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The Decline Of The Industry Continued
After Nationalisation 1947

Book 6

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1986 - Page 2

 Open Day

A successful Open Day was held at Sherwood colliery (Nottinghamshire) on 17th May 1986.

HM Inspectorate

HM Inspectorate of mines:

  • Principal Inspector: Dilwyn Richards (5250)
  • District Inspector: Fred B Turton (5713) (at one time Manager at Shirland then Silverhill)
  • Inspectors: John Bennington (5046), Sam Briggs, Ken Tyldesley (9500) and Malcolm R Bottomley (5747)

Coal Seam on Fire at the Surface

At Oakthorpe (South Derbyshire), a coal seam close to the surface was on fire, due to spontaneous combustion.  It was a danger to the nearby village.  It had been on fire for several years.  British Coal began to bougee the area in an attempt to put the fire out.  The system involved boring holes into the affected area and then liquid cement pumped in under pressure, in an effort to starve the site of the fire of oxygen.

Further Men Join UDM

At Ellistown 29 new members joined the UDM. At Ellistown UDM members were in receipt of a £9 a week pay rise negotiated in November 1985 whereas the NUM has still got to negotiate pay terms for their members.

50 miners joined the UDM after storming out of a weekend NUM meeting at Baddesley in May 1986 after rejecting plans to transfer men to other mines. British Coal proposed to transfer men to Keresley or Daw Mill (Warwickshire). Dick Emery was UDM Area Secretary.

Workshops Closed

Blackwell Workshops on the site of the old BlackwellA Winning colliery was closed down.  Both the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Areas had used the workshops for repairing electrical cables etc.


Secretary of State for Trade & Industry, Paul Channon MP (Con), May 1986-1987Secretary of State for Environment, Nicholas Ridley MP (Con), May 1986-1989.

Aid for Widows of Miners

More aid for widows of miners when £38,000 in summer holiday grants was proposed and approved by the Board of the Midlands District Miners Fatal Accident Relief Society. Each of the 1,200 widows and 80 children were to receive £30 from 1st July 1986. This was an increase of £4 on the previous year. The Society had 37,000 members in the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire and Leicestershire and the Warwickshire Coalfields. There had been 52 deaths resulting in claims last year. 9 men from fatal accidents at work, 5 from natural causes at work, 3 whilst travelling to or from work and 35, most of them retired, from industrial diseases. Below shows part of the proceedings for 1894.

(Set up in 1893 the Society had 23,428 members in January 1894 with contributions amounting to £3,659 14s 10d (£3,659.74p). Deaths during the year 1894 to October were 19 and there were 11 widows and 15 children. Expeniture on funeral allowances was £222 10s od (£222.50p). Five widows remarried and 2 died and 24 children came off the fund. Giving a total of 84 widows and 186 children on the fund since its inception .At the time it was agreed that the children of dead members were to get benefits up to the age of 13 instead of 12. Nottingham Guardian 24/4/1894.)

Record Output After Reorganisation

On 5th July 1986 a record weekly output of 15,638 tonnes was produced at Shirebrook (North Derbyshire)  from a thick Deep Hard/Piper face. A £1.5m surface reorganisation was completed. An £80m investment had been announced in January 1986 making it the largest mine in North Derbyshire Area. The 2,000 workers at the mine broke the 5 tonnes per man output record. The previous best was 4.95 tonnes per man in 1981. Face production was boosted to 17.99 tonnes.

Gedling Washery

Birtley Engineering Ltd of Chesterfield installed an 80 tph froth flotation plant at Gedling (Nottinghamshire) consisting of 2 banks of flotation cells and 2 x 600 ft² continuous belt drum filters.

Rufford Stockpile

A ROM (Run of Mine) Stockpile was commissioned at Rufford (Nottinghamshire) in July.  A commemorative plate for 75 years (1911-1986) of mining since sinking at Rufford costing £6 each was on sale.  A series of ceramic plates for many of the closed mines were available for sale some showing various mining scenes or other information and became collectors’ items.

2 Speed Motors For Armoured Face Conveyors And Other Trials

In the Nottinghamshire Area, Mansfield pioneered the introduction of 2 speed motors for AFCs, as an alternative to motors with fluid couplings.

A BJD Ace shearer incorporating chainless haulage and micro-processor based control system was tested at Sherwood (Nottinghamshire).

An (Anderson Strathclyde) AS RH1/4 Roadheader with medium pressure water assisted was installed at Creswell whilst a Webster cutter loader with high pressure water jets was installed at Bevercotes (Nottinghamshire).

At Harworth the initial tests of a Hausherr Unisenk 80/250 cutter loader continued.

An Eimco 913 free steered vehicle was modified to carry heavy roof supports at Welbeck and a Gullick Dobson MP100/1.8 vehicle was introduced successfully at Mansfield.

At Ollerton there was a problem with the Dowty Chock shields, with severe corrosion of the outer cylinders of the legs and changing the legs on the face line was very difficult indeed.  The company came up with a new protection coating and the problem was solved and no further leg changes had to be made.

Dowty 4 leg Chock shield supports were installed at Silverhill (Nottinghamshire). (Dowty Mining formed 1948)

Large Battery Powered Locos

Large battery powered locos by GMT (Gyro Mining Transport Ltd), 2 x 25 tonnes 40 kph at 225kW bogie mounted machines were being installed at Markham (North Derbyshire).

Hucknall Faces Closure

Unfortunately at Hucknall a massive sandstone intrusion was encountered on a Blackshale face. This would eventually stop the face and cause the pit to be closed.  Severe geological conditions and water problems affected the Tupton workings at Newstead causing premature closure of the seam (both in Nottinghamshire).


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