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HM Inspectorate

  • Divisional Inspector George DE Rowland
  • Senior District Inspector Arthur Thorpe
  • District Inspector AW Davies.
  • North Nottinghamshire Senior District Inspector: W Freddie Gill (4065)
  • District Inspector Robert (Bob) A Bower
  • Inspector Harry Jones
  • South Nottinghamshire Senior District Inspector: M McCarthy
  • District Inspector S Marlowe
  • Inspectors Frank Stephens and Terence V Thomas.
  • North Derbyshire Senior District Inspector: RT Purvis
  • District Inspector Vernon J Hugh
  • Inspectors Guy DR Adamson (5391) and John Bennington (5046).
  • West Midlands Senior District Inspector: Fred Tootle
  • Inspector Peter Williams.

In 1969 the Mines Inspectorate was transferred now to the Ministry of Technology to 1970. Since 1843 when the first Superintendent was appointed and 1850 when 4 more Inspectors were added, 1852 when there was a total of 6 for 6 districts in the UK, 1906 there were 12 in charge, plus 26 assistants. The peak reached 171 in 1965 (and included mechanical, electrical and others)


Cadley Hill (South Derbyshire) Closed March 1969 After 86 Years

Cadley Hill (South Derbyshire) closed March 1969. The mine was sunk by Hall and Boardman in 1883 to the east of Cadley Hill and west of Church Gresley. 3 shafts- No1 to Main, No2 to Woodfield and No3 to Eureka seam. The mine was taken over by Halls Collieries Ltd in 1899 - 1946. One of the collieries in South Derbyshire Area NCB 1947, South Midlands Area from 1967 - Merged with Church Gresley 1967.

Seams worked:

  • Over Main 2’ 0” (0.61m), Rider 2’ 0” (0.61m), blue bind 2’ 0” (0.61m), Over coal 6’ 10” (2.08m), clod 2’ 3” (0.69m), Main seam at 319ft (97.2m) 1883 -
  • Nether coal 8’ 0” (2.44m) -1899, -18/3/69
  • Woodfield (3) 466ft (142m) 4’ 6” to 5’ 4” (1.37m to 1.62m) coal, 2’ 5” (0.74m) clunch, 1’ 0” (0.30m) coal, 1883 - -14/3/69
  • Eureka 615ft (187.5m) 1883 – 99 and -1950
  • Stanhope 696ft (212m) 1890 – 99, 1908 -
  • Little 119 ft (36.2m) 1891 -
  • Stockings 508ft (154.8m) 1891 - 99
  • Little Woodfield 1900 – 1903
  • Kilburn 1945 -50

Manpower:

  • 1894: 68, 57, 62 u/g, 53 s/f
  • 1900: 306 u/g, 60 s/f
  • 1906: 82 Main, 146 Woodfield, 70 Eureka, 74 Stanhope, 74 s/f
  • 1908: 71 M, 169 W, 167 S and E, 75 s/f
  • 1913: 492 E, S, 86 s/f
  • 1915: 515 E, S, 95 s/f
  • 1917: 569 E, S, M, Little Woodfield, Old Woodfield, Stockings, 109 s/f
  • 1919: 732 plus Cannel, 111 s/f
  • 1920: 778u/g, 116 s/f
  • 1921: 623 u/g, 94 s/f
  • 1926: 577u/g, 100 s/f
  • 1929: 358 u/g, 91 s/f
  • 1931: 386 u/g, 113 s/f
  • 1934: 406 u/g, 114 s/f
  • 1938: 310 u/g, 104 s/f
  • 1945: 298 u/g, 143 s/f
  • 1947: 370 Little, Stanhope, Kilburn and Little coal
  • 1953: 363K, L, 126 s/f
  • 1957: Little Kilburn, Little, Main, Woodfield, Kilburn 440, 111 s/f
  • 1963: 617 Stockings, Eureka, Main, 181 s/f
  • 1964: 676 S, W, M, 192 s/f
  • 1966: 739 S, W, M, E, 180 s/f
  • Church Gresley / Cadley Hill 1968: 1,096 S, W, M, E, K, 308 s/f
  • Cadley Hill 1970: 666 M, W, S, 198 s/f
  • Central Area 1987: 849 W, M, K, S, 165 s/f
  • 1988: 687 Stockings, Main, 135 s/f

Agents:

  • John Hall
  • Geoffrey D Mayhew 1921-1932
  • PCC Phillips (1659) 1932-1939
  • FM Joyce (844) 1939-1947

Sub-Area Managers:

  • FM Joyce (844) 1947-1952
  • Jack E Chapman (1734) 1952-1954
  • Harold Rutherford (3958) 1954-1955
  • Jack EM Chapman (1734) 1955-1957

Group Managers:

  • Jack E Chapman (1734) 1955-1958
  • Jack Godley 1958-1963
  • Arthur Summers (4896) 1963-1965
  • Ralph Rawlinson (5788) 1965 -

Managers:

  • Alfred Eley (421) (for Swadlincote also) 1883-1892
  • TP Hewitt (3637) 1891-1899
  • SE Thomas (1290) 1899-1905
  • GeorgeJ German (1473) 1905-1912
  • PCC Phillips (1659) 1912-1932
  • FM Joyce (844) 1932-1940
  • Jack E Chapman (1734) 1940-1945
  • William Wallace (2747) 1945-1947
  • Eric P Lawrence (3181) 1947-1950
  • William Wallace (2747) 1951-1953
  • John G Tebbs (3897) 1953-1954
  • Jock R Gibson (4391) 1954-1963
  • Agent/Manager Ralph Rawlinson (5788) 1964-1965
  • J Chris Boyle (5733) 1966-1975
  • Mick E Skelding (7563) 1975-1981
  • Denis T Childs (9940) 1981-1983
  • Tom W Fleming (8204) 1983-1987
  • Keith McCarthy (9457) 1987-1989

Deputy Managers:

  • Stuart A Skelding (6257) 1962-1965
  • W John Bond (6307) 1965-1966
  • Len Collier (7222) 1966-1971
  • also Peter Moulton (6364) 1968-1969
  • Barry A Finch (8614) 1971-1977 (promoted to Manager Measham)
  • John Quimby (8397) 1977-1988
  • Barry Thumwood (10923) 1988-1989

Undermanagers:

  • John Truman (82 s) 1883-1894
  • James Truman (1897) 1894-1900
  • Noah Slade (1437) 1900-1903
  • H Griffiths (955) 1903-1905
  • G Bourne (5061 / 2nd ) 1905-1931
  • A Cheatle (1602 / 2nd) 1931-1950 (transferred to Bretby)
  • S Wyld (6586 / 2nd) 1951-1952
  • Cyril Clamp (6516 / 2nd) 1952-1958
  • WJ Thomas (7235 / 2nd) 1954-1964
  • Alf H Henson (5775) 1958-1964
  • W John Bond (6307) 1964-1965
  • Derek Johnson (7696) 1965-1966
  • Barry A Finch (8614) 1966-1969
  • TP Booth ( …) 1968-1969
  • John Quimby (8397) 1970-1977 (promoted to Deputy Manager)
  • Cyril W Smith (8941) 1972-1973
  • David E Hanson (9288) 1972-1977
  • Lol Doody (8160) 1975-1977
  • John A Fancourt (10443 / 2nd) 1976-1989
  • William Weston (9948) 1977-1981
  • Ian Clayton (10925) 1979-1983
  • Ray Whittaker (9715) 1981-1982
  • Robin HP Dean (10897) 1982-1986
  • Barry Thumwood (10923) 1986-1988 (promoted to Deputy Manager)
  • Rob P Scott (11353) 1988-1989
  • Rob W Cottle (11280) 1988-1989

Surveyors:

  • Norman B Scarratt (2498) (transferred to Church Gresley)
  • Ray T Gould (2363) (transferred from Whitwick)
  • Colin Hardy (3168) (transferred from Swadlincote)
  • Roger S Fearn -1988

Fatal Accidents Cadley Hill: included

  • John Smith (19) fell down the shaft 11/7/1865
  • Isaac Cooknall (20) explosion of firedamp 12/11/1866
  • Thomas Statham (40) fall of roof 14/10/1891
  • Thomas Vernon (56) run over by loco on the surface 26/10/1892
  • Samuel Poole (20) fall of roof 14/4/1896
  • Albert Bould (28) fall of roof 14/3/1898
  • Samuel Eley (33) fall of roof 19/4/1899
  • James Johnson (53) fall in a roadway 18/10/1899
  • Raymond Hill (22) crushed by tubs 24/1/1900
  • GeorgeShorthouse (46) and Joseph Straw (47) both killed in an explosion of firedamp 7/4/1900 and both died 10/4/1900
  • William Bray (22) fall of roof 29/8/1900, died 1/11/1900
  • GeorgeRichardson (47) fall in a roadway 31/12/1907
  • Henry Ashley (23) shotfiring accident 2/12/1908
  • ? Redfern (42) fall of roof 2/12/1909
  • ...to continue

CotgraveMillionaires

Cotgrave (South Nottinghamshire) produced its first million tons in 1968-69 with 1,037,552 tons and 1,316 men at an OMS of 69.1 cwts. Other pits that produced over a million tons were Clipstone 1,066,806 tons (Low Main), Linby 1,172,441,

Newstead (South Nottinghamshire) 1,184,786 tons (High Main), Shirebrook (North Derbyshire) Deep Soft and Clowne), Thoresby 1,432,495 and Welbeck 1,161,431 tons (Top Hard) (North Nottinghamshire).


Creswell

At Creswell (Derbyshire) the Clowne seam was abandoned in January 1969 followed by the High Hazel in July, as output was concentrated in the deeper and thinner Threequarter seam 2’ 9” (0.84m) thick. The production from this seam would be very successful despite its thickness.


Area Safety Engineers

Ossie T Storrs (2535) (ex Manager Annesley and Welbeck), Area Safety Engineer for North Nottinghamshire retired, and Jim Hewitson (5278) (ex Manager Rufford) was appointed to succeed him from 1st April 1969.


Bentinck Records

Bentinck (South Nottinghamshire) produced the fastest 1m tons in the country on 25th July 1969, culminating in the highest ever output for the colliery of 1,789,500 tonnes in 1969-1970, with highest manpower in Nottinghamshire of 2,709.
The 15 feet (4.57m) diameter shaft at New Selston, now no longer needed for Pye Hill since it merged in 1956, was filled and capped (South Nottinghamshire).


Thoresby Heating Closes Top Hard Workings

During 1969 there was a serious underground heating at Thoresby (North Nottinghamshire). The fire got out of hand and the whole of the south side Top Hard working had to be abandoned with the sealing off of 2 panels seriously affecting production. The district was re-entered later and worked successfully.

 

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