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1965 - Page 2


Radford / Wollaton Colliery Closed After 65 and 91 Years Respectively

RadfordRadford / Wollaton (Nottinghamshire) was closed in April 1965 after 65 and 91 years respectively after producing 236,071 tons for the year with 527 men.

The 3 shafts at Wollaton located to the north west of Wollaton Park and almost due west of Radford were sunk in 1872 by New and Oldknow, surface level 197 ft (60m), No1 DC 14 ft (4.27m) dia, 43/5240/172400, 212½ yards (194.3m) deep, No2 DC 14ft (4.27m) dia, 43/5240/137382, 209 yards (191m) deep and No3 UC 12 ft (3.65m) dia, 43/5240/078349, 474 yards (433.5m) deep and the pit was purchased by the Wollaton Colliery Co in 1884 and merged with Radford (left), UC shaft 116.7 ft (35.57m) above sea level, 14 ft (4.27m) dia, 287 yards (262.7m) deep, 43/5441/975004 closed in 1953.

The first roadway connection from Wollaton to Radford was some 19 feet (5.8m) in error. An old sough and old Wollaton pit lay to the South West and Vernon drift and other old shafts to the South, and many old shafts to the east. Naked lights had been used underground until late 1949, one of the last pits in the area to do so. Wollaton was the last pit in Nottinghamshire to send coal regularly to markets by canal. The canal was then filled in and at the other side was a drainage dyke where several outcrops of the Waterloo seam could be seen.

Seams worked:

  • Deep Soft 2ft 10in (0.86m) at 185 yards (169m) -1965
  • Deep Hard 4ft 6in (1.37m) at 198¾ yards (182m) -1962
  • Tupton or Low Main -1966
  • Piper 2ft (0.61m) at 208½ yards (191m) – Apr 1964
  • Coal 2ft (0.61m) thick lay at 9 yards (8m) deep
  • Top Hard (hollows) 2ft (0.61m) and 3ft 2in (1.08m) at 11 yards (10m), coal 1ft 3in (0.38m) at 22½ yards (21m), coal 1ft 11in (1.22m) at 29 yards (26m)
  • Dunsil 2ft 10in (1.44m) at 46¾ yards (43m)
  • Waterloo 2ft 8in (1.28m) at 64 yards (58m), coal 2ft (0.61m) at 84¾ yards (77m), coal 2ft 6in (0.76m) at 96½ yards (88m)

Manpower: Wollaton:

  • 1894: Deep Soft, Deep Hard, 868, 198 s/f, total 1,066 men
  • 1895: 1,055 men
  • 1900: 1,126 men
  • 1903: 1,079 men
  • 1905: 1,045 men
  • 1911: 1,090 men
  • 1913: 1,054 men
  • 1915: 838 men
  • 1920: 1.019 u/g, 159 s/f. total 1,178 men (max)
  • 1923: 873 men
  • 1925: 787 men
  • 1926: 801 men
  • 1927: 700 men
  • 1928: 715 men
  • 1929: 723 men
  • 1930: 705 men
  • 1933: 586 men
  • 1935: 508 men
  • 1940: 325 men
  • 1945: 241 men.

Tonnage and Manpower NCB: No6 Area EMD:

  • 1947: 193,616 tons, 693 men
  • 1948: 283,455 tons, 907 men
  • 1949: 413,542 tons, 1,055 men
  • 1950: 545,418 tons, 1,072 men
  • 1951: 598,860 tons, 1,118 men
  • 1952: 630,315 tons, 1,250 men
  • 1953: 660,282 tons, 1,311 men
  • 1954: 621,744 tons, 1,292 men
  • 1955: 664,111 tons, 1,292 men
  • 1956: 692,761 tons (max), 1,367 men
  • 1957: 686,610 tons, 1,408 men
  • 1958: 666,386 tons, 1,447 men (max)
  • 1959: 641,313 tons, 1,406 men
  • 1960: 585,296 tons, 1,328 men
  • 1961: 594,713 tons, 1,325 men
  • 1962: 573,632 tons, 1,274 men
  • 1963: 551,179 tons, 1,009 men
  • 1963/64: 490,444 tons, 914 men
  • 1964/65: 236,071 tons, 527 men
  • 1965/66: 2,081 tons, 116 men.
    Colliery closed August 1965.

Agents:

  • George Lewis ME Agent 1884-
  • ? Dawson (General Manager of company? during and around 1888)
  • W Pattison (2016) Agent 1908-1922
  • JE Jones (3630) Agent 1922-1936
  • W Alun Jones (535) 1936-1956, pits split again.

Sub-Area Managers / Group Managers:

  • MH Young Sub-Area Manager 1947-
  • Charlie Round (2996) Sub-Area Manager 1953-
  • John K Walker (4319) Group Manager
  • Pits merged again.

Managers for Wollaton:

  • George Lewis (569) ME pre 1883-1884
  • ? Dawson
  • Job Hodgkinson (77) 1884-1907
  • A Hodgkinson (685) 1907-1914 (for Wollaton only)
  • John E Jones (3427) Manager 1914 - and Agent 1922-1936 for both pits
  • W Alun Jones (535) 1936-1956 Manager and Agent
  • Pits split again
  • J Derek Harding (5235) Manager (Radford) 1957- and Wilf Clements (5817) (Wollaton) 1957-1963
  • Wilf Knight (5224) 1963-1965 (transferred to Agent Manager Gedling)
  • Frank Dunn (5647) at closure (transferred from Linby).

Deputy Managers:

  • George Alan Allsop (5177) 1964- (transferred to Gedling).

Undermanagers for Wollaton:

  • James Granger (service cert) pre 1887-1908
  • H Hodgkinson 1908-1915
  • EO Burrows (3036) 1915-1945
  • Alan Hill (734) for both from 1947-1950
  • Frank Dunn (2nd) 1950, (to Radford)
  • B Meakin (2nd) (Radford)
  • WH John (2nd) (Wollaton)
  • William F Morrell (2nd) (Wollaton)
  • Jim Stone (4524) 1950-1952 (Wollaton, promoted to Manager Cossall)
  • Russell Bracegirdle (3202) 1952- (Wollaton), (promoted to Manager Clifton)
  • William H John (3711) 1953-
  • Derek Francis (4550) Senior Undermanager 1953-
  • EH Jeffries (5497) (Wollaton) 1955-1958
  • William F Morrell (2nd) 1958-1963
  • Geoff F Mee (7699) 1964-1965 (transferred to Cotgrave).

Surveyors included:

  • George E Fletcher 1950s
  • Ray S Holmes (3981) -1958 (transferred to Babbington)
  • Eric W Pendleton (3181)1958-1965 (transferred to Calverton)

Fatal Accidents
Wollaton

  • Isaac Walters (11) fall of ground 31/3/1854
  • John Bostock (21) shotfiring accident 1/10/1875
  • Levi Giddens (15) run over by tubs 1/5/1876
  • Thomas Edson (?) tub fell off a hoist on the surface and hit him 16/8/1877
  • James Grange (48) explosion of gunpowder 30/5/1878
  • Mathew Anthony (30) fall of roof 6/1/1879
  • William Holland (14) he was burnt when oil from his lamp set fire to his clothes 27/12/1879
  • George Henry Bexon (13) run over by tubs 30/11/1880
  • Thomas Smallwood (24) ? caught in machinery on surface ?
  • Joseph Crich (33) fall of roof 22/8/1882
  • Thomas Hewitt (27) fall of roof 5/1/1884
  • Richard Connell (53) fall of coal 22/11/1886
  • Thomas Grainger (31) fall in a roadway 7/12/1886
  • Albert William Dunn (15) crushed by a pony 14/3/1887
  • Henry Newton (33) Stallman, Fall of roof while repairing a roadway 11 Oct 1887, died 20 Jan 1888  
  • John Castle (46) fall of roof 26/6/1889, died 19/8/1889
  • Thomas Hogg (37) fall of roof 5/11/1892
  • Albert Edward Hale (18) fall of coal 6/11/1893
  • George Ward (46) fall of roof 15/11/1895, died 26/11/1895
  • Job Fretwell (59) injured his elbow 1/1/1896, died from paralysis 29/9/1896
  • William Carlisle (51) fall of roof 18/1/1898, died 20/1/1898
  • John Rigby (19) crushed by a pony 21/2/1898, died 23/2/1898
  • John Morley (44) fall of roof 25/4/1899
  • Thomas Bestwick (53) fall of roof 2/7/1901, died 13/7/1902
  • Benjamin Bennett Holmes (31) fall of roof 21/6/1903, died 27/6/1903
  • Samuel Walters (53) fall of roof 14/9/1904
  • James Broughton (49) fall of coal 16/6/1905, died 17/6/1905
  • James Watts (59) fall of roof 22/10/1905
  • John Henry Hall (63) injured by a ringer 5/8/1903, died of cancer caused by injury 19/11/1905
  • Herbert Pigeon (20) hit by a haulage rope 16/2/1906
  • Frank Clarke (48) shotfiring accident 12/4/1907
  • William Maddock (20) fall of roof 19/10/1909, died 20/10/1909
  • William Barker (55) fall of roof 28/4/1910
  • Enoch Rogers (65) fall of roof 6/6/1910
  • Samuel Hoare (58) injured his elbow 3/9/1910, died from cellulitis 28/9/1910
  • Sam Taylor (55) kicked by a pony 6/7/1911, died from a heart condition 31/7/1911
  • William Beech (48) fall of coal 24/5/1912
  • Edward Avery (65) fall of coal 16/5/1917, died 3/6/1917
  • John Henry Wall (42) fall of roof 4/7/1919
  • William Thornton (40) fall of roof 14/4/1920
  • Alfred Chambers (68) injured his hand, died from pneumonia 4/3/1921
  • Ernest Grainger (34) fall of roof 10/1/1921, died 8/8/1921
  • George Waterall (38) fall of roof 6/1/1922
  • Richard Dawes (16) run over by tubs 20/10/1932, died 21/10/1922
  • William Henry Fretwell (47) fall of roof 1919, died 6/11/1922
  • William Harry Brown (35) fall of roof 1922, died 16/3/1923
  • William Hall (48) fall of roof 27/6/1923
  • George Fletcher (31) run over by tubs 22/6/1927
  • Luke Fenton (57) fall of roof 20/11/1927, died 7/10/1928
  • Arthur Crich (56) fall of roof 28/12/1926
  • Herbert Waldron (46) fall of roof 23/1/1929
  • Fred George Baker (16) fall of roof 8/11/1931
  • George Taylor (68) run over by tubs 30/11/1931
  • John Wass Straw (53) coal fell from a tub onto his head 25/2/1934, died 4/3/1934
  • Thomas Brewster (35) fall of roof 15/7/1937
  • Charles Albert Nairn (63) fall of roof 23/7/1937
  • George Knowles (62) caught in machinery on the surface 30/9/1937
  • Claude Albert Chatterton (28) fall of roof 8/1/1941, died 20/1/1941
  • Horace Goff (61) fall of roof 31/5/1941, died 16/6/1941
  • Harry Tunstall (57) fall of roof 31/8/1942
  • John William Glover (58) fall of roof 14/5/1946
  • Owen Haydn Ellis (28) fall of roof 6/2/1942
  • Jack Toseland (51) fall of coal 3/3/1952, died 1/4/1952
  • Albert Johnson (33) fall of roof -/10/1953
  • David William Gordon Keys (20) trapped by powered support on coal face 5/7/1963.

Extracts from Wollaton Horse book: No25 Bogey 4, Brown, 12.2 hands, bought from Thompson Sep 1907 for £14, killed in pit – leg cut off, sold to Cope 6th July 1915 for 12s 6d

  • No29 Active 3, Dark brown, 15.0 hands, bought from Breedon Oct 1907 for £28, slaughtered 27th Jan 1927, sold to E Cope for £7
  • No35 Jim 4, Chestnut, 13.0 hands, from Cope Mar 1909 for £13, died of old age July 1926 all following purchased from Cope unless stated: No37 Billy 5, Chestnut, 13.0, Sep 1909 for £14, killed, old age June 1929
  • No77 Star 6, Brown, 15.0 hands, from Cope Jan 1914 for £31, killed in pit Nov 1925
  • No82 Sailor 5, Brown, 14.3 hands, June 1915 for £44, killed in pit 5/11/1915, sold for 12s 6d (62½p)
  • No85 Jolly 5, Dun, 15.0 hands, July 1916 for £50, killed in pit 20/1/1933
  • No72 Short 5, Brown, 15.0 hands, Aug 1913 for £33, died 18/7/1927
  • No67 King 5, Brown 15.1 hands, Jan 1913 for £34, died in pit 11/4/1926, twisted bowel, 13¼ years, sold for 12s 6d (62½p)
  • No97 Merryman 4, Roan 14.3, 15/5/1917 for £52, killed in pit 30/8/1930
  • No102 Duke 5, Light brown, 15.0 hands, 25/9/1917 for £55, broke back in pit, ?/11/1917, sold for 15s 0d (75p)
  • No107 Nobby 6, Black, 14.3 hands, 16/10/1917 for £52 10s, broken leg ?/9/1923
  • Duke 5, Dark brown, 14.3 hands, 18/1/1919 for £55, died in pit ?/4/1922
  • Tom 5, Brown, 15.0 hands, 28/6/1919 for £63, killed in pit 14/1/1925
  • Whitefoot 5, Light brown, 15.0 hands, 19/4/1919 for £63 (max price was £65), killed in pit, sold for £1
  • No147 Titch 5, Brown, 14.3 hands, 15/1/1922 from Breedon for £50, broken leg 17/6/1930
  • No130 Shot 5, Dunn, 15.1 hands, 27/1/1920 for £64, killed in pit
  • No132 Joe 7, Brown, 13.1 hands, 27/1/1920 for £40, killed in pit
  • No137 Sailor 4, Brown, 15.0 hands, 18/11/1920 for £64, killed in pit 23/1/1933
  • No158 Bob 5, Brown, 13.2 hands from Breedon 22/2/1923 for £31 10s, destroyed14/12/1933
  • No168 Shot 6, Dark brown, 12.3 hands, 11/12/1923 for £25, died in pit
  • No170 Turpin 4, Brown, 14.2 hands, 30/9/1923 for £30, died in pit 2/10/1932
  • No190 Spot 6 , Brown, 14.0 hands, 25/9/1928 for £30, died in pit 6/4/1934
  • No191 Darkey 5, Brown, 13.3 hands, 25/9/1928 for £28, broken leg -/10/1932
  • No193 Rattler 5, Brown, 14.2 hands, 23/2/1929 for £30, broken leg -/7/1929
  • No99 Pincher 4, Brown, 22/5/1917 for £27, put down, old age, 21/3/1930
  • No156 Dragon 4, Brown, 14.1 hands, from Breedon 22/11/1921 for £42, killed 15/2/1927 the numbers went up to 213.
  • New numbers: No10 Drummer 5, Brown, 14.6 hands, -/1/1919 for £30, Vet 44/1497, killed in pit 21/2/1940
  • No28 Jenny 6, Brown, 15.1 hands, -/12/1924 from Potter for £30, died in pit, heart, 8/12/1934
  • No ? Duke 6, Dark brown, 16.3 hands, 7/6/1948 for ?, sold to T Barker of Tibshelf for £38 on 5/8/1954
  • No ? Bill 4, Bay, 16.3 hands, 27/9/1943, cost £100, sold to Moss of Linby
  • No114 Gwilym 12, Bay, 13.0 hands, 1942, for £38, slaughtered 5/2/1958
  • No128 Jet 5, Black, 13.2 hands, 1947, transferred to Linby 21/10/1949
  • No131 Duke 7, Bay, 16.3 hands, 1947, transferred to Radford 11/10/1952
  • No ? Joe 5, Roan, 12.3 hands, 27/4/1956, destroyed by Cope 17/9/1959
  • No? Dandy 5, Brown, 11.2 hands, 1957, transferred to Bestwood colliery 6/3/1961.

A Mallein test was done on a new pony 15/8/1943. As can be seen by the purchase price of the ponies/horses when they were scarce, as during the Great War, the price doubled but spiralled to £65 each in 1919 as the War ended. Also the ponies were just treated as pieces of material. If they survived the ordeal of work down the mine and were not injured or killed they were dispensed when their useful days were over and sold as meat for animals or went to the glue factory. Fortunately for a few they were retired to green field pastures in the late 1960s and 1970s when the NCB replaced them underground with mechanical haulages.


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