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Calendar
The Decline Of The Industry Continued
After Nationalisation 1947

Book 6
Chimneys
1986
1988

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1986 - Page 12


Rawdon Closed After 165 Years

Rawdon (Leicestershire, South Midlands) Moira Colliery Co Ltd, sunk at Moira Bath on the Ashby Wolds was closed.

Shaft position 4/3116/265256, Marquis shaft 43/3016/952035. The 12 feet (3.65m) dia shafts were originally sunk in 1821 to the Main coal at 247 yards (226m) and in 1868 deepened to Stanhope seam at 362 yards (331m).

The steam winding engine with 14 feet (4.27m) dia drum and steel wire rounded rope was installed by Handyside of Derby.

In 1914 new screens were built to deal with around 100 to 120 tons per hour.

Marquis shaft was used for pumping water but after 1915 it was converted to coal winding.

Two sets of screens at the surface, both near Rawdon, one for Rawdon and one for Marquis, however the coal from Marquis shaft needed to be hauled overland by rope app 500 yards (460m).

In 1953 a new revolutionary winding system was introduced at Rawdon DC shaft using cages with containers. A new electric winder was built. In 1965 this system was replaced by two 4.75 ton skips.

The ventilation fan at Marquis UC shaft was a single inlet radial type with an identical one on standby. In 1849 a flat hemp rope was still being used at this shaft.

Underground loco: 2’ 6” gauge 4wBEF CRT3+ 1981.
Seams worked:

  • Little Kilburn 13/8/1969
  • Lower Main 26/9/1969
  • Stockings seam abandoned 19/3/1986
  • Woodfield coal 6’ 4” (1.93m) fireclay 2’ 0” (0.61m), coal 1’ 0” (0.30m), 9/4/1986
  • Main seam coal Rider 3’ 1” (0.94m), Coaly shale 2’ 0” (0.61m), Coal No2 Rider 1’ 2” (0.36m), Coaly shale 2’ 1” (0.63m), Main coal 6’ 3” (1.90m), Coal unworked 2’ 0” (0.61m), Nether Main 4’ 0” (1.22m), fireclay 1’ 2” (0.36m), sandstone floor
  • Little 4’ 2” (1.27m) 1/8/1942
  • Block 3’ 8” (1.12m)
  • Eureka
  • Upper Kilburn coal (1.13m) (Dicky Gobbler) -1986
  • Little Woodfield 21/6/1987.

Granville was merged in 1968.

Coal
These 4 men produced all the coal shown in the 7 wagons
in one shift

Rawdon absorbed under Donisthorpe 1988-1990.

Output:

  • 1895: 67,000 tons from Main and Little coal
  • 1947: 410,000 tons, 1,060 men and boys
  • 1967/68: 644,000 tons (proceeds £3,663,000 with estimated wages and salaries of £1,650,000

Agents:

  • Francis Calvert Gillett pre 1883-1886
  • Reuben Smallman 1886-1893
  • John Turner 1893-1895 and for Lord Donington Moira Colliery Co Ltd from 1st October 1895 – 1900s:
  • Philip Beaumont c1911-1940
  • John B Drinnan (2017) 1940-1944 (promoted from Manager and Agent Manton (Wigan Coal Corporation)
  • William Unsworth (2391) 1945-1949
  • Jack EM Chapman (1734) 1949-1951
  • Harry Blakemore Bennett (2820) 1952-1956
  • William C Statham (3660) 1956-1960
  • Sam McKee (3637) 1960-...

Managers:

  • Edward Mammott
  • John Thomas Woodhouse
  • Francis Calvert Gillett 1878-1882c
  • Thomas Bradshaw (1850 s) pre 1883-1892
  • Thomas A Wilson (414) 1893-1897
  • Samuel Arthur Warburton (2395) 1897-Jan 1915
  • JH Bailey (2297) 1915-1922
  • J Robertson (1885) 1922-1924
  • ER Lindley (3274) 1924-1928
  • WJ Asher (1259) 1928-1934
  • HE Whaling (338 / 2) acting 1934
  • Les Tagg (2561) 1935-1942
  • J Brown (3205) 1942-1944
  • Tommy Wright (3048) 1944
  • William Bullough (2162) 1945-1953
  • William C Statham (3660) 1953-1956
  • Hunter C Reid (5386) 1956-1960 (promoted from Assistant Manager Thoresby, Nottinghamshire)
  • Alf Summers (4896) 1960-1962
  • John H Northard (4954) 1962-1964
  • (Malc) Jimmy McPherson (5237) 1964-1970
  • W John Bond (6307) 1971-1977
  • Lol Collier (7222) 1977-1980
  • Mick E Skelding (7563) 1980-1986

Donisthorpe / Rawdon:

  • Brian A Finch (8641) 19/3/1986-1990
  • Alan Hawkins (10760) 1990.

Deputy Managers:

  • Alec Hindmarsh (5417) 1960-1963
  • Sherratt G Joyce (4827) 1963-1965
  • Ken Bradford (5553) 1965
  • Mick E Skelding (7563) 1966-1971
  • Don J Cox (7223) 1971-1977
  • W Owen Cashmore (8441) 1977-1988.

Donisthorpe / Rawdon:

  • Gary J Whitehouse (9722) 1988-1990
  • Alan Hawkins (10760) 1989-1990
  • R Peter Williams (10848) Services 1989-1990.

Undermanagers:

  • James Bradford (810 s) pre 1886-1890
  • Henry Bradford (295 service cert) 1890-1900
  • William Bradford (765) 1900-1932
  • RJ Broadhurst (6068 / 2) 1917-1922
  • HE Whaling (338 / 2) 1922-1940
  • H Alker (3621 / 2) 1940-1941
  • V Frodsham (2565 / 2) 1941-1944
  • E Tatton (3663 / 1) 1943-1955
  • Alfred H Henson (5775) (transferred from Cadley Hill) 1955-1958
  • Don M Thompson (5955) 1957-1958
  • Guy Morris (5149 / 2) 1958-1960
  • RH Oldham (6368) 1959-1966
  • Derek Johnson (7696) 1966-1970
  • Lol Doody (8160) 1969-1973
  • Cyril Clamp (6516 / 2) 1970-1973 (transferred from Gresley)
  • Gary J Whitehouse (9722) 1973-1983 (transferred to Services)
  • John Ashmore (10137) 1975-
  • Paul Campion (11285) 1987-1988

Services:

  • W Owen Cashmore (8441) 1971-1977
  • E Les Harding (14051 / 2) 1977-1985
  • Gary J Whitehouse (9722) 1983-
  • Derek Massey (7960) 1985-1988.

Donisthorpe / Rawdon:

  • Robin P Williams (10848) 1988-
  • Richard (Dick) N Antrill (10865) 1988-1990
  • Ian A McLaughton (11267) 1988-1990
  • John RE Leigh (11137) 1988-1990
  • Paul Campion (11285) 1988-1990.
  • Geoffrey Barnett was Special Duties Salvage in 1960s as there was up to 12 faces working. He was transferred to Area Safety dept Nov 1967 and was Deputy Area Safety Engineer 1/1/1987.

Assistant Undermanager:

  • Mike Richards (11005) 1980-1983 (previously Agecroft on haulage 1968, University, South Leicester MET 1975-1976, Rawdon Deputy 1976-1977, Tilmanstone Development 1977-1978, promoted to Undermanager Coventry Feb 1983).

Surveyors:

  • FS Barnish (1374) qual July 1942, 1940s
  • Ray T Gould (2363) qual Aug 1950
  • Ron Parkinson (5078) 19/3/86
  • Terry M Williams (5931) 9/4/86.

Fatal Accidents Rawdon: included:

  • Joseph Sharpe (38) killed by an explosion of gunpowder 23/10/1869
  • John Hunt (14) run over by tubs 13/6/1885
  • William Wileman (61) fall of roof 23/1/1894
  • Thomas Radford Nichols (14) fall of roof in a roadway 30/11/1889
  • Tom Swift (47) fall of roof at the coal face 23/9/1907
  • Amos Dennis (57) cage crashed during an overwind 19/11/1907 see below
  • Alfred Wileman (21) crushed by tubs 28/2/1908
  • John Butteroise, fall of roof at the face 4/3/1924
  • Eric Whotton (c50) in 1960s, setting a temporary prop, fell onto AFC and into a crusher.
  • Bernard Mayles (36) fall of roof ?/4/ 1957, (left 3 daughters)
  • Keith Patrick Walton (21) killed 17/4/1969 at Rawdon

Incidents: On Monday 18th November 1907 there was an overwind and the ascending empty cage crashed into the headstocks and the detaching hook worked o.k. There were 16 men on the descending cage that crashed through the sump boards and wedged on a rail that was leaning on the shaft wall in the sump. Had this not been there it is possible the men would have drowned in the water which was some 4 feet deep. Prior to this date only 8 men were wound at a time but because the number of men waiting to descend the 354 yards (324m) deep shaft prior to coal turning at 7am the Manager decreed that 16 men should ride the cage, 8 on each of the two decks. All sixteen men were injured in some way.

  • Joseph Wright (father) fractured left thigh
  • Wilfred Wright (son) contused knee
  • John Harper compound dislocation of knee (later amputation)
  • Enoch Wright ribs and back injury
  • Josiah Ward dislocation of left knee
  • Amos Dennis fracture of left knee and dislocation of right thigh (died after amputation)
  • Joseph Wainwright fracture of right thigh
  • George Nichols fracture of thigh
  • Henry Newbold dislocated knee
  • Reuben Toplis fracture of thigh (amputation later)
  • Herbert Bourne compound fracture of left thigh
  • Jesse Dennis injuries to back
  • George Dolman (17) bruised left leg
  • Joseph Edwards dislocation of left ankle and fracture of left thigh
  • Ernest Harper fracture of left thigh (amputation later)
  • Ernest Dennis compound fracture of left leg.

Work resumed at the colliery on Thursday 21st November 1907.



 

 

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