948
  • Re-opened again 1951-Sep 1955
  • Closed – uneconomical, due to lengths of haulage roads to pit bottom.

Agents:

  • RR Lishman (2150) pre 1909-1914
  • PCC Phillips (1659) 1922-1939
  • Frank M Joyce (844) 1940-1946.

Sub-Area Managers:

  • Frank M Joyce OBE, JP (844) 1947-1952
  • Jack EM Chapman (1734) 1952-1959 and Group Manager
  • Jack Godley (4130) (ex Manager Clipstone) 1959-1963.

Managers:

  • William Johnson pre 1883-1890
  • William Belfitt (711) 1891c-1908
  • RR Lishman (2150) 1908-1913 and Agent 1910-1913
  • Andrew Mein (3730) 1913-1924
  • Frank M Joyce (844) 1924-1934
  • CR Dickinson (2537) 1934-1940
  • William Wallace (2747) 1940-1946
  • Eric P Lawrence (3181) 1947-1950 (promoted to Group Manager No6 Area)
  • William Wallace (2747) again 1950-1956
  • William Tatham (4103) 1956-1959
  • Derek Smith (5445) 1959-1960
  • Ralph Rawlinson (5788) 1960-1962 (transferred to Swadlincote, later Director)
  • Alec Hindmarsh (5417) (promoted from Deputy Manager Rawdon) 1962-1963, (transferred to Manager Stanhope on closure: W Parham.

Undermanagers:

  • John Belfitt (270 service cert) 1893-1915
  • Harold Beard (5 / 2nd class) 1915-1917
  • R Belfitt (977 / 2nd) 1918-1942
  • G Bourne (506 / 1st) 1934-1937
  • S Bladen (2nd) 1943-1944
  • E Tomkinson (2nd) 1944-1946 (4272 1st class) – 1951
  • A Cheatle (2nd) 1951-1958
  • Tom Ollerton (3933 1st class) 1959-1962 (transferred from Desford, transferred to Stanhope)
  • GE Kirby (6738) 1962-1963 (transferred to Stanhope on closure).

Surveyors:

  • George G Bourne (62) in 1928
  • Arthur A Hook (63) Head Surveyor in 1934, (qualified 1914)
  • Harold T Calow (1227) (transferred to Swadlincote, promoted to Group Surveyor HQ Coleorton 1956
  • Ron Hemsley (2990), John Hope (2593) - 1966.

Fatal Accidents Bretby No1 Pit

  • R Walley (22) fall of roof 11/5/1857
  • Henry Thorbury (14) fall of roof 14/2/1865
  • Sam Street (45) injured a hand and died from septicaemia 23/2/1865
  • John Tomlinson (13) crushed by tubs 9/9/1865
  • James Cox (15) run over by tubs 18/6/1867
  • Frank Armson (69) shotfiring accident 24/9/1867
  • George Blower (24) fall of roof 17/2/1869
  • William Pepper (13) run over by tubs 24/12/1869
  • Richard Hardy (36) fall of roof 28/10/1870
  • John Tomlinson (43) run over by wagons on the surface 31/3/1871
  • Jervis Adams (43) fall of roof 5/10/1871

New Pit

  • Stephen Collins (30) fell down the shaft 2/4/1872
  • Thomas Adams (42) and Robert Hardwick (55) fall of roof 27/9/1872
  • John Astle (19) and George Copnall (50) fall of roof 20/2/1873
  • William Hobbs (16) run over by tubs 24/6/1873
  • Roger Adams (13) run over by tubs 18/7/1873
  • Thos Greaves (41) fall of roof 11/3/1875
  • Robert Blazey (20) fall of roof 4/12/1876
  • Amos Parker (17) run over by tubs 4/8/1880
  • Thos Ensor (20) and Edward Thornhill (22) fall in a roadway 12/4/1881
  • Sam Fletcher (36) shotfiring accident 27/5/1881
  • William Pegg (16) run over by tubs 2/6/1882
  • Charles Atkin (41) fall of roof 14/4/1883
  • Eli Redfern (18) fall of roof 19/4/1883
  • John Boffet (40) fall of coal 25/10/1883
  • Robert Odgett (34) fall in a roadway 6/11/1884
  • Arthur Harrison (41) shotfiring accident 1/4/1885
  • Richard Clempson (37) fall of roof 1/3/1888
  • John Webster (49) run over by tubs 5/7/1889
  • William Whetton (65) crushed by tubs 31/10/1889
  • John Crowder (13) run over by a wagon on the surface 18/1/1890
  • Charles Staley (21) fall of roof 14/7/1898, died 27/10/1898
  • William Ingley (41) fall of coal 16/8/1901
  • George Starkey (48) fall in a roadway 22/5/1902
  • George William Hardwick (16) fall in a roadway 1/5/1914
  • Arthur Redfern (32) fall of roof 29/9/1929....

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