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The Decline Of The Industry Continued
After Nationalisation 1947

Book 6
Chimneys
1986
1988

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1986 - Page 3


South Leicester Closed After 161 Years

South Leicester (Leicestershire, South Midlands) sunk in 1825, south of Hugglescote and north of Ellistown, was closed in July 1986, shaft positions 43/4311/068824, 43/4311/122812.

Shaft was 675 ft (205.7m) deep to Upper Main, and 830 ft (253m) to Lower Main.

This colliery not mentioned until 1877 (South Leicestershire Colliery Co) although there could have been another colliery previously to 1853. It was named South Leicestershire colliery originally until 1949 when it was renamed South Leicester Colliery.

There were 20 road transport lorries for coal in use 1947

Underground a buttock shearer was in use in 1953

A new fan was put into operation in 1955

Pithead baths were built in 1955

A unit store was built on the surface in 1956

A new walkway to the pit bank was completed in 1957

A new winder was operational in 1958

Ponies were still being used underground in 1959 for supplies

On the screens a new picking belt was operational and a new stockyard in 1960 as part of a reconstruction scheme

Later in the 1970s/80s pin track and a shearer with a spiral drum was in use

In 1976 a covered manrider train was installed. Also in that year a Dosco Roadheader was used

There was an underground connection to Ellistown. The colliery was also merged with nearby Whitwick in 1984


Seams Worked

  • High Main 3’ 5” (1.04m) -11/6/1960, 31/10/1982
  • Nether Lount coaly shale 10” (0.25m), clunch 2” (0.05m), coal 6’ 2” (1.88m) -31/10-1982
  • Minge 7’ 8” (2.33m) 31/10/1982 water problem
  •  Splent 4’ 6” (1.37m) -15/11/1985
  •  Yard 3’ 4” (1.02m) abandoned 31/10/1982
  •  Middle Lount 5’ 2” (1.57m) – 15/3/1983
  •  Lower Main 7’ 2” (2.18m) – 27/2/1985
  •  Five Feet 5’ 6” (1.68m) – 1/7/1986.

Manpower

  • 1877: South Leicestershire Colliery Co: 1894: 301 Lower Main, 87 s/f, 272 Upper Main, 85 s/f
  •  1895: 267 LM, 201 UM, 160 s/f
  •  1896: 266 LM, 193 UM, 153 s/f
  •  1897: 254 LM, 174 UM, 145 s/f
  •  1898: 258 LM, 201 UM, 152 s/f
  •  1899: 266 LM, 220 UM, 168 s/f
  •  1900: 287 LM, 239 UM, 187 s/f
  •  1901: 293 LM, 226 UM, 186 s/f
  •  1902: 312 LM, 268 UM, 203 s/f
  •  1903: 659 LM, 32 s/f, 192, Minge, 24 s/f, 186 UM, 24 s/f, nil Lower Main, 93 s/f
  •  1904: 336 Roaster, 105 s/f, 323 LM, 100 s/f, 278 UM, 100 s/f
  •  1905: 502 LM, 100 s/f, 274 UM, 82 s/f
  •  1906: 310 LM, 156 s/f, 279 UM, 136 s/f
  •  1907: 315 LM, 94 s/f, 311 UM, 84 s/f
  •  1908: 326 LM, 88 s/f, 290 UM, 90 s/f
  •  1909: 336 LM, 100 s/f, 339 UM, 103 s/f
  •  1910: app 330 LM, 350 UM, 150 s/f
  •  1911: 329 LM, 361 UM, 198 s/f
  •  1912: 331 LM, 344 UM, 208 s/f
  •  1913: 365 Lower Main, Yard or 4 feet, 359 Upper Main
  •  1914: 312 LM, Y or 4 feet, 164 s/f, 366 UM, 65 s/f
  •  1915: 384 LM, Y or 4 feet, 168 s/f, 373 UM, 67 s/f
  •  1916: 385 LM, Yard or 4 feet, 349 UM, 235 s/f
  •  1917: 358 LM, 319 UM, 218 s/f
  •  1918: 346 LM, 336 UM, 229 s/f
  •  1919: 403 LM, 390 UM, 251 s/f
  •  1920: 398 LM, 388 UM, 266 s/f
  •  1921: 407 LM, 379 UM, 253 s/f
  •  1922: 392 LM, 387 UM, 218 s/f
  •  1923: 388 LM, 376 UM, 220 s/f
  •  1924: 780 Lower Main, Yard or 4 feet, Upper Main and Middle Lount, 226 s/f
  •  1925: 811 LM, Y or 4 feet, UM, Mid L, 223 s/f
  •  1926: 737 LM, Y or 4 ft, UM, Mid L, 231 s/f
  •  1927: 782 LM, Y or 4 ft, UM, Mid L, 230 s/f
  •  1928: 763 LM, Y or 4 ft, UM, Mid L, 243 s/f
  •  1929: 785 LM, Y or 4 ft, UM, Mid L, 254 s/f
  •  1930: 766 LM, Y or 4 ft, UM, Mid L, 251 s/f
  •  1931: 764 LM, Y or 4 ft, UM, Mid L, 251 s/f
  •  1932: 759 LM, Y or 4 ft, UM, Mid L, 264 s/f
  •  1933: 749 Main, LM, Y or 4 ft, Mid L, 259 s/f
  •  1934: 725 LM, Y or 4 ft, Main, Mid L, 260 s/f
  •  1935: 702 LM, Y or 4 ft, M, Mid L, 247 s/f
  •  1936: 673 LM, Y or 4 ft, M, Mid L, 253 s/f
  •  1937: 673 LM, Y or 4 ft, M, Mid L, 249 s/f
  •  1938: 692 LM, Y or 4 ft, M, Mid L, 247 s/f
  •  1939: app 650 LM, Y or 4 ft, M, ML, app 255 s/f
  •  1940: 597 LM, Y or 4 ft, M, Mid L, 262 s/f
  •  1941: 580 LM, Y or 4 ft, M, Mid L, 259 s/f
  •  1942: 567 LM, Y or 4 ft, M, Mid L, 252 s/f
  •  1943: 575 Lower Main, Yard or 4 ft, Main, Middle Lount, Nether Lount, 230 s/f
  •  1944: 619 Lower Main, Upper Main, Y or 4 ft, Mid L, Nether L, 230 s/f
  •  1945: 616 LM, UM, Y or 4 ft, Mid L, Nether L
  •  1946: 632 men Upper Main finished, Lower Main finished, Yard or 4 ft, Middle Lount, Nether Lount, 221 s/f.

Manpower and Tonnage: NCB

  • 1947 No8 Area EMD: South Leicestershire colliery: 335,719 tons, 622 Roaster, Middle Lount, Nether Lount, 194 s/f
  •  1948: 395,708 tons, R, ML, NL, 863 men
  •  1949: No7 Area (No8 amalgamated) now renamed South Leicester colliery: 379,176 tons, Roaster finished, 904 men
  •  1950: 369,770 tons, 684 Main, Upper Main finished, Nether Lount, Middle Lount, Yard or 4 Feet and Lower Main finished, 208 s/f
  •  1951: 401,148 tons, 697 Middle Lount, Nether Lount, 217 s/f
  •  1952: 413,547 tons, 677 ML, NL, 216 s/f
  •  1953: 400,609 tons, 695 ML, NL, 213 s/f
  •  1954: 409,468 tons ML, NL, 900 app
  •  1955: 381,088 tons, 706 ML, NL, 191 s/f
  •  1956: 381,363 tons, 712 ML, NL, 183 s/f 880
  •  1957: 348,017 tons, 874
  •  1958: 322,637 tons, 670 ML, NL, High Main, 189 s/f
  •  1959: 267,094 tons, ML, NL, High Main finished, 785 men
  •  1960: 303,988 tons, 531 ML, NL, 182 s/f
  •  1961: 268,705 tons, 531 ML, NL, 182 s/f
  •  1962: 315,559 tons, 501 ML, NL, 168 s/f
  •  1963: 282,014 tons, 486 ML, NL, 148 s/f
  •  1964/65: 336,041 tons, 468 ML, NL, 156 (541 men)
  •  1965/66: 308,483 tons, 437 Minge, Yard and NL, 73 s/f (486)
  •  1966/67: 371,943 tons, 410 M, Y, NL, 64 s/f (455)

South Midlands Area

  • 1967/68: 444,826 tons, M, NL, 438
  •  1968/69: 550,369 tons (max), M, NL, 505
  •  1969/70: 485,810 tons, 442 M,NL, 75 s/f (524)
  •  1970/71: 471,413 tons, 507
  •  1971/72: 272,787 tons, M, NL, 5 Feet, 503
  •  1972/73: 385,021 tons, M, NL, 5 Feet, 473
  •  1973/74: 356,246 tons, 467
  •  1974/75: 384,437 tons, M, NL, 5 Feet, Splent, 491
  •  1975/76: 353,499 tons, M, NL, Yard, 5 Feet, Splent, 525
  •  1976/77: 302,436 tons, 518
  •  1977/78: 316,726 tonnes, 532 men
  •  1978/79: 397,084 tonnes, Minge, Middle Lount, Nether Lount, Yard, 5 Feet, Splent, 538
  •  1979/80: 342,476 tonnes, 537
  •  1980/81: 417,229 tonnes, 538
  •  1981/82: 269,699 tonnes, 511
  •  1982/83: 179,781 tonnes, 329
  •  1983/84: 215,961 tonnes, 493
  •  merged with Whitwick 1984, 1984/85: 429,340 tonnes, 1,004
  •  1985/86: 391,085 tonnes, 787 men. Colliery closed 1986.

Agents

  • George Lewis pre 1883-1891
  •  J Puxley White 1891-1899
  •  William Eames (530) 1900-1939
  •  AW Warburton (268) 1940-1942
  • J Emmerson (1212) 1942-1947
    then Sub-Area Manager-1956 then Group Manager -1958
  •  Jack EM Chapman (1734) 1958-1964
  •  Arthur Summers (4896) 1964-1966
  •  Peter L Richardson (3242) 1966-1968
  •  Harold E Taylor (5793) 1968-
  •  Jimmy (Jock) McPherson (5237).

Managers

  • Leonard Clifford Cox pre 1883-1891
  •  William Melling (2125) 1891-1900
  •  William Eames (530) 1900-1920
  •  AW Warburton (268) 1920-1942
  •  FM Burdett (638) 1942-1945
  •  Sam A McKee (3637) 1945-1949
  •  Fred C Neath (1599) 1949-1964
  •  William Tatham (4103) 1964-1966
  •  Harold Durkin (6168) 1966-1968
  •  Lionel Lees (7262) 1968-1971
  •  Len Collier (7222) 1971-1972 Agent Manager 1972-1976
  •  D Nev Rady (7297) 1977- (also for Snibston).

Deputy Managers

  • Derek Johnson (7696) 1970-1980s

Undermanagers

  •  No1: Jesse Armson (1468 s / 2nd and 287 1st 1890) pre 1883-1891
  •  No2 Upper Main: John Underwood (1792 s / 2nd and 1476 in 1891) pre 1883-1913
  •  John Smithurst (305) 1891-1897
  •  George Glover (2287 / 2nd) 1900-1936
  •  TW Underwood (6785 / 2nd) 1914-1946
  •  GW Glover (197 / 2nd) 1941-1955
  •  AB Wortley (1817 / 1st) 1946-
  •  WJ Adcock (....) Jan 1951-Jan 1952 (HQ, Assistant to Divisional Strata Control Engineer, took over in 1952)
  •  Len Newbold (5589) 1958-1964
  •  Len Collier (7222) 1964-1966
  •  W Owen Cashmore (8441)1966-1970
  •  Philip Rock (9681) 1970-1974
  •  GA Palmer (9944) 1975-
  •  John Quimby (8397) 1976
  •  MR Arnup (10035) 1978-1986.

Surveyors

  • Arthur John Morley (1285) (promoted to Area HQ, later Deputy Area Surveyor Leicestershire / South Derbyshire and Area Surveyor No4 Area East Midlands, Huthwaite)
  •  ....
  •  Ken A Smith (4224) (transferred from Measham) c1963 (transferred to Ellistown to c1970)
  •  Les A Farmer (2582) (from Arley in Warwickshire), 1966 (for Whitwick also).

Fatal Accidents South Leicester

  • George Mitchel (42) fell down the shaft 29/5/1876
  •  John Alfred Pick (14) trod on by a pony and crushed 28/9/1881
  •  Thomas Toon (18) run over by tubs 9/6/1883
  •  Thomas Weston (16) run over by a wagon on the surface 29/9/1893
  •  George Willars (63) fall of roof on 15/7/1899 and died from his injuries on 18/7/1899
  •  John Potter (44) fall of roof at the face 19/1/1900
  •  Henry Jennings (62) crushed by tubs 11/10/1901
  •  William Wardle (41) fall of coal 6/12/1905
  •  Joseph Armson (63) fall of roof 15/3/1906
  •  Francis Elliott (23) fall of roof 13/12/1906
  •  John Bailey (67) run over by tubs 22/1/1908
  •  Jacob Webster (45) fall of coal 3/12/1909
  •  Sam Wainwright (31) scatched on some material on the surface on 29/11/1910 and died on 11/12/1910 probably from blood poisoning
  •  George Farban (?) fall of roof 24/2/1931
  •  Michael Bancroft (?) hit by a broken haulage chain on the coal face 21/10/1980.


 

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