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The Decline Of The Industry Continued
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Chimneys
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1989 - Page 7


Renishaw Park Closed After 129 Years


Photo by Ian Beck

Renishaw Park colliery, (North Derbyshire) sunk 1858-1860 by J and G Wells to the south west of Renishaw village and to the south of Renishaw Park was first closed in 1914 due to water.

No1 shaft 224 yards (205m) deep and No2 shaft 206 yards (188m) to Silkstone, No3 shaft 64 yards (58.5m) to Deep Hard and No5 shaft 266 yards (243m) to Silkstone, was re-opened as Furnace Hill (Furnace Hill Colliery Co) in 1922 by RE Horrocks (Manager at Elsecar Main for Earl Fitzwilliam) who obtained a lease from Sir George Sitwell. At the time he was working Deep Soft at a small drift mine Furnace Hill colliery to the West of Renishaw Park on the fringes of old Thirbycliffe workings. He used the profits from that to dewater the shafts.

Furnace Hill was abandoned in 1929. The pit was taken over by NCB in 1947 and closed on 24th March 1989 after 129 years.

Joseph and George Wells succeeded their father in 1816.

In 1820 a Whymsey pit to the Flockton seam and worked for up to 40 years and Bramley Moor was sunk to the South, eventually connecting up to Hornthorpes.

In 1871 there was an explosion on 19th January killing 25 men and boys. The men were using candles for illumination although safety lamps were provided.

In 1874, J and G Wells became a Limited Company with Joseph Calver as Managing Director. However he died after about 7 years and Edwin Wells became Director and General Manager, later becoming Managing Director. No4 pit was sunk then.

Longwall mining began in 1948 with up to 8 faces but reduced to 3 power loaded machine cut faces by 1957.

A floor mounted Anderson Strathclyde ‘In Web’ shearer was developed 1974/75 on a newly developed advancing face in the Chavery seam, 38” (0.97m) extraction, Dosco MkII roadway cutter loaders in advanced heads at each end Feb 1977.

Dozer-doors on machine for cleaning up spillage.

22mm haulage chain on face side of AFC.

Dowty 5 leg chocks at 1m centres.

In 1986 new emulsifying equipment on the surface pumped a mix of 95% water and 5% oil to feed the chocks, which was automatically mixed on the surface instead of underground from 25 litre drums.

Seams worked:

  • Deep Soft, Flockton or Sitwell Mar 1879, 1893, 1914, 1929
  • (Furnace Hill), re-opened June 1929 July 1957 and 1980
  • Deep Hard 1947, re-opened 1977 Mar 1989
  • 1st Piper Dec 1987
  • No2 pit Parkgate Mar 1905
  • No5 pit - Sep 1905 (heads driven in top coal coal 2’ 5” (0.74m), dirt 1’ 2” (0.35m), coal 1’ 0” (0.30m), and -1942
  • Silkstone, and Chavery 3’ 0” (0.91m) 1953-78. Some of work was by pillar and stall.

The pit was flooded when water broke in from the River Rother in 1914.

A surface drift was driven for coal transport in 1951.

A second surface tunnel 443 yards long was driven at 1in5 in 1976 at a cost of £200,000, and was operational in 1977. Position SK43955277433.

The pit was sunk on the site of an old mine, a Whimsey of 1820 and Bramley Moor was sunk to the south that eventually coupled up to Hornthorpes.

Shaft position SK 443650, 377500.

  • The DC shaft manriding to Deep Soft at 64 yards (58m), with a false bottom to the Chavery seam at 49 yards (45m).
  • UC shaft was sunk to the Blackshale or Silkstone at 226 yards (207m).
  • No1 DC Winding shaft 11 feet (3.4m) dia, (211m) deep, E443799, N377405.
  • No2 shaft or ladder shaft, 11 feet (3.4m) dia, 49 yards (45m) deep, E443812, N377402, filled in 1960. The coal output was destined for power stations.
  • No2 adit E443585, N377575, abandoned Mar 1991.

Manpower: Furnace Hill Colliery Co:

  • 1922: as Furnace Hill: 92 Flockton, 24 s/f
  • 1923: 95 Deep Soft, 32 s/f
  • 1924: 106 DS, 33 s/f
  • 1925: 120 DS, 37 s/f
  • 1926: Furnace Hill and Renishaw Park Collieries Ltd: 130 DS, 53 s/f
  • 1927: 138 DS, 78 s/f
  • 1928: 129 DS, 41 s/f
  • 1929: 108 Deep Soft abandoned, 33 s/f
  • 1930: as Renishaw Park: 227 DS, 110 s/f
  • 1931: 307 DS, 123 s/f
  • 1932: 329 DS, 138 s/f
  • 1933: 349 DS, 147 s/f
  • 1934: 346 DS, 143 s/f
  • 1935: 342 DS, 141 s/f
  • 1936: 332 DS, 142 s/f
  • 1937: 326 DS, 140 s/f
  • 1938: 348 DS, 157 s/f
  • 1939: 340 DS, 163 s/f
  • 1940: 336 DS, 178 s/f
  • 1941: 320 DS, 173 s/f
  • 1942: 335 DS, 180 s/f
  • 1943: 348 DS, 170 s/f
  • 1944: 355 DS, 154 s/f
  • 1945: 341 DS, 162 s/f
  • 1946: 395 DS, 150 s/f.

Output and Manpower NCB: No1 Area EMD:

  • 1947: 167,648 tons, 488 men
  • 1948: 169,406 tons, 568 men
  • 1949: 164,147 tons, 542 men
  • 1950: 146,192 tons, 511 men
  • 1951: 211,235 tons, 540 men
  • 1952: 217,615 tons, 601 men
  • 1953: 171,494 tons, 612 men
  • 1954: 205,873 tons, 656 men
  • 1955: 223,008 tons, 701 men
  • 1956: 232,639 tons, 738 men
  • 1957: 212,036 tons, 751 men
  • 1958: 235,664 tons, 762 men
  • 1959: 252,962 tons, 761 men
  • 1960: 299,509 tons, 552 men
  • 1961: 286,489 tons, 531 men
  • 1962: 292,152 tons, 533 men
  • 1963/64: 291,800 tons, 531 men
  • 1964/65: 286,662 tons, 522 men
  • 1965/66: 247,085 tons, 516 men
  • 1966/67: 282,459 tons, 504 men

North Derbyshire Area:

  • 1967/68: 322,440 tons, 493 men
  • 1968/69: 260,277 tons, 483 men
  • 1969/70: 322,440 tons, 472 men
  • 1970/71: 358,943 tons, 475 men
  • 1971/72: 277,734 tons, 479 men
  • 1972/73: 326,833 tons, 485 men
  • 1973/74: 262,016 tons, 483 men
  • 1974/75: 230,052 tons, 510 men
  • 1975/76: 287,155 tons, 510 men
  • 1976/77: 247,336 tons, 493 men
  • 1977/78: 282,824 tonnes (278,356 tons), 520 men
  • 1978/79: 438,082 tonnes, 538 men
  • 1979/80: 393,726 tonnes, 548 men
  • 1980/81: 454,403 tonnes, 577 men
  • 1981/82: 438,811 tonnes, 582 men
  • 1982/83: 405,887 tonnes, 574 men
  • 1983/84: 337,812 tonnes, 565 men
  • 1984/85: 17,863 tonnes, 569 men

British Coal:

  • 1985/86: 315,900 tonnes, 549 men
  • 1986/87: tonnes, men
  • 1987/88: tonnes, men
  • 1988/89: tonnes.

Agents:

  • WE Wells Agent pre 1887-
  • Henry Burgin (398) Agent 1908-1910
  • RE Horrox (1754) Agent 1928-1946 for Furnace Hill and Renishaw Park Collieries Ltd, promoted from Manager Beighton
  • Ben Kendall (1944) Agent 1947-1949
  • Lewis Gross (2351) Agent 1950-

Sub-Area Managers / Group Managers / Production Managers:

  • Jack A Tankard (3946) Sub Area Manager 1952-
  • Robert (Bob) Scott (4454) Sub-Area Manager 1956-1965
  • Arthur W Baddeley (2543) Group Manager 1966-

Managers for Renishaw Park:

  • W Pickup Manager Nos3, No4 pre 1887-1888
  • Fred Hardwick (2277 s?) Manager No2, No5 pre 1887-1888, for all 1888-1895
  • George William Dickinson (255) No1, No3 1895-1906
  • Henry Burgin (398) Manager No2 1901-1905 and No2, No5 1905-1909, No1, No2 1909-1910
  • Fred Hardwick No5 1903-1905
  • T Seaman (1641) No1, No3 1906-1909, No3, No5 1909-1910
  • Henry Curry (3092) Manager for all 1910-1913 then No1, No2 1913-
  • HM Holliday (2310) No3, No5 1913-1914
  • A Riley (2320) 1914

Colliery closed - flooded

Re-opened:

  • R Braidford (3460 service cert) Manager 1927-1930
  • HN Earl (3982) 1930-1932
  • FD Boydell (2633) 1932-1934
  • DJ Naismith (1257) 1934-1935
  • Alf W Gray (4013) 1935-1940
  • A Bishop (2506) 1940-1942
  • FH Baker (3107) 1943-1945
  • RJ Detchon (1771) 1945-1949
  • GCJ Rotter (2967) 1949-1953
  • AH Jackson (3084) 1953-1965
  • Arthur R Randle (7553) 1966 (transferred from Manager High Moor, left and joined ICI Nobel, later Explosives Marketing Manager 1986)
  • John G Town (7579) 1968-1970 (transferred from Denby Drury Lowe, transferred to Shirebrook)
  • John Clarke (6986)
  • Keith J Otter (8932) 1971-1972 (promoted from Arkwright, transferred to General Manager Markham)
  • Arnold Vardy (7891)
  • Terry McAllister (9142) 1973-1975
  • Jim Ferreday (7684) 1975-1980 (transferred to Bolsover)
  • Eric Blackwell (10164) 1983-1987 (transferred to Warsop)
  • Roger A Lewis (11178) 1987-
  • Ian Clayton (10925) (promoted from Warsop, transferred to Silverhill) 1989
  • William Weston at closure.