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Coppice Colliery (Derbyshire) Closed After 91 Years

CoppiceCoppice colliery (Derbyshire) sunk 1875-1876 by Alfred M Mundy was closed in August 1966 after 91 years.
The colliery was taken over by EM Mundy, then purchased by Shipley Colliery Co and a third shaft was sunk in 1926.
Shaft positions: SK44NW,

  • No1 shaft 441185, 345101
  • No2 shaft 443153, 345100
  • No3 shaft 442028, 345122
  • Old shaft 443214, 345155
  • 10ft shaft 443226, 345135

Highest manpower was 1,632 in 1962, with the highest ever output in the same year of 900,930 tons.
Underground water was pumped to the surface.
Situated at Shipley between Ilkeston and Heanor and North East of Smalley.
Mapperley had merged with Coppice in 1965.

Seams worked

  • Deep Hard 5’ 2” (1.57m) -7/3/1957
  • Deep Soft or Main Soft 5’ 0” (1.52m) -1939
  • Waterloo, Ell -29/5/1923
  • Roof Soft coal 2’ 6” (0.76m) – 21/11/1939 and 3/2/1967, partial extraction of barrier between Coppice and Mapperley with a Joy continuous miner
  • Brown Rake -20/5/1966
  • Low Main -1934 stalls to 1940 when first conveyors installed, hand-filled panels to 1964, trepanner 1954, 2 shearers but panels affected by water -26/8/1966
  • Three Quarter 26/12/1953, 22½” section, heading abandoned -1966
  • Kilburn -29/9/1945
  • Ashgate coal 2’ 4” (0.71m), clod 4’ 0” (1.22m) to 5’ 0” (1.52m) / Mickley coal 2’ 3” (0.69m) –31/12/1965
  • Piper 3’ 0” (0.91m) + 4” (0.10m) top coal left plus 3” Gees Apr 1952-15/7/1966, at first a trepanner face then hand-filled, with the first shearer being installed Feb 1962, worked out.

An experimental shearer with special low seam supports were tried in both Piper and Low Main. Longwall hand-filled advancing faces in Ashgate taking 80% with 100% of Mickley.

Manpower: Shipley Colliery Co: from

  • 1894: 819 Deep Soft, Deep Hard, 150 s/f
  • 1895: 856 DS, DH, 153 s/f
  • 1896: 831 DS, DH, 174 s/f
  • 1897: 919 DS, DH, 194 s/f
  • 1898: 925 DS, DH, 120 s/f
  • 1899: 938 Waterloo, Deep Soft, Deep Hard, 129 s/f
  • 1900: No1: 931 DS, DH, 127 s/f, No2: 153 Waterloo, 8 s/f
  • 1901: 884 DS, DH, 145, 155 W, 12 s/f
  • 1902: No1: 500 DS, DH, 101 s/f, No2: 452 W, 64 s/f, 316 W, 21 s/f
  • 1903: No1: 559 DS, 94 s/f, 385 DH, 60 s/f, No2: 373 W, 22 s/f
  • 1904: 941 DS, DH, 175 s/f, 316 W, 34 s/f
  • 1905: 941 DS, DH, 239 s/f, 279 W, 34 s/f
  • 1906: 948 DS, DH, 214 s/f, 367 W, 36 s/f
  • 1907: 940 DS, DH, 234 s/f, 414 W, 34 s/f
  • 1908: 957 DS, DH, 246 s/f, 410 W, 48 s/f
  • 1909: 967 DS, DH, 209 s/f, 438 W, 55 s/f
  • 1910: 980 DS, DH, 200 s/f, 410 W, 50 s/f
  • 1911: 998 DS, DH, 183 s/f, 396 W, 48 s/f
  • 1912: 959 DS, DH, 197 s/f, 363 W, 53 s/f
  • 1913: 937 DS, DH, 293 s/f, 339 W, 57 s/f
  • 1914: 908 DS, Ell, 232 s/f, 29 DH finished, 3 s/f, 352 W, 58 s/f
  • 1915: 865 DS, Ell, 203 s/f, 326 W, 67 s/f
  • 1916: 874 DS, E, 191 s/f, 363 W, 68 s/f
  • 1917: 867 DS, E, 184 s/f, 241 W, 69 s/f
  • 1918: 850 DS, E, 219 s/f, 214 W, 78 s/f
  • 1919: 937 DS, E, 220 s/f, 381 W, 71 s/f
  • 1920: 913 Deep Soft, Roof and Ell, 234 s/f, 417 W and ironstone, 70 s/f
  • 1921: 918 DS, R, E, 217 s/f, 344 W, 72 s/f
  • 1922: 942 DS, R, E, 219 s/f, 433 W, 70 s/f
  • 1923: 1,105 Main Soft, R, E, 236 s/f, 425 W, 72 s/f
  • 1924: 1,196 Main Soft, Roof, Deep Hard, 271 s/f, 386 W, 70 s/f
  • 1925: 787 MS, R, DH, 228 s/f, 209 W, 72 s/f
  • 1926: 804 MS, R, DH and Low Main, 310 s/f, 191 W, 74 s/f
  • 1927: 952 MS, R, DH, LM, 198 s/f, 141 W, 64 s/f
  • 1928: No1: 559 MS, R, DH, 163 s/f, No2: 153 W, 52 s/f, No3: 211 Kilburn, 50 s/f
  • 1929: 874 MS, R, DH, 134 s/f, 110 Waterloo finished, 34 s/f, 621 K, 182 s/f
  • 1930: No1: 611 MS, R, DH, 158 s/f, No3: 744 K, 162 s/f
  • 1931: 693 MS, R, DH, 174 s/f, 932 K, 173 s/f
  • 1932: 723 MS, R, DH, 138 s/f, 973 K, 190 s/f
  • 1933: 817 MS, R, DH, 157 s/f, 982 K, 186 s/f
  • 1934: 824 Low Main, Main Soft, Roof, Deep Hard, 166 s/f, 978 K, 199 s/f
  • 1935: 524 LM, MS, R, DH fin, 119 s/f, 914 K, 227 s/f
  • 1936: 598 LM, MS, R, 123 s/f, 865 K, 217 s/f
  • 1937: 717 LM, MS, R, 159 s/f, 706 Kilburn and Mickley, 187 s/f
  • 1938: 763 LM, MS, R, 180 s/f, 713 Ashgate, Kilburn and Mickley, 181 s/f
  • 1939: 600 app LM, MS and Roof fin, 160 s/f, 710 A, K, M, 184 s/f
  • 1940: 501 LM, 167 s/f, 757, A, K, M, 181 s/f
  • 1941: 465 LM, 160 s/f, 747 A, K, M, 209 s/f
  • 1942: 510 LM, 113 s/f, 663 A, K, M, 231 s/f
  • 1943: 517 LM, 124 s/f, 675 A, K, M, 140 s/f
  • 1944: 477 LM, 132 s/f, 612 A, K, M, 178 s/f
  • 1945: 534 LM, 173 s/f, 587 A, K, M, 174 s/f , total 1,468
  • 1946: app 1,400 men and boys working Ashgate, Kilburn and Mickley seams.

Going to workOutput and Manpower NCB: No5 Area EMD:

  • 1947: 581,275 tons, 1,379 men
  • 1948: 595,165 tons, 1,396 men
  • 1949: 637,947 tons, 1,466 men
  • 1950: 718,219 tons, 1,459 men
  • 1951: 737,745 tons, 1,476 men
  • 1952: 777,239 tons, 1,485 men
  • 1953: 818,780 tons, 1,508 men
  • 1954: 866,672 tons, 1,507 men
  • 1955: 852,561 tons, 1,496 men
  • 1956: 804,786 tons, 1,498 men
  • 1957: 773,111 tons, 1,481 men
  • 1958: 714,418 tons, 1,447 men
  • 1959: 606,334 tons, 1,411 men
  • 1960: 677,216 tons, 1,366 men
  • 1961: 721,433 tons, 1,512 men
  • 1962: 900,930 tons max. 1,632 men max.
  • 1963/64: 869,879 tons, 1,501 men
  • 1964/65: 790,340 tons, 1,422 men
  • 1965/66: 558,155 tons, 1,195 men
  • 1966/67: 95,770 tons, 326 men.
  • Production ceased August 1966.

The picture above right shows a group of men going to work.
Agents:

  • Francis C Gillett ME Agent pre 1883-1886
  • Robert H Harrison 1886-1893
  • AD Mitton Agent 1893-
  • RH Ferens Agent (1810) 1923-1925
  • R Claytor Agent 1925-1928
  • RG Eaton Agent (13) 1928-1940
  • Jack L Westwood (1543) Agent (1543) 1941-1943
  • Jim Smillie (2828) Agent 1943 - 1948
  • Agent and Sub Area Manager Eric W Potts (2131) 1948-1950 (previously Surveyor at Bargoed South Wales 1922, went to Scotland as a repairer at Robroyston, First class cert 1927, Manager Lower Delph, South Staffs, aged 27, Manager Chislet, Kent, Manager St Helens, Cumberland, 1933, Agent and General Manager Chamber Colliery Co, Lancs, Asst Agent Chislet, Kent 1937, Agent Hardwick Colliery then Shirebrook, Derbyshire 1941-1948)

Sub-Area Managers / Group Managers:

  • Eric W Potts (Surveyors cert 621) (2131) No1 Sub-Area Manager 1948-1950 (appointed Area Production Manager No5 Area Durham, 1953-1957 No3 Area, 1957-67 Area General Manager South Northumberland)
  • Jack G Belfitt (2265) 1951-1952
  • P Cliff Parry (4149) Sub-Area Manager 1952-1955
  • F Donald Davies 1955-1957
  • Sam S Thornhill (3123) No1 Group Manager, 1957-1964
  • George Cook (5472) Group Manager 1964-1966, then the colliery was under the authority of the Divisional Production Department until closed.

Managers for Coppice:

  • Robert H Robinson (411) Manager pre 1883-1886 then Agent and Manager 1886-1893
  • Joseph Hodges (2396) Manager 1893-1895
  • WEC Wilson (525) 1895-1899
  • GH Ashwin (1930) 1899-1900
  • Shipley Colliery Co - ATC Savage (1137) 1900-1913
  • RH Ferens (1810) 1913-1923
  • William Claytor (511) 1923-1928
  • Alf Grimes (409) 1928-1940
  • Sam S Thornhill (3123) 1940-1941
  • A Machin (2882) 1941-1943
  • CAS Moore (2964) 1943-1945
  • Pits split; GS Milne (2764) 1945-1950
  • Jack Hanman (3115) No1 and No3 1950-1953
  • Frank T Murphy (4664) No1 1952-1953 then No1 and No3 1953-1958
  • Jack Hanman (3115) No3
  • Alf Postlethwaite (4750) 1958-1960
  • Pits united; David M Parkes (5431) Manager 1961-1963
  • Bas G Wright (5160) Manager 1963-1964 (transferred from Moorgreen)
  • Agent Manager Derek M Brooks (5468) 1964-1966
  • John Dow (3090) 1966-1967.

Deputy Managers:

  • Gerald Hartley (5838) 1959-1960 (transferred to Moorgreen)
  • Jack Murday (5850) 1960-1963
  • Jim S Dodd (5803) 1963-1964
  • John G Town (7579) 1964-1965 (transferred to Moorgreen)
  • Jim Wright (6412) 1966 (promoted from Mapperley).

Assistant Managers:

  • C Beedham (2nd) 1953-1955
  • Trevor T Allbrighton (3807) 1956-1957
  • Bas G Wright (5160) 1957-1858 (promoted to joint Manager Moorgreen)

Undermanagers for Coppice:

  • Joseph Hodges (2396) pre 1887-1893 promoted to Manager
  • William Longden (2nd) 1893-1895
  • Joseph Hodges (2396) 1895-1908 (back from Manager)
  • JA Hodges (820) No2 1902-1922
  • C Simms (2nd) No1 1908-1922
  • J Brough (2147) No1 1922-1924
  • A Hicking (2nd) No2 1922-1926 (transferred to Woodside)
  • ML Wright (2nd) No1 1924-1927
  • W Smedley (2nd) No2 1926-1929
  • H Gittings (2nd) No1 1927-1939
  • Clarence Moore (2nd) No3 1928-1938
  • C Beedham (2nd) 1928-1938 No2 then No3 Mickley, No1 1939-1953
  • G Thorpe (2nd) (No3) 1938-1950, No3 1942-1953 (promoted to Assistant Manager)
  • Alan Hill (2769) 1940-1941
  • A Fretwell (2nd) 1941-1945
  • H Smith 1941-1942
  • CW Allen (4584) No1 1953-1955
  • R Couldwell (5064) No3 1953-1954
  • Trevor T Allbrighton (3807) No3 1954-1956
  • TI King (5496) No1 1956-1958
  • Bas G Wright (5160) No3 1956-1957 (promoted to Assistant Manager)
  • David A Weir (6148) No1 1958-1961
  • John E Smith (4364) No3 1958-1964
  • No1 John G Town (7579) 1960-1964 (promoted from Hatfield Main, promoted to Deputy Manager)
  • Albert Knight (7873) No3 1960-1962
  • Pits united; H Hartshorn (2nd) 1964-1966
  • Ian Pilbeam (2nd) 1964-1966
  • Les Dransfield (3978) (Mapperley section) 1964-1966

Surveyors:

  • Ken E Nicholson (2202)1950s-1967.

Fatal accidents at Old Coppice

  • Wilfred Noon
  • John Holmes
  • James Draper and Archibald Bestwick killed in an explosion of firedamp 28/6/1843

Fatal Accidents at New Coppice:

  • Thomas Stafford (19) fall of roof 7/3/1892
  • Richard Statham (38) fall of side 15/5/1896
  • John Job Brown (16) fall in a roadway 12/7/1902
  • Sydney Moore (30) fall of roof 18/3/1903
  • Robert Meynell Saxton (28) fall in a roadway 30/5/1904
  • Job Singleton (68) injured his hand 25/11/1905 and died 10/3/1906
  • William Toplis Bacon (43) some timber fell down the shaft and struck him 3/2/1907
  • William E Hutchinson (19) fall of roof 4/3/1907
  • John William Hoe (33) a tub struck him knocking him into the sump 3/6/1909
  • George Gratton (29) fell down the shaft 11/4/1908
  • Henry Henshaw (47) injured his knee 23/1/1909, died 1/7/1909
  • Thomas King (39) fall of roof 5/7/1909., died 6/7/1909
  • William Welbourne (14) run over by tubs 9/8/1912
  • Samuel Prince (60) scratch 2/12/1912, died from toxaemia 2/1/1913
  • Wilfred Walker (16) kicked by a pony 13/11/1916, died 5/12/1916
  • John Taylor (65) fall of roof 7/2/1917, died 9/2/1917
  • Matthew Durrow (19) some coal fell down the shaft and struck him 19/9/1917, died 21/9/1919
  • John Burton (51) hit by a piece of timber on the surface 1/3/1919, died 2/3/1919
  • Christopher Winfield (50) crushed by tubs 26/9/1919, died 27/8/1919
  • George W Harrison (49) run over by tubs 21/2/1923
  • Ernest Humphries (18) run over by tubs 24/11/1923
  • William Riley (53) fall of roof 22/2/1924, died 29/5/1924
  • Fred W Clarence (21) fall of roof 22/9/1925
  • Alfred Brown (31) fall of roof 5/5/1927
  • Charles Shelton (21) run over by tubs 29/6/1927
  • James Harvey (48) fall of roof 28/3/1928
  • Sam Beale (29) fell out of the cage down shaft and was decapitated 21/11/1929
  • George Henry Belshaw (37) fall of roof 11/2/1930
  • Cyril Quinn (25) crushed by tubs 15/10/1930
  • George William Miller (31) crushed by tubs 17/6/1932
  • Cyril Kinney (38) crushed by tubs 18/7/1933
  • William Keightley (24) fall of roof 17/8/1934, died 28/8/1934
  • Herbert Hallam (48) crushed by tubs 2/11/1937
  • Cyril Gent (33) crushed by wagon on the surface 4/2/1938, died 5/2/1938
  • George Lawrence (54) fall of roof 12/7/1938
  • Albert Howitt (35) fall of roof 2/12/1938, died from toxaemia 29/1/1940
  • James William Watts (46) fall of roof 14/9/1940, died 14/10/1940
  • Albert Quinn (42) fall of roof 4/6/1941
  • Thomas V Woodroffe (34) fall of coal 1/9/1941
  • Harry Bradley (31) run over by tubs 7/4/1943
  • James Fenson (40) shotfiring accident 10/5/1943
  • An explosion of firedamp 28/6/1943, Archibald Bestwick (52) died 2/7/1943, John Holmes (31) died 2/7/1943, Wilfred Amos Noon (35) 2/7/1943 and James Draper (50) died 8/2/1943
  • Herbert Noon (39) fall of roof -/3/1941, died 26/12/1943
  • James Mills (58) fall of coals 29/11/1944, died 8/12/1944
  • Stanley Fletcher (24) fall of roof 4/1/1951
  • John George Brown (58) fall of roof 23/1/1951
  • Albert Edward Fletcher (65) crushed by a tub on the surface 27/5/1953
  • Clive Roy Spencer (20) fall of roof 18/4/1957
  • Stanley Vere Martin (29) fall of roof 1/10/1957, died 6/10/1957
  • James Barnsdale Birch (60) fall of roof 27/3/1958
  • Raymond Mee (35) fall of roof 11/6/1958
  • Thomas Flint (53) crushed by tubs 1/8/1963

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