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The Decline Of The Industry Continued
After Nationalisation 1947

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1984
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1984 - Page 1


Inclined Bunker Constructed At Thoresby

A 1,000 tonnes 60º inclined bunker was being constructed at Thoresby (North Nottinghamshire) to complement the vertical one. I visited same to see what complications could arise, however the job was done to perfection and on completion the coal loaded out at the base via a hopper onto a conveyor.


Heating at Ollerton

Although the NUM were on an overtime ban several teams of men were at work at Ollerton due to an underground heating at Parkgate 2s Return gate. Common sense dictated for once.


New Banner

A new NUM banner for Annesley Colliery Branch (Nottinghamshire) was displayed. NUM Secretary was Steve Williamson.


Westthorpe Closed After 60 Years

Image From Killamarsh Heritage Society

Seams worked:

  • Deep Soft or Flockton 5ft 3in (1.6m) thick, from 150 yards (137m) to 683 yards (625m) deep, 1928 first abandoned Feb 1944, large posts and gate up to opencast, abandoned again 9/7/1971, poor quality of coal. Plans deposited 11/4/1973 at Mining Records office via HMI. Heading driven 174m during May-Sep 1978
  • Thorncliffe 3ft 0in (0.91m) coal and 1’ 0” (0.30m) inferior coal and dirt, 175 yards (160m) to 635 yards (580m) deep, 1953-Sep 1972
  • Chavery 3ft 10in (1.15m) – in parts inferior coal 6” (0.15m), dirt 9” (0.23m), inferior coal 1’ 4” (0.40m), dirt 8” (0.20m), inferior coal 5” (0.13m), coal 2’ 3” (0.69m) max 612 yards (560m) deep, 1968-1986
  • Parkgate or Deep Hard 4ft (1.2m) thick, 1951-1954, least successful.
  • 1949 two drifts at 1in 4.5 were driven to the Thorncliffe and Parkgate (1951) at 4ft (1.2m) thick. However due to washouts and faulting the Parkgate stopped, and the Thorncliffe workings 1953-1972
  • Deep Soft to 1971
  • Chavery seam, drifts 1968-1970, working began 1971.
  • A support barrier was left in Top Hard. The pit was sunk through unconsolidated deposits – alluvium. The River Rother flowed close by. A boundary line to North East Division / East Midlands Division was dated Feb 1952.

Bull week, Xmas 1966 produced a record 16,509 tonnes and 613,519 tonnes maximum was produced in 1970-1971.

A single shaft, was sunk to Deep Soft at 150 yards (137m) SK4535379630 and 164 yards (150m) deep.

There was a head driven in the Flockton Thin but not pursued. Section, strong bind, coal 9” (0.23m), dirt 4” (0.10m), coal 1’ 5” (0.43m), inferior coal 1’ 3” (0.38m), coal 1’ 9” (0.53m), fireclay floor.

The winder was made by Robey and Co Ltd at a cost of £3,300 and was erected for £70. It had 2 double acting cylinders at 145 psi.

The shaft was linked to Holbrook, which finished production in 1944. It was a combined mine with 3 Holbrook shafts sunk in 1870s, (shown), and 2 Norwood shafts in 1866 (abandoned 1944) SK4660581853.

A water seal had been built against the 33 feet (10m) fault in 1937, for the effective pressure was 80 yards (73m).


The Mine Was Taken Over By Tinsley Park Colliery Co In 1941

The mine was taken over by Tinsley Park Colliery Co in 1941 for 3 years then in 1944 by United Steel Co Ltd. At this time J and G Wells Co became part of Rother Vale Collieries Group until 1947.

Pit head baths to accommodate 1,252 men were built in 1949.

A Meco machine was installed in the Deep Soft in 1950.

A new headgear built 1948/49 and a 1in 3 drift from Westthorpe pit bottom was driven to the surface 1st Aug 1952 to 11th Feb 1955.

The Holbrook shaft was dispensed with for ventilation but retained as a pumping shaft.

A 300 tons capacity bunker was built in the pit bottom in 1953.

The first armoured face conveyor in 1957 and hydraulic powered supports in 1959.

In 1962 advanced headings at the coal face were operational.

In 1965 a 300 tonnes bunker was constructed in the pit bottom.

A washery was built in 1977.

In Sep 1982 a face in the Chavery seam was working at a gradient of 1in4. Plans were in hand for driving 2 cross-measures drifts connecting the Chavery seam workings at Westthorpe to the Two Foot seam roadways at High Moor starting late 1985.


Manpower J and G Wells

  • 1923: 41 sinking, 62 s/f
  • 1924: 15 Deep Soft
  • 1925: 69 Deep Soft, 37 s/f
  • 1926: 122 Deep Soft or Flockton, 25 s/f
  • 1927: 204 DS or F, 26 s/f
  • 1928: 228 DS or F, 28 s/f
  • 1929: 289 DS or F, 11 s/f
  • 1930: 287 DS or F, 60 s/f
  • 1931: 295 DS or F, 57 s/f
  • 1932: 265 DS or F, 59 s/f
  • 1933: 75 DS or F, 12 s/f
  • 1934: 177 DS or F, 55 s/f
  • 1935: 97 DS or F, 17 s/f
  • 1936: 134 DS or F, 19 s/f
  • 1937: 153 DS or F, 19 s/f
  • 1938: 141 DS or F, 19 s/f
  • 1939: ?
  • 1940: 140 DS or F, 30 s/f
  • 1941: 141 DS or F, 30 s/f
  • 1942: 257 DS or F, 97 s/f
  • 1943: 403 DS or F, 145 s/f
  • 1944: 689 DS or F, 215 s/f
  • 1945: 723 DS or F, 241 s/f, 964 men
  • 1946: ?

Output and Manpower NCB

  • 1947: No1 Area EM Div: 351,334 tons, 1,027 men
  • 1948: 372,938 tons, 1,061 men
  • 1949: 409,186 tons, 1,106 men
  • 1950: 391,498 tons, 1,076 men
  • 1951: 469,278 tons, 1,143 men
  • 1952: 525,328 tons, 1,201 men
  • 1953: 417,886 tons, 1,224 men
  • 1954: 432,572 tons, 1,223 men
  • 1955: 528,656 tons, 1,284 men
  • 1956: 547,210 tons, 1,308 men (max)
  • 1957: 560,137 tons, 1,301 men
  • 1958: 563,617 tons, 1,299 men
  • 1959: 505,828 tons, 1,261 men
  • 1960: 466,613 tons, 1,152 men
  • 1961: 543,199 tons, 1,074 men
  • 1962: 527,146 tons, 1,048 men
  • 1963/64: 528,140 tons, 1,039 men
  • 1964/65: 513,098 tons, 1,016 men
  • 1965/66: 463,030 tons, 958 men
  • 1966/67: 540,083 tons, 882 men
  • 1967/68: North Derbyshire Area: 579,241 tons, 858 men
  • 1968/69: 533,322 tons, 810 men
  • 1969/70: 520,568 tons, 768 men
  • 1970/71: 603,828 tons (max) 743 men
  • 1971/72: 499,315 tons, 735 men
  • 1972/73: 519,905 tons, 703 men
  • 1973/74: 413,563 tons, 683 men
  • 1974/75: 509,465 tons, 681 men
  • 1975/76: 557,734 tons, 682 men
  • 1976/77: 435,924 tons, 692 men
  • 1977/78: 431,127 tonnes (424,317 tons), 696 men
  • 1978/79: 530,561 tonnes, 701 men
  • 1979/80: 484,231 tonnes, 702 men
  • 1980/81: 458,222 tonnes, 709men
  • 1981/82: 503,245 tonnes, 709 men
  • 1982/83: 377,043 tonnes, 704 men
  • 1983/84: 235,804 tonnes, 637 men. Production ceased February 1984.

Agents

  • Henry Burgin (398) 1924-1931
  • Arthur Hayes (129) 1931-1941
  • H Kendall (1551) 1941-1943
  • Ben Kendall (1944) 1947-1950
  • Len Gross (2351) 1950- .

Sub-Area Managers / Group Managers / Production Managers

  • Jack A Tankard (3946) Sub-Area Manager 1953-1956
  • Robert (Bob) Scott (4454) Group Manager 1957-1965
  • Arthur W Baddeley (2543) No1 Group Manager 1966-

Managers for Westthorpe

  • Henry Burgin (398) Manager sinking 1923-1927, Agent 1924-1931
  • H Kendall (1551) Manager 1927-1943
  • JH Bailey (2297)
  • Arthur Hayes (129) Agent and Manager 1931-1935 then Agent 1935-
  • H Kendall (1551) Manager 1935-1941 then Agent and Manager 1941-1943
  • E Thompson (2526) Manager 1943-1946
  • George Walker (3903) Manager 1947-1960
  • P Julian Griffiths (5676) Manager 1960-1962 (transferred from High Moor, transferred to Williamthorpe, later Director South Nottinghamshire, died in service)
  • Harold Glasby (7387) Manager 1963-1966 (joined Mavor and Coulson Ltd)
  • Albert Wheeler (7349) Manager 1966-1967 (transferred from High Moor, transferred to Williamthorpe, later Production Manager 1969-1973, CME, Deputy Director North Derbyshire 1973, Director Scotland Aug 1980, Director Nottinghamshire Area 1986-, Deputy Chairman of British Coal)
  • Joe A Rodgers (4226) Manager 1968-1970 (transferred from Alfreton)
  • C Arnold Heeley (7692) 1970-1972 (promoted from Deputy Manager Markham)
  • John H White (8350) Manager 1972-1975 (transferred from Glapwell, transferred to Warsop, later Chief Mining Engineer)
  • Konrad P Hess (Polish) (7609) Manager and Agent Manager (transferred from Ireland) 1975-1983
  • Arnold Vardy (7891) Manager 1983-1984 (promoted from Deputy Manager Warsop, transferred to Whitwell)
  • Len Edwards (7953) 1984 (transferred from Bolsover and was Manager for Whitwell also at closure).

 

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