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1967 - Page 1


Salary Reviews On Hold

Annual salary reviews expected for 1st January 1967 for staff personnel were put on hold. It was deemed necessary by Harold Wilson PM (Lab) due to the ‘black hole in the economy’ and nationalised industries were targeted. A pay rise was granted later in the year, however the anticipation of the annual review ‘had been spent at Christmas’! One of those things that you never forget! I remember I was utterly ‘gob smacked’ as we all were to receive the traditional letter from the Colliery Manager that Christmas Eve in 1966, to say that there was no annual increment that year. £45 per annum rise was the amount I was expecting, if I think back correctly.


Oil Seeping In

Crude oil began seeping into the Top Hard workings from the Bothamsall oil field at Thoresby colliery in January 1967 causing problems with production and would continue until May. All oil belonged to B.P. (British Petroleum) and a total of 150 tons was collected and held in a 12,000 gal capacity tank installed underground by B.P. and raised out of the pit in special converted mine cars. The crude oil was like thick runny tar and smelt terrible. The men dealing with the oil were issued with new clothes and boots every day.


Assistant Managers Personnel

During 1966/67 Assistant Managers (Personnel) were appointed at the larger collieries to assist the Manager in industrial relations work and employment matters in general. Generally they were the Chief Clerks. It was obvious that things were ‘going to happen’, particularly in this region, where men’s wages were going to stand still somewhat, compared to the rest of the country.


‘Pick Your Pit’

The ‘Pick your Pitscheme was introduced to induce men to transfer from closing down pits to ‘long life’ pits in other Areas, particularly Derbyshire, and more so Nottinghamshire.

1967 The Pick your Pit scheme was run in the No 5 area under the title of 5 to 3. The scheme booklet had the image of an analogue clock showing the time of 5 to 3. The scheme's aim was to move the No 5 area work force to the more productive long life collieries of No 3 area in North Nottinghamshire. The package included free removal service, rented housing, a financial package and more.

Phil Wyles


Teversal Shonkey

Double-deck manriding facilities were introduced at Teversal (Nottinghamshire) in January 1967 at the Shonkey shaft. Previously the one deck solid cage held only 14 men. This meant a long wait if you were at the back of the queue at loose all or knock off.

Gullick 5-leg chocks were introduced onto a First Waterloo seam face at the pit for the first time replacing the Groetschel bars and hydraulic props on the face line.


Coalface Training

New Coalface Training Regulations were introduced in February 1967 requiring that a minimum of 100 days coalface training was to be done on a face fully reserved for that purpose. It was agreed that one face at a certain designated colliery could be used for men from neighbouring pits. It was to be followed up by 40 days improvership on a production face.


Denby Hall Merged With Denby

Denby Hall (including Ripley) (Butterley Co) merged with Denby colliery (W Drury Lowe) (Derbyshire) in January 1967. Sunk near Denby Old Hall to the north of the village of Denby and to the west of Loscoe.
Co-ords of shafts: 43/3948/675206, (SK/39675, 48206), Surface Drift E439490, N348260.
Ford
s shaft 43/3949/200335, (SK/3920049335)
Bottom Salterwood 43/3948/115018
Whiteley 43/3948/940781
Forty Horse East shaft 43/4150/586632 – 170 yards (155.5m) to Deep Hard. Water was collected from several pits.

Seams worked: Kilburn

  • 18771909 and -1966, Tupton (Low Main)
  • -1953,Deep Soft, Deep Hard
  • -1915, Piper 1926
  • – 22/4/1967, Mickley 2’ 6” (0.76m)
  • 1938, -1941, -1959, Silkstone
  • -1963, Threequarter -1950
  • Ashgate 2’ 7” (0.79m) –1954.
  • Maximum output 872,871 tons in 1958 and maximum manpower 1,827 in 1948.

Manpower: Butterley Co:

  • 1877: from 1894: 194 Kilburn, 39 s/f
  • 1895: 202 K, 43 s/f
  • 1896: 187 K, 39 s/f
  • 1897: 184 K, 37 s/f
  • 1898: 171 K, 40 s/f
  • 1899: 179 K, 39 s/f
  • 1900: 176 K, 37 s/f
  • 1901: 180 K, 38 s/f
  • 1902: 174 K, 37 s/f
  • 1903: 195 K, 38 s/f
  • 1904: 198 K, 39 s/f
  • 1905: 230 K, 34 s/f
  • 1906: 215 K, 38 s/f
  • 1907: 284 Kilburn, Tupton, 64 s/f
  • 1908: 286 K, T, 68 s/f
  • 1909: 241 K, T, 70 s/f
  • 1910: 255 app K, T, 80 s/f
  • 1911: 270 K, 70 s/f, 87 T, 13 s/f
  • 1912: 292 K, 99 T, 112 s/f
  • 1913: 376 Kilburn, Deep Soft, Tupton, Deep Hard, 123 s/f
  • 1914: 307 K, DS, T, DH, 96 s/f
  • 1915: 411 K, DS, T, DH, 113 s/f
  • 1916: 493 K, DS, T, DH, 149 s/f
  • 1917: 453 K, DS, T, 143 s/f
  • 1918: 485 K, DS, T, 142 s/f
  • 1919: 551 K, DS, T, 161 s/f
  • 1920: 545 K, DS, T, 167 s/f
  • 1921: 538 K, DS, T, 142 s/f
  • 1922: 589 K, DS, K, 145 s/f
  • 1923: 583 K, DS, Tupton or Low Main, 170 s/f
  • 1924: 558 K, DS, LM, 147 s/f
  • 1925: 502 K, DS, LM, 149 s/f
  • 1926: 459 Piper, Kilburn, Deep Soft, Low Main, 136 s/f
  • 1927: 454 K, DS, LM, 152 s/f
  • 1928: 422 Kilburn Deep Soft, 130 s/f
  • 1929: 426 K, DS, 124 s/f
  • 1930: 455 K, DS, 128 s/f
  • 1931: 489 K, DS, 120 s/f
  • 1932: 486 K, DS, 129 s/f
  • 1933: 356 K, DS, 118 s/f
  • 1934: 369 K, DS, 115 s/f
  • 1935: 353 K, DS, 114 s/f
  • 1936: 355 K, DS, 124 s/f
  • 1937: 400 Kilburn, Mickley, Deep Soft, 144 s/f
  • 1938: 405 Kilburn only, 155 s/f
  • 1939:… 1940: 378 K, Mickley, Silkstone, 165 s/f
  • 1941: 364 Kilburn, Silkstone, 196 s/f
  • 1942: 380 Silkstone only, 213 s/f
  • 1943: 406 S, 232 s/f
  • 1944: 534 S, 285 s/f
  • 1945: 503 S, 236 s/f
  • 1946: 484 S, 228 s/f.

Output and Manpower NCB: No5 Area EMD:

  • 1947: 1948: 484 Silkstone, Mickley, 204 s/f
  • 1949: 300,000 tons, 488 S, M, 210 s/f
  • 1950: including Butterley Drift and Ripley 664,380 tons, 1,245 Silkstone, Mickley, 350 s/f
  • 1,531 men ave
  • 1951: 709,610 tons, 1,202 S, M, 342 s/f, 1,536 men ave
  • 1952: 711,916 tons, 1,242 S, M, 314 s/f, 1,569 men ave
  • 1953: 615,452 tons, S, M, 1,520 men ave
  • 1954: 646,550 tons, 1,183 S, M, 268 s/f, 1,511 men ave
  • 1955: 742,893 tons, 1,264 S, M, 271 s/f, 1,609 men ave
  • 1956: 812,349 tons, 1,264 S, M, 271 s/f, 1,680 men ave
  • 1957: 857,771 tons, 1,419 Silkstone, Mickley, Piper, 288 s/f, 1,729 men
  • 1958: 872,871 tons, 1,419 S, M, P, 288 s/f, 1,664 men ave
  • 1959: 810,337 tons, 1,383 S, M, P, 305 s/f, 1,664 men ave
  • 1960: 727,685 tons, 1,469 men ave
  • 1961: 647,804 tons, 1,276 men ave
  • 1962: 706,261 tons, 976 S, M, P, 258 s/f, 1,233 men ave
  • 1963/64: 772,578 tons, 976 S, M, P, 258 s/f, 1,164 men ave
  • 1964/65: 667,704 tons, 1,103 men
  • 1965/66: 510,325 tons, 1,026 men. Colliery merged with Denby January 1967 and closed March 1967.

Agents: for Butterley Co

  • Francis Channer Corfield Agent pre 1883-
  • Henry Eustace Mitton Agent 1905-1919
  • Jack Bircumshaw (2144) Agent 1919-1938
  • Montagu Francis Melville Wright (1124) Agent (promoted from Manager Ollerton, later General Manager Butterley Co) 1938-1943
  • Jack G Belfitt (2265) Agent 1943- 1946 (promoted from Kirkby).

Sub-Area Managers / Group Managers:

  • Jack G Belfitt (2265) Sub-Area Manager 1947-1952
  • Jim Wm Crossland (3610) (promoted from Hucknall) Sub-Area Manager 1952-1956
  • William Murday (4631) (promoted from New Selston) Group Manager 1957-1959
  • Cyril W Richards (5429) 1959-1964
  • Des Marriott (5671) Group Manager (promoted from Ormonde) 1964-1967.

Managers for Denby Hall:

  • William Sutton Manager pre 1883-1886
  • Sam Allsop (418) 1886-1907
  • CP Proctor (1872) 1907-1923
  • George H Riley (4014) 1924-1941
  • Alf Maddox (2385) 1941-1942 (transferred to Kirkby, later Sub-Area Manager)
  • Hubert Hyde (2411) 1942-1950 (transferred to Kirkby)
  • Arthur Benford (2279) 1950-1953
  • Cyril W Richards (5429) 1953-1959 (promoted to Group Manager)
  • Stan Hayes (4214) 1959-1960  (transferred from Selston, transferred to Denby Drury Lowe)
  • Agent/Manager Ronnie CH Hamilton (4441) 1960-1967 (transferred to Agent/Manager Ormonde)
  • Piper seam closed 22nd Apr, Acting Manager Jack Murday (5850)
  • Jim S Dodd (5803) 1967.

Deputy Manager:

  • Derek M Wright (5161) 1959-1961
  • Derek Noble (5922) 1961-1962
  • Jim Murday (5850) 1963-67.

Assistant Managers:

  • John R Trevorrow (3666) 1953- (to No5 Area Safety Engineer)
  • Des Marriott (5671) 1957
  • Derek M Wright (5161) 1958 (promoted to Deputy Manager).

Undermanagers for Denby Hall:

  • James Tagg pre 1877-1888
  • Thos Tagg (service cert 300) 1888-1893 (transferred to Butterley Park No5)
  • A Millhouse 1893-1894
  • T Brown 1894-1898
  • William Mellors 1898-1902
  • J Smith 1902-1903
  • H Bailey 1903-1906
  • Zac Henshaw (331–2nd) 1906-1926
  • TW Parkin (2nd) 1926-1936
  • S Clarke (2nd) 1936-1942
  • Ernest A Hopkins (5042 / 2 and 5684 / 1) 1942-1949 (later Manager Swanwick)
  • M McPherson (2nd) (Ripley) 1950-1952
  • S Wyld (2nd) (Ripley) 1952-
  • Jim S Dodd (5803) 1957- (promoted from Asst Undermanager, promoted to Deputy Manager Moorgreen)
  • GL Goff (2nd and 5897 /1) (Ripley) 1957-1959
  • Denby Hall WJ Belfitt (7208) 1959-1960
  • E Hutchinson (7517) 1960-1962 (Ripley)
  • Ripley Geoff Wright (7334) 1959-1961
  • Denby Hall Frank Moore (6808) 1967-1968 (transferred to Denby Drury Lowe)
  • Sammy P Greaves (5679) (transferred from Denby Drury Lowe) 1967.
  • Assistant Undermanager Jim S Dodd (5803) 1957-.

Surveyors included: …

  • TJ Rees (1526)
  • Denis Smith (3025) (temp at closure).

Fatal Accidents for Denby Hall:

  • Ernest Meakin (..?) 8/4/1872
  • James Handbury (43) fell into engine crank 4/7/1888
  • Henry Hunt (33) fall of roof 20/3/1891, died 2/5/1991
  • Joseph Daykin (48) crushed by cage 27/9/1992
  • Abraham Walker (44) fall of roof 12/4/1904, died 25/5/1905
  • Arthur Taylor (18) caught in a cutter 9/4/1915, died 30/4/1915
  • Fred Reggott (15) fall of roof 25/6/1915
  • Joseph Walker (51) caught in machinery 8/12/1916
  • George Daniels (30) fall of coal 17/3/1917, died 22/4/1917
  • Joseph Straw (34) leg injury 1911, died 23/1/1922
  • Benjamin North (37) fall of roof 17/11/1924
  • Henry Searson (22) fall of roof 10/7/1925
  • John Thomas Parker (37) fall of roof -/1/1926
  • Fred Allen (31) fall of roof 23/2/1931
  • John W Watson (14) crushed by tubs 2/7/1931
  • Ernest Meakin (34) 18/6/1937, died 1/8/1937
  • Arthur Tarr (66) run over by tubs 24/8/1944
  • Barry Barsley (20) run over by tubs 12/5/1948
  • There was an horrific accident on 9/5/1951 when 5 men including a Deputy were buried under a large fall of roof and killed whilst turning a Meco-Moore cutter loader, they were William Chamberlain (48), Alf Spencer (51), Eric Bailey (35), Joseph Armstrong (37), Roy Bowmer (23)
  • Arthur Bull (50) fall of roof 22/8/1951
  • John Hedley Parkin (41) fall of roof 5/11/1952
  • Cyril Sutton (44) fall of roof 5/11/1955
  • Charles Robert Cresswell (55) dumper overturned and fell into a slurry pond on the tip 10/2/1962
  • Charles Wawell (57) fall of roof 21/4/1967.

Old Pits

Numerous shafts surrounded the mine: Named pits included: Denby, Top Salterwood, Calley, Brickyard, Whiteley, Parkgate, Wagtail, Old Alder, Robey Field, Brook, Rough Close, Old Stonehouse, Yew Tree pits, Denby Old Hall, Hill Croft and Bottom Salterwood.

A plan of Deep Hard at 1,2,3,4,shafts at Manners (Derbyshire) finished 24/4/1933 plus 2 shafts to North East stating 151 yards (138m) to Deep Hard. The plan was deposited in 1967 and noted as 2/3/1967 Surveyor (cert no 2002) but not signed. This is another example of an abandonment plan not being deposited within the correct time period, i.e. not later than June 1934.


Details of Some Old Shafts

  • Woodside No2 ... 17' 0" dia, 1898 to Piper 248 yards
  • Woodside No3 ... 14' 0" dia, 1899to Low Main 287 yards
  • Woodside Sam's pit... 7' 6" dia, 1820
  • Shipley Field ... 10' 0" dia, 1835
    3 shafts filled and one capped
  • Coppice No1 ... 13' 0" dia, 1875c, Deep Hard 206 yards
  • Coppice No2 (old No4) ... 10' 0" dia, 1876
  • Coppice No3 ... 19' 0" dia, 1928, Mickley 355 yards
  • Manners No1 ... 14' 0" dia 1877, Low Main 183 yards
  • Manners No2 ... 14' 0" dia 1877
  • Mapperley No1 ... 13' 0" dia, 1872 to Deep Hard
  • Mapperley No2 ... 14' 0" dia, 1872, deepened 1890
  • Mapperley No3 ... 10' 0" dia, 1972, 1890
  • West Hallam ... 14' 0" dia, 1890
  • Stanley No1 ... 15' 0" dia, 1903
  • Stanley No2 ... 10' 0" dia, 1900
  • Exit shaft ... 6' 0" dia ... 11 yards to Low Main
  • Cossall No1 ...  10' 0" dia, 1870
  • Cossall No2 ...  15' 6" dia, 1870
  • Oakwood Grange Ventilation shaft ... 4' 0" dia
  • High Holborn No1 ... 8' 6" dia
  • High Holborn No2 ... 7' 3" dia
  • Turkey Field No1 ... 12' 0" dia, 1848
  • Turkey Field No2 ...  8' 0" dia
  • Trowell Moor No1 ... 1890
  • Trowell Moor No2... 1890c
  • Ballooon Houses ... 7' 0" dia to Deep Hard
  • Pye Hill No1 ... 14' 6" dia, 1875, DC
  • Pye Hill No2 ... 10' 0" dia, 1875, UC
  • Pye Hill No3,,,old Ironstone shaft, Deep Soft, 154 yards
  • New Selston No1 ... 14' 6" dia, 1893
  • New Selston No2 ... 14' 6" dia
  • Redgates ... 8' 0" dia
  • Soft Coal shaft
  • Denby New Winnings ... 13' 0" dia, 1868
  • Denby Kilburn ... 15' 0" dia, 1880
  • Denby ... 12' 0" dia, 1839, Kilburn 158 yards
  • Denby Hall No1 ... 15' 0" dia, 1875, Mickley 245 yards
  • Denby Hall No2 ... 15' 0" dia, 1875
  • Salterwood ... c 8' 0" dia
  • Pentrich Speedwell ... 8' 0" dia, 1880
  • Ripley No1 ... 10' 0" dia, 1846
  • Ripley No3 ... 15' 0" dia, 1863, Low Main at 256 yards
  • Upper Hartshay
  • Fords ... c 9' 0" dia
  • Western ...  c 10' 0" dia, 1845
  • Ormonde No1 ... 15' 0" dia, 1908, Blackshale 254 yards
  • Ormonde No2 ... 15' 0" dia, 1908, Blackshale 247 yards
  • New Langley No1 ... 10' 0" dia, 1862
  • New Langley No2 ...   9' 3" dia, 1862
  • Bailey Brook ... 15' 0" dia, 1918
  • Lodge No1 ... 13' 0" dia, 1873, Blackshale 120 yards
  • Lodge No2 ... 13' 9" dia, 1873
  • Moorgreen No1 ... 13' 6" dia, 1866/1868, Deep Hard 288 yards
  • Moorgreen No2 ... 13' 6" dia, 1866/1868, Low Main 335 yards
  • Moorgreen No3 ... 12' 0" dia, 1865
  • High Park No1 ... 10' 0" dia, 1854
  • High Park No2 ... 10' 0" dia, 1854   both filled 1957
  • Watnall No1 ... 10' 0" dia, 1872/1875c ... stopped coal turning 1950
  • Watnall No2 ... 10' 0" dia, 1872/1875 c
  • Watnall No3 ... 12' 0" dia, 1873, UC
  • Selston (Underwood) ... 14' 9" dia, 1879/1880, UC
  • Brinsley No1 ... 9' 0" dia, 1872... from June 1924 coal wound at Moorgreen, then from 1946 coal wound at Selston
  • Brinsley No2 ... 9' 0" dia, 1872
  • Pollington ... c 10' 0", 1876
  • Plumptre ... c 10' 0", 1851

 Details of old Drifts

  • Woodside No1 ... 12' x 10' ... 1948
  • Stanley No2 ... Hillside drift ... 10' 0" x 8' 0" ... 1938
  • Flamstead ... 8' x 7', 1952
  • Denby Hall ... 15' x 10', 1949
  • Moorgreen ... 12' x 8', 1in3, 1943
  • Cossall ... 9' x 7', 1935
  • Oakwood ... 9' x 7',  1in3, 1944
  • Robinettes ... 12' x 9', 1954
  • Pyehill Tunnel ... c 10' 0" x 9' 0" ... 1in3 ...1864
  • Pyehill drift ... 12' x 9' 0" ...  iin3.75 ... 1966/1967
  • Ormonde ... 1965

Bevercotes Began Production

The first face at Bevercotes (Nottinghamshire) began production in February 1967 in the Parkgate seam.  The mine had taken a long time to get into production, due to shaft deepening and then shaft problems etc.


Continental Shifts

Production resumed under revolutionary conditions, the so called ‘continental shifts’, working 18 shifts over 7 days, with rotating days off, however it would be doomed to failure as it was not liked by both management and mineworkers alike. It was the first pit in Britain to adopt this system. Bevercotes was the first pit in the world planned for a complete and integrated system of control and automatic control. It never lived up to the promises made.


Thoresby’s 15th Million Tons

Thoresby (Nottinghamshire) produced over 1½ million tons for the year 1966-1967 with 1,520,587 tons and 1,683 men.  It was the pit’s 15th million tons of saleable coal in a year.


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