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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 8


Mansfield Closed After 83 Years

- Continued -

Managers for Mansfield:

  • John Bingley (1106) from Bolsover) sinking 1903-1913 and Agent for Rufford sinking 1913-
  • William H Carter (1809) (from Bolsover) 1913-1937
  • John T Rice (816) Manager 1937-1944 and Agent 1945-1948
  • Elijah Shaw (1156) Manager 1945-1950 and Agent 1948-1950, died in post
  • Jim Reid (2103) Manager 1950-1952 (and Agent 1952 transferred from Sherwood)
  • Sam Evans (1430) 1952-1953 (transferred from Creswell)
  • J Brian Perry (3119) Manager 1953-1970 (transferred from Warsop, Agent Manager, then General Manager, then promoted to Group Manager)
  • Alan Ingham (6343) General Manager 1970-1972 (transferred from General Manager Blidworth, promoted to Production Manager Doncaster Area, Yorkshire 1972, later Chief Mining Engineer Doncaster 1978, then CME North Nottinghamshire 1983)
  • John PL Bacharach (8835) 1973-1976 (General Manager, transferred from Manager Norton, Staffordshire, previously Deputy Manager Wolstanton Mine, Staffordshire, left the NCB and was appointed a Senior Mining Engineer with PD-NCB (Powell Duffryn-NCB) Consultants Ltd)
  • Albert C Mapp (7959) Oct 1976-1984 (promoted from Deputy Manager Rufford to General Manager, then promoted to DCME (Mine Planning and Survey) at Edwinstowe North Nottinghamshire Area HQ)
  • Peter A Chambers (8313) 1984-1986 (General Manager transferred from General Manager Silverhill, later to Eastwood Hall HQ, then DCME (Mine Planning and Survey) at Edwinstowe HQ)
  • Ken G Fidler (10993) 1986-1988 (promoted from Deputy Manager Ollerton, transferred to General Manager Thoresby)
  • Albert E Littler (9307) (transferred from General Manager Thoresby) 1987-Sep 1988 (joined Dosco/Hollybank) (d 1991)
  • John Payne (9325) Oct 1988-1990 (transferred from Newstead at closure), as Closed Collieries Manager based at Mansfield (d 2014).

Deputy Managers:

  • F Jim Hooley (4668) 1959-1960 (promoted to Manager Bilsthorpe)
  • Stan Hacking (4274) 1960-1968 (demoted from Manager at Bilsthorpe, promoted to Acting Manager Sherwood, appointed Manager, Agent Manager Sherwood, then appointed Area Staff Manager North Nottinghamshire)
  • Jack Winnard (3909) 1968-1972 (transferred from Clipstone)
  • Jack W Severn (6131) 1973-1981 (promoted from Harworth, transferred to Sutton) d 2008
  • Owen L Gravestock (9970) 1981-1987 (transferred from Sutton, promoted to Manager Annesley)
  • Peter Hopkinson (10693) 1986-1988 (promoted from Assistant Manager)
  • Roger L Trueman (10009) 1988 (transferred from Clipstone, transferred to Sherwood).

Assistant Managers for Mansfield:

  • Len Wright (4456) 1953-1955 (promoted to Manager Blidworth, later Manager Rufford and Welbeck then joined Nottinghamshire NUM as a Mining Agent and later was appointed President)
  • Abe L Goodwin (3834) 1956-1958
  • F Jim Hooley (4668) 1958-1959 (promoted to Deputy Manager)
  • Peter Hopkinson (10693) 1983-1986 (promoted from Undermanager, promoted to Deputy Manager)
  • Mick D Orchiston (11282) 1986-1988 (promoted from Calverton, transferred to Sherwood).

Undermanagers for Mansfield:

  • Arthur Davis (3316) 1905-1918 (from Warsop, transferred to Bolsover)
  • Len Henton (2nd) 1919-1920
  • Fred Davis (166) 1920-1930
  • Jimmy Lee (84) 1930-1945
  • John W Rawlings (4225) 1945-1949 (transferred to Clipstone)
  • Pat J Murphy (2nd) 1945-1951 (transferred from Ollerton)
  • Len Wright (4456) 1949-1953 (promoted to Assistant Manager)
  • Arthur E Jacques (5132/2nd) 1952-
  • F Jim Hooley (2nd) 1956-
  • Jack Robinson (8528) 1964-1965
  • Don Lunn (6163) 1960-1967 (transferred to Thoresby)
  • FW Gregory (7430) 1964-1965
  • Eric Baker (8246) 1966-1967 (promoted to Deputy Manager Bilsthorpe)
  • H Hudson (8041) 1966-1970
  • Jack W Severn (6131) 1970-1972 (transferred to Thoresby)
  • Alan Allsop (9700) 1970-1975 (promoted to Deputy Manager Bilsthorpe)
  • Owen L Gravestock (9970) 1973-1977 (promoted to Deputy Manager Sutton)
  • David W Baldwin (10132) 1976-1978 (promoted to Deputy Manager Blidworth)
  • A Peter Hall (7238) (also Surveyors cert) 1971-1975 (transferred from Rufford, transferred to Mechanisation dept North Nottinghamshire HQ)
  • Peter Hopkinson (10693) 1978-1982 (promoted to Assistant Manager)
  • Jack C Allen (9808) 1979-1981 (transferred from Clipstone)
  • Robert (Bob) Storey (9610) 1982- (High Hazles Undermanager promoted to Deputy Manager Rufford)
  • Colin Day (2nd) 1983-1988 (transferred to Assistant Manager Thoresby)
  • John H Van Ham (11160) 1985-1988 (transferred to Annesley).

Assistant Undermanagers included:

  • P Bell 1984 (joined Fosroc Technik Ltd)
  • C Aked (transferred to Thoresby 1988).
  • Technical Assistant C P Jennings (11422) promoted to Assistant Undermanager Bilsthorpe Dec 1982).
  • Paul W Grimshaw (10995) transferred as Surface Superintendent to close the surface down during 1988-1989.

Surveyors included:

  • Frank Wood 1920s
  • Tom A Knighton 1930s
  • Jim Crossland -1941
  • Tom W Bush (845) (from 1931, firstly as Senior Assistant to Chief Surveyor for Bolsover Co) later No3 Area Chief Surveyor 1947-1962 died in post
  • Austin Leach 1941-1947 (promoted from Bilsthorpe, promoted to Sub-Area Surveyor)
  • A Eddie Betts 1947-1953 (transferred to Rufford, later promoted to Group Surveyor, then Deputy Area Surveyor)
  • John Tasker (2399) 1953-1970 (promoted from Assistant, transferred to Planning dept) d N 2008
  • John Grayson (4070) (promoted from Deputy) 1970-1988
  • Robert (Bob) Bradley ** (4381) Senior Surveyor, appointed Surveyor Apr 1988-Mar 1989 to oversee closure, finish off the mine plans and shafts filling. Both shafts and the pit yard well complex filled by 20th March 1989. Finally concrete caps were laid over the shaft top positions by August 1989. The majority of the pit top buildings were demolished.

The Crown Farm Industrial Estate is situated on the colliery site and two half winding wheels are situated at the end of the old Pit Lane, off Violet Hill. Also two more half wheels are situated part way round the By-Pass road to Clipstone, as below.

Mansfield Rescue Team In The Early 1920s

Fatal Accidents Mansfield:

  • Samuel Smith (45) fell into boiling water on the surface 23/10/1905, died from injuries 8/11/1905
  • Chas Smedley (21) run over by tubs 30/10/1907
  • George Powell (40) fell into the shaft sump 20/5/1908
  • Harry Allen (41) caught in machinery on the surface screens 26/10/1908
  • Sam Rawson (35) crushed by the cage at the surface 18/11/1908
  • Harry Slaney (15) crushed by tubs 18/1/1909
  • William Green Whitt (28) fall of roof 7/5/1907 but died from peritonitis on 26/3/1911
  • James Blackburn (22) fall of roof 22/10/1912
  • John Mayfield (15) ganger, killed in a roadway fall 22/9/1913
  • Claude Oswald Robinson (15) probably run over by tubs 11/7/1916 died 14/12/1916
  • Ernest William Gabittas (15) run over by tubs 10/1/1917
  • John Hopkinson (47) 23/1/1912
  • George James Blackwell (22) 23/10/1912
  • James Stock (14) fall of roof 28/3/1913, died 2/4/1913
  • Henry Vallance (16) 25/5/1913
  • John Mayfield (15) fall in a roadway whilst ganging 22/9/1913
  • George William Bailey (45) suicide 1/3/1917 jumped down the shaft
  • John William Burrows (54) fell down the shaft 25/8/1917
  • Herbert Bingley (16) run over by tubs 17/10/1917
  • Charles Williams (44) and William Black (38) both killed in a fall at the ripping lip 10/1/1918
  • Thomas Scaife (19) injured lifting a tub 29/1/1918, died 6/3/1918
  • Charles Foster (19) run over by tubs 7/3/1918
  • Louis Clifford Storey (14) run over by tubs 24/12/1918, died 25/12/1918 In memory
  • Thomas Brown (53) fall of roof at the face 18/1/1919
  • William Sefton (46) accident 19/12/1919, died from his injuries 22/3/1919
  • Walter Chadbourne (35) crushed by tubs 17/8/1919, died 6/9/1919
  • John Edward Marshall (31) run over by tubs 19/2/1920
  • John West Stanton (40) fall of roof 19/3/1920
  • John Green (16) crushed by tubs 12/7/1921
  • Andrew Hall (47) fall of roof 15/11/1921
  • Harold Wakelin (21) fall of roof 5/1/1922
  • Stanley Pacey (15) run over by tubs 13/1/1922, died 15/1/1922
  • Thomas Robert Place (59) fall of coal 5/6/1923, died 14/6/1923
  • James Stanley Hyson (23) fall of roof 16/12/1923
  • Valentine Hall (41) fall of roof 3/1/1917, died 27/1/1924
  • Alfred Henry Dring (21) crushed by wagons on the surface 27/10/1926
  • Sam Alsop (33) run over by tubs 1/11/1926
  • William George Betts (27) crushed by tubs 17/12/1926
  • Clarence Morris (14) crushed by tubs 9/7/1927
  • Frederick Smith (62) strained himself lifting sleepers on the surface 19/3/1928, died from his injuries 21/3/1928
  • John Henry Clay (23) run over by tubs 28/3/1928, died 18/4/1928
  • Vincent Glyn Roberts (30) crushed by tubs 6/10/1928 died on 9/11/1928 from toxaemia
  • James Leslie Clarke (14) crushed by tubs 23/3/1929
  • James Walter Shaw (42) 16/10/1929
  • Albert Edward Vaughan (29) fall of coal 8/8/1930, died 11/8/1930
  • Reuben Allen (52) fall of roof 21/10/1932, died 25/11/1932
  • Edwin Richardson (17) run over by tubs 26/5/1933
  • Charles Henry Croft (58) 1/10/1931
  • John Henry Hatcher (28) fall of roof 5/5/1934
  • Charles Lyons (58) injured his hand on 11/5/1934, died from septicaemia 1/7/1934
  • John Meads (30) injured his hand on 20/11/1934, died from septicaemia 5/12/1934
  • James Richard West (38) crushed by a prop at the coal face 22/12/1937
  • Egbert Clifford (60) run over by a loco on the surface 21/4/1939
  • George Davidson (32) fall of coal 22/5/1939
  • Francis Harry Jessop (34) 14/4/1943
  • Elias Jepson (39) fall of coal 22/5/1939
  • Charles Stone (37) fall of roof 19/11/1941, died 29/11/1941
  • Joseph HaroldFrancis (47) fall of roof 7/1/1942
  • George Henry Hind (50) fall of roof 12/2/1947
  • Sam Banner (60) fall at the lip 23/2/1947
  • Cyril Parr (33) run over by a minecar 27/6/1947
  • George Robinson (55) 7/9/1947
  • Albert Lester Kenyon (24) fell from a girder on the surface 4/2/1949
  • John Baxter Piggford (35) Deputy and Leslie Pattison (42) Deputy both were overcome by blackdamp when one went to find the other 2/8/1950
  • Ted Dykes (59) fell from a scaffold on the surface 3/5/1950
  • George Walters (51) hit by a prop 18 months before, died 24/10/1951 
  • In Memory Richard Done (33) and George William Street (33) both killed in a roof fall on No 6s Meco face, 14/1/1952
  • Alfred Sage (39) fall of roof 22/3/1952
  • Walter Armison (48) fall of roof 18/7/1952
  • Ronald Richardson (51) struck by aerial rope on dirt tip 9/2/1954
  • Harold Gabitass (49) fall of roof 8/12/1954
  • Arthur Stanley Cresswell (38) run over by wagons on the surface 26/11/1955
  • Bernard Walker Roberts (39) injured 1957 and died from his injuries 30/5/1958
  • William Timothy Bosworth (57) fell down the shaft 2/2/1961
  • Roman Kos (42) fall of roof 16/6/1961
  • Albert Edward Morris (41) run over by manrider 27/7/1961
  • Charles Henry Farrow (36) fall of coal 24/10/1962
  • Terrance Orrell (17) run over by a minecar 25/11/1963
  • Henry George Wallace (37) fall of roof 6/4/1964
  • Arthur Alan Eason (46) caught in underground machinery 19/8/1968
  • George William Cooper (58) run over by tubs 6/9/1969 but died later in the year from his injuries
  • David Baggaley (21) caught in a coal cutting machine 29/8/1975, died 3/9/1975
  • Philip King (23) crushed by a hoist on the surface 25/4/1976
  • Desmond Hudson (44) caught in a Trepaner coal cutting machine 28/1/1984 In Memory DH

However on a bizarre note, on 2/4/1917 a Deputy, Arthur Buckley (31) hung himself from a girder underground.

Of course like at almost all pits, unfortunately there would be incidents, classified as serious, but fortunately with no loss of life, that would occur and have to be examined in detail by the Mines Inspector and followed up by the NCBs own Safety department investigation. One such incident at Mansfield was kinging at No1 DC shaft in 1944/45
Another was a rope breakage on a manrider whilst hauling men in the 1970s. There was a major fire in the surface MG Room on 8th May 1984 causing a great deal of damage.