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The Decline Of The Industry Continued
After Nationalisation 1947

Book 6
Chimneys
1987
1989

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1989 - Page 16


Ellistown Closed After 113 Years


Photo - Darren Haywood

Ellistown (Leicestershire ) sunk at Ellistown village to 321m 1874-1876 (Joseph Joel Ellis) died 1890, Executors of to 1900, Ellistown Colliery Co 1900 - closed Feb 1989 and abandoned 5th October 1989.

Bagworth and Ellistown merged to form one complex in 1986.

The ventilation was effected by a steam driven high speed Waddle fan for many years.

A Rescue team was set up in 1912-1913.

In 1933 the colliery Ambulance Brigade were winners of the Leicestershire and South Derbyshire Ambulance Challenge Cup.

Colliery housing was in rows.

The pit was closed temporarily in 1938 due to quota restriction.

Pithead baths were opened in 1953.

Ponies were still used underground until the late 1950s or early 1960s.

rubber tyred truck
Men using a rubber tyred truck on the surface
moved materials from the stockyard for use underground

Men using a rubber tyred truck on the surface moved materials from the stockyard for use underground.

The roof to the winding house had to be repaired in 1957.

A new stores was built in 1957-1958.

No1 winder was reconditioned in 1959.

A Trepanner cutter loader was installed in 1963.

There was a major surface reorganisation from 1971-1975.

A steering device was installed on a face machine in 1975.

Dowty 6 / 240 chocks on 63s face 1977.

An Eimco shovel introduced in the same year.

New fan drift driven in 1978.

In 1981 a DERDS with a spiral cutting head was installed.

In the packholes clothing / mesh with chock nogs.

A Panzer Pan Launcher was operational in 1984.

Roadrailer trapped rail system and Becorit materials handling in some gates. A chock building station was constructed underground in 1984.

Bagworth shaft sunk 1828-1829 and a second shaft sunk 1885 to 279m incorporated Nailstone sunk 1863-1865.

A surface drift 585m long was driven in 1958-1959 at Nailstone end and the output was diverted underground and raised there into the coal preparation plant in 1971.

Seams worked:

  • No1: Four feet or Upper Roaster 8” (0.20m) bat, 3’ 9” (1.14m) -1811 / 1938
  • High Main 5’ 6” (1.68m) -17 Mar 1967
  • Lower Main 333 yards (304.5m) 1876 -18 Nov 1938
  • No2: Upper Main 265 yards (242.3m) 5’ 6” (1.68m) -18 Nov 1938, -19 Oct 1965, unconsolidated deposits, boulder clay above, 1876-
  • Middle Lount 3’ 0” (0.91m), fireclay 6’ 0” (1.83m) -26 Jun 1963
  • Nether Lount 3’ 6” (1.07m), coaly shale 1’ 2” (0.35m), -18 Nov 1938, -1 Oct 1965, re-opened -7 Feb 1968
  • Yard 1926 - May 1928 and slow difficult work 1959-June 1963
  • Minge 6’ 8” (2.03m) abandoned 17 Feb 1989
  • Five Feet / Splent, coal 5’ 0” (1.52m), coaly shale 1’ 4” (0.40m), coal 5’ 2” (1.57m), fireclay 3’ 1” (0.93m) abandoned 5 Oct 1989
  • New Main, 5’ 0” (1.52m) 1961-10 Jun 1969, abandoned 9 Nov 1989
  • Excelsior coal 5’ 0” (1.52m), coaly shale 1’ 0” (0.35m), coal 2’ 9” (0.84m) -22 Aug 1975

Manpower:

  • 1896: No1: 305 Lower Main, 134 s / f, No2: 173 UM, 25 s / f
  • 1897: No1: 269 LM, 99 s / f, No2: 174 UM, 28 s / f
  • 1898: No1: 338 UM, 91 s / f 204, No2: UM, 47 s / f
  • 1899: No1: 321 LM, 97 s / f, No2: 246 UM, 60 s / f
  • 1901: No1: 376 LM, 100 s / f, No2: 287 UM, 62 s / f
  • 1902: No1: 370 LM, 109 s / f, No2: 312 UM, 50 s / f
  • 1904: No1: 361 LM, 110 s / f, No2: 333 UM, 89 s / f
  • 1905: No1: 357 LM, 93 s / f, No2: 363 UM, 78 s / f
  • 1906: 340 LM, 99 s / f, 346 UM, 75 s / f
  • 1913: No1: 433, No2: 427 Lower Main, Little, Upper main, 84 s / f
  • 1919: No1: 454 Lower Main and fireclay, 119 s / f, No2: 368 Upper main and fireclay, 91 s / f
  • 1926: No1: 418 Roaster, Upper Roaster, Nether Lount and fireclay, 113 s / f
  • 1926: No2: 246 Upper Main and fireclay, 64 s / f
  • 1933: No1: 346 104 s / f

No2: 228, 62 s / f, Roaster, Upper Roaster, Nether Lount, Upper Main and fireclay

  • 1937: No1 and No2: 532 Upper Main, Middle Lount, Upper Roaster and Roaster, 149 s / f
  • 1941: 682 Middle Lount, Nether Lount, 229 s / f
  • 1944: 703 Middle Lount, Nether Lount, 230 s / f
  • 1947: No8 Area EMD: 795 Middle Lount and Nether Lount, 220 s / f

Merged into No7 Area: 1950: East Sub-Area No1 Section: 815 ML, NL, 208 s / f

  • 1951: 805 High Main, Middle Lount, 210 s / f
  • 1952: 781 HM, ML, 215 s / f
  • 1953: 779 HM, ML, 214 s / f
  • 1955: 824 HM, NL, 202 s / f
  • 1956: 832 High Main, Middle Lount, 200 s / f
  • 1957: 850 High Main, Middle Lount, Nether Lount, 193 s / f
  • 1958: 881 HM, ML, NL, 189 s / f
  • 1960: 807 HM, ML, NL and Yard, 190 s / f
  • 1961: 807 HM, ML, NL, Y, 190 s / f
  • 1962: 780 HM, NL, Y, 193 s / f
  • 1963: 744 Upper Main, New Main, High Main, Nether Lount, Yard, 184 s / f
  • 1964: 712 UM, NM, HM, Y, 179 s / f
  • 1965: 687 Upper Main, New Main, High Main, Excelsior, Five Feet, Splent, Nether Lount, 168 s / f
  • 1966: 624 UM, NM, HM, E, FF, S, NL, 170 s / f

1967 South Midlands Area: 624 u / g, 170 s / f

  • 1968: 537 Minge, New Main, Excelsior, Nether Lount, 175 s / f
  • 1969: 505 M, E, NM, 163 s / f
  • 1970: 484 E, M, NM, 153 s / f
  • 1971: 495 E, M, NM, 165 s / f
  • 1972: 470 Excelsior, Minge, 97 s / f
  • 1973: 470 E, M, Five Feet, 97 s / f
  • 1975: 470 u / g, 97 s / f
  • 1977: 470 u / g, 97 s / f
  • 1980: 470 u / g, 97 s / f
  • 1982: 470 u / g, 97 s / f

Agents:

  • W Spencer 1876-
  • ED Spencer
  • Arthur D Butterley -1948
  • Harold Rutherford (3958).

Sub-Area Managers:

  • Harold Rutherford (3958) -1956

Group Managers: No1:

  • Sam A McKee (3637) 1956
  • William C Statham (3660) 1957-1963
  • John H Northard (4954) 1963-1966
  • Harold E Taylor (5793) 1966-1976c
  • John Chris Boyle (5733) 1976c-

Managers Ellistown:

  • Thomas Millership 1873-1876
  • George Hall (2443 service) 1876-1898
  • Split No1 AB Emmerson (2278) 1898
  • No2: George Hall (2443) 1898-1902
  • AB Emmerson (2278) again for both pits 1902-1920s
  • J Edwards (202)
  • Harold Rutherford (3958) Agent and Manager 1946-1947)
  • JE Williams (2559) 1948-1950s
  • H Johnston (2284) 1950s-1961
  • Derek Smith (5445) 1962-1968
  • Ken Bradford (5553) 1968-1970 (transferred to Agent Manager Whitwick)
  • Agent / Manager Mick E Skelding (7563) 1971-1975
  • Agent / Manager Alan V Callis (8399) 1975-1977 (promoted to Production Manager Kent)
  • Donald J Cox (7223) 1977-1983
  • Terry F Gregory (7955) 1983-1986 (from Tilmanstone, transferred to Area Safety dept)
  • Peter MD McCarthy (10076) (for the Bagworth, Ellistown, Nailstone complex. Transferred from Manager Snowdown 1988, previously Mining Engineer Kent 1987, Betteshanger Deputy Manager Services 1977-1984, Undermanager Daw Mill -1976, Undermanager Newdigate 1969-1976. Transferred from Bagworth to Coventry then Lea Hall (Trentham) 1992 and finally for Markham, Shirebrook and Bolsover -1994)
  • DW Bettison (10734) Oct 1989.

Deputy Managers:

  • Terry F Gregory (7955) 1969-1971 (later Area Safety Engineer 1979)
  • D Nev Rady (7297) 1972-1978
  • Lol Doody (8160) 1978-.

Undermanagers Ellistown: Matthew Catron (1832 service) 1876-1902

  • William Oughton (1834 service) 1876-1895
  • William Bettison (4,334 / 2nd) 1895-1902
  • WH Phillips (795) 1902-1906
  • A Smith (2nd) 1902
  • WR Sleigh 1906 (2nd) 1940
  • Walter Bourne (6776 / 2nd) -1947c
  • M Gittins (2528 / 2nd) 1947c-
  • M McPherson (5551 / 2) 1957-1958
  • Alec Hindmarsh (5417) 1958-1961 (promoted to Deputy Manager
  • McPherson (5551 / 2) 1961-1963
  • MD Jones (7958) 1963-1965
  • TP Leader (8256) 1965-1968
  • Terry F Gregory (7955) Graham P Betts (9445) 1970-1975 (transferred to HQ Projects)
  • Philip Rock (9681) 1975-1977
  • PNA Gray (10849) 1978-1982
  • Fred H Johnson (9460) Services 1976-1985
  • Mick G Brookes (9979) (Services) 1986-
  • Ian G Betteridge (10734) 1986
  • Ken Smith (11067) 1986-1989.

Surveyors:

  • John Arthur Morley (1285) 1930s-1940s (promoted to Assistant Area Surveyor 1st Jan 1947, 1963 promoted to Nottinghamshire No4 Area Surveyor -1967, then following the closure of Divisional HQ Sherwood Lodge was appointed North Nottinghamshire Area Deputy, then re-appointed North Nottinghamshire Area Surveyor 1968 / 69-1974)
  • Frank Goddard (2624) 1956-Oct 1965
  • JA Brewin (4433) 1971-1975
  • Ken Finch (4318) 1975-1980s
  • David A Woodward (5399) -1989 (transferred to Bagworth).

Fatal Accidents Ellistown: see reference earlier.

 

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