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The Decline Of The Industry Continued
After Nationalisation 1947

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1952 - Page 1

Mineworkers’ Pension Began in 1952

The Mineworkers Pension began in 1952. Miners who retired from the NCB between January 1947 and December 1951 were to receive 10s (50p) a week pension. J Tighe continued as NUM Agent.

Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation (CISWO)

CISWO was 'born' in 1921 under the Mining Industries Act following the Sankey Commission when the Miners Welfare Committee was set up and a subsequent Act of Parliament in 1952 and called the Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation.

Football Pools Winners

Four Glapwell (Derbyshire) miners won a share of £75,000 on the Football Pools on 13/1/1952.

Fire at Moorgreen

On 12th January 1952 a fire completely gutted the Control Room at Moorgreen colliery (Nottinghamshire).  Fire-fighters worked all night to contain the blaze and there was no loss in production next day.

January 1952 New Selston record output for the day 840 tons, 36.3 cwts o.m.s. (output per manshift), the previous best being 816 tons on 8th December 1951.


Lodge record for day 890 increased to 910 tons (Manager Hubert Hyde)
Weekly outputs:

  • Babbington 16,713 tons
  • Bestwood 23,567 tons
  • Bilsthorpe 14,636 tons
  • Blidworth 16,839 tons
  • Calverton 986 tons dev
  • Clifton 7,434 tons
  • Clipstone 15,250 tons
  • Coppice 8,735 tons (6 days)
  • Gedling 21,666 tons
  • Harworth 21,854 tons
  • Hucknall 15,941 tons
  • Linby 14,010 tons
  • Mansfield 14,036 tons
  • Moorgreen 13,814 tons
  • Ollerton 17,156 tons
  • Radford / Wollaton 12,082 tons
  • Rufford 18,908 tons
  • Sherwood 10,600 tons
  • Shirebrook 14,092 tons
  • Thoresby 22,572 tons
  • Warsop 14,834 tons
  • Welbeck 18,677 tons


David Morgan Rees (2780) Area General Manager of No4 Area was appointed Chairman of the South Wales Division.

Walter Jackson appointed No6 Area Safety Engineer, formerly Assistant Manager Gedling, (Nottinghamshire) 21st January 1952.

There was an incident on Sutton surface (Nottinghamshire) in 1952 when a rubber conveyor belt caught fire.

King George VI Died And Elizabeth II Succeeded To The Throne

King George VI died in early February 1952 and his eldest daughter Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth II (but was crowned on 2nd June 1953, when it was declared a public holiday).

Tragic Accident

A tragic accident happened on 27th February 1952 when 3 men walking home from Ollerton colliery (Nottinghamshire) were involved in a road accident when a Post Office van and a milk lorry collided in thick fog, unfortunately killing one of the men, Norman Pickworth of 25, Main Street, Walesby.

Holbrook Abandoned

Holbrook and Norwood (Derbyshire) sunk by J and G Wells Ltd. 
The Flockton seam finished at Holbrook Feb 1944 and at Norwood in May 1943 for being uneconomic. 

The idea was to concentrate the workings at Westthorpe so Holbrook (Derbyshire) was abandoned in Feb 1952.

In 1947 the pumps in Holbrook Parkgate pit bottom were unable to cope with the increased amount of water, at the time believed to be due to the excessive snowfalls, and the water overflowed and flooded the Parkgate dip workings and then overflowed via a drift into Norwood dip workings.


  • H Cox (1598) 1944
  • Harry C Ward (1…) Chief Surveyor for J and G Wells Ltd, later appointed to East Midlands Divisional Surveyor, then North Nottinghamshire Area Chief Surveyor 1967-1968, when Division was closed.

Boxing Tournament

The NCB held a Boxing Tournament at Kirkby Festival Hall on 1st March 1952. These tournaments became very popular.

Rationing Continued

The cheese ration was reduced to 1oz per person per week from 27th March 1952, however the meat ration was increased to 1s 7d  (8p) worth per week on 15th May.

Still No Gas At Welbeck Colliery Village

There was still no gas supply to Welbeck Colliery village where 350 NCB properties housed miners at Welbeck colliery (Nottinghamshire).

Medical Officers

Medical officers had now been appointed in every Area of the NCB and every entrant to the industry was given a thorough examination, unlike as in the past when most men were offered a job whether they were classed as A1 fit or not. 

Training Centre And New Offices Opened

The Training Centre at Grassmoor was opened in 1952. New offices were opened at nearby Holmewood.


Colliery Sinkings in 1952

A new shaft named Harry Crofts was begun for Shireoaks colliery (North Nottinghamshire pit but administered by North East Division), sinking to the Dunsil seam.

In June 1952 shaft sinking at Calverton No2 shaft (Nottinghamshire) was completed at 576 yards (527m) to the Top Hard horizon.  It was started in January 1946.  It had been decided to create a new mine at Calverton, North West of the village remembering that the No1 shaft had been sunk in 1938 as a satellite shaft for Bestwood Top Hard seam.

The pit lay approximately 4 miles North of Nottingham and 8 miles South South East of Mansfield.

George Norman aged 74 was still working underground at Calverton after 62 years service in the industry. The mine began producing coal later in the year.  However during the sinking of the shaft one of the sinkers fell from the scaffolding platform some 60 feet (18m) to his death. Roadways to develop the pit bottom had been commenced around July 1948 from No1 shaft in readiness for the sinking and 4 spine development roadways to the North and South with crosscuts were well established. The first face was equipped and working by Nov 1953.

Cutting Of The First Sod At Bevercotes

At Bevercotes new mine, north of Walesby (Nottinghamshire) the cutting of the first sod was performed on 19th June as shown in the photo and site work was begun on 20th July 1952.  Some of the sinkers from Calverton would go to the new sinking. Geoffrey W Lloyd MP was the Minister of Fuel and Power.


Research began into coal workers’ pneumoconiosis.  A representative selection of collieries was taken in all coalfields from Scotland to Kent.  The colliery chosen in this region was Linby where underground air-samples were taken and X-rays of the workforce. It would be important to learn that the dust one can see in the light is not necessarily the dust that harms you, for particles less than 5 microns (5 thousandths of an inch) are the minute bits of dust that can get into the lungs and lodge there, eventually clogging up the air sacs, and over a period of years making it very difficult for one to breathe as the air capacity of the lungs has decreased.

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