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Colliery Closures in 1964

Blackwell B Winning Colliery Closed After 90 Years

Blackwell pit

Blackwell ‘B’ Winning No3 colliery, (Derbyshire), sunk to Deep Hard at 228 yards (209m) and No4 sunk to Tupton at 287 yards (263m) in 1873-1874 at 14 feet (4.27m) dia by Blackwell Colliery Co was closed in November 1964 after 90 years

The pit lay to the north of South Normanton village. Shaft positions: SK45NE, No1 shaft E445393, N357726, No2 shaft E445418, N357722, depth 345 yards (315m) deep. Surface level was 380’ 6” (116m). The mouth of the Low Main or UC shaft was provided with steel lifting hoods and balance chains.

Guibal fan 36 ft (11m) dia x 12 ft (3.66m) wide.

There was a single rope haulage driven by 2 engines on the surface, also main and tail haulage and ponies. Winder had 2 cylinders 32” (0.81m) x 6 ft (1.83m) stroke. The Deep Hard pit drum was a flat one 16ft (4.88m) to 18ft (5.49m) and Low Main conical drum 16ft (4.88m) to 18ft (5.49m) with double deck cages and 2 tubs each deck loaded simultaneously. 
Bricks were made in the 4 Newcastle kilns.

The pit was run by the amalgamated companies of Blackwell Colliery Co and New Hucknall Colliery Co under the guise of NH and B Collieries Ltd from 1944 to 1946. The colliery shared the Institute and other facilities with Blackwell A Winning. The pits were connected underground.

It was always a frugal pit and was renowned for its expertise in withdrawing old roadway supports for re-use. 

As at other pits in the Area, ponies were used to gang supplies to the Waterloo faces. Some pit ponies brought to the surface were redundant and sold off to interested parties for use as riding ponies, however some were never going to allow anyone to ride on their backs and they went to the Knacker’s yard.

Numerous old shafts surrounded the site. Water collected here and migrated through to A Winning.

The Blackwell sough or South Level Top Drain passed close by to the north and northeast.

Named mines around were: Hill Top, Bole Hill, Berristow, Pasture Lane, Winterbank, South Normanton, Old Blackwell, Saxtons, New Lane, Twinyards, and Meller’s.  The connection to Blackwell A Winning was closed in April 1964.

Adjacent to the colliery was a Smithy, brickworks with 4 Newcastle kilns, an old shaft and a row of cottages.
Seams worked:

  • Deep Hard at 228 yds (208.4m) -1919
  • Threequarter 1951- Nov 1964
  • Blackshale (Silkstone) 1919-19/7/1933 (? Surveyor died)- May 1959
  • Low Main (Tupton) at 287 yds (62.4m) -1937
  • Waterloo 1909-July 1896, 1903-1909, 1914-1916 (very wet and unprofitable) Jno T Todd, Thomas W Mottram HMI 4/12/1916; 1919-1960
  • Yard -1960.
  • Top Hard exploratory head –1926 strike working, surface sidings.

Highest manpower was 626 in 1958 and highest output 371,102 tons in 1956.

Manpower:  Blackwell Colliery Co: 1894:

  • No3: 324 Deep Hard, Waterloo 56 s/f
  • No4: 222 Tupton, 38 s/f
  • 1895: 300 DH, W 52, 257 T, 43 s/f
  • 1896: 297 DH, Waterloo fin July, 63 s/f, 206 T, 52 s/f
  • 1897: 176 DH, 45 s/f, 216 T, 43 s/f
  • 1898: 245 DH, 33 s/f, 244 T, 75 s/f
  • 1899: 221 DH, 34 s/f, 234 T, 63 s/f
  • 1900: 215 DH, 31 s/f, 220 T, 65 s/f
  • 1901: 230 DH, 30 s/f, 245 T, 61 s/f
  • 1902: 244 DH, 38 s/f, 273 T, 82 s/f
  • 1903: No3: 235 DH and Waterloo restart, 33 s/f, No4: 262 T, 89 s/f
  • 1904: 247 DH, W, 45 s/f, 238 T, 40 s/f
  • 1905: 232 DH, W, 80 s/f, 243 T, 45 s/f
  • 1906: 239 DH, W, 57 s/f, 280 T, 52 s/f
  • 1907: 250 DH, W, 52 s/f, 280 T, 60 s/f
  • 1908: 228 DH, W, 51 s/f, 306 T, 60 s/f
  • 1909: 231 DH, Waterloo standing, 53 s/f, 303 T, 64 s/f
  • 1910: app 200 DH, 325 T, 120 s/f
  • 1911: 176 DH, 345 T, 129 s/f
  • 1912: 114 DH, 354 T, 121 s/f
  • 1913: 211 DH, 350 T, 230 s/f
  • 1914: 624 Deep Hard, Waterloo restart, Tupton, 216 s/f
  • 1915: 462 DH, W, T, 122 s/f
  • 1916: 454 DH, Waterloo fin, T, 202 s/f
  • 1917: 102 DH, 330 T, 145 s/f
  • 1918: 99 DH, 31 W, 310 T, 133 s/f
  • 1919: 42 Deep Hard, Waterloo restart, 452 Tupton and Silkstone, 161 s/f
  • 1920: No3: 79 W, S, No4: 447 T, 178 s/f
  • 1921: 580 W, S, T, 171 s/f
  • 1922: 580 W, S, T, 173 s/f
  • 1923: 604 Blackshale (Silkstone), Low Main (Tupton), Waterloo, 181 s/f
  • 1924: 580 LM, BS, W, 165 s/f
  • 1925: 553 LM, BS, W, 160 s/f
  • 1926: 558 LM, BS, W, 114 s/f
  • 1927: 528 LM, BS, W, 151 s/f
  • 1928: 533 LM, BS, W, 155 s/f
  • 1929: 508 LM, BS, W, 159 s/f
  • 1930: 512 LM, BS, W, 152 s/f
  • 1931: 509 LM, BS, W, 148 s/f
  • 1932: 471 LM, BS, W, 153 s/f
  • 1933: 215 LM, BS, W, 93 s/f
  • 1934: 224 LM, BS, W, 92 s/f
  • 1935: 226 LM, BS, W, 93 s/f
  • 1936: 238 LM, BS, 94 s/f
  • 1937: 233 LM, W, 95 s/f
  • 1938: 222 Waterloo, 97 s/f
  • 1939: app 220 W, 100 s/f
  • 1940: 214 W, 100 s/f
  • 1941: 206 W, 95 s/f
  • 1942: 204 W, 98 s/f
  • 1943: 185 W, 96 s/f;
  • NH and B Collieries Ltd: 1944: 193 W, 104 s/f
  • 1945: 218 W, 101 s/f
  • 1946: 259 W, 122 s/f, total 319 men and boys.

Output and Manpower NCB: No4 Area EMD:

  • 1947: 111,576 tons, Waterloo 368 men
  • 1948: 143,534 tons, Waterloo 408 men
  • 1949: 170,300 tons, Waterloo 455 men
  • 1950: 201,248 tons, Waterloo 500 men
  • 1951: 249,147 tons, W and Threequarter (¾), 528 men
  • 1952: 261,033 tons, W, ¾ 554 men
  • 1953: 289,035 tons, W, ¾ 560 men
  • 1954: 318,274 tons, 558 men W, ¾
  • 1955: 320,338 tons, 444 W, ¾,117 s/f, total 561 men
  • 1956: 371,102 tons max, 601 men
  • 1957: 341,937 tons, W, ¾ 607 men
  • 1958: 319,143 tons, W, ¾ 626 men max
  • 1959: 249,233 tons, 616 men
  • 1960: 208,807 tons, 456 Waterloo fin, ¾, Y, 123 s/f, 579 men
  • 1961: 209,610 tons, 556 men
  • 1962: 181,465 tons, W, 3/532 men
  • 1963/64: 189,602 tons, 426, Threequarter, 111 s/f 537 men
  • 1964/65: 92,357 tons, ¾ 356 men.  Production ceased November 1964.

Agents:

  • J Alfred Longden (16) Agent pre 1883-1889
  • Maurice Deacon Agent 1889-c1895
  • Jonathan T Todd Agent pre 1896-1923
  • GAB Millar (87) Agent 1923-1925
  • CR Ellis Agent 1925-1942
  • Jack L Merry (542) Agent 1943-1944
  • J Westmoreland (2062) Agent for NH and B Collieries Ltd 1944-1946.

Sub-Area Managers / Group Managers

  • Jack L Merry (542) Sub-Area Manager 1947-1957
  • Jack W Smalley 1957-1964.

Managers for BlackwellB Winning were for Blackwell A Winning also for many years. 

  • John Alfred Longden (service certificate No 16) Manager and Agent pre 1883-1889 (transferred to Stanton Iron Co, later Area General Manager and Divisional Chairman North West)
  • Maurice Deacon (854) and Agent 1889-1992
  • William Elliott (399) 1892-1998
  • Maurice Deacon (854) Agent 1892- (to Staveley Coal and Iron Co)
  • JW Cutts (496) 1898-
  • Norman D Todd (3058) 1913-1914 (for Blackwell A Winning only, later Stanton Ironworks Co at Teversal then Area General Manager No2 Area at Mansfield Woodhouse
  • J North (2553) for Blackwell B Winning 1914-1932
  • Jack S Fletcher (2139) 1932-1951 (transferred to New Hucknall)
  • Horace Wenman (3254) 1950-1951 (transferred to A Winning)
  • Humphrey F Watson (4986) 1951-1955 (promoted to Group Manager)
  • Jacky P Mehers (1984) 1955-1958 (transferred from Kirkby, transferred to Mechanisation Dept at No4 Area HQ)
  • Arthur Gidlow (5896) 1958-1962 (transferred to Kirkby)
  • Len A Peach (6237) 1962-1965 (transferred to Manager Langton, later Manager Pye Hill)
  • Eric Sellars (3000) at closure (for Blackwell A Winning also) 1965.   

Undermanagers for Blackwell B Winning:

  • William Askew (595s) pre 1877-1892
  • Aaron Booth 1892-1905
  • GB Ball 1894-1899
  • FH Robinson (1660) 1901-1907
  • J North 1905-1910
  • S Millward (3266) 1907-1921
  • A Mein (3730) 1910-1913
  • HA Beard (2nd) 1913-1915
  • M Jennings (2nd) 1917-1921
  • CR Ellis (2nd) 1921-1923
  • No Undermanager 1923-1926
  • TL Nicholson (1856) 1926-1927 (transferred to Alfreton)
  • Jack S Fletcher (2139) 1927-1932 (promoted to Manager)
  • No Undermanager 1932-1951
  • Humphrey F Watson (4986) 1951 (promoted to Manager)
  • Joe H Cosford (2nd) and (5990) (transferred from South Normanton) 1952-1957 (promoted to Manager Sutton)
  • Arthur Gidlow (5896) 1957-1958 (promoted to Manager, later Manager Kirkby)
  • Len A Peach (6237) 1958-1962 (promoted to Manager) did his DPT Survey training at Teversal/Silverhill
  • Ron Wood (7435) 1963-1964 (transferred to joint Undermanager Silverhill, later transferred to Teversal)
  • E Cliff Glover (7381 - 2nd ) 1964-1965 (transferred from Shirland, then to Pleasley).

Surveyors included:

  • W Whitehouse
  • Ralph Shaw (777), Blackwell Co Chief Surveyor -1946
  • Ian G McCraight (2040) Sub-Area Surveyor signed until 31st Jan 1956 then Ralph King (2631) appointed upon qualifying in Jan 1953, (1st Feb 1956, transferred to Newstead -1964)
  • Eric Dennis (2464) (1964 transferred from Wingfield Manor) -1965.

Fatal Accidents:

  • James Poplar (22), run over by tubs 7/7/1882
  • Edward Carter, ganger, aged 15, was killed in the Low Main seam at Blackwell B Winning 20/11/1896.  He was found lying under a tub and the horse was standing loose nearby
  • John George Goodhall (62) fall of coal 23/3/1944, died 26/3/1944
  • see A Winning also as some are listed just as Blackwell.

No Concessionary Coal Delivered

A story in the Nottingham Evening Post for 29th December 1964 said that miners at the new showpiece pit Cotgrave (Nottinghamshire) had not received any concessionary fuel since the last delivery in October and some families had resorted to combing the hedgerows for logs to burn on the stoves, and some women stated that they were keeping their children in bed to keep warm.


Opencast Working

  • Cromford Canal Brinsley Thin, Coombe, Top Hard finished 18th Nov 1964
  • Firthwood Deep Soft, 34,000 tons extracted and 2 old shafts found at the extremity of the site, 13/10/62 -10/11/64
  • Lees Wood Silkstone and Ashgate 29/8/64
  • Sud near Dunston Hall Deep Soft 5’ 3” (1.60m) and Deep Hard 6’ 2” (1.88m) Piper Rider 1’ 5” (0.43m), dirt 2’ 8” (0.81m), Piper 4’ 6” (1.37m), 15/5/58 -  31/10/1964.

Inspector's Report 1964

HM Inspectors:

  • Ben Duckworth promoted to Senior District Leicester/South Derbyshire and replaced MG Thomas.
  • RF Young transferred from South Western.
  • Ben Duckworth transferred.
  • HJ Dennis promoted and went to South Wales.
  • CW Percival retired after 20 years service
  • RA Ridsdale MBE retired also.
  • S Marlow from Durham to South Nottinghamshire, also T Vaughan Thomas

Offices, Shops and Railway Premises Act 1963 covered NCB premises.

85
pits (inc 4 in Yorkshire) and 13 licensed mines., output 46,765,421 tons and 1,704,220 tons at 49 cwts oms.

20 men killed and 198 serious accidents.

Bevercotes shafts repairs finished. Underground drivages continued in pit bottom area.

Cotgrave commenced production from 3 mechanised faces in Deep Soft.

Shirebrook No2 deepening completed and a new winding house, new headgear and heapstead under construction.

Major reorganisations at Snibston, Whitwick and South Leicester and coal underground sent up Snibston drift and coal prep plant.

Surface drifts at Ormonde and Bramley Vale continued.

Surface drifts at 1in4 started at Kirkby 1.5 miles and Bentinck 1.0 miles.

New surface fans at Denby and Snibston and underground booster fan at Denby withdrawn.

Modifications made to Collins Miner at New Lount.

There was an inrush of water from old works above and 90 yards (82m) of roof on a Trepanner coal face collapsed.

27 mines were now practicing firedamp drainage. There had been 7 sudden emissions of firedamp.

There were 2,882 entrants at 8 Training Centres, 1,126 juveniles and 572 adults.

734 horses at 54 NCB mines, one licensed mine and one Ironstone mine.

At Rescue Stations there were 12 Officers, 39 permanent corps and 585 fully trained men at pits. AJ Coulshed MBE Divisional Manager.

 

 

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