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Calendar
The Decline Of The Industry Continued
After Nationalisation 1947

Book 6
Chimneys
1988
1990

1988 Pages   1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9     10     11     12  

1988 - Page 5


Cadley Hill, Last South Derbyshire Pit To Close After 128 Years

 

Cadley Hill (South Derbyshire) sunk in 1860 by Hall and Boardman to the west of Church Gresley was closed on 25th March 1988 after 128 years and was the last South Derbyshire mine to close. The mine was taken over by Halls Collieries Ltd in 1902.

A mining rights lease area of 88 ac was taken out in 1860.

Between 1942 and 1962 four surface drifts were driven, 2 of them 1,080m long.

Cadley Hill merged with Church Gresley (sunk 1834) in 1967 but that section was closed for geological and economic reasons in 1968. 2 of the 3 original shafts were dispensed with as no longer required.


Seams Worked
  • Cannel coal
  • Eureka 10 panels (2 poor) 8/11/1962
  • Stanhope 5 panels 30/6/1975
  • Main Coal (consisted of 3 seams..Nether Main, Overmain and Rider) c1860-Dec 1918 and abandoned in July 1949. Resumed working in 1953 from Little Coal drift mine by access drifts, discontinued Sep 1963, abandoned Sep 1964. Had restarted in May 1959 from West development drifts and last worked 8/7/1988. However North of West development drifts the Nether Main and Overmain both seams worked independently. Overmain first worked Aug 1960-Mar 1969 and abandoned Mar 1970
  • Little Woodfield coal 2’ 2” (0.66m) dirt 1” (0.03m) to 2’ 0” (0.61m), coal 1’ 2” (0.35m) 10/4/1944
  • Woodfield 4 panels 1/1979
  • Old Woodfield
  • Stockingers mine 5’ 8” (1.73m) Sep 1894 abandoned due to want of market heads from No3 shaft and 2 small areas worked 1900
  • Kilburn 1925-Feb 1960, abandoned Feb 1961. Resumed working May 1977 and last worked 9/5/1986, uneconomical.
  • Stockings short faces 110m -130m long 1963 9/1988, tried single entry in 1985. 3 shafts were sunk in total, two to 184 yards (168m) to Stockings seam and No1 to Overmain at 305 feet (93m) widened from 10ft (3m) to 12ft (3.65m) and deepened 100 yards (91m) to Kilburn plus 4 surface drifts (1942-1962).

In 1897 130 tons per day being produced from Main seam, up to 200 tons per day from Woodfield, plus some clay. Pithead baths opened 1942 and included a canteen and first aid room. 2 surface drifts to Kilburn and Little Kilburn seams.

It became a unit of No7 Area of the East Midland Division of the National Coal Board in January 1947, later South Midlands Area.

From 1949-1957 around 20 boreholes were drilled to prove the seams in an area 10 sq miles west of the 630 feet (192m) downthrow fault. However not all the seams were present but the Main seam was predominant. 2 new surface drifts were driven at 1in4 in 1958 and 1962. No1 had a cable belt to load out the coal and No2 had an endless rope haulage for materials and also 104 men in 7 manriding cars. Manpower, 900.

New Pithead baths and Coal prep plant with throughput of 350 tons per hour. Mainly power station coal produced from 2 seams.


Manpower Hall's Collieries
  • 1894: 68, 57 and 62 u/g 53 s/f working Little, Main - 8/719/88, nip out and old works Woodfield, Stockings, Stanhope and Eureka, 1895: 172 u/g, 52 s/f
  • 1896: 155 u/g, 47 s/f
  • 1897: 150 u/g, 45 s/f
  • 1898: 182 u/g, 50 s/f
  • 1899: 90,000 tons, 226 u/g, 42 s/f
  • 1900: 306 u/g, 60 s/f
  • 1901: 366 u/g, 73 s/f
  • 1902: 344 u/g, 74 s/f
  • 1903: 49, 139 and 175 u/g, 73 s/f
  • 1904: 74, 137 and 160 u/g, 76 s/f
  • 1905: 75, 155 and 84 and 96 u/g, 71 s/f
  • 1906: 82, 146, 70 and 74 u/g, 74 s/f
  • 1907: 91, 142, 780 and 74 u/g, 75 s/f
  • 1908: 71, 169 and 167 u/g, 75 s/f
  • 1909: 71, 165 and 153 u/g, 76 s/f
  • 1910: 360 u/g app, 75 s/f
  • 1911: 348 Eureka and Stanhope, 72 s/f
  • 1912: 382 u/g, 76 s/f
  • 1913: 492 u/g, 86 s/f
  • 1914: 463 u/g, 93 s/f
  • 1915: 515 u/g, 95 s/f
  • 1916: 506 u/g, 102 s/f
  • 1917: 569 u/g, 109 s/f
  • 1918: 600 u/g app, 110 s/f
  • 1919: 732 u/g, 111 s/f
  • 1920: 778 u/g, 116 s/f
  • 1921: 623 u/g, 93 s/f
  • 1922: 610 u/g, 106 s/f
  • 1923: 714 u/g, 111 s/f
  • 1924: 684 u/g, 115 s/f
  • 1925: 578 u/g, 117 s/f
  • 1926: 577 u/g, 100 s/f
  • 1927: 510 u/g, 117 s/f
  • 1928: 493 u/g, 119 s/f
  • 1929: 358 u/g, 91 s/f
  • 1930: 366 u/g, 102 s/f
  • 1931: 386 u/g, 113 s/f
  • 1932: 399 u/g, 113 s/f
  • 1933: 384 u/g, 114 s/f
  • 1934: 406 u/g, 114 s/f
  • 1935: 418 u/g, 111 s/f
  • 1936: 378 u/g, 107 s/f
  • 1937: 343 u/g, 107 s/f
  • 1938: 310 u/g, 104 s/f
  • 1939: 309 u/g, 115 s/f
  • 1940: 308 u/g, 125 s/f
  • 1941: 306 u/g, 130 s/f
  • 1942: 310 u/g, 135 s/f
  • 1943: 307 u/g, 135 s/f
  • 1944: 313 u/g, 141 s/f
  • 1945: 298 u/g, 143 s/f
  • 1946: 370 u/g, 161 s/f

Manpower NCB No7 Area

  • 1947: 370 u/g, 150 s/f
  • 1950: 337 u/g, 143 s/f
  • 1951: 356 u/g, 130 s/f
  • 1952: 370 u/g, 128 s/f
  • 1953: 363 u/g, 126 s/f
  • 1954: 368 u/g, 126 s/f
  • 1955: 378 u/g, 119 s/f
  • 1956: 391 u/g, 112 s/f
  • 1957: 440 u/g, 111 s/f
  • 1958: 447 u/g, 111 s/f
  • 1959: 442 u/g, 115 s/f
  • 1960: 439 u/g, 120 s/f
  • 1961: 445 u/g, 124 s/f
  • 1962: 461 u/g, 127 s/f
  • 1963: 617 u/g, 181 s/f
  • 1964: 676 u/g, 192 s/f
  • 1965: 791 u/g, 195 s/f
  • 1966: 739 u/g, 180 s/f
  • 1967: 740 u/g, 185 s/f

South Midlands Area: Merge With Swadlincote

  • 1968: 1,096 u/g, 308 s/f
  • 1969: 700 u/g, 186 s/f
  • 1970: 666 u/g, 198 s/f
  • 1971: 707 u/g, 200 s/f
  • 1972: 685 Main Coal, Stockings and Eureka, 202 s/f
  • 1973 -1986: figures fairly constant

British Coal

  • 1987: 849 Main Coal, Woodfield, Kilburn and Stockings 165 s/
  • 1988: 687 Main Coal and Stockings, 135 s/f.

Agents

  • John Hall Agent 1890-
  • PCC Phillips (1659) 1923-
  • GD Mayhew Agent
  • FM Joyce (844) Agent.

Sub-Area Managers / Group Managers / Production Managers

  • Jack Godley Group Manager.
Managers for Cadley Hill
  • Alfred Eley (421) pre 1883-1893
  • TP Hewitt (1760) Manager 1893-1899
  • SE Thomas (1290) Manager 1899-1904
  • George J German (1573) Manager 1904-1912
  • PCC Phillips (1659) Manager 1912-1931 and Agent from 1923
  • FM Joyce (844) Manager 1932-1943
  • William Wallace Manager 1943-1946
  • Eric P Lawrence (3181) Manager for Bretby also 1947-1950
  • William Wallace (2747) 1950-1952
  • John G Tebbs (3897) 1952-
  • Jock R Gibson (4391) 1950s
  • FK Joyce (....)
  • Ralph Rawlinson (5788) Agent Manager 1963 (previously 1959 Manager Bretby / Stanhope drift and Measham, promoted to Acting Group Manager No4 1964, DAPM 1965 No7 Area, Production Manager 1967 South Midlands, Deputy Director (Mining) South Midlands Area July 1970, later Director Feb 1973)
  • John Chris Boyle (5733) Manager 1965-1968 General Manager -1973 (previously Manager Measham 1963-1965, promoted to Production Manager 1973-1977, Senior Mining Engineer (Mine Planning and Survey, South Midlands, later CME)
  • Mick E Skelding (7563) 1976-1982 (transferred to Asfordby new sinking)
  • Tom W Fleming (8204) General Manager 1982-1985
  • Keith M McCarthy (9457) 1985-1988 at closure (DPT Warwickshire, Deputy Manager (Services) Daw Mill 1971, Deputy Manager (Operations) 1974).

Deputy Managers

  • Stuart A Skelding (6257) (promoted to Manager Nailstone 1964, Manager Bagworth, Production Manager Kent, CME)
  • Len Collier (7222) 1966-1971 (promoted to Manager South Leicester 1971) and Peter Moulton (6364) for Cadley Hill/Church Gresley
  • Barry A Finch (8614) 1971-1977 (promoted to Manager Measham)
  • John Quimby (8397)
  • Barry J Thumwood (10923) (transferred to Deputy Manager Betteshanger 1987).

Undermanagers for Cadley Hill

  • John Truman (Cert No 83, 1st) 1887-1894
  • James Trueman (2nd) 1894-1899
  • Noah Slade (2nd) 1899-1902
  • H Griffiths (2nd) 1902-1904
  • C Bourne (2nd) 1904-1931
  • A Cheatle (2nd) 1932-1951
  • C Clamp (2nd) 1951-
  • WJ Thomas (2nd) 1950s
  • Alfred H Henson (5775) 1958- (transferred from Moira, transferred to Rawdon)
  • W John Bond (6307)
  • Barry A Finch BSc (8614) Senior U/m 1965-1970, promoted to Deputy Manager
  • TP Booth
  • (....) John Quimby (8397) (promoted to Deputy Manager)
  • David E Hanson (9288) later Manger Kent Area
  • Lol Doody (8160) in 1976
  • Jack A Fancourt (10443)
  • William Weston (9948) 1978 (later closed collieries Manager
  • Ian Clayton (10925) (later Manager Silverhill)
  • Robert P Scott (11353) Mar 1986- (promoted from Tech Assistant Rawdon, Daw Mill)
  • Robin PH Dean (10897)
  • Ray Whittaker (9715)
  • Robert W Cottle (11280)
  • Barry J Thumwood (10923) (promoted to Deputy Manager).

Surveyors included

  • William Sword 1890s-1900s
  • Arthur A Hook (63) 1920s -1950s
  • Norman Scarrett (2498) 1957-1963 transferred to Planning dept HQ
  • Ray T Gould (2363) (transferred from Whitwick transferred to Rawdon 1968)
  • Colin Hardy (3168) (transferred from Swadlincote) 1968-1985 (early retirement) (Ken Finch Surveyor for

South Leicester transferred as Deputy Surveyor Cadley Hill on closure to c1974)

  • Roger S Fearn (5650) 1985-1986
  • Terry M Williams (5931) 1986-1988.

Fatal Accidents Cadley Hill Included
  • Joseph Dennis (?) Stall man, fall of roof 7/4/1864
  • John Smith (19) fell down the shaft 11/7/1865
  • Isaac Cooknall (20) using naked light, explosion of firedamp 12/11/1866
  • Thomas Hogg (34) Stall man, fall of roof 11/3/1876
  • Thomas Statham (40) Stall man, fall of roof 14/10/1891
  • Thomas Vernon (56) Yard man, run over by a loco on the surface 26/10/1892
  • John Smith (64) Stall man, fall of coal 6/11/1893
  • Samuel Poole (20) Loader, fall of roof 5/4/1896
  • Albert Bould (28) Loader, fall of roof 14/3/1898
  • Samuel Eley (33) Stall man, fall of roof 13/3/1899
  • James Johnson (53) Ripper, fall in a roadway 18/10/1899
  • Raymond Hill (22) Ganger, crushed by tubs 24/1/1900
  • George Shorthouse (46) and Joseph Straw (47) using naked lights, explosion of firedamp on 7/4/1900, both died 10/4/1900
  • William Bray (22) Loader, fall of roof 29/8/1900, died 1/11/1900
  • George Richardson (47) Ripper, fall in a roadway 31/12/1907
  • Henry Ashley (23) shotfiring accident 2/12/1908
  • Arthur Redfern (42) Stall man, fall of roof 2/12/1909
  • Harry Wileman (14) Ganger, run over by tubs 5/12/1924
    Research to continue

Other collieries in South Derbyshire included:

  • Bretby (4 shafts + 22 others previously)
  • Gresley Wood (4 shafts)
  • Coton Park (3 shafts)
  • Church Gresley (7 + 6 shafts)
  • Swadlincote (3 shafts and 2 drifts)
  • Stanton (3 shafts)
  • Darklands (1 shaft)
  • Deep Foundation (3 shafts)
  • Cartwright
  • Netherseal (3 shafts)
  • Overseal
  • Swainspark Wood (1 shaft)
  • Swadlincote (13 shafts)
  • Whitehouse.