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Swanwick Colliery (North Derbyshire) Was Closed After 102 Years

In September 1968, Swanwick colliery (North Derbyshire) sunk in 1866 by Morewood, to the south of Alfreton, north east of Swanwick village and north west of Somercotes was closed after 102 years.

Shaft positions: SK45SW,

  • Whites Lane pit 441545, 345535
  • Swanwick Old 440871, 354540
  • Swanwick Engine 440874, 354532
  • Swanwick Common 440485, 354405
  • Swanwick Deep 441320, 354566 295 yards (270m) to Soft coal, parts dip at 1in3½,
  • Swanwick New 441503, 354600. 393 yards (359m) deep.

Highest output was 472,128 tons in 1955 with 1,169 men and highest manpower was 1,283 in 1963-64.
Damstead pit had 3 shafts 47 yards (43m), and 2 at 50 yards (45.75m) deep 8 feet (2.74m) diameter and the Old Colliery at 120 yards (109.75m) deep to Top Hard and 178 yards (162.75m) to Waterloo was heavily faulted. Water from Swanwick and its connections flowed through to A Winning after closure.
Seams worked At the Deep Pit and New Pit

  • Deep Soft -1939
  • Deep Hard -1942
  • Low Main -1959
  • Three Quarter -1957
  • Kilburn -1964
  • Yard -1968 seams were worked.

At the Old Pit the

  • Top Hard – section blue bind, scuds inferior 1’ 10” (0.56m)
  • Top hard 1’ 6” (0.45m)
  • Best soft 11” (0.28m)
  • Dicks 9” (0.23m)
  • Best hard 1’ 0” (0.30m)
  • Bottom soft 1’ 11” (0.58m), total 7’ 11” (2.41m)
  • July 1908, Dunsil
  • Waterloo -1889 and -1904
  • 2nd Waterloo -1916 and Coombe seams. Lily Street (RCA Palmer – Morewood)

Manpower :

  • 1894: Swanwick Old: 180 Waterloo, 56 s/f, Swanwick Deep: 250 Deep Soft, 60 s/f, 79 Deep Hard, 79 s/f
  • 1896: Old: 182 W, 52 s/f, Deep: 227 DS, 61 s/f, 80 DH, 41 s/f
  • 1897: Old : 177 W, 56 s/f, Deep: 215 DS, 69 s/f, 81 DH, 41 s/f
  • 1898: Old: 170 W, 47 s/f, Deep: 162 DS, 56 s/f, 107 DH, 47 s/f
  • 1898: Old: 227 W, 39 s/f, Deep : 150 DS, 56 s/f, 98 DH, 48 s/f
  • 1899: Old: 189 W, 44 s/f, Deep: 196 DS, 23 s/f, 90 DH, 18 s/f
  • 1900:
  • 1901: Old: 180 W, 43 s/f, Deep: 196 DS, 48 s/f, 99 DH, 46 s/f
  • 1902: Old: 203 W, 50 s/f, Deep: 147 DS, 43 s/f, 119 DH, 43 s/f
  • 1903: Old: 175 W, 54 s/f, Deep: 147 DS, 43 s/f, 138 DH, 39 s/f
  • 1904: Old: 886W, 40 s/f, Deep: 159 DS, 41 s/f, 148 DH, 35 s/f
  • 1905: Old: 131 Top Hard, Waterloo, 45 s/f, Deep: 345 DS, DH, 82 s/f
  • 1906: Old: 137 TH, W, 40 s/f, Deep: 161 DS, 41 s/f, 162 DH, 42 s/f
  • 1907: Old 77 TH, W, 45 s/f, Deep: 420 DS, DH, 102 s/f
  • 1908: Old: 150 W, 66 s/f Deep: 520 DS, DH, 116 s/f
  • 1909: Old: 187 W, 73, Deep: 588 DS, DH, 80 s/f
  • 1910:
  • 1911: Old: 201 W, 56 s/f, Deep: 592 DS, DH, 149 s/f
  • 1912: Old: 200 W, 58s/f, Deep: 664 DS, DH, 86 s/f
  • 1913: Old: 191 W, 67 s/f, Deep: 613 DS, Dh, 87 s/f
  • 1914: Old: 173 W, 62 s/f, Deep: 653 DS, DH, 89 s/f
  • 1915: Old: 123 W, 52 s/f, Deep: 752 DS, DH, 202 s/f
  • 1916: Old: 80 W, 23 s/f, Deep: 920 Deep Soft, Deep Hard, Tupton & Silkstone, 203 s/f
  • 1917: Old: 2 Waterloo, 2 s/f, Deep: 963 DS, DH, T, S, 197 s/f
  • 1918: Old: 12 Waterloo & Dunsil, 3 s/f, New, Whites Lane: 869 DS, DH, T, S, 196 s/f
  • 1919: Old: 124 Top Hard, Dunsil, Waterloo, New: 1,026 DS, DH, T, S, 160 s/f
  • 1920: Morewood CRP: Old and Lily Street: 233 TH, D, W, 81 s/f, New, Whites Lane: 1,080 DS, DH, T, S, 192 s/f
  • 1921: Morewood RCAP: Old and Lily Street: 193 TH, D, W, 47 s/f, New: 1,064 DS, DH, T, S, 179 s/f
  • 1922: Old: 249 TH, D, W, 40 s/f, New: 1,116 DS, DH, T, S, 213 s/f
  • 1923: Old: 266 D, W, 32 s/f, New: 1,210 DS, DH, Low Main (Tupton), Blackshale (Silkstone), 221 s/f
  • 1924: Old: 281 D, W, 52 s/f, New: DS, DH, LM, BS, 208 s/f
  • 1925: Old: 213 TH, D, W, 63 s/f, New: 952 DS, DH, LM, BS, 185 s/f
  • 1926: Palmer-Morewood RCA: Old: 200 TH, D, W, 42 s/f, New: 861 DS, DH, LM, BS, 187 s/f
  • 1927: Old: 179 TH, W & Coombe, 31 s/f, New: 882 DH, LM, BS, 197 s/f
  • 1928: Old (Lily Street): 46 TH, D, W, C, 12 s/f, New: 996 DS, DH, LM, BS, 209 s/f
  • 1929: Old: 92 Waterloo, 17 s/f, New: 1,045 DS, DS, LM, BS, 208 s/f
  • 1930: Old: 52 W, 16 s/f, New: 1,017 DS, DH, LM, BS, 224 s/f
  • 1931: Old: 33 W, 11 s/f, New: 1,014 DS, DH, LM, Three Quarter, BS, 235 s/f
  • 1932: Old: 23 W, 7 s/f, New: 1,005 DH, LM, ¾ , BS, 239 s/f
  • 1933: Old: 31 W, 8 s/f, New: 1,007 DH, LM, ¾, BS, 244 s/f
  • 1934: Old: 25W, 6 s/f, New: 996 DH, LM, ¾, BS, 245 s/f
  • 1935: Old: 26 W, 7 s/f, New: 1,114 DH, LM, ¾, BS, 247 s/f
  • 1936: Old: 6 W, 1 s/f, New: 934 DH, LM, ¾, BS, 250 s/f
  • 1937: Old: 7 W, 2 s/f, no coal raised 1937, New: 888 DH, LM, ¾, BS, 273 s/f
  • 1938: Old: 7 W , 2 s/f, no coal, New: 804, Deep Soft, Deep Hard, Low Main Three Quarter, 250 s/f
  • 1939: Old: W, 2 s/f, no coal, 790 u/g, 260 s/f
  • 1940: Old: 7 W, 2 s/f, no coal, New: 783 Low Main, 258 s/f
  • 1941: Old: 6 W, 2 s/f, no coal, New: 690 LM, 265 s/f
  • 1942: Swanwick Collieries Ltd: Old: 7 W, 2 s/f, no coal, New: 743 LM, 279 s/f
  • 1943: Old: 7 W, 2 s/f, no coal, New: 760 LM, 281 s/f
  • 1944: Old: 6 W, 2 s/f, no coal, New: 794 LM, BS, 281 s/f
  • 1945: Old: 6 W, 2 s/f, New: 774 LM, BS, 294 s/f, total 1,068
  • 1946: app 1,060 men and boys.

Output and Manpower NCB: No4 Area EMD:

  • 1947: 319,504 tons, 1,053 men
  • 1948: 341,583 tons, 1,065 men
  • 1949: 395,718 tons, 1,066 men
  • 1950: 436,292 tons, 1,066 men
  • 1951: 398,537 tons, 1,077 men
  • 1952: 431,880 tons, 1,126 men
  • 1953: 463,920 tons, 1,153 men
  • 1954: 470,387 tons, 1,165 men
  • 1955: 472,128 tons, 1,169 men (max)
  • 1956: 466,911 tons, 1,166 men
  • 1957: 476,912 tons (max), 1,145 men
  • 1958: 430,787 tons, 1,145 men
  • 1959: 371,160 tons, 1,127 men
  • 1960: 383,886 tons, 1,073 men
  • 1961: 380,657 tons, 1,003 men
  • 1962: 410,868 tons, 951 men
  • 1963/64: 400,258 tons, 1,283 men
  • 1964/65: 455,126 tons, 1,073 men
  • 1965/66: 417,220 tons, 961 men
  • 1966/67: 433,228 tons, 890 men
  • South Nottinghamshire 1967/68: 400,225 tons, 775 men
  • 1968/69: 158,386 tons. Ceased production September 1968.

The photograph shows Swanwick No4 shaft headgear.

Agents:

  • Edwin Eardley (1840 Service cert) pre 1883-1889
  • John W Eardley (635) 1889-1895
  • WH Goodwin (532) Agent 1913-1918
  • JW Head (412) 1924-

Sub-Area Managers / Group Managers:

  • F Donald Severn (977) Sub-Area Manager 1947-1952 (later No4 Area General Manager)
  • Alex L Middleton (3342) Sub-Area Manager 1952-
  • Humphrey F Watson (4986) Group Manager 1957
  • Jack W Smalley (3722) Group Manager 1964-1968.

Managers for Swanwick:

  • Edwin Eardley (1840 Service cert) and Agent pre 1883-1889
  • John W Eardley (635) Manager & Agent 1889-1895
  • WH Goodwin (532) 1905-1913 (promoted to Agent)
  • GB Morris (1966) 1913-1915
  • J Knighton (3040) 1915-1917
  • GH Edwards (78) 1917-1919
  • GT Oglanby (141) 1919-1921
  • JW Steele (1964) 1921-1924
  • JW Head (412) and Agent 1924-
  • Jack Frith (3831) Manager 1947-1952 (transferred to Newstead, later Group Manager)
  • Albert Field (2502) Manager 1st May 1951-1964
  • Ernest A Hopkins (5684) Manager 1964-1968.

Assistant Manager:

  • John Henry White (8350).

Undermanagers for Swanwick: Old pit:

  • Thos Whittle (397 Service cert) pre 1887-1906
  • Deep pit: Thos Severn (1836 Service cert) pre 1887-1889
  • John Brentnall (2nd) 1889-1905
  • J Moore (2nd) 1906-1909
  • George H Groves (2nd) 1907-1912
  • J Walker (2nd) 1909-
  • William Bonsall (2nd) 1912-
  • CE Taylor (2nd) 1913-1914
  • J Orrill (2nd) 1914-1915
  • Alver Sutcliffe (2nd) 1914-1922 and 1923-1925
  • C Appleyard (2nd) 1915-1924
  • H Gent (2nd) 1922
  • JH Groom (2nd) 1924-1940
  • T Whittingham (2nd) 1925-1927
  • LTH Mayfield (2nd) 1927-1933
  • JC Elliott (2nd) 1933 -
  • Jack Frith (2nd and 3831) 1936-1947 (promoted to Manager), Bernard Gascoine (2nd) 1947-1950s
  • Joe A Rodgers (4226) 1952- (promoted to Manager Alfreton)
  • Alan Severn (4963) 1957-
  • Dennis W Ward (6003) (1963- (transferred from Bentinck)
  • Lol Roberts (7395) 1966 -
  • Bert Wheeler (2nd) 1966 -
  • John Henry White (8350) 1968 (promoted to Assistant Manager).

Surveyors included: …

  • Edwin Eardley (1840 / 1st class cert endorsed) in 1880s-
  • George Lionel Liston (in 1900s)
  • William Henry King (1…)
  • William Henry Emmerson (promoted to Sub-Area Surveyor)
  • W Ray Fern (1602) (transferred from South Normanton) 1952-1968, transferred to Bolsover North Derbyshire HQ prior to retiring).


Swanwick Last Coaling Shift 1968


Fatal Accidents

  • John Elliott (28) hit by capstan arm 21/7/1860
  • Paul Saunders (24) fall of coal 16/10/1860
  • William George Wright (34) stone fell down the shaft and struck him 5/5/1862
  • Charles Bramley (32) and Samuel Calladine (24) killed by inrush of water 30/10/1863
  • William Grice (40) fall of roof 15/11/1863
  • Robert Nelson (26) 18/7/1863
  • William Grice (..?) -/11/1863
  • John Dawes (22) explosion of powder 16/1/1864
  • Abraham Paskins (13) fall of roof 22/11/1864
  • Peter Elliott (31) fall of roof 23/11/1864
  • William Stones (?) fall of coal 31/8/1865
  • Samuel Sutton (28) coal fell down the shaft and struck him 2/8/1867
  • George Legge (26) and George Stephenson (22) explosion of powder 3/3/1868
  • Albert Staples (?) explosion of powder 2/10/1868
  • George Fowkes (16) fall of roof 31/5/1870
  • John Radford (63) fell into a cage hole 6/6/1872
  • Kendal Daykin (62) fall of coal 30/3/1874
  • Thomas Geeson (21) fall of roof 18/11/1875
  • William Henson (13) fall of roof 30/3/1876
  • George Tyler (46) fall in a roadway 20/2/1879
  • John Hill (14) run over by tubs 27/7/1882
  • Henry Calladine (14) caught in machinery 4/9/1889
  • Albert England (22) fall of coal 19/4/1895
  • Henry Walters (22) run over by tubs 28/9/1896
  • George Collier (42) run over by a wagon on the surface 9/12/1896
  • Robert Walters (51) fall of roof 3/2/1899
  • William Hardwick (74) fall in a roadway 17/4/1901
  • John Thomas Severn (35) and Samuel W Hatherley (17) suffocated by blackdamp 23/02/1902
  • George Broadhurst (46) fall in a roadway 30/10/1903
  • John Arthur Cope (45), Sam Haycock (48 ) (father to 10 children) and William Topham (45) (father to 13 children) were killed when the cage got fast and all 3 fell down the shaft 23/3/1904
  • Findley Gregory (40) hit by a chain 21/1/1905, died 12/2/1905
  • Walter Richards (70) injured 6/4/1904, died 7/4/1904
  • George Smedley (63) run over by wagon on the surface 19/1/1909
  • John Elliott (42) fall of roof 5/8/1910
  • James Whysall (46) fall of roof 26/10/1911
  • Enoch John Burdett (23) crushed by wagon on the surface 10/1/1912
  • George Argyle (45) crushed by tub on the surface 16/8/1913
  • Gordon Jones (22) fall in a roadway 22/3/1914
  • William Greasley (39) hit by wood on the surface 5/1/1915, died 10/1/1915
  • Thomas Spencer Whittle (41) fall of roof 9/3/1916
  • George Folkard (34) fall of coal 17/2/1917
  • James Edward Elliott (23) fall of roof 26/2/1917, died 13/3/1917
  • George William Holmes (42) fall of roof 9/6/1917
  • Sidney John Trevelyn (40) shotfiring accident 28/7/1917
  • Cyril Lambert Whittle (24) fall of roof 30/7/1917
  • George Downs (56) fall of roof 13/8/1918
  • Henry Augustus Parkin (40) fall of roof 8/1/1919
  • William Barber (49) fall of roof 22/11/1921
  • George Will Edwin Smith (53) fell down the shaft 2/7/1922
  • Thomas Shipman (27) fall of roof 7/11/1922
  • James Bradshaw (38) fall of coal 15/8/1923
  • James Frederick Lodge (50) fall of roof 11/9/1923
  • William Miles (37) fall of roof 15/11/1923
  • Victor Comery (25) crushed by tubs 22/7/1924
  • Fred Connery (22) ? 1/8/1924
  • James Moore (44) run over by tubs 16/10/1924
  • Alexander Woolley (38) fall of roof 23/11/1925
  • William Henry Taylor (54) fall of coal 20/6/1927, died 21/6/1927
  • William Henry Howe (27) caught in a coal cutter 20/7/1927
  • Bertram Wylde (33) fall of roof 5/2/1930
  • Joseph Hunt (65) injured and died 8/9/1931
  • Graham Hewisson (43) fall of roof 27/8/1929, died 6/11/1933
  • David Buckley (28) fall of roof 9/11/1933, died 25/8/1934
  • Leslie Elliott (28) fall of roof 19/10/1935
  • Leonard Ainsworth (42) fall of roof 7/12/1937
  • Sam Purdy (47) crushed by tubs 18/12/1940, died 9/2/1941
  • Anthony Amott (37) hit by a prop on the surface 3/6/1941
  • Ralph Edwards (28) fall of roof 28/2/1942
  • Albert Whatton (58) fall of roof 29/7/1943
  • Joseph Henry Arnott (59) caught in a conveyor 3/3/1956
  • Walter Hedley Parker (61) crushed by a pony 27/1/1958, died ?/2/1958
  • Charles William Buxton (49) 5/3/1956   Grand Daughter
  • John Rogers (22) fell down the shaft ?/8/1959
  • Henry Pollard (39) crushed by a tractor on the surface 30/7/1960
  • Stanley Warne (37) fall of roof 30/2/1963
  • Kenneth Thompson (23) crushed by a bulldozer on the surface 25/3/1964
  • Douglas Lucas (59) fall of roof 5/7/1966.

 

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