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The Decline Of The Industry Continued
After Nationalisation 1947

Book 6
Chimneys
1986
1988

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1986 - Page 10


Babbington (Cinderhill) Closed After 142 Years
- Continued -


Fatal Accidents

Fatal Accidents: Cinder Hill,

  • Sam Carrington (13) crushed by tubs 14/1/1847
  • Benjamin Severn (21) caught in haulage wheel 2/9/1847
  • William Corder (27) crushed by wagons on surface 4/6/1849
  • Joseph Wilkinson (36) fall of roof 24/5/1850
  • Benjamin Padley (35) fall of roof 1/6/185
  • James Webster (18) crushed by tubs 18/10/1852
  • Edward Hudson (?) fall of roof 8/1/1853
  • John Aram (36) fall of roof 28/1/1853
  • William Ball (29) run over by tubs 18/2/1853
  • David Reddish (19) fall of roof 1/12/1853
  • John Varley 6/4/1854
  • J Haywood (24) fall of brickwork and arching 24/6/1858 and R Goulder (43) brick arching fell, died 6/8/1858

Several explosions occurred at Cinderhill and were attributed to faulty ventilation 1864

  • William Marlow (13) 18/12/1864, explosion of firedamp (2 miles inbye)
  • John Fletcher (14) 6/5/1868
  • Edwin Lane (19) run over by tubs 7/7/1871
  • George Marion (43) 6/3/1872
  • - Mathews (boy..?) 6/6/1874
  • Matthew Keeling (39) stallman 59s, coal fell on his legs, died in hospital /10/1899
  • Jos Harriman (57) bind fell, 19/10/1904, broken leg – died later
  • William Leivers (37) bind fell, died in hospital same day, 7/9/1910
  • William Noah Brown (51) stall man, clunch fell and broke his neck 6/2/1913
  • George Alfred Wood (34) S stall, coals fell, 25/6/1913
  • Ernest Albert Spencer (49) C stall, coals fell on him, 1/10/1915, died in hospital of pneumonia 8/10/1915
  • John William Durham (41) D stall, coals fell out between slips 7/6/1918
  • George H Henderson (42) 59s gate, sawn prop flew out 17/9/1918, died next day
  • Fred Chambers (47) Timberer top of incline, bearing bars ran out and roof fell, 15/8/1925
  • Sam Simpson (62) 77s stall, fall of roof 5/1/1928
  • James Harris (33) dayman, coal fell on him at 5pm, died 10pm 19/10/1931.

Fatal Accidents at Babbington:

  • Gervase Hays (?) fall of roof 17/4/1855
  • William Marsden (34) fall of roof 21/7/1853
  • William Howe (29) fall of roof 22/8/1855
  • Joseph Bryan (25) shotfiring accident 8/1/1858
  • George Clay (13) crushed by tubs 12/12/1862
  • Edward Chambers (58) 6/4/1863
  • Joseph Miles (36) fall of roof 24/4/1863
  • William Blore (15) crushed by tubs 5/11/1863
  • Thomas Murden (24) fall of roof 7/1/1864
  • William Marlow (13) explosion 18/12/1864
  • ? Severn (boy?) 20/1/1864
  • John Atkinson (18) fall of roof 3/11/1865
  • Joseph Parrott (13) run over by tubs 20/7/1865
  • Robert Davis (15) fall of roof 3/11/1865
  • John Martin (32) fall of roof 25/7/1867
  • William Smith (15) crushed by tubs 19/10/1867
  • William Eddison (boy?) 5/12/1867
  • William Hardy (40) killed by explosion 18/5/1868
  • Dennis Millward (34) fall of roof 15/8/1868
  • Elijah Anthony (20) fall of roof 21/3/1871
  • Henry Elliott (boy?) 20/6/1871
  • George Mailon (38) fall of coal 16/2/1872
  • Henry Smith (11) run over by tubs on the surface 7/3/1872, died 13/3/1872
  • William Foster (15) run over by tubs 3/8/1872
  • James Mitchell (15) crushed by tubs 18/11/1872
  • John Stirland (39) dragged into winding drum 24/3/1873
  • William Wellington Lowe (45) crushed by the cage 9/2/1875
  • Moses Greensmith (26) fall of roof 4/6/1875
  • Joseph Walters (57) fall of roof 20/12/1875, died 1/1/1876
  • Sam Walters (15) fall of coal 29/2/1876
  • John Dobbs (66) crushed by wagons on surface 2/2/1880
  • Joseph Smith (66) 20/2/1880
  • William Marshall (63) run over by tubs 18/11/1883, died 19/11/1883
  • Henry Smith (13) run over by tubs 14/9/1885
  • Thomas Wheeldon (28) fall of roof 7/3/1887
  • James William Martin (14) run over by tubs 25/5/1887
  • John Thomas Allen (41) fell down shaft 17/6/1887
  • John Davis (17) crushed by tubs 2/11/1888
  • Sam Hallam (20) suicide, 1/2/1889
  • William Merrin (49) crushed by a wagon on the surface 8/1/1892
  • Fred Clarke (27) fall of roof 8/10/1894
  • Enoch Richards (57) run over by tubs 9/6/1896
  • John Gilbert Blower (13) run over by tubs 7/12/1897
  • Robert Grainger (16) crushed by tubs 9/12/1898
  • John Langham (28) and Isaac Hickman (26) killed on 18/9/1901
  • Joseph Nicholson (55) fell from a height in the engine house 12/11/1902
  • George Edward Bradshaw (18) run over by tubs 1/6/1906
  • William Gillson Jackson (58) injured his thumb on the surface 24/8/1907, died from septicaemia 1/9/1907
  • William Leivers (37) fall of roof 7/9/1910
  • Sam Shaw (45), stripped off for work at 30s, died suddenly 16/9/1910
  • William Whyld (24) fall of coal 3/10/1910
  • Edward Charles Rodgers (34) Winder, pinned between valve gear and slide blocks when cleaning engine whilst in motion, 4/11/1911
  • Fred George Whyld (27) large stone fell from roof, 32s stall, 1/3/1912
  • William Harris (29) fall of coal 29/1/1915
  • Mesliach Rawley (53) accidently hit with a tool by a fellow worker 9/12/1919, died 11/12/1919
  • John Stephen West (25) fall of roof 21/5/1919, died of pulmonary phthisis 22/4/1921
  • Joseph Beeson (56) caught in machinery on the surface 6/4/1922
  • Thomas Berridge (28) fall of roof 2/11/1928
  • William Matthews (34) fall of roof 8/7/1931, died 7/10/1931
  • James Harris (32) hit by a prop 19/10/1931
  • John Vincent Lowe (55) hit by a tub falling from the cage 14/10/1933
  • Frank Bell (35) fall of roof 1/11/1933
  • Denis Raynor (36) fell from the cage into the sump 14/5/1920, died 18/4/1937
  • David W Freeborough (47) Screen hand, levelling coal on loaded wagon and got fast in gears, 22/9/1937
  • Albert Deller (38) fall of roof 13/2/1939
  • John William Goodwin (46) fall of roof 13/2/1939
  • John William Goodwin (46) fall of roof 4/3/1941
  • Charles Ankin Fewster (61) crushed by a tub 9/3/1942
  • Herbert Thompson (23) fall of roof 16/3/1943, died 13/4/1943
  • Ernest Albert Spencer (50) caught in machinery 3/3/1945
  • Alfred George Hall (57) fall of roof 10/7/1945, died 11/7/1945
  • Thomas William Morley (40) fall of roof 22/5/1946
  • George Smith (42) fall of roof 23/5/1946
  • William Wilson (46) fall of roof 22/10/1946 Wm
  • James Kirk (52) fall of roof 16/2/1947
  • Arthur Stirland (33) fall of roof 30/10/1947
  • Sam Gordon Stirland (54) injured hand 24/10/1947
  • Maurice Buckingham (25) explosion of gas, 9/7/1948, died 10/7/1948
  • Robert Henson (50) fall of roof 15/8/1948
  • Robert Wilson (52) fall of roof 1/1/1949
  • Denis Malcolm Baker (26) fall of roof 5/10/1950
  • Alfred Godber (57) manriding accident 26/10/1950, died 29/10/1950
  • Jack Collins (31) fall of roof 27/2/1951
  • Sam Edward Cotton (39) fall of roof 3/5/1952, died from septicaemia 6/5/1951
  • Sidney T Lowe-Guest (49) fall of roof 24/8/1951
  • Thomas William Evans (44) fall of roof 30/11/1952
  • Thomas Smelt (18) fall of roof 9/12/1953
  • Victor Anderton (36) fall of roof 4/4/1953
  • Robert Rhodes (51) fall of roof 8/1/1954
  • George Ernest Burbanks (41) fall of roof 10/1/1954
  • George Williams (65) crushed by a wagon on the surface 11/1/1954
  • Gordon (Sonny) Vincent Bough (17) crushed by tubs 15/3/1956 In Memory
  • Horace William Newall (50) fall of roof ?/1/1956, died 22/8/1956
  • Henry Percy Gibson (64) run over by loco on the surface 16/10/1958
  • Edward Morris (60) caught in machinery ?/?/1964
  • Kenneth Stevenson (42) crushed by a coal cutter 10/3/1969
  • Sam Mitchell (51) ? ?/?/1971
  • Sam Lynam - my brother, Paul Lynam, died, aged 18, Crushed by machinery 24/08/1983 at the Babbington Colliery

The reason why some names had initials and ages missing, is that they were more than likely young boys. In those early days boys were not considered to be of much importance and classified as half a man. In fact pit ponies were considered to be more important.

These photos will give you an idea of the working conditions underground and probably the jobs your Great Grandfather William Wilson did as it was generally the progression from being a lad.


Ganging supplies or coal with a pony


Assisting at a loading point or in the pit bottom


Clipping a tub of coal on a moving haulage rope


Various views of working at the coal face in the 1930s


Coalface conditions in the early 1940s with wooden props, split wooden bars, broken props and a lack of sufficient supports. On the conveyor belt note the pieces of stone that have fallen further up the coal face


Coal face conditions in the 1940s with undercut coal by machine, sprags and supports steel props and ‘w‘ bars. The coal would have boreholes every few yards (metres) and these would be loaded with explosive and fired down. The collier would then shovel the coal onto the conveyor and set new supports.


After the coal has been filled out and the face conveyor moved ready for reinstallation near to the face


This photo shows how the roof can fall between supports


This photo shows how the collier should test the roof by tapping his pick and feeling any vibration....a sound rood would 'ring' and a roof that has lowered and is unsafe would give a dull hollow sound. The collier then should set extra supports under the poor roof area or suffer the consequences.


This shows how the roof of heavy bind or mudstone or siltstone could suddenly break and fall


This view shows a poor scabby roof with bent roof bars due to roof lowering

Unfortunately William Wilson by now a very experienced collier at 46 could have taken that one risk too many and was buried by very heavy stone (bind) and was killed. Most colliers did take a risk with roof conditions but most got away with it or suffered minor cuts and bruises.


Incidents included: On Thurs 9 Apr 1857 a fire was located under one of the shafts. There were 2 engines for drawing coal from extreme ends of the pit. Heat from one of the boiler flues set fire to the bed of coal some 45 ft (13.7m) long and 6 ft (1.83m) deep. Measures to put out the fire were unsuccessful so at 2pm 2 engines from the Fire Brigade and under the Supervision of Fox the engines were taken down the pit. All efforts were made to extinguish the fire and it was not until 7pm on Tues evening 14 Apr that the fire was put out. No material damage was done but there was considerable outlay to render the place secure again.

There was a reportable electrical switch flash incident in 1961.


Old Pits

To the west of Babbington colliery (Nottinghamshire) between Bilborough, Strelley, Nuthall and Kimberley villages lay hundreds of old shafts. Some are known by name such as First Whymsey, Barbers Engine, Harriss, Nuthall, Nuthall Wood, Nuthall Temple, Engine pit, Burdetts (or Burdells), New Engine, Cloughs, and Henry Hunts etc to name a few.