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Church Gresley Closed After 133 Years And Merged With Cadley Hill

In September 1967 Church Gresley colliery (ex Moira Colliery Co Ltd) (South Derbyshire) was closed after 133 years and merged with Cadley Hill sunk in 1860 by Hall and Boardman.
The mine was located to the east of Castle Gresley and south of Swadlincote. Position: No1: 43/2918/324019, 378½ yards (346m), No2: 43/2918/228054 473 yards (432m deep).
In 1828 George Gregory of Repton sank a shaft to the Dicky Gobler seam 3’ 3” (1.0m) at 90 feet (27.4m) deep.
In 1831 another shaft was sunk to the Main seam. However the firm went into bankruptcy and in 1834/35 was purchased by Moira Colliery Co for £8,000.
Two more shafts were sunk in 1844 to 780 feet (237.7m) and 792 feet (241m), one being the Engine shaft.
3 trial pits were also sunk to the east.
In the 1870s Gresley was one of the most profitable collieries.
Underground horse haulage roads were around 1,000 yards (915m) and around 1,500 yards (1,370m) of airways.
The pit was remodelled in 1895-1899 and one shaft was sunk down to the Kilburn at 1,400 feet (426.75m) and the other shaft widened and sunk deeper to the Eureka 4’ 0” (1.22m)at 1,100 feet (335m).
New winding engines and wooden headstocks were built.
The first coal cutter was put to work in 1901.
In 1908 a new screening plant was built.
New pumps were erected for pumping water.
Around 100 ponies were still at work in 1919 and an electric haulage was installed.
Pithead baths were opened in 1939.
Underground locos: 2’ 6” gauge 0-4-0 DMF 50hp 1959, 4wBEF GB7 1959.
Netherseal colliery was adjacent but position of the workings uncertain.

Seams worked:

  • Block 3’ 1 ½” (0.95m) - June 1927
  • Little 5’ 0” (1.5m) - Sep 1932
  • New Mine or Stanhope 2’ 8” (0.81m) - 2/2/1926
  • Kilburn - 28/2/1943
  • Main 15’ 6” (4.72m) first worked 1830-1901 - 29/12/1903, bad trade, - Mar 1935, - Mar 1940, 1955 - Aug 1961, Woodfield, coal and bat 8” (0.20m), coal 4’ 8” (1.42m), coal and bat 7” (0.18m), clunch 1’ 0” (0.30m), coal and bat 4” (0.10m), coal 1’ 7” (0.48m), extraction 5’ 3” (1.60m) Dec 1903-1904, abandoned June 1905, - May 1963, May 1966-3/11/1967, Little 4’ 10” (1.47m) - Sep 1932, Eureka 4’ 0” (1.22m) - 4/1/1967, Stockings 7’ 3” (2.21m) -19/3/1901, 29/12/1907, 1920-Dec 1967, Cannel, Old Woodfield, Little Woodfield 1’ 11” (0.54m) coal, 1’ 11” (0.54m) dirt, 7” (0.18m) coal and Kilburn 4’ 9” (1.45m) 1937-28/2/1943 and 1954-1967 (abandoned 4 July 1968).

Manpower Church Gresley:

  • 1894: 240 Little and Main, 70 s/f
  • 1898: 274 Eureka, Little, Main, 139 s/f
  • 1900: 214 and 486 L, M, E, Stockings, 168 s/f
  • 1905: 694 L, E, 183 s/f
  • 1909: 788 L, E, 213 s/f
  • 1915: 825 L, E, 220 s/f
  • 1920: 1,012 L, E, Stanhope, Main, Woodfield, 272 s/f
  • 1925: 853 E, M, S, L, W, 240 s/f
  • 1930: 753 E, M, L, S, W, 213 s/f
  • 1935: 572 E, M, W, 199 s/f
  • 1940: 692 S, E, Kilburn, M, W, 261 s/f
  • 1945: 854 Stockings, Woodfield, 320 s/f
  • and max manpower 1,164 in 1947.

Production and Manpower NCB:

  • 1947: 470,607 tons, 1,164 men
  • 1948: 509,630 tons, 1,147 men
  • 1949: 504,684 tons, 1,065 men
  • 1950: 531,244 tons, 1,067 men
  • 1951: 514,342 tons, 1,036 men
  • 1952: 530,469 tons, 1,033 men
  • 1953: 520,150 tons, 974 men
  • 1954: max output 533,345 tons, 974 men
  • 1955: 480,733 tons, 969 men
  • 1956: 471,704 tons, 1,001 men
  • 1957: 400,637 tons, 1,021 men
  • 1958: 379,255 tons, 1,026 men
  • 1959: 422,372 tons, 990 men
  • 1960: 356,080 tons, 913 men
  • 1961: 301,434 tons, 861 men
  • 1962: 271,104 tons, 718 men
  • 1963: 225,674 tons, 636 men
  • 1964/65: 188,031 tons, 527 men
  • 1965/66: 167,669 tons, 477 men
  • 1966/67: 396,903 tons, 665 men
  • 1967/68: 326,865 tons, 630 men.

Agents:

  • John Thomas Woodhouse 1870s +
  • Francis C Gillett Agent
  • John Turner Agent
  • G Turner Agent
  • William Unsworth in 1935.

Sub-Area Managers / Group Managers: …

Managers for Church Gresley:

  • Thomas Bourne (1875)
  • RE Creswell in post at Jan 1877
  • Philip Beaumont (838) at 1905
  • Edmund W Eaton (913) at 1912
  • AE Bramley (3933) at 1926
  • S Rogers (761)
  • H Gregson (2091)
  • EE Cleaver (3032)
  • Ernest W Bosworth (4012)
  • Lionel Lees (7262)
  • Jim A Tait (5758) 1967.
Undermanagers Church Gresley:

  • John Grinhaff (2nd)
  • Henry Brooks (2nd)
  • John Kirk Sen.(2nd) (268 service cert)
  • John Kirk Jnr (2nd)
  • Jas Hodgkins (2nd)
  • Geo Cooper (2nd) 1910c
  • F Nicholls (2nd) and (1929)
  • Tommy Wright (3048)
  • HJ Betteridge (2nd)
  • Sherratt G Joyce (4827)
  • John Chris Boyle (5733) promoted to Manager Cadley Hill)
  • Peter Moulton (2nd) and (6364)
  • DE Hanson (9288) (promoted from Overman, transferred to Cadley Hill).

Surveyors included:

  • George Boss 1910c
  • … FH Liptrot (182) in 1920s-1930s
  • Richard Hughes (1015) 1930s-1940s
  • FD Tonks (1660) in 1940s
  • John Charles Metcalfe (1899) 3rd Sep 1951-1956 (transferred from Thornhill (Ingham’s) Yorkshire, transferred to Granville (Mar-Sep 1956, transferred to Area HQ, later Surveyor for boreholes in Vale of Belvoir exploration) died 2007
  • John Hope (2593) 1956-1965
  • Colin Hardy (3168) 1965-1967 (transferred from Swadlincote, transferred to Cadley Hill -1985, took early retirement).

Fatal Accidents Church Gresley:

  • William Chamberlain fell down the shaft 11/12/1831
  • John Smith (15), John Boffey (18), James Bacon (8) and Thomas Badkin (15) all killed when a boiler exploded on the surface 14/2/1835
  • Richard Badkin (21) fell down the shaft 21/4/1853
  • William Cooper (?) fall of roof 17/2/1854
  • Robert Clamp (28) fall of coal 21/2/1857
  • John Batch (39) fell down the shaft 11/2/1863
  • John Holt (27) shotfiring accident 10/6/1863
  • Reuben Bosworth (?) explosion of firedamp 5/4/1864
  • John Jenkinson (13) and Wm Chapman (14) both run over by tubs 1/8/1866
  • Henry Ward (20) crushed by wagons on the surface 16/8/1870
  • Thomas Smith (14) fall of coal 15/5/1872
  • John Ady (37) fall of roof 25/7/1876
  • Thomas Dennis (66) fall of roof 24/6/1876
  • William Wilton (68) crushed by wagon on the surface 19/7/1893, died 25/7/1893
  • John Turner (35) fall of roof 5/1/1899
  • William Statham (51) cage landed heavily 31/5/1899
  • John Henry Smith (31) hit by winch handle 4/8/1900
  • William Nichols (80) run over by wagon on the surface 17/?/1901
  • Thomas Sharpe (44) fall of roof 17/11/1903, died 8/12/1903
  • John Causer (50) fall of roof 2/1/1904
  • John Sharpe (46) run over by loco on the surface 6/3/1905
  • Thomas Gilliver (60) fall of roof 13/8/1910
  • Benjamin John Grant (17) kicked by a pony 9/7/1909, died 10/7/1910
  • William Pargetter (16) shotfiring accident 24/4/1913
  • John Bates (44) fall of roof 20/10/1913
  • William B Woollett (31) fall of roof 11/12/1924
  • Charles Bloor (c30) (See Photo) struck a glancing blow on the temple by a piece of falling coal on the face 1920. He left a widow and 5 children, the youngest born in 1918 was married to an acquaintance Albert Pickering of Warsop, aged 96 in 2013.

 

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