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The Decline Of The Industry Continued
After Nationalisation 1947

Book 6
Chimneys
1986
1988

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1986 - Page 4


Whitwick Closed After 162 Years

Cage
Large tubs of coal being unloaded off the cage
Whitwick
(Leicestershire, South Midlands) to the northern edge of Coalville closed in July 1986.

It was sunk in 1820-1824.

9 seams had been worked.

In 1853 the colliery was owned by Stenson and Co and referred to as W Stenson and Co from 1856 until 1866 when J Whetstone and Co were the owners.

No1 shaft sunk in 1827 (William Whetstone) to the High Main seam. In 1867 J Whetstone died and the executors were in charge until 1869 when W Whetstone took over until 1873 when Whitwick Co Ltd was formed, however in the following year 1874/75 it became Whitwick Colliery Co Ltd who managed the mine until 1946 when the mines were nationalised. Shaft position, No3 shaft 43/4314/024657, 155 yards (141.75m) deep abandoned 1st July 1986.

Pit head baths were opened in 1934.

Whitwick No5 43/4214/968775, 310 yards (283.5m)
No6 shaft 43/4314/134505, 330 yards (301.75m) Alluvium marls, sands, gravel etc.
Speedwell shaft 936 ft (285.3m) to Roaster seam also No2 shaft, No5 shaft 767 ft (233.8m) to Main coal and Pump shaft sunk in 1838.

Each shaft was 9 feet (2.74m) dia and 100 yards (91m) apart and 312 yards (285.3m) to the Deep Main seam.

Screens
Belt pickers were employed on the screens
Pump shaft was139 yards (127m) to the Splint coal.

Both No2 and No5 8 feet (2.44m) dia were DC shafts and the engine situated between the two operated one cage in each shaft holding 2 tubs of 12cwt each.

No6 or the New pit at 9 feet (2.74m) dia was sunk in 1876 to the Deep Main at 312 yards (285.3m) deep.

The ventilating fan erected in 1890 was a Guibal 30 feet dia x 10 feet wide (9.1m x 3m).

The company had their own brickworks and terra cotta moulding works.

Around 180 men were employed at the mine, 140 on days and up to 40 on nights.

Locally it was called Whitick.

Belt pickers were employed on the screens as at many other pits, to separate dirt or large lumps or best coal etc.

New offices were built in 1956 and pithead baths in 1957.

Chocks
A chock being transported along a face line in readiness for being placed in position
A new electric winder was installed in 1957 and the boiler chimney demolished by explosive.

A canteen was opened later in 1958.

Underground workshops were built in 1958 also.

The brickworks were discontinued in 1960.

The members of the first aid team won the 1961 National First Aid trophy which was a huge bowl.

A bunker was operational in 1964.

A Joy continuous miner was installed in 1977 along with flexiduct air bagging.

Lighting on face chocks in 1980.

In the past a Samson stripper had been used.

Pecket steam engines 0-6-0 on the surface, Whitwick Colliery No2 and Whitwick No4.

Seams worked:

  • Middle Lount - 9/11/1974
  • Upper Lount 3’ 8” (1.12m) – 31/3/1976
  • Excelsior – 14/5/1976
  • Yard – 22/4/1977
  • Minge 4’ 0” (1.22m) – 29/5/1982
  • New Main or Slate 6/10/1982?
  • Nether Lount 6’ 3” (1.90m) – 11/4/1984
  • Splent 4’ 0” (1.22m) – 15/11/1985
  • Smoile 3’ 8” (1.11m) – 18/1/1986
  • Five Feet 5’ 1” (1.55m) – 1/7/1986.

Manpower: from 1894:

  • 1894:157 Main, 95 s/f, 497 Roaster, 97 s/f
  • 1895: 160 M, 96 s/f, 524 R, 107 s/f
  • 1896: 162 M, 96 s/f, 511 R, 92 s/f
  • 1897: 165 M, 110 s/f, 521 R, 90 s/f
  • 1898: 42 M, 15 s/f, 550 R, 148 s/f
  • 1899: 146 M, 42 s/f, 513 R, 143 s/f
  • 1900: 183 M, 34 s/f, 513 R, 170 s/f
  • 1901: 193 M, 39 s/f, 619 R, 175 s/f, sinking also:
  • 1902: No2: nil, No3: 117 Minge, 18 s/f, No5: 187 Main, 38 s/f, No 6: 632 Roaster, 181 s/f
  • 1903: 659 Lower Main and Minge, 82 s/f, 192 Minge, 24 s/f, 186 Upper Main, 24 s/f, nil Lower Main, 93 s/f
  • 1904: 648 LM, 101 s/f, 270 M, 40 s/f, 151 UM, 43 s/f, nil, 49 s/f
  • 1905: 650 LM, 182 s/f, 294 M, 24 s/f, 118 UM, 29 s/f, nil, 10 s/f
  • 1906: 633 LM, 84 s/f, 333 M, 40 s/f, 113 UM, 18 s/f, nil, 97 s/f
  • 1907: 626 LM, 110 s/f, 419 M, 97 s/f, 151 UM, 46 s/f
  • 1908: 615 LM, 139 s/f, 485 M, 100 s/f, 150 UM, 50 s/f
  • 1909: 626 LM, 150 s/f, 500 M, 120 s/f, 151 UM, 34 s/f
  • 1910: 623 LM, 490 M, 295 app
  • 1911: 620 LM, 486 M, 155 UM, 273 s/f
  • 1912: 479 LM, 525 M, 239 UM, 276 s/f
  • 1913: 494 LM, 195 s/f, 472 M, 41 s/f, 236 UM, New Deep, 35 s/f
  • 1914: 500 LM, 49 s/f, 467 M, 185 s/f, 285 UM, 30 s/f
  • 1915: 523 LM, 50 s/f, 450 M, 187 s/f, 268 UM, 36 s/f
  • 1916: 565 LM, 52 s/f, 490 M, 196 s/f, 273 UM, New Deep, 38 s/f
  • 1917: 538 Lower Main, Lount New Deep, 32 s/f, 497 Minge, 201 s/f, 278 New Deep, 41 s/f
  • 1918: 511 LM, Lount, New Deep, 173 s/f, 507 M, 79 s/f, 280 ND, 39 s/f
  • 1919: 560 LM, L, ND, 170 s/f, 542 M, 70 s/f, 292 ND, 39 s/f
  • 1920: 549 LM, Lount, New Deep, 164 s/f, 544 Minge, 68 s/f, 288 New Deep, 36 s/f
  • 1921: 549 Lower Main, 277 New Deep, 195 s/f, 501 Minge, 67 s/f
  • 1922: 549 LM, 278 ND, 539 M, 207 s/f
  • 1923: 560 LM, 283 ND, 207 s/f, 539 M, 62 s/f
  • 1924: 1475 Lount, Lower Main, Yard, New 5 Feet and Splint, Yard, 309 s/f
  • 1925: 1153 Lount, Lower Main, Yard, New 5 Feet, Splint, Yard, 250 s/f
  • 1926: 1112 L, LM, Y, 5 Ft, S, Y, 253 s/f
  • 1927: 1142 L, LM, 5 Ft, S, Y, 255 s/f
  • 1928: 1183 L, LM, S, Y, 264 s/f
  • 1929: 820 L, LM, S, Y, 257 s/f
  • 1930: 1063 L, LM, S, Y, 265 s/f
  • 1931: 990 L, LM, S, Y, 276 s/f
  • 1932: 805 L, LM, S, Y, 253 s/f
  • 1933: 768 L, LM, S, Y, 242 s/f
  • 1934: 824 L, LM, S, Y, 241 s/f
  • 1935: 749 L, LM, S, Y, 256 s/f
  • 1936: 695 L, LM, S, Y, 250 s/f
  • 1937: 695 L, LM, S, Y, 255 s/f
  • 1938: 742 L, LM, S, Y, 273 s/f, also Calcutta pumping station 7
  • 1939: app 760 ug, 280 s/f
  • 1940: 802 Middle Lount, Nether Lount, Splint, Yard, 299 s/f
  • 1941: 810 ML, NL, S, Y, 301 s/f
  • 1942: 796 ML, NL, 5 Ft, Y, 296 s/f
  • 1943: 829 ML, NL, 5 Ft, Splint, Y, 315 s/f
  • 1944: 876 ML, NL, 5 Ft, S, 316 s/f
  • 1945: 850 ML, NL, 5 Ft, S, 326 s/f
  • 1946: 804 Splint finished, 5 Ft, Nether Lount, Middle Lount, Yard, 284 s/f.

Output and Manpower: NCB

  • 1947: No8 Area: 528,998 tons, 1,083 men, ML, NL, 5 Ft, Y, 267 s/f
  • 1948: 538,152 tons, 1,042, ML, NL, 5 Ft, Y, 804, and 267 s/f
  • 1949: No7 Area 555,899 tons, 1,043
  • 1950: 557,370 tons, 999, 5 Ft, ML, NL, Y, 781 and 235 s/f
  • 1951: 633,504 tons, 1,009, 5 Ft, ML, NL, Y, 773 and 217 s/f
  • 1952: 635,403 tons, 1,010 max manpower, 5 Ft, ML, NL, Y, 798 and 210 s/f
  • 1953: 646,547 tons, 1,009, 5 Ft, ML, NL, Y, 792 and 207 s/f
  • 1954: 670,668 tons, 997
  • 1955: 661,267 tons, 969, 5 Ft, ML, NL, Y, 798 and 199 s/f
  • 1956: 650,123 tons, 951, 5 Ft, ML, NL, Y, and 192 s/f
  • 1957: 668,563 tons, 950
  • 1958: 627,054 tons, 950, 5 Ft, ML, NL, 765 and 190 s/f
  • 1959: 5 Ft, Middle Lount, Nether Lount, Yard
  • 1960: 694 5 Ft, ML, NL, Y, 175 s/f
  • 1961: 576,188 tons, 892, 5 Ft, ML, NL, Y, 694 and 175 s/f
  • 1962: 635,916, 908 5 Ft, ML, NL, 698 and 180 s/f
  • 1963: 608,353 tons, 888 New Main, 5 Ft, ML, NL, 697 and 196 s/f
  • 1964/65: 651,881, 870 NM, 5 Ft, ML, NL, 664 and 192 s/f
  • 1966/67: 630,644 tons, 842 men 5 Ft, ML, NL, 708 and 166 s/f

South Midlands Area:

  • 1967/68: 681,238 tons, 822, 5 Ft, ML, NL, 708 and 166 s/f
  • 1968/69: 707,190 tons, 837, 5 Ft, ML, NL, 657 and 158 s/f
  • 1969/70: 741,480 tons max, 820 Minge, New Main, Nether Lount, Yard, 688 and 168 s/f
  • 1970/71: 673,776 tons, 760 Excelsior, Minge, New Main, Nether Lount, Yard, 648 and 98 s/f
  • 1971/72: 504,421 tons, 727 E, M, NM, NL, Y
  • 1972/73: 559,620 tons, 682 E, M, NM, NL, Y, 629 and 96 s/f
  • 1973/74: 379,283 tons, 668 men
  • 1974/75: 431,131 tons, 697
  • 1975/76: 465,156 tons, 754
  • 1976/77: 437,860 tons, 771 Minge, Smoile, Nether Lount, Yard
  • 1977/78: 529,262 tonnes, 793 men, Minge, Splent, Smoile, Upper Lount, Nether Lount, Yard
  • 1978/79: 536,918 tonnes, 806 M, Sp, Sm, UL, NL
  • 1979/80: 470,818 tonnes, 815 M, Sp, Sm, UL, NL
  • 1980/81: 462,872 tonnes, 822 M, 5 Ft, Sp, Sm, NL
  • 1981/82: 540,005 tonnes, 793 M, 5 Ft, Sp, Sm, NL
  • 1982/83: 475,079 tonnes, 787 M, 5 Ft, Sp, Sm, NL
  • 1983/84: 423,918 tonnes, 725 men.
  • Merge South Leicester: 1985: 418 Lower Main, 5 Ft, Splent, 80 s/f.
    Closed 1986.

Agents:

  • Consulting Engineer George Lewis
  • JW Richardson pre 1883-1888
  • George Lewis 1888-1925
  • John J Torrance (2803) 1925-1946
  • J Emmerson (1212) 1947-1956

Sub-Area Manager, Group Manager from 1956-1958

  • Jack E M Chapman (1734) 1958-1964
  • Arthur Summers (4896) 1965
  • Peter L Richardson (3242) 1966-
  • Jimmy McPherson (5237)

Managers:

  • JW Richardson pre 1883-1891
  • Thomas Young Hay (2020) 1891-1923
  • JS Bowden (716) 1923-1924
  • John J Torrance (2803) 1924-1940
  • William Hall (1023) 1940-1962
  • Thaddeus C McCarthy (5389) 1962-1965
  • W John Bond (6307) 1965-1969
  • Ken Bradford (5553) 1969-1985
  • D Nev Rady (7297) 1985-1986

Deputy Managers:

  • Robert (Bob) H Oldham (6368) 1965-1969
  • A Harry Savage (7967) 1969-1975
  • Cyril W Smith (8941) 1975-1980
  • IM Baker (10656) 1981-1982
  • MR Arnup (10035) 1982-1985
  • Terry P Leader (8256) 1985-1986

Undermanagers: No5, No2 and Speedwell:

  • Sam Smith (748 service) pre 1887-1906
  • James Clamp (749 service) 1888-1906
  • Frank Smith (2964 / 2) 1902-1925
  • W Price (1704 / 2) 1906-1939
  • W Clamp (4334) 1906-1910
  • AG Greensmith (6512) 1911-1916
  • William Rowell (7577 / 2) 1917-1924
  • W Percival (8068 / 2) 1925-1943
  • S Barnes (2541/ 2) 1940-1947
  • R Jim Agar (3049 / 1) 1943-1947
  • CJ Mattley (5636 / 2) 1954-1967
  • Sherratt G Joyce (4827) 1958-1962
  • Len Collier (7222) 1963-1964
  • TD Richardson (8265) 1964-1965
  • Jack W Ash (7469) 1965-1975
  • R Gordon Booth (7477) 1967-1974
  • S Bialas (8991) 1970-1975
  • EG Cooper (10019) 1976-
  • Alan Hawkins (10760) 1977-1983
  • HK Gibson (11115) 1983-
  • A Weston (10676) 1983-1985
  • F Jarvis (10736 / 2), IR Shaw (….) 1985, LF Pratt (10049) 1985

Surveyors:

  • John B Hill (4320) Oct 1968 (transferred to Planning dept)
  • Les A Farmer (2582) 31/6/76
  • Terry M Williams (5931) 30/11/83