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1994 - Page 34


Doe Lea Drift Mine Closed After 64 Years

Doe Lea drift mine at Heath, (North Derbyshire), opened in 1930, was closed in June 1994 after 64 years.

The mine had been owned by

  • Dominic Lavin
  • Heath Colliery Co
  • Doe Lea Colliery Co Ltd
  • SPO
  • Hampton Gold Mining Areas PLC
  • Floyd Oil and Gas (UK) Ltd
  • Floyd Coal Ltd and finally by Parklands Colliery Co Ltd.

The seam worked was Top Hard, sandstone top, bright coal (0.45m), cannel coal (0.58m), hard coal (0.80m), and fireclay floor. The drift mine was tucked away at the side of the later M1 motorway, off the old road to Chesterfield through Heath, and when the new motorway was built, the old road became a cul-de-sac. The mine was always referred to as Dominics. The photos show the mine entrance and tubs being rope-hauled by an engine.

Manpower: Dominic Lavin

  • 1930: development
  • 1931: 22 Top Hard, 8 s/f

Heath Colliery Co

  • 1932: 25 TH, 8 s/f

Doe Lea Colliery Co

  • 1933: 20 TH, 4 s/f
  • 1934: 16 TH, 8 s/f
  • 1935: 17 TH, 9 s/f
  • 1936: 14 TH, 7 s/f
  • 1937: 14 TH, 7 s/f
  • 1938: 17 TH, 7 s/f
  • 1939: 18 TH, 7 s/f
  • 1940: 19 TH, 7 s/f
  • 1941: 19 TH, 8 s/f
  • 1942: 15 TH, 7 s/f
  • 1943: 17 TH, 6 s/f
  • 1944: 25 TH, 7 s/f
  • 1945: 27 TH, 9 s/f
  • 1946: 25 TH, 9 s/f
  • 1947: 22 TH, 9 s/f
  • 1948: 22 TH, 8 s/f
  • 1949: 28 TH, 7 s/f
  • 1950: 22 TH, 8 s/f
  • 1951: 22 TH, 8 s/f
  • 1952: 22 TH, 8 s/f
  • 1953: 22 TH, 8 s/f
  • 1954: 22 TH, 8 s/f
  • 1955: 22 TH, 8 s/f
  • 1956: 22 TH, 8 s/f
  • 1957: 22 TH, 8 s/f
  • 1958: 22 TH, 8 s/f
  • 1959-1963 ?
  • 1964: 14 TH 3 s/f
  • 1965: 19 TH, 3 s/f
  • 1966: 19 TH, 3 s/f
  • 1967: 17 TH, 4 s/f
  • 1968: 15 TH, 5 s/f
  • 1969: 15 TH, 5 s/f
  • 1970: 12 TH, 4 s/f
  • 1971: 12 TH, 4 s/f
  • 1972: 14 TH, 5 s/f
  • 1973: 5 TH, 1 s/f
  • 1974: 5 TH, 1 s/f
  • 1975: 5 TH, 1 s/f
  • 1976: 25 TH, 3 s/f
  • 1977: 25 TH, 3 s/f
  • 1978: 26 TH
  • 1979: 26 TH
  • 1980: 26 TH
  • 1981: 28 TH
  • 1982: 29 TH
  • 1983: 30 TH
  • 1984: 33 TH
  • 1985: 33 TH
  • 1986:
  • 1987: 12 TH, 1 s/f
  • 1988: 13 TH, 1 s/f
  • 1989: 15 TH, 1 s/f
  • 1990:
  • 1991:
  • 1992:
  • 1993:
  • 1994: ?.

Seams worked:
Top Hard worked by pillar and stall in haphazard pattern.

Finished production, 19/8/1994.

Intake drift 1in2.1. Co-ordinates E366780, N445445 and return drift 1in4 E366800, N445430 and main intake drift 1in4.9 E366675, N445470 dipping under River Doe Lea.

Met uncharted workings in several places in 1988 and again in 1991.

An old shaft lay to the south. It was stated that when Dominic was Manager they broke into the old Ramcroft workings and recovered quite a lot of equipment stashed there whilst he was Manager at Ramcroft.

A make of water from neighbouring Stainsby Hagg Opencast site around 120gpm discharged to Glapwell old goaf.

Other neighbouring workings were from Austin Opencast site and Glapwell colliery (23rd Sep 1943) and Ramcroft colliery deep mine workings.

Managers for Doe Lea:

  • Dominic Lavin (385) 1930-1964
  • Walter Lavin (6548) (from Manager, South Midlands Area)
  • George Gilbert (3815 / 2nd) 1964-1972
  • TW Wilks 1972 -1975
  • Eric Sellars (3000) 1975-1981
  • JM Elliott 1981-1983
  • RW McMillan 1984-1988
  • J Mitchell 1989-1992
  • A Newey (2nd class/ 11151) 1992-1994.

Undermanagers:

  • George Gilbert (3815 / 2nd) 1952-1964 (promoted to Manager)
  • TD Eyre 1964-1965.

Surveyor:

  • IF Gaskell (5629).

Doe Lea Drift mine (Parklands Colliery Co Ltd).

Fatal Accidents:

  • The Manager Walter Lavin (48) (6548) son of Dominic Lavin went to check on the discharge of water into the old workings to Ramcroft / Glapwell. He failed to return after the duly allotted time. Ray Thompson (56) went to find him but both he and Walter Lavin were asphyxiated by blackdamp and died.

John Bennington (5046) Inspector of Mines investigated the incident. The problem of the ventilation was resolved by installing a surface fan but this only increased the air quantity and did nothing to eliminate leakages.

In about 1980 permission was granted from a neighbouring landowner to sink a small shaft to the furthest extent of the Doe Lea workings so allowing air to enter at the adit and leave via the shaft thereby eliminating all leakages.


UDM Attack On Secrecy Of Lost Coal

Report From Chad Newspaper

The UDM Secretary Mick Stevens bitterly attacked British Coal for its secrecy over the ‘disappearance’ of up to half a million tonnes of coal from the area stocking site at Rufford.

Several months ago discrepancies in the figures of coal stocks were discovered. Reported in the Chad paper.

John CH Longden (9134) Director of Nottinghamshire Group was made redundant in August 1994 after 34 years in the industry. He had been on extended leave since 11th July fuelling rumours that his departure was connected with reports that up to million tonnes of coal was unaccounted for at the Area stocking site at Rufford colliery. However he stated that ‘I am advised that my going is nothing to do with that’. The ‘so-called’ missing coal is believed to be the result of clerical error!?

The DTI contracted outside Surveyors to check the amount of coal in heaps. I had been asked to survey some of the various heaps of different graded coal and calculate their tonnages in 1987-1988 time, assisted by a couple of linesmen from Rufford colliery. Scientific department were brought in I remember, and random tins full of coal were taken from the various different grades of coal to obtain a density factor so that a realistic tonnage could be arrived at. Of course the only true answer is to weigh it!

I had done this exercise at other stocking sites in the past such as Britain colliery and at Ollerton where it was most gratifying to learn of the weighed amount when picked up agreed to just a ‘few bucket fulls’ of the calculated amount. (Statement by Ted Hodgson, Surface Superintendent at Ollerton, at the time).

John CH Longden (9134) went on to work for International Mining Consultants Ltd.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) set up a program of drilling stockpiles of coal, for samples to ensure that the companies paid the appropriate price for the coal that they had inherited, e.g. the 1.25m tonnes of coal stocked at Rufford being the largest.


Management Positions

  • Brian C Wright (9913) (54), Director of Closed collieries took over from John CH Longden (9134) (56), as Director of the Midlands Group based at Edwinstowe on 1st August 1994. (He had been an Undermanager at Sherwood, Deputy Manager, Manager Thoresby and Production Manager and DCME in North Nottinghamshire Area in the past and had been promoted to Assistant Group Director South Wales, Director North East Area 1993, then Closed Collieries Director).
  • John Wardle (9360) (54), Director of Non-Operations collieries (3 years as Director of Studies at Chalfont St Giles Staff College, Assistant Director North West Group and a year later Head of Planning and Property appraisal).
  • John Longden BSc (9134) London School of Mines, Assistant to Manager Bullcroft, Undermanager Markham Main, Assistant Manager Walton 1967, Undermanager Clipstone, Deputy Manager and Manager Welbeck, 1980 Senior Mining Engineer Mine Planning and Survey, North Nottinghamshire Area, 1985 Deputy Director Mining, South Midlands Area 1985 seconded to British Coal HQ London to assist Chief Executive, 1986 Deputy Director Mining Nottinghamshire Area, promoted to Deputy Operations Director Eastwood, returned as Acting Director then Group Director Nottinghamshire Group Feb 1990-1994).

Part-time Member

  • Roy Lynk (61) former UDM President rejoined the mining industry with his appointment as a part-time member of the new Coal Authority. He had been a coalface worker for almost 30 years (Sutton) and an official with NUM, General Secretary UDM from 1985, and National President of the UDM 1987-1993.

 

 

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