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The Decline Of The Industry Continued
After Nationalisation 1947

1977 1978
1981 1982 1983

1980 Pages   1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9     10     11  

1980 - Page 11

(Teversal Colliery Closed After 111 years - Continued)

The photo shows the arrangement where stone chippings were tipped into a hopper over a panzer conveyor and delivered into the shaft. After filling both shafts, DC at 14 ft (4.27m) and UC (Shonkey) 10’ 0”-10’ 6” (3.20m) dia they were capped with concrete. Later the shafts were over-tipped with waste from Silverhill Colliery washery and Coal preparation plant.

When Teversal closed, an era of mining closed with it. Teversal was a pit where everyone enjoyed working there. I certainly did for almost 17 years. The Manager George Noble (5852) remarked how it was a happy pit in his 20 years there, but was disappointed for the workforce that a new drift mine had not been driven to work the Clowne seam, after all the work that had gone in to the project with the borings etc, and similarly for not attempting to work the 2nd Waterloo seam, albeit that they were both thin seams, but added that the Teversal men would have made them work.

George Noble is presenting big John Bacon, the Onsetter at No1 shaft, with his retirement certificate and wishing him a long and happy retirement. George would unfortunately suffer from gangrene and had to have a leg amputated, however he died a few days later from pneumonia in King’s Mill hospital. Alan McDiarmid, the ex–electrical at Teversal and big friend of George Noble died about 2 weeks later in a nursing home after suffering from a stroke. In the 1960s/70s along with our wives were all ‘drinking partners’ at the Teversal Welfare. Although sad occasions I was pleased that I had visited them both in their last days and reminisced of happier times.

Renishaw Park

A Coal preparation plant was under construction at Renishaw Park (North Derbyshire) at a cost of £6.6m.

Solar Panels

2 solar heating panels were installed on the roof of the Pithead baths at Williamthorpe to heat the workshops, now a maintenance and storage depot. The site was not a working mine anymore and a coal boiler plant would have to be manned and coal delivered from another colliery, but again it was another system to do away with coal as a fuel.

Wooden Headgear Derelict

The wooden headgear at old Swannington colliery (Leicestershire) was derelict and now overgrown.

Poolsbrook Mining Village

Poolsbrook the mining village in North Derbyshire, was given a major face lift, following reclamation and landscaping after Opencasting to remove 2½ m tonnes of coal from the regular flooded 479 acre derelict eyesore sight.

Output Slumped

The output for Moorgreen slumped in 1979-1980 to 443,209 tons with 1,089 men.


The Coal Industry Act 1980 guaranteed the NCB some £600m a year for 3 years for new investment.

The Employment Act 1980 restricted lawful picketing to the pickets own place of work.

Replacement Winder

A new electric winder was installed for Thoresby No1 shaft in the pit fortnight holidays to replace the original electric winder installed in 1928. The roof of the winding house had to be removed to accept the 120 tonne winding drum lifted in by crane. The No2 shaft replacement was scheduled for 1981. The highest output of 1,607,000 tonnes was produced by 1,400 men in 1979/80. 60% of the output went to CEGB power stations, 20% to cement works and the remainder to general industry and domestic use. The £4.7m scheme included a new covered walkway from the Pithead baths to the shaft top, Lamproom, Offices etc.

Donisthorpe to Rawdon Link Up

In South Derbyshire a £17½ m scheme to link up Donisthorpe to Rawdon with a 3,000m roadway was completed. Donisthorpe sunk in 1857 with 2 more shafts sunk in 1871, employing 1,100 men with 3 faces in 3 seams would now send all the coal through the link up to a new computerised washery at Rawdon. This pit was sunk in 1821 and had 1,220 men working 4 seams. A 3,000 tonnes Rapid loading bunker would dispatch the merry-go-round trains to the power station in about 20 minutes.

Monolithic Packing

In August 1980 monolithic packing was first introduced at Calverton (Nottinghamshire) in the Low Bright/Brinsley seam where a roadway had suffered severe closure problems. The Aquapack system was introduced, however the operators were subject to skin problems. Protective clothing, Wellingtons, aprons, goggles, dust masks and gauntlets and eye wash were provided.

Tekpak Foam

Tekpak superseded Aquapack, the material being silica based cement which was less aggressive to the skin and could be pumped from further outbye. It was used on Deep Hard K1s at Cotgrave in October 1984.

Massive Fall

A massive fall on K1s face in the Blackshale at Bentinck was treated successfully using Tekpak foam.


Many inventions had been made since the early 1970s to date, and many were in use in the local pits, e.g. radar for measuring, ultrasonics, infra-red beams – lasers, gamma rays, seismology, semi-conductors, catalysts, etc for use in measuring coal roof thickness, bunker status, airflow, CO2 content, CH4 etc. There were now 23 installations of MINOS. Computers were being developed quickly since 1969.

Training Face

A foundation Training face was established on 11th September 1980 at Grassmoor (Derbyshire).

Mossbrook Closed

Mossbrook a small drift mine in North Derbyshire was closed, Parkgate – coal 2’ 2” (0.66m), dirt 9½” (0.24m), coal 1’ 8½” (0.52m). Surveyor: A Green (1127) 4/10/1980.

Mysterious Smell at Eastwood Hall

A strange mysterious smell was noticed at Eastwood Hall offices, Eastwood, Nottinghamshire now the Midlands Regional Office. It was once the home of a colliery Manager. Workmen entered a previously unknown old cellar and found flood water, but soon felt dizzy. Blackdamp (carbon dioxide and nitrogen with a trace of methane) was thought to be coming from ancient shallow mine workings beneath the Hall. Fortunately the problem was resolved quickly by pumping out the water and concreting the old cellars in.


In October 1980, H Merrik Spanton OBE (4612) Director since 1967 transferred to NCB HQ and Jack E Wood OBE (4395) succeeded to Director North Nottinghamshire Area (1980-1985). He had previously been Manager at Madeley (Leycett) West Midlands, Manager Welbeck, transferred to Rufford, Group Manager for Rufford, Blidworth, Mansfield and Sherwood, Deputy Production Manager (Ops) No5 Area, Production Manager South Nottinghamshire 1967, CME South Midlands for a short period, Deputy Director (Mining) South Nottinghamshire 1971-1972, Director South Nottinghamshire 1972-1974, Director Doncaster Area 1974-1980.

Albert Wheeler BSc (7349) was appointed Director Scottish Area. He had begun his career at Woolmet as a trainee, Deputy, Overman, then Undermanager Lady Victoria and Preston Links, Deputy Manager Lady Victoria, 1965 Deputy Manager Williamthorpe, Manager High Moor, General Manager Williamthorpe/Grassmoor 1967-1970, Production Manager 1970-1971 North Derbyshire, Director of Mining Services North Derbyshire 1971-1973, Deputy Director (Mining) North Derbyshire.

Production Managers in North Derbyshire Area: Keith J Otter (8932), John G Town (7579), John T Nicholson (8665).

Norman Siddall (3655) Chairman of the Board was awarded CBE. He was a Manager in Nottinghamshire in the 1950s and Area General Manager in Derbyshire at No1 Area, Bolsover.

HM Inspectorate

Ken Couldwell (5064) HMI for the district retired earlier in the year. He was a keen one.

Mines Rescue

Rescue Station personnel: District Manager Peter Hallam (4279)

Mansfield Woodhouse Superintendent – Peter Harley
Chesterfield - GAT Burton
Ilkeston - Crispian Hodgkiss
Ashby-de-la-Zouch - E Bonser.

Rob Cox, Deputy Surveyor At Thoresby Was Decapitated In A Tragic Loco Accident

On Wednesday 17th December 1980 Rob Cox, Deputy Surveyor at Thoresby (North Nottinghamshire) was killed and decapitated in a tragic loco accident whilst carrying out surveying duties on the Top Hard locomotive road. Surveyors measuring up a Surveyor with whom they worked with, was a more difficult job than ever, and as can be surmised, measuring up the scene of a fatal accident is not a pleasant task at the best of times, and even more heart rending when the body is still in situ, as I have experienced several times in my career.



Coal Preparation Plants

Coal Preparation Plants: in North Nottinghamshire:
Dense Medium/DM Cyclones 600 tons per hour
Bilsthorpe Baum/Froth flotation 300 t.p.h
Blidworth DM/Baum/Froth flotation 450 t.p.h
Clipstone Baum/Froth flotation 400 t.p.h
Creswell Dense Medium 320 t.p.h
Harworth Baum/Froth flotation 300 t.p.h
Mansfield Froth flotation 470 t.p.h
Ollerton Baum/Froth flotation 400 t.p.h
Rufford Baum/Froth flotation 800 t.p.h
Sherwood Baum 300 t.p.h
Silverhill Baum/Froth flotation 300 t.p.h
Sutton Baum/Froth flotation 300 t.p.h
Teversal Bretby Hybrid /cone 50 t.p.h
Thoresby Baum 550 t.p.h
Welbeck Baum 420 t.p.h

South Nottinghashire: Annesley Dense Medium 260 t.p.h
Babbington Baum/Dense Medium 400 t.p.h ceased
Bentinck Dense Medium Cyclone/Froth flotation 800 t.p.h
Calverton Baum/Froth flotation 550 t.p.h
Cotgrave Dense Medium Cyclones 600 t.p.h
Gedling Baum/Dense Medium 600 t.p.h
Hucknall Fine coal cleaning 410 t.p.h
Linby Baum/Froth flotation 360 t.p.h
Moorgreen Baum/Dense Medium Cyclones/Froth flotation 550 t.p.h
New Hucknall Greaves Jig 250 t.p.h
Newstead Concentrating tables 555 t.p.h
Pye Hill Baum/Froth flotation 430 t.p.h

North Derbyshire: Arkwright Greaves Box/Baum 200 t.p.h
Bolsover Baum 175 t.p.h
Markham Froth flotation 900 t.p.h
Renishaw Park Rheolaveur/trough 75 t.p.h
Shirebrook Dense Medium 400 t.p.h
Westthorpe Greaves Box 60 t.p.h
Warsop Baum/Dense/Medium Froth flotation 400 t.p.h
Whitwell Greaves Box/Baum 300 t.p.h .

South Midlands: Cadley Hill Dense Medium 350 t.p.h

South Yorkshire: Maltby Baum/Froth flotation 400 t.p.h
Shireoaks Dense Medium 250 t.p.h
Steetley Greaves Box 80 t.p.h

Pit Ponies

A note regarding pit ponies. There was less than 100 ponies underground in the whole country now, most of which, around 80, were employed at Ellington in the North East, needed because of the type of working being done – bord and pillar – lots of headings and cross-cuts. Pre 1914 there were 70,000 horses or ponies underground in the country, by 1917 there were 64,000, in 1927 there were 56,000, in 1937 there were 32,000, in 1947 there were 21,000, in 1957 there were 11,000, and by 1967 there were 1,500.


Nearby Riley Lane opencast site were old collieries such as Riley Lane colliery 3 to 4 adits and an airshaft
Riley Lane 2 had 2 drifts and 2 adits.

Opencast working: Blackwell Sidings 2nd Waterloo, 22,977 tons, 3/5/1980-8/1980
Coalfield Farm Yard, Upper and Lower Main, Middle and Nether Lount 2/8/76 – 30/9/80
Glapwell Colliery Water incidental coal by Derbyshire County Council 235 tons, 31/5/80
Morrells Mickley, Piper, Hospital, Tupton, Yard, Ashgate, Kilburn, 14/3/80
Petard 2nd Waterloo, 1/80
Riley Lane site, Low Main 3’ 9” (1.14m) and Threequarter 2’ 4” (0.71m) finished 17/8/1980.