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Holmewood Colliery (North Derbyshire) Was Closed After 95 Years

Holmewood colliery (North Derbyshire) sunk in 1870-1873 by the Hardwick Coal Co to the north east of North Wingfield and to the west of Doe Lea was closed on 28th September 1968 after 95 years.
3 shafts were sunk, No1 at 10ft (3.05m) dia sunk through the Top Hard to the Hartington or 1st Waterloo at 120 yards (110m) and used for pumping from the Top Hard. No2 shaft to 400 yds (365.8m) at 13ft dia (3.96m) and 120 yards (110m) east of No3 and 40 yards (37m) from No1 and sunk to 450 yds (411.5m) below the Silkstone but coal raised from a mouthing at the Tupton horizon at 388 yards (355m). No3 shaft at 14ft dia (4.27m) DC and winding to the Silkstone level at 388 yards (412m), position SK46NW, 443492, 365660, and Winding shaft, 443583, 365720.
Seams depth and thickness:

  • The Top Hard 1’ 2” (0.35m) top soft, 6” (0.15m) hard, 3” (0.08m) minge, 2’ 3” (0.69m) main hard, 11” (0.28m) soft, total 5’ 1” (1.55m), at 62 yards (57m)
  • Dunsil 2’ 10” (0.86m) at 96 yards (88m)
  • 1st Waterloo 4’ 0” (1.2m) at 109 yards (100m) Xmas 1848 and -1851
  • Ell an excellent house coal 3’ 2½“ (0.92m) at 207 yards (189m), Deep Soft at 270 yards (247m)
  • Deep Hard 1’ 1” (0.33m) softs, 1’ 5” (0.43m) hards, open grain 1’ 2” (0.35m) total 3’ 8” (1.12m) at 316 yards (289m), Tupton 5’ 3” (1.6m) at 388 yards (355m), Threequarter 2’ 7” (0.79m) at 397 yards (363m) 30/6/1893, unprofitable
  • Silkstone 4’ 0” (1.2m) at 450 yards (412m). The No2 shaft (headgear shown to the right) collapsed in the early 1900s and the pit was closed for many months.

Seams worked:

  • Silkstone or Blackshale -1947
  • Tupton – 12/1/1968, 2nd Ell, 3’ 3” (1.0m) at 207 yds (189.2m) –suspended Nov 1886 and abandoned 31/12/1947
  • Hartington or 1st Waterloo -1880
  • Threequarters -1893 and - 9/8/1968
  • Top Hard No1 pit stone, dirt 6” (0.15m)
  • Branch 10½” (0.26m)
  • Smooth hard 2’ 4” (0.71m)
  • Rough hard 11” (0.28m)
  • Soft coal 2’ 2” (0.66m)
  • Soft clunch floor, total 5’ 0½” (1.53m) 1900--/12/1907 and 1910
  • Deep Hard – Sep 1968, exhaustion.
    There was an underground connection to Williamthorpe.

The original mine owners were Duke of Devonshire, the Honourable Mrs Hunlock and Earl Manvers and Joshua Thornally from Xmas 1849 - Xmas 1851. George Redfern was the Commercial Manager of the Co and Fred Chambers the Manager.
In 1898 coal was got on end in the early days the cleavage or cleat being N/S and loaded into tubs, on rails on the face and then conveyed by ponies or jigs.
Cross gates were made about every 200 yards (180m) due to a good roof.
Bonnetted Clanny safety lamps were used, and rarely was explosives used on the face but Carbonite explosive was used in stone drivages and ripping lips.
The ventilation was effected by a Capell 15ft (4.57m) x 10ft (3.05m) double inlet fan at 180 revs giving 97,000 cu ft per min at 2.3” (0.06m) water gauge.
25 tubs were clipped on the haulage rope using Fisher clips. The haulage engine for the Tupton was at the top No3 shaft. Winding was by 4 tubs in each of 2 decks giving 2 tons a time and with the cage weighing 3 tons a load was raised in 45 seconds from 450 yards (412m) giving an output of 1,050 tons in 8½ hour shift.
The headgear was pitchpine erected in 1870. No2 shaft raised 1,600 tons. 6 Cameron boilers 30’ x 7’ (9m x 2.1m) at 80lb pressure at No2 and 10 Lancashire boilers 30’ x 7’ (9m x 2.1m) covered in 4½” (0.11m) brickwork to give 50lb pressure at No3.
The chimney was 120’ (36.5m high and 7’ (2.1m) internal dia.
Incandescent electric lights installed on the surface, and within 200 yards (180m) of the shafts in the pit bottoms.
The dynamo of 12 units by Messrs Lawrence Scott and Co gave 120 amps at 110 volts.
The first ‘walking support’ by Dowty Mining was introduced and tested at Holmewood in 1949. (see 1953).
No3 shaft headgear is shown.
New offices built in 1952/53. Pithead baths opened Apr 1954.
Following traditional hand getting of coal on the advancing stall and pony system conveyor panels were laid out.
12BU Joy loader used in a heading. A Shelton power loader was introduced in the Tupton seam.
There were extensive brickworks producing 9,500 bricks per 9 hours.
Highest manpower 1,410 in 1959, and highest output 486,025 tons in 1966-1967.
The Coal Preparation plant was kept open, as was the Pithead baths for men who were bussed back and forth to Arkwright upon transfer.

Manpower: Hardwick Colliery Co:

  • 1894: No1: 173 Tupton, No2: 296 Silkstone, 145 s/f
  • 1895: 224 T, 255 S, 163 s/f
  • 1896: 236 T, 284 S, 180 s/f
  • 1897: 235 T, 52 s/f, 449 S, 122 s/f
  • 1898: No1: 262 T, 63 s/f, No2: 502 S, 145 s/f
  • 1899: No2: 277 T, 67 s/f, No3: 546 S, 143 s/f
  • 1900: 439 T, 78 s/f, 439 S, 142 s/f
  • 1901: 509 T, 111 s/f, 566 S, 182 s/f
  • 1902: No1: 52 Top Hard, 24 s/f, No2: 594 T, 153 s/f, No3: 559 S, 204 s/f
  • 1903: 77 TH, 18 s/f, 584 T, 184 s/f, 568 S, 281 s/f
  • 1904: 120 TH, 22 s/f, 474 T, 154 s/f, 529 S, 260 s/f
  • 1905: 121 TH, 16 s/f, 539 T, 121 s/f, 557 S, 219 s/f
  • 1906: 82 TH, 22 s/f, 583 T, 125 s/f, 549 S, 240 s/f
  • 1907: No1 fin: 55 TH, 17 s/f, 530 T, 130 s/f, 545 S, 241 s/f
  • 1908: No2: 584 T, 163 s/f, No3: 571 T, 262 s/f
  • 1909: 575 T, 129 s/f, 611 S, 241 s/f
  • 1910: 600 T, 133 s/f, 613 S, 260 s/f
  • 1911: 615 T, 137 s/f, 595 S, 278 s/f
  • 1912: 612 T, 176 s/f, 632 S, 287 s/f
  • 1913: 500 T, 186 s/f, 622 S, 252 s/f
  • 1914: 176 T, 76 s/f, 656 S, 273 s/f
  • 1915: 145 T, 76 s/f, 564 S, 273 s/f
  • 1916: 163 T, 37 s/f, 578 S, 270 s/f
  • 1917: 205 T, 41 s/f, 594 S, 234 s/f
  • 1918: 199 T, 41 s/f, 579 S, 258 s/f
  • 1919: 264 T, 46 s/f, 702 S, 284 s/f
  • 1920: 260 T, 53 s/f, 712 S, 297 s/f
  • 1921: 322 T, 42 s/f, 880 S, 290 s/f
  • 1922: 367 T, 58 s/f, 904 S, 310 s/f
  • 1923: No 2: 402 T, 85 s/f, No 3: 1,048 Blackshale (Silkstone), 320 s/f
  • 1924: 429 T, 110 s/f, 1,009 BS, 314 s/f
  • 1925: 478 T, 158 s/f, 1,068 BS, 287 s/f
  • 1926: 495 T, 165 s/f, 905 BS and T, 294 s/f
  • 1927: 528 T, 183 s/f, 788 B, T, 262 s/f
  • 1928: 597 T, 202 s/f, 727 BS, T, 238 s/f
  • 1929: 693 T, 223 s/f, 825 BS, T, 281 s/f
  • 1930: 710 T, 245 s/f, 770 BS, 246 s/f
  • 1931: 689 T, 225 s/f, 730 BS, 262 s/f
  • 1932: 585 T, 204 s/f, 585, BS, 204 s/f
  • 1933: 602 T, 201 s/f, 600 BS, 196 s/f
  • 1934: 410 T, 161 s/f, 390 BS, 159 s/f
  • 1935: 419 T, 164 s/f, 435 BS, 165 s/f
  • 1936: 376 T, 169 s/f, 427 BS, 170 s/f
  • 1937: 393 T, 153 s/f, 398 BS and Threequarter, 159 s/f
  • 1938: 402 T, ¾ , 149 s/f, 355 BS, ¾, 155 s/f
  • 1939: 420 T, ¾, 165 s/f, 340 BS, 170 s/f
  • 1940: 430 T, ¾, 185 s/f, 321 BS, ¾, 186 s/f
  • 1941: 412 T, ¾, 176 s/f, 328 BS, ¾, 194 s/f
  • 1942: 419 T, ¾, 149 s/f, 363 BS, ¾, and Ell, 172 s/f
  • 1943: 420 T, ¾, 143 s/f, 322 BS, Ell, 158 s/f
  • 1944: 381 T, T, ¾, 156 s/f, 307 BS, E, 170 s/f
  • 1945: No2 and No3: 645 T, ¾, BS, Ell, 322 s/f
  • 1946: app 900 men and boys

Output and Manpower NCB: No1 Area EMD:

  • 1947: 289,289 tons, 858 men
  • 1948: 276,342 tons, 890 men
  • 1949: 285,463 tons, 902 men
  • 1950: 290,308 tons, 881 men
  • 1951: 319,855 tons, 926 men
  • 1952: 367,898 tons, 1,100 men
  • 1953: 417,590 tons, 1,248 men
  • 1954: 436,134 tons, 1,284 men
  • 1955: 468,530 tons max, 1,316 men
  • 1956: 428.342 tons, 1,341 men
  • 1957: 443,166 tons, 1,374 men
  • 1958: 461,181 tons, 1,403 men
  • 1959: 452,517 tons, 1,410 men max
  • 1960: 397,246 tons, 1,291 men
  • 1961: 356,753 tons, 1,198 men
  • 1962: 398,494 tons, 1,241 men
  • 1964: 313,817 tons, 1,216 men
  • 1964/65: 355,348 tons, 1,103 men
  • 1965/66: 416,379 tons, 1,035 men
  • 1966/67: 486,025 tons, 930 men
  • North Derbyshire 1967/68: 384,518 tons, 808 men
  • 1968/69: 117,462 tons, .. men. Production ceased September 1968.

Agents:

  • John Ward pre 1883-
  • JW Fearn Agent 1886-
  • Fred Chambers (503) Agent 1905-1936
  • H Watson-Smith Agent 1936-1944
  • Eric William Potts (2131) Agent 1941-1945
  • John N Booth (3108) Agent 1947-1950, later Area Director
  • GF Gardner Agent (1333) 1950-
  • Geo P Thompson (2914) Agent 1952-

Sub-Area Managers:

  • JS Rayner (3077) Sub Area Manager
  • Ben Kendall (1944) Sub Area Manager

Managers for Holmewood:

  • John Ward Manager and Agent pre 1883-
  • William Robert Shaw 1886-1890
  • Jos W Barlow (2419c) 1890-1897
  • Fred Chambers (503) 1897-1903, transferred to Williamthorpe sinking
  • Tom Nelson Limb (1965) 1903-1907, killed 20/12/1907, shaft accident at surface (see below)
  • J Searston 1908-1912
  • GE Collis (1995) 1912-1927
  • EB Flint (519) 1927-1935
  • Ossie T Storrs (2535) 1936-1937 (transferred to Annesley)
  • William Sharpe (2223) 1937-1938
  • Sam B Pick (1149) 1938-1963
  • Alan Hird (5328) 1963-1967, (transferred to Warsop)
  • Edward R (Teddy) Maiden (5341) (transferred from Pleasley) 1967-1968.

Deputy Manager:

  • Fred Oldfield (4397) 1963-68.

Undermanagers for Holmewood:

  • Walter Bunting (2623 service) pre 1887-1897
  • Henry Gregory 1893-1897
  • W Brown (2nd) 1897-1899
  • Tom N Limb (1965) 1897-1903 (promoted to Manager)
  • GH Marshall (2nd) 1899-1903
  • E Moxon (2nd) 1903-1906
  • A Lomas (2nd) 1903-1910
  • M Cassidy (2nd) 1904-1907
  • I Pilkington (2nd) 1906-1908
  • Geo Ellis (2nd) 1907-1908
  • J Upton (2nd) 1908-1910
  • M Cassidy (2nd) (1911-1913
  • CW Davies (2nd) 1912-1924
  • S Peters (2nd) 1913-1937
  • J Harrison (2nd) 1928-1936
  • WA Wood (2915) 1936-1937
  • Sam B Pick (1149) 1937-1938 (promoted to Manager)
  • D Smith (2nd) 1937-1945
  • H Lowe (2nd) 1938-1948
  • John Hanson (4357) 1949-1952
  • G Mason (2nd) 1952-
  • A Whitton (6162) (Pilsley/Tupton section) 1957-
  • JD Shaw (7307) (Pilsley Tupton section)1963-
  • Harold Smedley (5356) 1966-1968
  • S Wood (2nd) 1966-1968.

Surveyors included: …

  • William D Wadsworth 1850s-1870s
  • JW Fearn ME 1886
  • AF Webb (1243)
  • …Geoff T Hancock (2755) (Jan 1967 transferred from Ramcroft, transferred to Glapwell 1969).

Fatal Accidents Holmewood:

  • William Hunt (13) run over by tubs 16/10/1876
  • Elijah Rothwell (33) fall of roof 29/10/1881
  • Geo Bagley (35) fall of roof 25/3/1885
  • William Allen (54) fall in a roadway 13/11/1888
  • Frederick Horton (33) fall of side in a roadway 22/12/1891, died 23/12/1891
  • Richard Parker Carter (45) 20/4/1891, died from a previous accident in 1890
  • John William Watkinson (15) crushed by tubs 21/9/1892
  • Robert Brassington (52) fall of roof 15/10/1892
  • William Brocklehurst (23) run over by a wagon on the surface 8/12/1896
  • Herbert Fox (51) fall of side 23/11/1896, died 19/3/1897
  • Robert Watts (21) caught in machinery on the surface 10/7/1897, died 13/7/1897
  • Thomas Wade (39) hit by falling bricks 23/9/1898, died 25/9/1898
  • John Vardy (35) fall of roof 15/3/1900
  • William James Hardwick (22) fall of roof 10/12/1900
  • John Stone (39) fall of coal 11/7/1901, died 17/7/1901
  • James Kelly (20) run over by tubs 4/11/1901
  • James Henry King (24) fall of roof 24/1/1902
  • Ernest F Chambers (25) fall of roof 3/4/1902
  • William E Bankes (26) crushed by tubs 19/11/1904, died 15/1/1905
  • Joseph Wall (33) fall of coal 12/8/1904, died 16/6/1905
  • Frederick Taylor (17) fall in a roadway 16/6/1905
  • William Bramley (13) crushed by tubs 14/11/1906, died 30/11/1906
  • Tom Ward (32) fall of roof 18/3/1907
  • John Arthur Croydon (28) fall in a roadway 2/8/1907
  • Tom Nelson Limb (Manager) (42) was hit by a broken D link at the pit top on 13/12/1907 when a chain above the cage broke following an overwind and he died from his injuries 19/12/1907
  • James Gent (21) fall of roof 30/11/1908, died 5/12/1908
  • Robert Sutton (24) fall of roof 6/5/1912, died 22/5/1912
  • Thomas Hildreth (13) run over by a loco on the surface 21/1/1913
  • Geo Hastelow (51) fall of coal 28/1/1913
  • James Attenborough (35) fall of roof 6/7/1913
  • Geo Keyworth (66) fall in a roadway 24/12/1913, died 1/1/1914
  • William Mitchell (41) fall in a roadway 11/6/1914
  • John Hurley (50) crushed by tubs 13/8/1915
  • Charles Hearn (15) fall of roof 26/4/1918
  • Sam Smith (22) fall in a roadway 10/3/1919
  • Geo Edwards (16) run over by tubs 3/5/1922
  • Colin Warren (39) fall of roof 7/4/1924
  • Thomas Brown (46) fall of roof 2/10/1925
  • John Roland Eyre (39) fall of roof 27/11/1925
  • William Cadman (45) fall of roof 30/12/1925
  • Lawrence Norton (61) fall of coal 20/1/1929
  • Albert Henry Broadhurst (24) crushed by wagons on the surface 31/8/1929
  • Robert Hall (71) crushed by tubs 2/9/1930
  • Walter Brace (17) kicked by a pony ?/10/1930
  • William Wilkes (21) fall of roof 4/2/1932
  • Percy Whittington (29) fall of roof 3/10/1934
  • Robert Thomas Newman (26) fall of roof 5/12/1934, died 19/12/1934
  • Thomas Edward Brooks (50) fall of roof 16/3/1935
  • John Wakelam (32) fall of coal 26/3/1930, died 28/8/1936
  • Allen Cocking (55) run over by tubs 3/5/1937
  • Wilfred Hodkin (48) fall of roof 21/12/1937
  • Joseph Plant (35) fall of roof 20/1/1939
  • Geo Ernest Slater (61) fall of roof 8/3/1939, died 29/3/1939?
  • Arthur Davies (44) overcome by carbon monoxide (whitedamp) 17/3/1941
  • William Booker (49) fall of roof fall roof 20/7/1943
  • Harry Wood (63) fell into a manhole on the surface 21/11/1944
  • John Thomas George (52) fall of roof 3/4/1944, died 1/12/1946
  • Geo Thomas Price (51) fall of roof 1942, died 11/2/1956
  • Sylvester Rhodes (46) caught in machinery on the surface 17/7/1957
  • Kenneth McKenzie (42) fall of roof 28/10/1957
  • Leslie Hearn (43) fall of roof 1/11/1957, died 9/11/1957
  • Alexander Turner (45) fall of roof? 30/6/1962
  • Harold Walter Nichols (20) crushed by girders 5/2/1967.

Chris Maxey (24) ? 20/9/1919
Reuben Warden (?) ? 10/4/1924.


Leicestershire Collieries

Bagworth (Leicestershire) abandoned. Middle Lount seam 27/10/1967, Nether Lount 18/11/1967, Yard 5/10/1968, Lower Main 5/10/1968.

Whitwick (Leicestershire) No3 shaft 43/4314/624657, No5: 43/4214/968775, No6: 43/4314/134505. Five feet seam abandoned.
Manager W John Bond (6307).
Surveyor John B Hill (4320).

 

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