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Book 9


Book 9 - Contents


From the following sources and documents:

Abandonment plans and information for most of the known mines.  (Mining Records Office).
A History of Coal Mining in Ten Objects - R Bradley video on Development of Shaft Mining (Dr David Amos and Paul Fillingham) *
A History of Derbyshire by Gladwyn Tarbutt (Vols 1-4) 1999.
An Anthology of Mining Poetry, Bilsthorpe *
Annals of Coal Mining and the Coal Trade (2 vols, 1898 and 1904), Galloway RL.
Ashfield Historian, various articles. *
Beales, Alan, fatalities in Notts 2009, published 2010 and fatalities in North Derbyshire 2012, South Derbyshire and Leicstershire and Yorkshire 2013. (By kind permission a large proportion of the fatal accidents quoted at each Colliery closure are from Alan's research) (See Alan's Database) *
Beales, Alan, various articles passed on from old newspapers.
Bell, David, various publications.
Bilsthorpe Colliery, A History and the Village Re-Birth, Bilsthorpe Heritage Society. *
Bilsthorpe Colliery records and letters 1923-1997.
Bilsthorpe Heritage Trail Booklet, Lawson Little, Map of Route 2016. *
Blidworth Colliery and The Colliery Village, by Michael W Gallagher *
Bolsover Jubilee Souvenir Booklet 1889-1939
Book on Poems by Peter and Mary Birchenall (2014-2015) *
Bradley, Robert, various articles and publications in newspapers and magazines *
British Association of Colliery Management union publications (BACM).
British Coalmining, An Introduction, British Coal Technical Department Information Handbook.
Children's Employment Commission Report 1842.
Clipstone Camp by John Danbury.
Coal Board Press releases, 1947-1986.
Coal Mines Acts, various dates.
'Coal Mining' by ICF Statham.
'Coal Mining in the East Midlands', Dr David Amos and Dr Natalie Braber 2017. *
'Coal Mining Series' by Virtue.
Coal News, newspaper of NCB and British Coal 1947-1994.
Colliery Guardian publications 1860 onwards.
Colliery Mining Engineer publications.
Colliery Year Books and Coal Trades Directories.
Controversies in Coal: Internment, Impoundment and Intrigue at Harworth Colliery (1913-1914), Dr David Amos. *
County Images Magazine, Notts and Derbys, Freelance Reporter Janet Smith, Article on Mining by R Bradley. *
Denby/Denby Hall, For Good Men by Peter Smith 2011. *
Derby Mercury newspaper.
Derbyshire Archives, Matlock, Butterley Company records.
Derbyshire Times newspaper.
Extracts from 'Agriculture and Minerals of Derbyshire' by J Farey, Senior.
For Good Men, Denby Drury Low Colliery by Peter Smith. *
From Pit to Park, Sutton Colliery to Brierley Forest Park, Janet Roberts. *
Gallagher, Michael W, History of Blidworth Colliery and the Village 2009. *
'Guide to the Coalfields 1948 on', published by the Colliery Guardian.
Hemmings, Terrance, fatal accidents reports from Mansfield and Sutton Library records.
HM Stationery Office publications.
Hill, Cecil, local historian of Tibshelf. *
Home Office lists of mines in the UK by HM Mines Inspectors.
Industrial Locomotives of Nottinghamshire.
Industrial Locomotives of Derbyshire.
Information from various biographies/autobiographies of parliamentarians etc.
Institution of Mining Engineers, proceedings, various dates.
International Mining and Minerals Magazines.
Jamaicans in Nottingham by Norma Gregory. *
Mansfield and Ashfield The Recorder newspaper.
Mansfield Chronicle and Advertiser newspaper (Chad). *
Mansfield Chronicle and Advertiser newspaper (Chad), Article on Silverhill, Teversal and Ollerton, Miners’ Strikes. *
'Memoirs of the Geological Survey', Mining Records, R Hunt.
Memories of the Nottinghamshire Coalfield, David Bell, 2008 (6 stories by R Bradley). *
Metcalfe, Robert, Information re-South Derbyshire and Leicestershire Coalfield.
Mines and Minerals statistics of the UK.
Mines and Quarries Act 1954, operational from 1/1/1957 and subsequent Regulations etc.
Mines Inspectorate reports 1851 onwards.
The Mining Engineer Journals.
Mining in 10 Objects - Development of Shaft Mining - YouTube Film *
'Mining in the East Midlands 1550-1947' by AR Griffin 1971.
Mining Records Office, Coal Authority, Lichfield Lane, Mansfield – mine plans and photographs.
Miscellaneous National newspapers.
National Coal Board and British Coal Publications, Annual Reports etc.
National Coal Board Safety Booklet for Trainees 1950s/1960s
Newscene, newspaper of RJB Mining 1995-2001 and UK Coal newspaper 2001 on.
North Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Collieries on old picture postcards.
Nottinghamshire Dialect by Dr Natalie Braber and Dr David Amos *
Nottingham Evening News newspaper.
Nottingham Evening Post newspaper. *
Nottinghamshire Evening Post Bygones. History of Mining in Notts, Dec 2007, R Bradley. *
Nottinghamshire Evening Post Bygones, History of Mining, First World War on, May 2017, R Bradley. *
Nottingham Guardian newspaper.
Nottinghamshire Archives, Nottingham, various company records etc.
Nottinghamshire Free Press and Free Press Recorder newspaper.
Nottinghamshire Mining Students Association Magazines 1920 on.
Numerous other publications throughout the years.
Numerous old plans of mine workings.
Numerous old photographs from many sources.
Ollerton Colliery records 1922-1994. *
Ollerton annals R Bradley. *
Ollerton of Yesteryear, A Story of a Pit Village and Its People, Committee. *
Ollerton of Yesteryear, Past and Present, Committee. *
Ollerton Roundabout magazine *
Ordnance Survey maps and various maps by its predecessors.
Our Ollerton by Colin Gibson and colleagues.
Past Memories of Warsop Vale and Warsop Main Colliery, Warsop Vale Local History Society *
Personal records from my work diaries 1953-1990 *
Photographs taken by me, and from other various sources including Martin Weiss collection *
Photographs from many Collieries in the Coal Authority Mining Records Collection
Pickering, Albert R, Thesis on the South Derbyshire / Leicestershire Coalfield 1936
Pit Ponies, John Bright
‘Pit Talk of the East Midlands’ book by Dr David Amos, Dr Natalie Braber and others 2017. *
Plans, manuscripts and information from the Archive Centre Mansfield
Plans, manuscripts and information and photos from the Mining Records Office, Mansfield
Proceedings of the National Association of Colliery Managers
Skegby Colliery Account Book
Southwell Minster, Dedication of Window 2016, Booklet, Oil and * Nottingham Evening Post Bygones (Penultimate Edition) Coal Mining *
Stanier, Neville, documents and personal information 1925-2012
Surveyors’ abandonment reports for mines or seams.
Sutton Colliery Explosion 21st Feb 1957, information measured and supplied for HM Report. *
The Acorn, Edwinstowe’s Community Newspaper. *
The Ashfield Historian, Magazine of the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Local History. *
The Bolsover Story, NCB, East Midlands Division No1 Area.
The Bramley newspaper, local to Newark and surrounding villages, including Bilsthorpe, pit wheel unveiling. *
The Coal Mines of Buxton by AF Roberts and JR Leach.
The Colliery Year Book and Coal Trades Directories, annually to 1946.
'The Compleat Collier' by JC (1708), originally.
'The Complete History of Pinxton' by Frank Smith.
'The Derbyshire Miners', by the NUM Branch.
'The Geology of the Notts, Derbys and Yorks Coalfield'.
'The Gift of Words', by Peter and Mary Birchinall *
'The Good Olde Days’, Coalmines Remembered, volumes by Martin Weiss.*
'The History of Mining Around Sutton-in-Ashfield' by Robert Bradley, Editor Captain Roy Peters, unpublished *
‘The Leicestershire and South Derbyshire Coalfield 1200-1900’ by Colin Owen.
'The Miners of Nottinghamshire', 2 volumes, 1880-1914 and 1914-1944 by AR Griffin 1962.
The Miners of Nottinghamshire Volume 4, A History of the Nottinghamshire Miners’.
Trade Unions, David Amos *
'The Nottinghamshire Coalfield 1881-1981, a Century of Progress' by AR Griffin.
The Observer newspaper, various articles.
The Portland Path, The Portland Path Project Committee. *
The Woodhouse Warbler, quarterly newspaper *
There’s still coal in t’hole by Keith Gilliver.
Thoresby, the End of a Mine in black and white photographs, 2015 by Chris Upton, introduction by R Bradley. *
Thoroton Society publications.
Tibshelf history, Cecil Hill, and Kelly's Directory. *
The Rise of the British Coal Industry (2 vols 1932) Prof JU Nef.
The Roundabout newspaper magazine for Ollerton. *
The Science and Art of Mining' magazines (1954-1963).
Thoroton Society publications. Information supplied to Denise Amos. *
'Through Five Generations', a history of the Butterley Company by Mottram and Coote (1950).
'To build a new Jerusalem' by John Gorman (1980).
UK Coal ‘NewScene’.
University of Nottingham, Mining Department Magazines 1957 - 1989
'Uphill all the Way', Bernard Taylor MP, 1972.
VA Shaw, notes on the history of the South Derbyshire and Leicestershire Coalfield.
Various Coal Mines Acts, Regulations and Orders.
Various excerpts from conversations.
Various NCB and British Coal Publications.
Various National newspaper reports.
Warsop Vale and Warsop Main Colliery, Past Memories by Warsop Vale History Society. *
Whitelock, 750 years in coal, gleanings from old annual reports of Barber Walker Company.
Working plans of seams for many Collieries, Mining Records, Coal Authority, information extracted
Worksop Advertiser 1896 on.
Personal experiences in the mining industry (1947) and from 1953 to 1992. *

* Publications, acknowledgement / input of information
Various Interviews etc including:

BBC TV Film at Brierley Park (Feb 2018) Reminisces re-Sutton Colliery Explosion 21 Feb 1957 (Civilisations)
Radio Leicester
Radio Nottingham studio 2015
Radio Nottingham phone 2015
Radio Nottingham Outside Broadcast in Mansfield 2017
Nottingham Evening Post Reporter interview at Gedling Miners’ Lamp Memorial with Alan Beales and Fionn Taylor 2015
East Midlands Today, BBC TV interview by Reporter Dominic Heal at Bilsthorpe Museum 2016
Nottingham TV Centre Studio interview along with Alan Beales 2016
Jane Dodge BBC Freelance Reporter Interview re mining and Black miners 2016
Interview by Captain Roy Peters for the Ashfield Historian pre 2000
Interview for voice recording re Ollerton Colliery experiences by Danny Tryner and Brian (Butch) Bracegirdle 2010
Interview by David Bell re the Miners of Nottinghamshire 2007
Interviewed By Dr David Amos (Feb 2018) re-additional Words For 'Pit Talk'
Interview and filming on Mining History and personal experiences by NUM Retired Miners Group (5 CDs) 2015
Opening the 'Ollerton of Yesteryear' Annual Photo Exhibition at the Dukeries Centre on several occasions up to closure 2014

I have given many talks on coal mining history to various Societies, Clubs etc

Arkwright Society
Ashfield Heritage Society
Bleasby Heritage Society
Creswell Crags Centre
Dukeries U3A, Ollerton
Edwinstowe History Group
Fighting for our Heritage, Museum Forum . . . The Birth of Bilsthorpe Colliery and the New Village 1918 - 1928
Gala Days and Exhibitions
Retford U3A
Schools, including Sure Start
Sherwood U3A, Mansfield Woodhouse
Sutton Heritage Society
Warsop Men’s Club
Warsop PROBUS Club
Warsop Vale History Society
Wonderland Play at Nottingham Playhouse, Feb 2018 . . . Pre-Play Talk on Nottinghamshire Mines

I have also assisted and supplied information on coal mining to several students studying for Degrees, PhD etc

Information given to Denise Amos for the Thoroton Society of Nottingham re Colliery Tonnages and Manpower

The editor of the Oxford English Dictionary contacted me in 2017 regarding some Mining Terms and several will be included in the next edition of the Dictionary

Fighting For Our Heritage (Bilsthorpe - Birth of a Colliery and it's Village) Five Pop-up Banners

Time Capsule, Information and Plans for Calverton (Under Half Wheel Monument)

Time Caspsule Information and Disc etc for Warsop Main Colliery in the Monument at Market Warsop

Member of the Museum Forum, Nottingham Trent University

Founder Member of Sherwood 'U3A' at Mansfield Woodhouse 2008 (in 2 sub-groups)

Warsop Probus Club

Blidworth Historical and Heritage Society (Founder Member)

Ashfield Heritage Society

Ollerton of Yesteryear to the finish 2014

Astronomical Society to 2018

When I began writing this tome in the 1950s it was purely for my own personal use because of my deep interest in mining. In later years it occurred to me that others may be interested also. With the use of a computer I have gradually whittled my scraps of paper down to a few hundreds! There is much more I could write. I am constantly researching and finding information from a variety of sources. Where possible I will add this information as time allows. However I apologise to any source not mentioned from which I have obtained information, or received it by incorrect procedure, however it is imperative that this information, the photographs and illustrations are included to enable future generations to appreciate what was once a great industry. There are omissions and possible mistakes no doubt. Please forward any information via the web site. Of course many experiences or observations, remarks and assumptions are purely my own, and any adverse remarks are not meant to offend.


  • 1 BThU = 252 calories
  • 1 therm = 100,000 BThU or 25,200 kilocalories
  • Gas consumption e.g. therms or calories
  • Gas in volume = cu m or cu ft (1 cu m = app 35 cu ft)
  • Electricity in Watts (W) or a multiple
  • Electricity consumption in kilowatt hours (kWh) or a
  • Multiple. 1 kWh = 1 kW or 1,000 Watts used for 1 hour
  • 29.3 kWh = 1 therm
  • 1 tonne of petroleum = 1.7 tonnes of coal
  • 6.6 to 7.9 barrels of oil to 1 tonne (average 7.33 barrels)
  • 1 ton = 2,240 lb = 1,016 kilograms
  • 1 metric tonne = 1,000 kg or app 2,205 lb
  • A surveyors chain is 22 yards or 66 feet divided into links
  • There are 100 links in a chain each 7.92 inches long
  • 1 metre = 3' 3¼". To convert feet to metres x by 0.3048
  • To convert metres to feet divide by 0.3048
  • 1 acre = 4840 square yards
  • There are 2.47 acres in 1 hectare
  • 1 hectare = 10,000 square metres

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