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Calendar
The Decline Of The Industry Continued
After Nationalisation 1947

Book 6
Chimneys
1987
1990
1992

1990 Pages   1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9  

1990 - Page 2


Donisthorpe / Rawdon Closed 1990 After 133 Years

Donisthorpe / Rawdon (Leicestershire) was closed in 1990.

Donisthorpe was sunk in 1857 by Checkland, Son and Williams, then taken over by Donisthorpe Colliery Co Ltd.

Rawdon was sunk by Moira Colliery Co Lord Donington.

The collieries were merged in 1986.

2 more shafts were sunk at Donisthorpe in 1871 to 260m.

A surface drift driven 1957.

Measham sunk in 1860 was merged with Donisthorpe in 1985.

Rawdon sunk 1821 to 345m.

Granville sunk in 1825 was merged with Rawdon in 1967.

A new surface drift to upper seams was driven at Rawdon in 1970-1973.

Donisthorpe and Rawdon were connected underground in 1979 and all coal transported and raised via a surface drift at Rawdon commissioned in 1981.

Donisthorpe No1 and No2:

Sunk by Checkland and Co in 1872-1973, to 900 feet (274m)

Checkland, Son and Williams took over from 1884, later Donisthorpe Colliery Co Ltd:

No1 shaft surface level 320’ 0” (97.5m) 43/3114/255332, 289 yards (264.3m) deep
No2 shaft surface level 332’ 0” (101.2m) 43/3114/265288, 308 yards (281.6m) deep.

Walton Way drifts:

  • No1 43/3112/834556
  • No2 43/3112/842584.

Shaft section:

  • Dickey Gobbler 3’ 2” (0.97m) at 163 ft (50m, Block 3’ 2” (0.97m) at 273 ft (83.2m)
  • Little 3’ 9” (1.14m) at 489 ft (149m)
  • Cannel 1’ 10” (0.56m) at 521 ft (158.8m)
  • 1st Ryder 2’ 6” (0.76m) at 648 ft (197.5m)
  • 2nd Ryder 2’ 6” (0.76m) at 652 ft (198.7m)
  • Main Coal 14’ 6” (4.42m) at 688 ft (209.7m)
  • Toad 4’ 0” (1.22m) at 721 ft (219.7m)
  • Slate 3’ 8” (1.12m) at 777 ft (236.8m)
  • Woodfield 6’ 4” (1.32m) at 840 ft (256m)
  • Stockings 8’ 0” (2.44m) at 879 ft (267.9m).

Seams Worked:

  • 1880s Four Foot
  • 1889: Little Coal 4’ 3” (1.30m) at 570 feet (173.75m)
  • 21/2/1942: Four Foot or Snailhorn at 785 feet (239m)
  • ?/1/1903: Moira Main at 900 feet (274m)
  • ?/3/1938: Woodfield
  • ?/3/1904: unprofitable Eureka
  • Feb 1945: Second extraction of Main coal where the Main Over and Main Nether join to form an extraction of plus 13 feet (4m) Nether coal bottom leaf 7’ 0” (2.13m) of Main Coal seam worked with clot above and below the seam
  • Lower Main Dec 1962 - 23/2/1973, resumed 1/8/1980 - 2/3/1990
  • Woodfield 5’ 6” (1.68m) heads abandoned 1904, unprofitable, restart 1923-1926, restart 1929-Dec 1967, restart Feb 1970-Dec 1977, restart Feb 1981-20/1/1990 when a bad roof fall brought a premature end to 141s panel
  • Stockings 8’ 0” (2.44m) 1890s, No1 and No2 shafts deepened, working of the seam commenced 1900-Dec 1968, restarted 1/5/1985-19/2/1990, last face, colliery closed.
  • 1894: 274 L, FF and MM, 58 s/f
  • 1895: 263 L, FF, MM, 58 s/f
  • 1896: L, FF, MM 256, 50 s/f
  • 1903: No1: 241 L, M, 31 s/f, No2: 72 Stockings, Eureka and Woodfield 72, 13 s/f
  • 1904: 260 L, M, 60 s/f
  • 1905: 261 L, M, 62 s/f
  • 1906: 255 L, M, 50 s/f
  • 1907: No1: 286 Little and Main, 55 s/f, No2: 217 Stockings and Eureka, 46 s/f
  • 1912: No1: 317, 73 s/f, No2: 295 Little, Main, Stockings, Eureka, 57 s/f
  • 1914: No1: 367 83 s/f, No2: 312 Little, Main, Stockings, Eureka, 65 s/f
  • 1919: No1: 606 Old Main, Little, Main, Nether, Stockings, Eureka, Woodfield, 97, s/f, No2: 392 u/g, 75 s/f
  • 1921: No1: 604 Little, Nether, 99 s/f, No2: 379 Main, Stockings, Eureka, 73 s/f
  • 1922: 1,027 u/g, 156 s/f
  • 1926: 967 Little, Nether, Main, Stockings, Eureka, Woodfield, 186 s/f
  • 1931: 702 Little, Main, Stockings, Eureka, Woodfield, 181 s/f
  • 1934: 670 u/g,198 s/f
  • 1937: 578 u/g, 185 s/f
  • 1941: 681 u/g, 219 s/f
  • 1945 690 Little, Stockings, Eureka, Woodfield, 294 s/f
  • 1950: 846 Woodfield, Stockings, Eureka discontinued, Little discontinued, 246 s/f
  • 1952: 890 Stockings and Woodfield, 237 s/f. A Training school was created at Donisthorpe. There were the last 2 ponies underground used for limbering up.

Output and Manpower: NCB No7 Area South Derbyshire and Leicestershire:

  • 1947: 454,453 tons, 1,030 men
  • 1948: 566,749 tons, 1,128
  • 1949: 592,096 tons, 1,106
  • 1950: 720,730 tons, 1,102
  • 1951: 758,421 tons, 1,129
  • 1952: 716,034 tons, 1,137
  • 1953: 762,996 tons, 1,131
  • 1954: 784,067 tons, 1,140
  • 1955: 788,641 tons. 1,153
  • 1956: 811,797 tons, 1,172
  • 1957: 852,323 tons, 1,184
  • 1958: 816,068 tons, 1,198 men maximum manpower
  • 1959: 800,682 tons, 1,177
  • 1960: 731,959 tons, 1,133
  • 1961: 725,509 tons, 1,097
  • 1962: 870,544 tons, 1,133
  • 1963: 895,512 tons, 1,126
  • 1964/65: 1,039,018 tons maximum output, 1,135 men
  • 1965/66: 948,269 tons, 1,134
  • 1966/67: 805,456 tons, 1,126

South Midlands Area: 1967/68: 727,305 tons, 1,108

  • 1968/69: 561,875 tons, 1,120
  • 1969/70: 549,376 tons, 1,097
  • 1970/71: 737,492 tons, 1,072
  • 1971/72: 558,716 tons, 1,059
  • 1972/73: 618,496 tons, 1,004
  • 1973/74: 481,036 tons, 964
  • 1974/75: 608,205 tons, 980
  • 1975/76: 521,781 tons, 1,090
  • 1976/77: 476,797 tons, 1,054
  • 1977/78: 521,528 tonnes, 1,117 men
  • 1979/80: 555,802 tonnes, 1,099
  • 1980/81: 440,216 tonnes, 1,130
  • 1981/82: 539,039 tonnes, 1,080
  • 1982/83: 613,051 tonnes, 1,065
  • 1983/84: 532,049 tonnes, 1,018
  • 1984/85: 349,377 tonnes, 998

Merged with Measham 1985.
Donisthorpe / Measham: 1985/86: 1,191
Merged with Rawdon 1986.
Donisthorpe / Rawdon:

  • 1986/87: 836,979 tonnes, 1,655 men, maximum manpower
  • 1987/88: 1,073,972 tonnes, 1,379

Central Area: 1988/89: 1,056,300 tonnes, maximum output, 1,221 men. Colliery closed 1990.