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Alfreton Colliery (North Derbyshire) Closed 1968, After 82 Years

Collieries Closed in 1968: In February 1968, Alfreton colliery (North Derbyshire) sunk in 1885/86 by the Blackwell Colliery Co as their ‘C Winning’, was closed after 82 years.
The pit was located just to the north of Alfreton Town off the road to South Normanton.
The shafts were 15ft (4.57m) dia to 153 yds (140m) to Deep Soft. 76 yds (69.5m)
Cast iron tubbing was installed through the water-bearing strata then 9” (0.23m) brickwork below.
Drift at 1in6 down to Deep Hard. Winder 2 cylinders, 30” (0.76m) x 5 ft (1.52m) stroke, flat drum 18 ft (5.49m) dia.
Walker Guibal fan 24 ft (7.31m) dia x 8 ft (2.44m) wide.
Endless rope haulage driven from surface.
No1 shaft was deepened to Low Main at 246 yards 2’ 6” (225.7m) in 1957. Shaft 251 yards (230m) deep.

Highest manpower was 964 in 1951 and highest output 411,643 tons in 1963-1964.
Seams worked were

  • Deep Soft seam, bat 6” (0.15m), coal 3’ 6” (1.07m), bat 5” (0.13m), coal 5” (0.12m), bat 9” (0.23m) seam opened by stall work 1887/92-1934, reopened 1942-1946, conveyor panel work, reopened again 1950-24/7/1953, certain areas were wet working.
  • Deep Hard seam, 3’ 6” (1.07m) opened from stone heads from Deep Soft, approx 20 yards (18.5m) above, 1892-30/6/1946, and -1960. There was a Rickett gate from west to pit bottom. Pipes to water lodge in Low main via drift from Deep Soft to Low Main pit bottom.

Seam worked out.

  • Low Main or Tupton seam, coal 4’ 3” (1.30m) opened from shaft pillar 1900-19/2/1952 as stall work up to 1930s then conveyor panel work and reopened 1954-27/2/1957 to work the barrier to Birchwood and also attempted to work the barrier to Shirland, exhaustion of reserves.
  • Threequarter seam, 2’ 3” (0.69m) opened by cross measures drifting from Low Main 1938-6/1/1967, seam abandoned, uneconomical.
  • Yard seam, coal 3’ 0” (0.91m), abandoned 23/2/1968.
    Colliery closed.

The pit was fairly isolated from old pits the nearest being old Carnfield to the east and Cotes Park to the southeast and 3 old pits to the southwest including Damstead.
Four identical Mather and Platt pumps at 200 gpm with two of the pumps running per 24 hours make of water 288,000 gals per day. Total make was from all seams worked. Water made underground pumped to the surface and after closure flowed through to A Winning.

Manpower: Blackwell Colliery Co:

  • 1894: 445 Deep Soft, 61 Deep Hard, 133 s/f
  • 1895: 409 DS, 126 s/f, 55 Deep Hard, 15 s/f
  • 1896: 430 DS, 141 s/f, 80 DH, 29 s/f
  • 1897: 385 DS, 85 s/f, 90 DH, 27 s/f
  • 1898: 344 DS, 69 s/f, 88 DH, 11 s/f
  • 1899: 282 DS, 74 s/f, 105 DH, 47 s/f
  • 1900: 269 DS, 104 s/f, 126 DH, 13 s/f
  • 1901: 258 DS, 88 s/f, 156 DH, 22 s/f
  • 1902: 280 DS, 106 s/f, 175 DH, 15 s/f
  • 1903: 490 DS and DH, 130 s/f
  • 1904: 548 DS, DH, 147 s/f
  • 1905: 540 DS, DH, 130 s/f
  • 1906: 243 DS, 62 s/f, 251 DH, 41 s/f
  • 1907: 196 DS, 59 s/f, 245 DH, 46 s/f
  • 1908: 223 DS, 65 s/f, 257 DH, 57 s/f
  • 1909: 229 DS, 70 s/f, 253 DH, 55 s/f
  • 1910: 229 DS, 255 DH, 128 s/f
  • 1911: 229 DS, 246 DH, 113 s/f
  • 1912: 214 DS, 237 DH, 121 s/f
  • 1913: 495 DS, DH, 127 s/f
  • 1914: 504 DS, DH, 124 s/f
  • 1915: 495 DS, DS, 115 s/f
  • 1916: 520 DS, DH, 123 s/f
  • 1917: 479 DS, DH, 123 s/f
  • 1918: 492 DS, DH and Low Main, 137 s/f
  • 1919: 561 DS, DH, LM, 166 s/f
  • 1920: 653 DS, DH, LM, 159 s/f
  • 1921: 681 DS, DH, LM, 150 s/f
  • 1922: 773 DS, DH, LM, 178 s/f
  • 1923: 845 DS, DH, LM, 176 s/f
  • 1924: 817 DS, DH, LM, 171 s/f
  • 1925: 735 DS, DH, LM, 177 s/f
  • 1926: 664 DS, DH, LM, 152 s/f
  • 1927: 722 DS, DH, LM, 171 s/f
  • 1928: 670 DS, DH, LM, 174 s/f
  • 1929: 688 DS, DH, LM, 186 s/f
  • 1930: 658 DS, DH, LM, 183 s/f
  • 1931: 640 DS, DH, LM, 179 s/f
  • 1932: 657 DS, DH, LM, 163 s/f
  • 1933: 704 DS, DH, LM, 172 s/f
  • 1934: 689 DS, DH, LM, 166 s/f
  • 1935: 699 DS, DH, LM, 170 s/f
  • 1936: 716 Deep Hard, Low Main, 160 s/f
  • 1937: 712 DH, LM, 157 s/f
  • 1938: 746 DH, LM, 168 s/f
  • 1939: 755 DH, LM, 165 s/f
  • 1940: 766 DH, LM and Threequarter, 163 s/f
  • 1941: 733 DH, LM, Threequarter, 176 s/f
  • 1942: 778, DS, DH, LM, ¾, 187 s/f
  • 1943: 754 DS, DH, LM, ¾, 179 s/f
  • 1944: NH and B Collieries Ltd: 795 DS, DH, LM, ¾, 196 s/f
  • 1945: 790 DS, DH, LM, ¾, 201 s/f
  • 1946: 740 DS, DS, DH, LM, ¾ , 205 s/f.

Tonnages and Manpower under NCB: No4 Area EMD:

  • 1947: 315,369 tons, 921men
  • 1948: 329,567 tons, 939 men
  • 1949: 336,411 tons, 950 men
  • 1950: 341,073 tons, 941 men
  • 1951: 380,778 tons, 964 men (max)
  • 1952: 362,967 tons, 956 men
  • 1953: 400,946 tons, 945 men
  • 1954: 364, 979 tons, 954 men
  • 1955: 375,248 tons, 942 men
  • 1956: 335,681 tons, 900 men
  • 1957: 303,968 tons, 880 men
  • 1958: 320,167 tons, 874 men
  • 1959: 321,474 tons, 858 men
  • 1960: 324,051 tons, 818 men
  • 1961: 342,526 tons, 793 men
  • 1962: 387,139 tons, 774 men
  • 1963/64: 411,643 tons (max), 774 men
  • 1964/65: 387,001 tons, 745 men
  • 1965/66: 344.860, 713 men
  • 1966/67: 353,786 tons, 652 men
  • North Derbyshire 1967/68: 193,009 tons, 158 men.
    Production ceased February 1968.

Agents:

  • J Alfred Longden (16 Service cert)
  • Maurice Deacon Agent
  • John T Todd Agent -1923
  • Jack L Merry (542) Agent 1923-1926
  • CR Ellis Agent 1926-1928
  • Jack L Merry (542) Agent 1928-1946.

Sub-Area Managers / Group Managers:

  • Jack W Smalley (3722) Group Manager

Managers for Alfreton:

  • J Alfred Longden (16 service cert) and Agent
  • Percy Muschamp (101 c) 1885–1890
  • Jeremiah Rhodes (720) 1891-1909
  • George AB Millar (87) 1909-1922
  • RJ Cunliffe (446) 1923
  • Jack L Merry (542) Manager 1923-1927
  • Tom L Nicholson (1856) 1928-1958 and Eric G Sellars (3000) 1958-1963 (transferred from Cotes Park, transferred to A Winning)
  • Joe A Rodgers (4226) 1963-1967 (promoted from Swanwick, temporarily at Teversal, transferred to Westthorpe)
  • Jim S Dodd (5803) 1967-1968 (promoted from Deputy Manager Ormonde).

Undermanagers for Alfreton:

  • Jos Draycot (421c)
  • GB Ball (2nd)
  • IJ Cunliffe (2nd)
  • Tom L Nicholson (1856) -1928 (promoted to Manager)
  • A Bishop (2506)
  • E Watts (2nd)
  • Sid Vardy (4647) (previously Area Mechanization Engineer No4 Area, 1950-, promoted to Manager Shirland 1956)
  • F Gregory (2nd)
  • Jack W Smalley (3722) (promoted to Manager Cotes Park)
  • Jack F Dodd (4495).

Surveyors included: …

  • Richard (Dick) TM Lamb (2191) 1/6/1952-30/6/1957 (promoted from Kirkby, transferred to Planning dept)
  • Denis Smith (3025) 1/7/1957-6/4/1968 (transferred to Arkwright on closure).

Fatal accidents Alfreton: included

  • William McKinley (18) fall of roof 21/1/1892
  • Thomas Meakin (30) caught in machinery on the surface 2/8/1894
  • Aaron Severn (45) fall of roof 29/9/1894
  • died 30/9/1894
  • John Calladine (25) fall of roof 27/4/1898
  • Mathew Whyld (26) fall of roof 17/10/1899, died 5/12/1899
  • George William Sills (25) fall of roof 2/9/1904
  • Samuel Hickman (42) fall of roof 18/11/1904, died 1/12/1904
  • William Painter (36) crushed by tubs 1/11/1906, died 10/11/1906
  • Roland Hill (14) crushed by tubs 10/11/1910, died 24/12/1910
  • Herbert Harrison (28) crushed by a wagon on the surface 14/11/1911
  • Edgar Frearson (39) fall of roof 31/5/1913
  • William Bates (38) fall of roof 14/10/1913
  • William Stirland Elliott (14) crushed by tubs 16/3/1914
  • George Wright (32) ? 21/9/1922
  • Reginald H Allsop (14) crushed by wagons on the surface 4/6/1923
  • William H Simmons (56) fall of roof 28/1/1926
  • William Watson Hanson (56) fall of roof 25/8/1930, died 8/9/1930
  • William Wood (31) accident in 1931, died -/7/1932
  • Douglas Johnson (45) injured 13/8/1925, goitre, died 24/6/1933
  • Alec Grant (41) fall of coal 8/2/1937, died 1/3/1937
  • George Henry Holmes (46) fall of roof 18/1/1939
  • Thomas Moakes (58) fell over and injured himself 19/3/1941, died 5/4/1941
  • George William Hogg (35) fell down the shaft 19/12/1943
  • George William Belcher (?) run over by tubs 8/8/1944
  • Frank Chapman (35) ? 12/6/1946
  • Alan Calligan (23) ? 28/5/1948
  • Henry James Newman (38) fall of roof 2/9/1948, died 8/9/1948
  • Harold Greaves (56) crushed by a conveyor 12/4/1966.

There was a bad incident 3/6/1887, unknown.

 

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