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The Decline Of The Industry Continued
After Nationalisation 1947

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Glapwell Colliery (North Derbyshire) Closed 1974, After 90 Years
Including Bramley Vale Drift

On 30th June 1974, Glapwell colliery (North Derbyshire) sunk in 1882-1884 by the Sheepbridge Coal and Iron Co at Bramley Vale was closed after 90 years. Referred to as No1 and No3 pits. A new village was built opposite for the workforce. Highest manpower under Sheepbridge Coal and Iron Co was 3,273 in 1930, and under NCB 3,060 in 1949, and highest output was 1,101,370 tons in 1967-68. 12 Lancashire boilers were used to raise steam for winding.

No1 DC shaft, 366 feet (111.55m) above sea level, 43/4666/702335 at 14 ft (4.27m) dia was originally sunk to the Top Hard at 287 yards (262m), 379 yards (346.5m) to sump and there was 100 yards (91m) of cast iron tubbing in the shaft to hold back the water. The winding engine had 2 horizontal cylinders 36” (0.91m) x 6’ 0” (1.83m) stroke, parallel drum 16’ 0” (4.87m) x 9’ 0” (2.74m) wide.

No2 UC shaft, surface level 354 feet (107.9m) above sea level, SK/4666/576874, winder had 2 horizontal cylinders 30” (0.76m) x 5’ 6” (1.68m) stroke. Conical drum 12’ 0” (3.66m) to 14’ 0” (4.27m) dia. Waddle fan 40ft (12m) dia, at 50 revs per minute, King speed recorder. Endless rope engine on surface, horizontal cylinder 26” (0.66m) x 3’ 0” (0.91m) stroke geared to 10 to 1, driving wheel 9’ 6” (2.90m) dia and an horizontal engine with 26” (0.66m) x 3’ 0” (0.91m) geared 7 ½ to 1 with a driving wheel 7’ 0” (2.13m) dia, both engines used for the main dips haulage roadways. A horizontal engine with 2 cylinders 16” (0.40m) x 3’ 0” (0.91m) dia geared 8.8 to 1 with a driving wheel 7’ 0” (2.13m) dia was used for the Hardwick engine plane on the south side of the colliery. The haulage rope on the main dip haulages lay on top of the tubs and under the tubs on the level haulage roads. 30 men and boys were employed picking and cleaning cannel coal on the screens. Gas manufactured at the colliery was used to light the surface and was forced underground to light pit bottom and pit bottom stables. Pit ponies were also kept in inbye stables in the Top Hard. The seam was worked on the longwall stall system.

No3 shaft 333 feet (101.5m) above sea level, 43/4666/576814, 503 yards (460m) to sump. As noted by John H Rippon, Geologist, the manriding shaft to Tupton (Low Main) was one of the few in North Derbyshire that had a gridded floor that could be looked through, allowing the lights of the pit bottom to be seen as a pinprick to start with, rapidly getting larger as the cage descended. Pithead baths were opened in 1932.

Underground locos: 2’ 0” gauge 2 x 4WDMF 8DLGs, 149 and 1955.

Seam worked:

  • The Top Hard seam was worked on longwall advancing stall system from 1884 then panels 1930s until 23/9/1943, exhaustion, using 4 tubs at 10 cwts on the cage.

There was a steam engine on the pit top for underground haulage work eventually pulling up a 1,300 yards (1,190m) plane dipping at 10” to a yard (1in3.6 max).

Other seams worked:

  • Dunsil 2’ 2” (0.66m) – 5/9/1949 and 27/1/1951, abandoned 6/12/1952 and 19/8/1960, abandoned 19/8/1961
  • 1st Waterloo 1929-Aug 1961 No2 shaft 14 ft (4.27m) dia sunk to 680 yards (622m)
  • Low Main 4’ 0” (1.22m) 1924-28/6/1974
  • Threequarter 2’ 10” (0.86m) -1950 and again -1951 and 1959-1960 heads, – 14/1/1971
  • Deep Hard 3’ 7” (1.09m) cross-measures drifts from Low Main, start 1952-21/9/1973
  • Threequarter and Blackshale-12/8/1950
  • Blackshale restart, coal 2’ 8” (0.81m), dirt 2” (0.05m), coal 1’ 2” (0.35m) 1970-26/4/1974.

Poor conditions in the Blackshale seam were blamed for its demise. The 158 yards (144.5m) deep Ramcroft shafts 43/457937 675279, 43/4578327 6752343 had been undermined in this seam during Dec 1972-Jan 1973.Glapwell No3 shaft SK/4666/514752 at 18 ft (5.49m) dia was sunk to 654 yards (598m).

There were connections to Langwith and Ramcroft at Top Hard horizon. Water migrated into Glapwell from these pits. A borehole was drilled into the Dunsil seam workings at Teversal from the Waterloo during the 1950s and proved the workings were dry.

The Clowne seam at 2’ 4” (0.71m) thick with 4” (0.1m) black bat overlying worked from the Bramley Vale drift mine was isolated from the Glapwell mine, but later was managed by the Glapwell team.

Working began in 1955 and finished 31/1/1970. No1 drift adit co-ords 43/4666/702335, length 1,138 yards (1,040m) at 1in5 and No2 adit 43/4666/771453, length 1,140 yards (1,042m) at 1in5.

Both drifts were driven by NCB personnel on contract. No3 adit position 43/4666/576814, length 503 yards (460m) driven almost due north at 1in4.3. A cover line of 50 yards (45m) of strata had to be left to the surface, also a pillar under Carr Vale. 3 Opencast workings crossing the site of the M1 motorway were to the North West and South East and a band of alluvium deposits either side of the River Doe Lea which crosses the area. New pithead baths opened 1961. A planing machine was introduced at a gate end in 1967.

In 1969 a Muschamp remote haulage shearer with a 32” (0.81m) disc was installed in the 33” (0.84m) thick Clowne seam. The North Derbyshire information store room was based at Glapwell from 1975 and the Area sign shop for all notices from 1977.
The photo to the left shows demolition of the colliery.

Manpower: Sheepbridge Coal and Iron Co:

  • 1894: 684 Top Hard, 259 s/f
  • 1895: 702 TH, 227 s/f
  • 1896: 710 TH, 212 s/f
  • 1897: 754 TH, 200 s/f
  • 1898: 823 TH, 205 s/f
  • 1899: 882 TH, 218 s/f
  • 1900: 828 TH, 239 s/f
  • 1901: 812 TH, 236 s/f
  • 1902: 888 TH, 250 s/f
  • 1903: 809 TH, 239 s/f
  • 1904: 789 TH, 228 s/f
  • 1905: 846 TH, 226 s/f
  • 1906: 930 TH, 236 s/f
  • 1907: 911 TH, 247 s/f
  • 1908: 978 TH, 261 s/f
  • 1909: 1,050 TH, 258 s/f
  • 1910: 1,100 app TH, 250 s/f
  • 1911: 1,184 TH, 242 s/f
  • 1912: 1,177 TH, 238 s/f
  • 1913: 1,174 TH, 240 s/f
  • 1914: 1,270 TH, 240 s/f
  • 1915: 1,040 TH, 240 s/f
  • 1916: 1,096 TH, 248 s/f
  • 1917: 1,027 TH, 274 s/f
  • 1918: 1,118 TH, 294 s/f
  • 1919: 1,331 TH, 371 s/f
  • 1920: 1,446 TH, 381 s/f, 1,827 total
  • 1921: 1,432 TH, 348 s/f
  • 1922: 1,624 TH, 392 s/f
  • 1923: 1,612 TH, 405 s/f
  • 1924: 1,708 Top Hard and Low Main, sinking to Silkstone, 422 s/f
  • 1925: 1,839 TH and LM, 440 s/f
  • 1926: 1,757 TH and LM, 456 s/f
  • 1927: 2,111 TH and LM, 553 s/f
  • 1928: 2,175 TH and LM, 633 s/f
  • 1929: 2,442 TH, LM and Waterloo, 708 s/f, 3,150 total
  • 1930: 2,505 TH, LM and W, 768 s/f, 3,273 total
  • 1931: 2,291 TH, LM and W, 744 s/f
  • 1932: 1,809 TH, LM and W, 604 s/f
  • 1933: 1,771 TH, LM and W, 556 s/f
  • 1934: 1,744 TH, LM and W, 568 s/f
  • 1935: 1,929 TH, LM and W, 610 s/f
  • 1936: 1,839 TH, LM and W, 606 s/f
  • 1937: 2,096 TH, LM and W, 644 s/f
  • 1938: 2,252 TH, LM and W, 657 s/f
  • 1939: 2,100 app TH, LM and W, 690 s/f
  • 1940: 2,037 TH, LM and W, 731 s/f
  • 1941: 2,060 TH, LM and W, 819 s/f, 2,879 total
  • 1942: 2,136 TH, LM and W, 815 s/f
  • 1943: No1 pit: 1,133, TH finished and W, 410 s/f, No3 pit: 816 LM, 390 s/f
  • 1944: 1,208 Waterloo, 404 s/f, 928 LM, 381 s/f
  • 1945: 1,163 W, 417 s/f, 910 LM, 372 s/f
  • 1946: 2,900 men app.

Output and Manpower NCB: No2 Area EM Div:

  • 1947: 962,185 tons, 2,998 men
  • 1948: 988,251 tons, 3,014 men max
  • 1949: 987,439 tons, 3,060 men max
  • No1 Area: 1950: 989,631 tons, 2,812 men
  • 1951: 1,080,317 tons, 2,716 men
  • 1952: 1,050,521 tons, 2,727 men
  • 1953: 967,902 tons, 2,702 men
  • 1954: 910,569 tons, 2,662 men
  • 1955: 967,558 tons, 2,681 men
  • 1956: 966,181 tons, 2,702 men
  • 1957: 910,151 tons, 2,662 men
  • 1958: 837,589 tons, 2,726 men
  • 1959: 939,733 tons, 2,634 men
  • 1960: 942,533 tons, 2,428 men
  • 1961: 915,243 tons, 2,208 men
  • 1962: 926,963 tons, 2,179 men
  • 1963/64: 884,282 tons, 2,146 men
  • 1964/65: 852,184 tons, 2,075 men
  • 1965/66: 741,268 tons, 1,946 men
  • 1966/67: 982,232 tons, 1,851 men

North Derbyshire Area:

  • 1967/68: 1,101,370 tons max 1,870 men
  • 1968/69: 893,932 tons, 1,836 men
  • 1969/70: 729,109 tons, 1,665 men
  • 1970/71: 574,836 tons, 1,106 men
  • 1971/72: 366,538 tons, 1,095 men
  • 1972/73: 425,314 tons, 998 men
  • 1973/74: 272,565 tons, 830 men
  • 1974/75: 40,122 tons, 237 men. Production ceased June 1974.

Agents:

  • William Wilde 1882-1884
  • Jonathan Piggford (1084 s) Agent 1886-1893 (transferred to Manager for Teversall, Silver Hill and Pleasley)
  • TA Elliott Agent -1917
  • G Wharton (426) Agent 1917-1922
  • G Nicholson Agent 1922-1927
  • Jack A Tankard (3946) Agent 1927-1942
  • Tom O Wrightson (2952) Agent 1942-1946
  • Jack A Tankard (3946) Agent 1947-1952
  • Tommy M Cope (4164) 1953-

Sub-Area Managers / Group Managers / Production Managers:

  • WES Peach (….) Sub-Area Manager 1949-1952
  • JS Rayner (3077) Sub-Area Manager 1952-1953
  • Ben Kendall (1944) Sub-Area Manager 1953-
  • Arthur G Douthwaite (….) Group Manager 1956-1957
  • Jim H Stone (4524) Group Manager 1958
  • Len E Fletcher (3059) (promoted from Staffs Area) Group Manager 1963-

Managers for Glapwell:

  • William Wilde Manager and Agent 1882-1884
  • JB Smith Manager 1884-1886
  • Charles Snow (2042) Manager 1886-1893
  • JF Lee (867) 1893-1906
  • GeorgeWharton (426) Manager (also for Cobnar Wood) 1906-1911
  • Thomas Wharton (2875) 1912-1917
  • Arthur Searston (3303) Manager 1917-1924
  • GeorgeBunting (1057) Manager 1924-1948
  • Tommy M Cope (4164) Manager for No1 and No3 1947-1953 also Agent 1953-
  • Jim Gillespie (2090) Manager No1 pit 1956-
  • No3 pit Tom Wallace (5270) 1956-
  • Des Stringer (5143) Manager No1 1963-1966 (promoted from Williamthorpe, promoted to Production Manager 1966-)
  • B George Stepney (5360) No3 1963-1965 for both No1 and No3 1966 (moved to HQ)
  • Bramley Vale: John E Hancock (6205) Manager 1966
  • Glapwell No3: Derek Noble (5922) 1966
  • Colliery General Manager for the combined mine Glapwell / Bramley Vale John E Hancock (6205) 1967-1969 (transferred to Langwith)
  • A (Tony) F Deakin (7903) 1969-1971 (CGM transferred from Manager Pleasley, transferred to Markham, later Production Manager and Director South Midlands)
  • John H White (8350) 1971-1973 (promoted from Williamthorpe, transferred to Manager Westthorpe then Warsop, later Production Manager, Chief Mining Engineer North Derbyshire Area)
  • Alf Merrington (8179) 1973-1974 (transferred to Bolsover, later Production Manager)
  • Ronnie CH Hamilton (4441) 1974 for closure.

Deputy Managers Glapwell / Bramley Vale:

  • Len Edwards JP (7953) 1967-1971 (promoted from Measham, transferred to Oxcroft, High Moor, later Special duties Safety Engineer, Competitions and Common law claims later Manager Bolsover)
  • Alec Bowmer ?
  • Jim Ferreday (7684) 1967-70 (transferred to Assistant Manager Shirebrook, later Manager Renishaw Park)
  • William T Steel (8544) 1970-72 (later Manager Shirebrook)
  • Phil Goodwin (8917) 1973-74 (transferred to Bolsover).

Assistant Manager:

  • Jim McGuigan (5965) (previously at Warsop).

Undermanagers for Glapwell included:

  • John Gill (289 service) 1886-1892
  • J Cartledge (2nd) 1892-1897
  • F Haywood (1109) 1897-1909
  • A Greasley (4722) 1909-1913
  • J Lowe (2nd) 1913-1915
  • HC Batty (2nd) 1915-1922
  • F Haywood (2nd) 1922-1933
  • WJ Smith (1158) 1924-1942
  • J Till 1933-1945
  • R Wilson (2nd) No1 1945-
  • HR Clark (1129) No3 1945-1949
  • Charlie Hazlehurst (4443) No3 1949-
  • GJ Wood (5274) No3 1956-
  • H Ross (4906) No3 1956-
  • No1 Percy Blunt (promoted from Overman and then Backshift Undermanager No3, transferred to Bramley Vale)
  • No3 Les Hayes (5679) 1963-
  • Alec F Bowmer (6054) 1963-
  • Keith J Otter (8932) 1966 (transferred from Langwith, transferred to Renishaw Park)
  • Frank Tebbs (7890) 1966-1968
  • Sam A Mather (9140) 1966-68
  • Jim B Wallace (8061) 1966-1968
  • Charlie A Hall (6155) 1969-
  • Dave Elliott (7639) 1969-
  • Charles A Clarkson (9058) 1969-1970
  • John Henry White 1970-1971
  • Maurice Saint (9987) 1971-1974
  • Alan Vincent (9400) 1973-1974 (promoted to Assistant Manager Clipstone, later Manager at Ireland then left to HMI)
  • Harry Cossey (….) (ex Staffs Area) 1974. Bob Hudson (transferred to Manager Area Salvage team).

Managers for Bramley Vale:

  • John E Hancock (6205) (transferred from Oxcroft, transferred to Langwith).

Undermanagers for Bramley Vale:

  • Percy Blunt (transferred from Glapwell No1, promoted to Acting Manager Whitwell)
  • Arthur Randle 1961-1962 (promoted from Markham, promoted to Deputy Manager Creswell)
  • Jim Ferreday (7684) 1962-1967 (promoted to Deputy Manager).

Surveyors included: …

  • William Scattergood (Sheepbridge Co)
  • Stan Coe (973) promoted to Sub-Area Surveyor 1947
  • Fred Owen (1256) 1947-1954
  • Fred Brown (1572) (transferred from Markham 1954-1957, promoted to Sub-Area/Group Surveyor succeeding William Scattergood), later Assistant Area Surveyor -1981)
  • Geoff T Hancock (2755) (for Glapwell No3 transferred from Ramcroft) 1958-
  • J Geoff Watson (2801) (for Bramley Vale) -1967
  • Jack H Milner (1811) Jan 1968-1974.