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Any Information Apedale Water Mill Newcastle-U-Lyme?
Adam Bench
07 April 2004

National Monument Record
Great Western Village
Kemble Drive


My client [David and Audrey] have recently purchased the above site and wish us to undertake archive research to understand the chronology and geometry of demolished colliery structures.

The site is located off Coltsworth Lane in Parish of Barlborough - North Derbyshire adjacent to the A618. A single colliery building survives on the site.

A BRIEF HISTORY - courtesy of Andrew Bradley 1991.

In 1896 the Staveley Coal and Iron Company Limited, decided to enlarge its ‘take’ in Barlborough, and sank one shaft, one mile North East of Barlborough Church. The official name was given as Bariboro’ No. 2 but it was best known by the local names of ‘Peggers Pit’ / Pebley Pit or Oxcroft No.4.

The shaft was sunk to the best steam raising coal, the Top Hard, and the Quality Household Coal, the High Hazel.

To reach these seams the shaft passed through the ‘two foot’ coal at a depth of 205 feet, the High Hazel at 390 feet and the Top Hard at 687 feet. Coal was won by the laborious ‘Hand Got’ method and transported in tubs pulled by horses, via an underground drift to Bariboro’ No. 1 shaft. [This was known as Oxcroft No3 located to the west of Clowne, Grid ref. 483758].

In 1925 the No. 2 shaft was extended to a total depth of 1,237 feet, hitting the ‘Deep Soft’ seam at 1,151 feet, and the ‘Sitwell Seam’ at 1,201 feet. After the 1926 strike the Deep Soft was extracted until September 1927. The last seam worked was the ‘High Hazel’ which was abandoned on 30th September 1928. In 1928, the year of closure, manpower was 31 underground, 35 on the surface.

No coal ever surfaced from this pit. The shaft was primarily used for man-riding and materials. It also served as an upcast shaft for Bariboro’ No. 1 Pit until April 1949.

In order to understand the chronology, geometry and workings of demolished structures, we would be most grateful for your confirmation of any of the following relevant archive documentation:

  1. Pictorial records or photographs and Cartography
  2. Aerial photography [including RAF war time / Meridian Airmaps Ltd / RAF Medmenham collection].
  3. News paper Articles / Social History
  4. Company records

For your assistance we enclose site location maps.

Do contact me should you have any queries regarding the above.

We look forward to hearing from you.
Adam Bench

Pit Terminology - Glossary


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