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Morton Colliery Closed After 102 Years

Morton

Morton colliery (Derbyshire) sunk in 1863 by the Clay Cross Co was closed in May 1965 after 102 years.  
Shaft depth was 313 yards (286m).
It was referred to as No5/6 pit, DC position SK46SW, 441095, 360376 or 43/4160/355376, 424 ft (129.2m), No5 UC 43/4160/382384, 414 ft (126.2m) above sea level.
The highest manpower was 1,033 in 1956 and highest output 390,472 tons in 1955
Situated at edge of the village of Morton, north of Stonebroom and due west of Tibshelf.
Pit rows to house the miners were built at Stonebroom.
Pithead baths were built in 1936.

Seams worked:

  • Deep Hard -1945, Tupton 5ft 5in (1.65m) -1948 and again -1960
  • Threequarters – Nov 1955 and –1965 and Blackshale 1945-1965.

A Loebbehobel plough was installed in the Threequarter seam in 1958, however the results were bad because of bad geology. 
Water was a problem and the shafts were kept open as a pumping pit, to protect working collieries. 340,000,000 gallons pumped in 1990 at 647 gallons per minute. 
There was a connection through to Parkhouse, where a demarcation point was abandoned in Dec 1960
A series of cascades for the water was constructed on the tip to aerate the water and help to remove the iron before discharging to the stream.

Manpower: Clay Cross Co: 1894: No5: 262 Silkstone, No6: 295 Deep Hard, 153 s/f

  • 1895: 223 S, 307 DH, 153
  • 1896: 270 S, 329 DH, 139 s/f
  • 1897: 211 S, 314 DH, 184 s/f
  • 1898: 247 S, 319 DH,175s/f
  • 1899: 265 Silkstone, Tupton, 314 Deep Hard, 170 s/f
  • 1900: 273 T, S, 148 s/f, 248 DH, 140 s/f
  • 1901: 289 T, S, 292 DH, 185 s/f
  • 1902: 349 T, S, 298 DH, 160 s/f
  • 1903: 337 T, S, 298 DH, 165 s/f
  • 1904: 312 T, S, 330 DH, 155 s/f
  • 1905: 309 T, S, 361 DH, 180 s/f
  • 1906: 323 T, S, 361 DH, 181 s/f
  • 1907: No5: 118 T, 40 s/f, 253 S, 90 s/f, No6: 321 DH, 51 s/f
  • 1908: 121 T, 43 s/f, 259 S, 100s/f, 357 DH, 51 s/f
  • 1909: 136 T, 38 s/f, 277 S, 100 s/f, 343 DH, 59 s/f
  • 1910: 135 T, 271 S, 110 s/f, 365 DH, 65 s/f
  • 1911: 135 T, 268 S, 136 s/f, 396 DH, 72 s/f
  • 1912: 143 T, 265 S, 138 s/f, 358 DH, 77 s/f
  • 1913: 178 T, 249 S, 151 s/f, 327 DH, 74 s/f
  • 1914: 178 T, 252 S, 149 s/f, 385 DH, 83 s/f
  • 1915: 204 T, 208 S, 158 s/f, 265 DH, 79 s/f
  • 1916: 198 T, 211 S, 169 s/f, 236 DH, 80 s/f
  • 1917: 190 T, 208 S, 167 s/f, 284 DH, 70 s/f
  • 1918: 219 T, 174 S, 127 s/f, 254 DH, 72 s/f
  • 1919: 467 T, S and DH, 119 s/f, 321 DH, T and S, 71 s/f
  • 1920: 527 T, S, DH, 118 s/f, 334 DH, T, S, 76 s/f
  • 1921: 523 T, S, 94 s/f, 333 DH, T, S, 71 s/f
  • 1922: 475 T, S, 79 s/f, 319 DH, T, S, 71 s/f
  • 1923: 478 Tupton, Blackshale (Silkstone), 78 s/f, 307 Deep Hard, 75 s/f
  • 1924: 496 T, BS, 61 s/f, 335 DH, 39 s/f
  • 1925: 460 T, BS, 89 s/f, 304 DH, 68 s/f
  • 1926: 442 T, S, 92 s/f, 322 Deep Hard, Deep Soft, 62 s/f
  • 1927: 441 T, BS, 92 s/f, 339 DH, DS, 46 s/f
  • 1928: 463 T, BS, 117 s/f, 321 DH, DS, 70 s/f
  • 1929: 442 T, BS, 110 s/f, 282 DH, DS, 64 s/f
  • 1930: 443 T, BS, 128 s/f, 294 DH, 73 s/f
  • 1931: 428 T, BS, 133 s/f, 215 DH, 63 s/f
  • 1932: 453 T, BS, 156 s/f, 268 DH, 71 s/f
  • 1933: 443 T, S, 151 s/f, 219 DH, 69 s/f
  • 1934: 355 T, S, 134 s/f, 251 DH, 67 s/f
  • 1935: 394 T, BS, 137 s/f, 209 DH, 65 s/f
  • 1936: 393 T, BS, 152 s/f, 197 DH, 67 s/f
  • 1937: 392 T, S, 137 s/f, 195 DH, 67 s/f
  • 1938: 380 T, Threequarters, BS, 146 s/f, 211 DH, 70 s/f
  • 1939: 385 T, ¾s, 160 s/f, 220 DH, 68 s/f
  • 1940: 392 ¾s, T, 195 s/f, 239 DH, 67 s/f
  • 1941: 489 T, ¾s, 148 s/f, 150 DH, 37 s/f
  • 1942: No5: 468 T, ¾s, 151 s/f, No6: 7 Deep Hard, 3 s/f
  • 1943: 578 T, ¾ s, 135 s/f, 2 DH, 1 s/f
  • 1944: 535 T, ¾s, 140 s/f
  • 1945: 547 T, ¾s, 48 s/f, total 595 men
  • 1946: app 700 men and boys.
    Morton
Output and Manpower NCB: No1 Area EMD: 1947: 281,284 tons, 794 men
  • 1948: 302,260 tons, 831 men
  • 1949: 326,124 tons, 844 men
  • 1950: 332,233 tons, 822 men
  • 1951: 344,770 tons, 859 men
  • 1952: 369,236 tons, 908 men
  • 1953: 377,397 tons, 927 men
  • 1954: 379,068 tons, 955 men
  • 1955: 390,472 tons (max), 993 men
  • 1956: 363,166 tons, 1,033 men (max)
  • 1957: 291,790 tons, 1,032 men
  • 1958: 278,231 tons, 1,024 men
  • 1959: 271,995 tons, 996 men
  • 1960: 310,944 tons, 902 men
  • 1961: 263,554 tons, 820 men
  • 1962: 255,609 tons, 766 men
  • 1963/64: 203,242 tons, 706 men
  • 1964/65: 156,317 tons, 618 men
  • 1965/66: 13,604 tons, 138 men. Production ceased May 1965.
Agents: John Jackson Agent 1887-
  • G Nicholson Agent 1920-22
  • EL Ford (3984) Agent 1922-28
  • William M Mitton (927) Agent 1928-
  • GF Gardner (1333) Agent 1940-1951
  • Len Gross (2351) Agent 1952-
  • GF Gardner (1333) Agent 1952-
Sub-Area Managers / Group Managers: JS Rayner (3077) No3 Sub Area Manager -1951
  • Ben Kendall (1944) No3 Sub Area Manager 1952
  • Len Gross (2351) Group Manager 1952-1954
  • Arthur G Douthwaite 1956-1957
  • Len Gross (2351) Acting 1957
  • Frank T Murphy (4644) Group Manager 1957-1965.

Managers for Morton: TD Croudace pre 1887-1888

  • JP Jackson Managing Partner pre 1883-1886
  • WBM Jackson (2374c) 1888-1898
  • JT Browne (785) 1898-1900
  • MH Mascall (810) 1900-1907
  • RH Ferens (1810) 1907-1913
  • PG Vickers (1767) 1913-1919
  • EL Ford (3984) 1919-1922
  • William Mitton (927) 1922-1928
  • GF Gardner (1333) 1928-1940
  • A Atkinson (2225) 1940-1942
  • I Jackson (1975) 1942-1954
  • Tom Wallace (5270) 1954-1956 (promoted to Glapwell No3)
  • IP Findlay (5651) (promoted from Undermanager)1955-1956
  • William H Southern (2602) 1956-1960
  • RH Swallow (2557) 1960-1962
  • Tom Wallace (5270) (transferred from Manager Glapwell No3) 1962-1964
  • Derek Noble (5922) 1964-1965 (promoted from Deputy Manager Moorgreen, transferred to Manager Whitwell) (brother of George K Noble Manager Teversal)

Undermanagers for Morton: Thomas Dunn (728s) pre 1887-1993

  • William Heywood pre 1887-1890
  • Philip Vardy (379c) 1890-1903
  • George Wharton (2nd) 1893-1895
  • R Bloor (2nd) 1895-1897
  • R Watkinson (643) 1897-1917
  • J Davison 1903-1921
  • F Watkinson (2nd) 1909-
  • JT Butler (2nd) 1917-1919
  • JT Rodgers (2nd) 1921-1924
  • Jack Ridgeway (2nd) 1924-1931
  • GJP Vardy (2nd) 1927-1934
  • TH Sharpe (2nd) 1931-1932
  • William H Southern (2602) 1932-1937 (transferred to Mapperley)
  • Jos Ridgeway (2nd) 1934-1940
  • Bert Wheeler (2nd) 1937-1942
  • TH Sharpe (2nd) 1940-1943
  • GJP Vardy (2nd) 1942-1946
  • George H Anthony (2nd) 1943-1945
  • E Hall (2nd) 1947-1953
  • IP Findlay (2nd) 1953-1955 (promoted to Manager)
  • Gordon C Clayton (5402) 1956-1959
  • S Wood (2nd) 1959-1965.

Surveyors included: …

  • Reg Butler (1954), -1955, later Deputy Area Surveyor North Derbyshire Area 1967-
  • Leslie Marshall (2778) 1955-1965.

Fatal Accidents at Morton:

  • Sam Thorpe (13) 18/10/1867
  • William Tracey (15) fall of side 23/1/1868
  • William Grey (25) fall of roof 18/3/1868
  • Thomas Cooper (30) crushed by tubs 27/8/1868
  • Thomas Smith (..?) 27/8/1868
  • John Neale (24) fall of roof 18/3/1869
  • James Haywood (34) fall of coal 1/2/1870
  • William Webb (30) bucket fell down the shaft 23/2/1872
  • Lewis Cawthorne (12) run over by tubs on the surface 27/7/1872
  • William Price (50) fall of roof 30/8/1872
  • Joseph Hays (12) run over by tubs 11/7/1873
  • Joseph Smith (28) 7/2/1873
  • John Butler (20) explosion of firedamp 3/4/1875
  • William Brown (15) crushed by tubs 16/6/1875
  • John Henry Edge (14) crushed by wagon on the surface 30/6/1880
  • Thomas Marriott (46) fall of coal 28/5/1887
  • Joseph Crowe (17) crushed by wagon on the 20/4/1892, died 21/4/1892
  • Joseph Leah (13) run over by tubs 12/2/1894
  • Thomas John Babbs (33) fall of roof 4/6/1896
  • John Green (53) shotfiring accident 8/10/1898
  • James Taylor (45) fall of roof 31/10/1899
  • Robert Littlewood (14) crushed by tubs 27/4/1901
  • George Adam Potts (22) fall of roof 8/1/1904
  • John Hadley (14) run over by tubs 6/11/1905
  • George William Shore (52) fall of roof 29/1/1912
  • John Sparham (31) fall of coal 23/12/1911, died 13/2/1912
  • Aaron Smedley (57) fall of coal 6/10/1914, died from toxaemia 13/10/914
  • Benjamin Cummings (46) crushed by a manrider 21/2/1916
  • Edward Butterworth (26) fall of roof 7/3/1917, died 16/3/1917
  • John Samuel Blount (..?) 14/8/1919
  • William Crier (..?) 7/8/1919
  • Arthur Tyler (35) fall of roof 28/2/1920
  • Walter Whitmore (15) fall in a roadway 6/6/1923
  • Arthur Henry Spencer (34) fall of roof 20/12/1923
  • John William Ward (19) run over by tubs 2/4/1924
  • Peter Taylor (63) crushed by machinery on the surface 9/5/1925
  • George Henry Wilson (47) fall of roof 21/9/1928
  • John Thomas Sharman (58) fall of roof 3/11/1930
  • John Frederick Cupit (14) caught in machinery 18/9/1931, died 19/9/1931
  • Arthur Salmon (45) crushed by tubs 3/10/1931
  • Henry Buckley (49) fall of roof 30/6/1932, died 22/10/1932
  • Harry Wheelock (38) fall of roof 5/1/1933
  • James R Greensmith (36) fall of coal 28/7/1934
  • Cyril Gaser (23) fall of roof 21/3/1935
  • Charles Frank Swain (29) crushed by tubs 13/12/1935
  • Lewis Ernest Roberts (16) run over by tubs 16/4/1937
  • George Parker (51) fall of roof 16/11/1938
  • Joseph Searston (48) fall of roof 11/4/1940
  • Frank Bradley (47) and Jim Blount (32) fall of roof 1/5/1940
  • Charles Jarvis (40) fall of roof 10/5/1940
  • Samuel Sydney Else (60) crushed by tubs 2/1/1945
  • Arthur Charles Wilson (62) crushed by tubs 6/2/1954
  • Cyril Joseph Stevens (40) fall of roof 2/7/1954
  • Ernest George Frost (23) caught in machinery on the surface 8/8/1961
  • Christopher Day (39) 4/5/1954.

Several Opencast sites were adjacent to Morton Colliery where the 2ft 5in (0.74m) thick Threequarter seam was extracted, namely Bumpmill, finished Nov 1954, Greyhound, finished July 1956 and Skeggerleg finished Aug 1956Strathfield drift, Stretton pit (Tupton abandoned 1891) and Stretton Small mine drift were adjacent also.

Pebley air shaft near Barlborough, (Derbyshire) was finally closed.


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