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1968 - Page 5


Selston Colliery (South Nottinghamshire) Closed For Production
And Workings Split, 1968, After 76 Years

Image From 'Britain From Above'

Selston colliery (South Nottinghamshire) shaft sunk in 1852 by Barber Walker and Co as Underwood colliery, being sunk at Underwood, finished as a production unit after 76 years and was closed in March 1968, half the workings were split up and transferred to Pye Hill and the South East workings merged with Moorgreen.
Surface level at Underwood was 444’ 9” (135.5m).
DC Shaft depth 332 yards (303.6m).
Old named pits surrounding Selston included Willey Lane, Brinsley, Pollington, Plain Spot, Underwood, Deeps and Willey Wood. (New Brinsley Water Level passed nearby.)
Pithead baths were opened in 1956.
Water made from Selston and its connections was pumped to the surface but after closure migrated through Moorgreen to Bentinck water lodge.
Following the successful ROLF face (Remotely Operated Longwall Face) at Ormonde a similar unit was installed at Selston with mixed results. Automated runs of the face machine were made on numerous occasions but not on a regular basis.

Seams worked:

  • Top Hard - 1844
  • Deep Hard - 1844 and - 1864 and 1874 - 29/6/1936 and 12/5/1962
  • Deep Soft 332 yards (303.5m) - 1844 and - 29/7/1932 (3’ 5” (1.04m) + sloome and clunch),
    (and head driven in 1977 at Pye Hill)
  • Low Main 1920? - 2/9/1964
  • Tunnel pit and New Selston Deep Soft - 1921.

Manpower: Barber, Walker and Co

  • 1894: Deep Soft 400, s/f 69, total 469
  • 1895: 466 men
  • 1900: 434 men
  • 1903: 461 men
  • 1905: 554 men
  • 1911: 872 men
  • 1913: Deep Soft and Deep Hard 866 men
  • 1915: 836 men:
  • 1920: Deep Soft 460, Deep Hard 330, s/f 118, total 908 men
  • 1923: Deep Soft, Deep Hard, Low Main 755, s/f 115, total 870 men
  • 1925: 1,077 men (max)
  • 1926: 875 men
  • 1927: 813 men
  • 1928: 715 men
  • 1929: 675 men
  • 1930: 687 men:
  • 1933: 368 men
  • 1935: 461 men
  • 1940: 293 men
  • 1945: 298 men
  • 1946: 93 facemen, 124 elsewhere underground and 58 on the surface giving a total of 275 men and boys.

Tonnage and Manpower NCB: No5 Area EMD:

  • 1947: 234,859 tons, 692 men
  • 1948: 240,179 tons, 721 men
  • 1949: 219,887 tons, 670 men
  • 1950: 293,062 tons, 695 men
  • 1951: 298,172 tons, 717 men
  • 1952: 259,559 tons, 702 men
  • 1953: 332,317 tons, 696 men
  • 1954: 291,042 tons, 671 men
  • 1955: 290,434 tons, 671 men
  • 1956: 281,653 tons, 696 men
  • 1957: 379,473 tons, 720 men
  • 1958: 431,160 tons, 742 men
  • 1959: 451,664 tons, 736 men
  • 1960: 437,574 tons, 760 men
  • 1961: 491,191 tons, 766 men (max)
  • 1962: 516,427 tons, 759 men
  • 1963: 542,054 tons, 764 men
  • 1963/64: 538,342 tons, 761 men
  • 1964/65: 548,595 tons (max), 738 men
  • 1965/66: 540,410 tons, 736 men
  • 1966/67: 516,099 tons, 712 men
  • South Nottinghamshire 1967/68: 517,010 tons, 727 men.
    Remaining coal reserves reallocated to Moorgreen and Pye Hill Collieries in 1968.

Agents:

  • Robert Harrison Agent pre 1883 - 1886
  • Edward Linley Agent 1886 -
  • John William Fryar (349) Agent 1908 - 1913
  • Len C Hodges (2548) Agent 1913 - 1916
  • CW Phillips Agent 1916 - 1919
  • RD Robinson Agent 1919 - 1929
  • John R Harrison Agent 1930 - 1946
  • Jack H Pedley (2182) Agent 1947 -
  • Sam S Thornhill (3123) Agent 1952 -

Sub - Area Managers / Group Managers:

  • Jack H Pedley (2182) Sub - Area Manager 1947 - 1952
  • Tommy Wright (3048) Sub - Area Manager 1952 -
  • Jim H Stone (4524) Group Manager 1956 -
  • Arthur Dennis (4207) Group Manager 1964 - 1966

Managers for Selston (Underwood):

  • William Weston Manager pre 1883 - 1886
  • William Chambers (437) Manager 1886 - 1907
  • General Manager of Co Robert Harrison 1886 -
  • Len C Hodges (2548) 1907 - 1913
  • CF Hoyle (24) 1913 - 1915
  • John R Harrison (994) Manager 1915 - 1918
  • RD Robinson (1094) Manager 1918 - 1919 and Agent 1919 - 1929
  • ER Lindley (3274) Manager 1920 - 1924
  • J Lea (910) Manager 1924 - 1943
  • Jack Hanman (3115) Manager 1943 - 1949
  • C Potts (93) 1949 - 1953
  • Charlie W Dickens (4208) Manager 1953 -
  • Stan Hayes (4214) Manager 1956 - 1959 (transferred from New Langley transferred to Denby Hall)
  • Gerald Hartley (5838) 1964 - 1965 (transferred to Ollerton)
  • Trevor T Allbrighton (3897) Manager 1965 - 1968.

Undermanagers for Selston:

  • John Lowe pre 1887 - 1917
  • S Smith (2nd) 1916 - 1934
  • T Winson (2nd) 1917 - 1928
  • WT Dunn (2nd) 1934 - 1936
  • George W Hatton (2nd) 1936 - 1937
  • William Wright (2nd) 1937 - 1945
  • S Akers (2nd) 1942
  • George W Hatton (2nd) 1945 - 1948
  • George Hodkin (2930) 1949 - 1952
  • John E Smith (4364) 1953 -
  • Gerald Hartley (5838) 1958 - (transferred from Moorgreen, promoted to Deputy Manager Ollerton, returned later to Ollerton as Manager)
  • Ulyses William Hallam (6083) 1958 - 1967 (transferred from Moorgreen, transferred to New Hucknall)
  • Les Dransfield (3978) 1964 - 1965
  • Peter A Chambers (8313) 1968 - (transferred to Pye Hill, later Manager Silverhill, Mansfield, DCME North Nottinghamshire)
  • David Oliver (8388) 1968 - 1969 (promoted to Assistant Manager Rufford, later Deputy Manager Silverhill, then Ollerton, back to Rufford as Assistant Manager, promoted to Deputy Manager Thoresby, promoted to Manager Creswell, then Gedling).

Surveyors included:

  • George W Whitelock (910) 1930s
  • JG Lander
  • Eric W Harpham (2469 Aug 1950)
  • Bernard Gill (2587) - 1965.

Fatal Accidents Selston:

  • John Batley (48) run over by tubs 17/3/1865
  • James Miller (22) fall of roof 17/1/1870
  • George Walker (..) 27/4/1876
  • Frederick Adams (?) fall of roof 25/12/1881
  • John William Simpson (13) run over by tubs 12/12/1885
  • William Naylor (49) fall of roof 1/1/1871, died 17/1/1889
  • Arthur Shooter (29) fall of coal 21/5/1894
  • Joseph Clarke (74) hit by the winding rope 17/11/1900, died 2/12/1900
  • John Rigley (56) fall of roof 11/10/1902
  • Arthur Hodgkinson (23) fall of coal 14/3/1904
  • Herbert George (21) crushed by tubs 11/10/1904
  • Robert Housley (43) hit by the timber boards in the shaft sump 20/11/1907
  • Henry Brown (61) burnt his arm on an oil lamp 13/12/1907, died from cellulitis 23/12/1907
  • Horace Williamson (14) run over by tubs 8/9/1909
  • Harold Wells (21) fall of roof 19/10/1909
  • Robert Smith (30) fall of roof 26/4/1911, died 29/4/1911
  • Phillip Wain (13) run over by tubs 24/8/1911
  • Joseph William Bowmer (42) fall of roof 25/10/1911
  • George Limb (59) fall of roof 26/11/1912, died 7/12/1912
  • Christopher Lowe (27) run over by tubs 6/10/1913
  • Thomas Swann (60) injured his hand 19/12/1913, died from cellulitis 7/3/1914
  • Sam Flint (41) fall of roof 13/2/1913, died 14/5/1913
  • William Cope (14) run over by tubs 16/1/1917
  • Joseph Robert Robinson (25) fall of roof 12/12/1917 In Memory
  • William Wardle (42) 7/9/1918 fall of roof, died 8/9/1918
  • James Hill (62) crushed by tubs 17/1/1920
  • Walter Wilson (35) fall of roof 26/11/1920
  • Thomas Haynes (61) fall of roof 5/12/1921
  • Frank North (38) fall of roof 20/1/1922
  • Henry Leivers (38) crushed by a manrider 25/10/1922
  • George Gascoyne (26) fall of roof 4/1/1923
  • Alexander Reuben Yates (28) fall of roof 11/1/1923
  • Ernest Richard Allcock (36) injured 4/4/1922, died 8/4/1923
  • Francis Joseph Gill (46) fall of roof 19/7/1923, died 21/8/1923
  • Edward Flint (18) run over by tubs 2/5/1924
  • Lewis W Swann (14) crushed by tubs 5/10/1925
  • Joseph Wharmby (30) fall of ground 19/11/1927, died 12/2/1929
  • George Albert Ashmore (61) fall of roof 22/2/1929
  • Joseph Purdy (49) fall of roof 3/9/1929, died 26/9/1929
  • George Enoch Wagstaffe (41) fall of roof 15/10/1929
  • William Martin (28) injured arm 8/6/1934, died from septicaemia 26/6/1934
  • Rylot Ward (38) fall of roof 4/5/1942, died 6/5/1942
  • Sidney Hodgkinson (42) fall of roof 20/12/1948
  • William Crookes (43) fall of roof 3/2/1951
  • Peter William Swindell (36) crushed by the cage 27/9/1951
  • Timothy Wilson (52) fall of roof 2/2/1953
  • James Johnson (46) crushed by a powered support 3/4/1967.

Details not known for deaths of:

  • Jonathan Clark
  • Timothy Coleman
  • Albert Gregory
  • William Hawthorne
  • Joseph Wilde
  • Harold Wyld.

Output

12,669,676 tons was produced in 1967/68 by an average of 22,274 men in the North Derbyshire Area pits at 51.2 cwts OMS, whilst 21,126 men in South Nottinghamshire Area produced 12,058,931 tons at an OMS of 51.7 cwts and 19,067 men in North Nottinghamshire produced 10,988,068 tons at 53.2 cwts OMS.


New Lount Closed (Leicestershire) After 44 Years

New Lount colliery (Leicestershire Colliery and Pipe Co Ltd) (Leicestershire) sunk / opened 1924, was closed on 23rd July 1968. Mine located at Newbold, north of Coleorton. Position No1 shaft 43/3918/969475 120 yds (110m), No2 43/3918/958451, 149 yds (136.25m), Surface drift 43/3918/933304 top, 43/3917/753960 bottom driven in 1956.

Seams Worked

  • Upper Roaster
  • Lower Roaster
  • Roaster
  • Nether Lount 5’ 3” (1.60m)
  • Yard bat 4” (0.10m) coal 2’ 8” (0.81m)
  • Middle Lount coal 1’ 0” (0.30m), dirt 1” (0.02m), coal 4’ 0” (1.22m).
  • Last 3 seams abandoned 23/7/1968.

Pillar and stall working to 1933. Prior to electrically or hydraulically operated or air leg boring all the holes had to be drilled by hand as shown in the photograph. Dozens of long auger holes drilled in the Yard seam to left and right of a roadway in 1962. Cores of coal as in the photo were obtained.
There were workings pre 1834 surrounding the mine.
The depth of cover to the Trias water-bearing rock was only 60 feet (18.3m) in Nether Lount seam. High Main 6' 6" (2m) started in 1957.
At Lount colliery 3 surface drifts to the Middle Lount seam were driven in 1924 and a further one in 1957.
A belt weigher was installed in 1957.
A new fan was operational in 1958.
Self advancing chocks were introduced in 1957 and a new surface stockyard constructed in the same year.
A Midget miner was introduced in 1958.
A dust suppression hood was fitted to a shearer drum as an experiment in 1958.
It paved the way for this type of action to cut down the dust created at the cutter picks.
A Collins Midget Miner was installed in 1962 and worked successfully.
Demolition of the colliery was in 1970.
The Dog Lount opencast site working the Nether Lount seam found extensive uncharted workings from pre 1834.
Clay seals were put on at the lowest point of the opencast excavation as a barrier against surface water that could be a danger to workings from deep pits on the lowside.
Smoile colliery 3 shafts app position E439300 N319800 and Smoile colliery Lount Wood shaft app E439300 N319230, pumping station 60,000 gals per day.

Manpower: Leicestershire Colliery and Pipe Co Ltd:

  • 1924: 96 u/g, 77 s/f
  • 1925: 368 u/g, 113 s/f
  • 1926: 466 u/g, 132 s/f
  • 1927: 622 u/g, 164 s/f
  • 1928: 786 u/g, 194 s/f
  • 1929: 877 u/g, 234 s/f
  • 1930: + ironstone 731 u/g, 215 s/f
  • 1931: 807 u/g, 227 s/f
  • 1932: 960 u/g, 232 s/f
  • 1933: 822 u/g, 190 s/f
  • 1934: 871 u/g, 172 s/f
  • 1935: 851 u/g, 184 s/f
  • 1936: 868 u/g, 179 s/f
  • 1937: 833 u/g, 192 s/f
  • 1938: 805 u/g, 211 s/f
  • 1939: 845 u/g, 266 s/f
  • 1941: 781 u/g, 253 s/f
  • 1942: 815 u/g, 247 s/f
  • 1945: 852 u/g, 251 s/f
  • NCB Leicestershire Area: 1947: 858 u/g, 279 s/f
  • 1948: 850 u/g, 250 s/f
  • NCB No7 Area: 1950: 864 u/g, 208 s/f
  • 1951: 770 192 s/f
  • 1955: 777 u/g, 170 s/f
  • 1956: 753 u/g, 167 s/f
  • 1957: 703 u/g, 159 s/f
  • 1958: 690 u/g, 158 s/f
  • 1961: 569 u/g, 135 s/f
  • 1962: 546 u/g, 123 s/f
  • 1963: 532 u/g, 126 s/f
  • 1964: 514 u/g, 118 s/f
  • 1965: 483 u/g, 158 s/f
  • 1966: 443 u/g, 147 s/f
  • South Midlands Area: 1967: 443 u/g, 147 s/f
  • 1968: 399 Middle Lount, Nether Lount and Yard seams, 138 s/f.

Agents:

  • W Taylor (3338) 1928-1933
  • J Johnston (873) 1933-1936
  • T Gray (2758) 1936-1937
  • LD James (2806) 1937-1939
  • WH Napier 1939-1946.

Group Managers:

  • John J Torrance (2803) Area Manager 1947
  • Jabez Emmerson JP (1212) 1948-1957
  • Jack EM Chapman (1734) 1957-1965
  • Arthur Summers (4896) 1965-1967.

Managers:

  • W Taylor (3338) 1924-1933
  • J Johnston (873) 1933-1936
  • T Gray (2758) 1936-1937
  • LD James (2806) 1937-1939 and Agent
  • CWL Dudgeon (1823) 1940-1945
  • Peter L Richardson (3242) 1945-1966 (promoted to Group Manager)
  • Ken Bradford (5553) 1966-1967
  • Jim A Tait (5758) 1968.

Undermanagers:

  • J Bamborough (3530) transferred from Manager of Old Lount 1924-1933
  • MA Greenhall (8172 2nd) 1925-1936
  • FG Cutts (1487) 1929-1930
  • R Learmouth (1432 / 2nd) 1930-1933
  • CWL Dudgeon (1823) 1936-1940 (promoted to Manager)
  • WH Jones (4006 / 2nd and 3632 / 1st ) 1941-1943
  • J Steele (2759 / 2nd) -1947
  • H Burnett (3971 / 2nd) 1947-1955
  • C Shaw (2835 / 2nd) 1956-1958
  • F Gregory (5757 / 2nd) 1948 - 1960
  • Len Collier (7222) 1959-1961
  • Ken Bradford (5553) 1958-1962
  • D Nev Rady (7297) 1962-1966
  • Tommy D Richardson (8265) 1966-1967
  • Terry F Gregory (7955) 1968 (to Manager Tilmanstone, returned as Area Safety Engineer).

Surveyors:

  • Roland Derek Taylor (3305) (from Merrylees, transferred to Donisthorpe).

Fatal Accidents New Lount:

  • Bernard Remnoch (?) miner, fall of roof 3/11/1933.
  • Joseph Robinson (52), miner, Injury to right hand, cut by a stone 2/12/1935, died from blood poisoning from a septic hand 29/5/1936.
  • Edward Marshall (41) struck on the head by a large stone weighing approximately 1 ton , -/11/1941, buried13/11/1941.
  • James Henry Cowell Liquorish (36), miner killed by fall of stone 13/11/1941.
  • Andrew Law Ford (41), Undermanager killed by fall of roof whilst inspecting, -/10/1943.
  • William Eaton (41) miner, fall of roof 22/2/1955.
  • Ralph Ernest Liquorice (55) miner, killed by fall 18/2/1957.

 

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