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Roger Dilks - Stanley Kilbourne Colliery was opened (around 1870?) . . .
John Fletcher - Information About The Endless Cable Tramway From Stanley Hill Top
Terry Kelly - I grew up in WWII in the Roe Farm Estate, Chaddesden . . .

The Stanley Kilbourne Colliery was opened (around 1870?) with Alexander Ogden as manager. In 1885 it went bankrupt. Five years later, the Derby Kilburn Colliery Co. drove the Footrill (or drift) mine, S.W. of Manor Farm. In 1893 they acquired the Kilburn Colliery - to use it to pump and ventilate the workings, now worked from the Footrill. Coal from this mine was initially taken to Derby by road in horse carts, an inadequate means of distribution. Negotiations with the Great Northern Railway, for a siding, came to nothing, so in 1894 a continuous cable conveyor (the 'Tramway' on the map), which had been laid from the mine downhill to the railway, was extended from there 3 miles across country to a landsale wharf at Chaddesden, near the Nottingham Road cemetery. Coal was carried on trains clipped on to an anchor rope, running over rollers between the tram-rails. The Footrill closed in 1918; some of the buildings, including the workshop, still stood in 1991. Bricks were made at beehive kilns nearby; some were used for building 4 semis at "Klondyke".

1. On Map, rusting trams in situ, on rails were still in evidence in this location c1960 near. Everything in this area was obliterated by open cast working at the same time.

2. This field, certainly known until the 1970's was known as the 'Junction' field, although no physical junction with the GNR line existed. The railway line was in operation 1876 - 1968, the tracks were lifted c1970.

3. The line of the tram way was visible in crop marks in the fields here, certainly until the 1980's and probably still is in dry weather. Remains of the Tramway were rediscovered during the construction of the Oakwood Estate c1975-95. My grandfather (1879 - 1959) lived at the 'Klondyke' remembered it working prior to the 1st Worls War.

Roger Dilks


From: John Fletcher
Sent: 19 June 2009
Subject: Information About The Endless Cable Tramway From Stanley Hill Top

I was interested in reading your item about Stanley Footrall, and the cable way to Chaddesden, I have a 1880's ordnance cd, and it shows the cableway going to the top of Warpole St, were there was a clay pit! The Blue Boy pub is now on the site.


John Fletcher


From: Terry Kelly
Sent: 21 March 2008
Subject: Information About The Endless Cable Tramway From Stanley Hill Top

I grew up in WWII in the Roe Farm Estate, Chaddesden, Derby. We used to play in a grassy area bounded by Max Road, Chaddesden Park Road, Margreave Road and Renfrew Street that we called Top Fields.

Starting In the SW corner of the field, running between Renfrew Street and Dorchester Avenue was a cutting that we called "Oscars Alley". This cutting straddled the boundary between Derby and Derbyshire Councils. We played in this alley for years sometimes digging into the sides to form caves. As I grew older and started to study ordinance survey maps I realised that it was towards the end of the tramway from Stanley Pit (our next door neighbour worked there). Visible on Top Fields were small cuttings that we used as trenches in our war games. Later the Rhino pub was built on the field verging on to Max Road. If you followed the line of the cutting where if crossed Madison and Northwood Avenues there were gaps in the houses built just before WWII and Roe Farm Lane was unsurfaced until well into the 50's. Where Roe Farm Lane met Hill Crest Road, Cumberland Avenue & Walpole Street stood a single storey wooden(?) building that I always thought was the terminal. Oscars Alley still exists but is closed by a steel gate. Hope this information is of use,

Terry Kelly

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