Really informative website with some great info.
I worked at Shirebrook colliery from 1980 to 1993 when the pit closed.
I worked on some of the coal faces identified in your 1993 page 8 section.
S14s panel was an advancing face worked on the Littleton system and not a retreat face as stated.
S16s was the next face along. Both these faces worked the piper seam and were on the right hand side of the main Pleasley intake roadway.
On the left hand side of Pleasley intake s12s was the first face to be worked then s15s s153s then the retreat s155s.
s159s was developed last and was the nearest to the pit bottom as it used old s12s main gate for its tail gate and a new main gate was headed out at the bottom of Pleasley intake.
All of the faces on the left side of Pleasley intake were higher because the piper and deep hard seams were closer together resulting in the coal from both seams being extracted.
Have you any idea where I might find plans of the workings from Shirebrook and were we mined under? I remember seeing the plans that the colliery surveyors produced while I worked at Shirebrook. The reason I ask is one face I worked on, s25s in the deep soft seam was said to be under Peafield Lane at Mansfield Woodhouse, just interested to know.
Thanks for sharing your information.