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The Decline Of The Industry Continued
After Nationalisation 1947

Book 6
Chimneys
1986
1988

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1986 - Page 18
Hucknall Closed 1986, After 125 years
- Continued -


A modern joint Welfare centre for Hucknall and Linby stood adjacent to the colliery entrance and apart from the usual facilities had bowling greens with bowls club, tennis courts, horticulture section, ladies section, arts social, angling club, karate, football and cricket clubs, and weekly social for pensioners.

2- storey Pithead baths, for 1,640 men.

The self-service lamp cabin was operational in 1957 and the aerial ropeway for dirt disposal was discontinued.

A 3,500 tonnes capacity rapid loading bunker was built 1976/77.

A train of 42 wagons containing around 1,275 tonnes could be loaded in 30 minutes. The coal prep plant was reorganised and an extension made to provide run of mine and Landsale bunkerage, Baum washing facility and new loading arrangements was carried out in 1981-1982. Also in 1981 the dirt disposal was reorganised with a covered gantry housing a conveyor delivering waste to the tip where it was spread by motorised scrapers. The former method of delivering dirt to the tip by dump trucks was retained as a standby system.
In 1983 it was decided to merge Babbington with Hucknall. An underground roadway was driven to connect the 2 pits and thirled on 9th June 1984. However the coal prep plant at Babbington needed major repairs doing in 1983 so coal was transported by road until all coal produced at Babbington was transported through the connection from August holiday 1984 and raised at Hucknall.

A vertical bunker was sunk in the pit bottom and completed by April 1984.

Further roadways were necessary to be driven in the pit bottom to complete the project.

Underground locos:

  • 2’ 6” gauge No1 and No2 4wDMF 20DLG 1961
  • No3 and No4 2 x 4wDMF 20DLG RH 1963
  • H4 0-6-0DMF 100hp HC 1964
  • HT3 0-6-0DMF 100hp HE 1973
  • No5 and No6 4wDHF 28hp HE 1978
  • No7 and No8 4wDHF 28hp HE 1979.

Large amounts of methane gas produced from the Blackshale seam workings were pumped to the surface for use in the surface boilers and for generating power.

All the water from Hucknall No2 colliery was surfaced at No5 shaft. Water from Babbington was surfaced at Babbington No4 shaft, the majority of the water coming from the closed Cossall colliery and migrated through Broxtowe into Babbington Deep Soft workings.

Moorgreen closed in July 1985 and the responsibility for pumping at Woodside pumping station was transferred to the management at Hucknall.

Babbington and Hucknall collieries came under one management on 1st January 1986.

Woodside colliery situated adjacent to Shipley Park is approx 1½ miles to the south east of Heanor. No2 shaft at Woodside intersects the coal seams at approx their lowest level as the coal measures rise in all directions from this shaft and most of the seams having been worked extensively from neighbouring collieries had numerous connections between them.

Four 1,500 gals per min pumps were suspended in this shaft and pumped almost 30m gallons of mine water per week. Should this amount not be pumped the overflow water would flow to Moorgreen Tupton pit bottom. From there the water would flow down through the abandoned Blackshale workings at Moorgreen to a position adjacent to workings from Bentinck. A connection road some 131 yards (120m) long was driven from Bentinck to Moorgreen to allow water to migrate to a new lodge at Bentinck.

Massive sandstone rock intrusions and poor conditions on K33s forced the closure of Hucknall.

Methane drainage was practiced in the Blackshale seam.

In 1976 Anderson Major 200hp DERDS in 6’ 3” (1.9m) section, with 6 leg 240 ton rigid base supports at 3’ 6” (1.07m) centres.

Loader gate had Macon duo rail mounted 65hp impact ripper, 15’ x 12’ (4.57m x 3.65m) arches and at the Supply gate there was a Universal track ripper with ripping table to put debris into packhole, 15’ x 10’ (4.57m x 3.05m) arches.

Hucknall was one of the few pits to have lighting from the pit bottom to the coal face and pioneered face lighting by Gullick Heyse 12w fluorescent lights mounted on the chocks.

On closure, 690 men were made redundant and 541 were transferred to other Nottinghamshire pits.

The concrete headgear was demolished by controlled explosion in June 1987.


Manpower:

W Walker and Co -1867
J Ellis and Co -1884
Hucknall Colliery Co -1910
Sherwood Colliery Co -1946.

1894: Top Hard No1 pit - 505, s/f 139, total 644, No2 pit- 565 / s/f 113, total 678 men
1895: No1- 656 men, No2- 679 men
1900: No1- 639 men, No2- 724 men
1903: No1- 748 men, No2- 656 men
1905: No1- 709 men, No2- 661 men
1911: No1- 334 men, No2- 1,114 men
1913: No1- 416 men, No2- 672 men
1915: No1- 561 men, No2- 508 men
1920: No1- 839 men, No2- 697 men
1923: No1- 887 men, No2- 757 men
1925: No1- 904 men, No2- 1,051 men
1926: No1- 863 men, No2- 951 men
1927: No1- 863 men, No2- 951 men
1928: No1- 832 men, No2- 798 men
1929: No1- 812 men, No2- 733 men
1930: No1- 842 men, No2- 451 men, total 1,293 men
1933: No1- 837 men, No2- 518 men, total 1,355 men
1935: No1- 591 men, No2- 541 men, total 1,132 men
1940: No1- 656 men, No2- 634, total 1,290 men
pits combined 1943, 1945: 1,192 men.

Tonnage and Manpower NCB: No6 Area EMD

1947: 475,175 tons, 1,224 men
1948: 548,854 tons, 1,306 men
1949: 608,157 tons, 1,294 men
1950: 654,970 tons, 1,309 men
1951: 723,939 tons, 1,374 men
1952: 759,897 tons, 1,488 men
1953: 794,890 tons, 1,595 men
1954: 744,880 tons, 1,632 men (max)
1955: 730,767 tons, 1,566 men
1956: 728,830 tons, 1,521 men
1957: 692,861 tons, 1,494 men
1958: 625,482 tons, 1,484 men
1959: 571,309 tons, 1,544 men
1960: 529,163 tons, 1,475 men
1961: 493,160 tons, 1,401 men
1962: 502,846 tons, 1,364 men
1963: 533,967 tons, 1,352 men
1963/64: 575,759 tons, 1,344 men
1964/65: 645,005 tons, 1,282 men
1965/66: 680,369 tons, 1,219 men
1966/67: 612,926 tons, 1,150 men

South Nottinghamshire Area

1967/68: 716,866 tons, 1,189 men
1968/69: 769,941 tons, 1,163 men
1969/70: 714,146 tons, 1,159 men
1970/71: 921,908 tons, 1,143 men
1971/72: 841,320 tons, 1,108 men
1972/73: 1,102,600 tons, 1,061 men
1973/74: 764,384 tons, 1,048 men
1974/75: 1,068,121 tons, 1,057 men
1975/76: 953,343 tons, 1,076 men
1976/77: 923,097 tons, 1,094 men
1977/78: 964,647 tonnes, (949,409 tons), 1,131 men
1978/79: 744,555 tonnes, 1,123 men
1979/80: 769,650 tonnes, 1,143 men
1980/81: 642,400 tonnes, 1,182 men
1981/82: 760,400 tonnes, 1,194 men
1982/83: 598,900 tonnes, 1,204 men
1983/84: 439,260 tonnes, 1,106 men
1984/85: 401,510 tonnes, 992 men
British Coal: 1985/86: 533,520 tonnes, (includes first 9 months production for Hucknall and 3 months for Hucknall/Babbington), 1,163 men

Nottinghamshire Area

1986/87: 309,559 tonnes, 787 men. Colliery merged with Babbington 1st January 1986. Production for combination finished 31st October 1986.

Maximum output 1,102,600 tonnes and 1,051 men in 1972/73 whereas a maximum 1,566 men and boys produced 730,767 tons in 1954.

Agents:

Francis N Ellis Agent pre 1883-1918
Chas H Heathcoat (1437) Agent 1918-1939
W Gray Agent 1943
Major FMT Bunney (2760) Agent (later Area General Manager No7 Fife Area 1954). Sub-Area

Managers / Group Managers / Production Managers:

Major FMT Bunney (2760) 1947-1949
Harold Taylor (2108) Agent 1950-1952
Mike H Young Sub-Area Manager 1952-1955
John K Walker (4319) Group Manager 1956-1966.

Managers for Hucknall:

James Heslop pre 1883-1884
Thomas Y Greener (817) Manager 1885-1890
AS Douglas (1556) 1891-1903
William Maurice (1466) 1903-1910
Charles H Heathcoat (1437) 1911-1919 (transferred to Sherwood)
Pits split - No1 Arthur E Kaye (133) Manager 1919-
No2 T William Elliott (3935) Manager 1919-
Pits merged again T William Elliott (3935) Manager for both, 1944-1945
Les R Boyfield (3201) 1945-1949 (transferred to Bestwood, later Production Manager, Deputy Director)
Jim W Crosland (3610) 1949-1952 (later Production Manager)
William Morrell (2577) 1952-
Cliff Rhodes (4610) Agent Manager 1963-1970 (transferred from Linby)
Derek M Brooks (5468) Colliery General Manager 1970-1979 (transferred from Pye Hill)
Jack Hand (8171) Manager 1980-1986 (transferred from Annesley)
Graham Coupe (8911) 1986 (transferred to Manager Ollerton)
Keith R Screen (8939) 1986-1987 (transferred to Bentinck)
Derek Hutson (6726) Oct 1987- (for closed Colliery and also Newstead later).

Deputy Managers:

LT Saxton (2nd) 1959-1960
John E Hancock (6205) 1960-1963 (promoted to Manager Oxcroft)
Philip W Linley (8006) 1963-1970
Frank Goodwin (6332) 1970-1975
Keith R Screen (8939) 1975-1978 (transferred from Annesley, transferred to Bentinck)
John Payne (9235) 1979-1984 (promoted from Newstead, transferred to Babbington, later Manager Linby)
Graham Coupe (8911) 1984-1986 (promoted to Manager) and Colin Stocks (11030) 1986- (transferred to Deputy Manager Ollerton).

Assistant Managers:

Terry E Hill (7245) 1973-
Joe L Ottewell (10012) 1985-1986 (transferred to Safety Engineer Ollerton)
John C Wilson (11296) 1986.

Undermanagers for Hucknall: No1 pit

Enoch James (2nd) pre 1887-1896
W Hallowell (2nd) 1897-1907
W Jones (2nd) 1908-1913
TW Elliott (3935) 1914-1919
J Severn (2nd) 1919-1943
C Hunt (2nd) 1944-
No2 pit Thomas Moult (592 service) (previously Underviewer) 1887-1895
John Wright (2nd) 1896-1903
J James (2nd) 1903-1907
Gwyn H Coates (2303) 1908-1910
for Sherwood Colliery Co, John Brake (2nd) 1911-1913
C Harvey (2nd) 1914-1915
WH Harvey (2nd) 1916-1923
F Haywood (2nd) 1924-1926
WA Only (2nd) 1927-1943
Les R Boyfield (3201) 1943-1945 (later Manager)
William TE Elliott (2nd) 1945-
Robert (Bob) Scott (4454) 1949-1952 (later Manager Gedling, Group Manager, DCME and CME North Nottinghamshire)
Derek Francis (4550) 1952-1953
Wilf Knight (5224) Main Bright 1953-1955
C Kinston (5104) 1955-
LT Saxton (2nd) High Main 1954-1963
T Brown (4790) 1956-1962
Stanley Alton (4774) 1963-1970
Roy Mallinder (2nd) 1961-1965 (promoted to Manager Daw Mill, (Warwickshire) -1970, then Measham (South Derbyshire) -1972, Snibston, Leicestershire -1980)
Horace Fisher (5894) 1966-1982
A Foster (9632) 1970-1975
PN Dodd (2nd) 1976-1977
G Foster (2nd) 1978-1982
M Bradshaw (2nd) 1983-1985
Joe L Ottewell (10012) 1977-1985 (transferred from Newstead, promoted to Assistant Manager)
Paul W Grimshaw (10995) 1986 (transferred to Mansfield Surface operations temporarily, later a Strata control Engineer)
LP Wilson (11470) 1986.

Surveyors included:

AS Writes 1880-1890s
William Henry Moult (845), retired aged 85 in 1950 after 71 years service, 60 years? as Surveyor 1890-1950
Tom Leafe (2194) ARICS 1950-1986, 36 years, died Oct 2008
A (Tony) R Barnes (5990) ARICS (transferred from Babbington on merger 1st Jan 1986, promoted to Senior Surveyor Nottinghamshire Area, end Oct 1986, later Deputy 1990, then Surveyor and Minerals Manager Nottinghamshire Group 1992/1993-1994).