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Isaac Harris  Killed by falling into a stone pit Trowel Moor
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Nottingham Review Friday 07 August 1835


On Monday an inquest was held at the Sherwin Arms, relating to the death of William Deakin, aged six and a half, the boy was employed in a coal pit of Lord Middleton, and worked under his father; on Friday evening his father was about to take him down in the pit, when an older lad proposed to swarm down the chain and carry the deceased on his shoulders; though reproved they did so, and in descending they fell to the bottom, the depth of the shaft was fifteen yards; they did not appear much hurt and walked home. On Saturday however after complaining of much pain in the belly, the little boy died. Verdict. “Accidental death”.

Nottingham Journal Monday 28 November 1873


A shocking accident is reported from the Stapleford Colliery. On the 20th instant, two boys employed in the pit were in the cage ascending the pit, when they began larking, and both fell down the shaft to the bottom, a distance of thirty yards. One of the boys named Sharpe was so much injured he died the next day, but the other youth is expected to recover. An inquest was opened on Saturday, but was adjourned. The victim was Arthur Sharpe aged 17.

Francis Clifford, of Bramcote, collier corroborated. The Coroner summed up at length, and the jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death”. The Coroner said there was an element of danger in the work in a pit, and it was the duty of the manager to lay down a strict rule and not trust to chance. The jury bore him out from what Mr Drinnan had said; he had not done so with reason to the men in the Trowell Moor pit going in front of the tubs.

Nottinghamshire Guardian Saturday, August 31, 1889


At Nottingham General Hospital on Wednesday afternoon an inquest was held by Mr Arthur Browne, deputy borough coroner, relative to the death of George Hallam, aged seventeen, of Stapleford, who died in that Institution. Mr J. S. Green appeared for the friends of the deceased, and Mr. Calderfield, on behalf of the Colliery Company, Mr. Southern, Deputy Inspector of Mines, and Mr. W. Bailey, Nott’s Miners agent were also present. Samuel Barnes, Ilkeston, collier, deposed  that he was working with deceased in Trowell Moor Colliery when the accident happened, and was about fifty yards away from him at the time it occurred. The deceased worked at the bottom of a steep gradient in the pit. His duty was to gang the empty wagons onto a hook and chain. He then had to signal to the witness that the empty wagon was ready, whereupon he received another signal from witness that a full wagon was coming down, and a third signal was given before the wagon was allowed to descend. On Monday morning about half past ten, witness sent a full tuck down to the deceased having received a proper signal that the latter was ready. It descended slowly for a short distance, and then came on rapidly because the chain which by which it is held had broken. Witness called out in warning to Hallam, and then went with assistance to look for him. They discovered him twelve or fourteen yards from the place where he had hitherto been standing. When witness asked him how he had got in the way of the tubs he said he did not know. There was a manhole at deceased’s stand, and the signal wire was at the opposite side of the rails, Deceased should have retreated into the manhole after his second signal. To get to the manhole he was obliged to cross both lines of rail. He had been at that work about ten days. By the Foreman of the jury: The distance from the signal to the manhole was only about four yards. By the Deputy Inspector: He would have plenty of time to get into the manhole before the chain broke. By Mr. Green: It was a link of the chain that broke not the hook at the top. Witness regulated the speed of the truck. He opened the stop blocks to start it, giving the wagon a push. As far as his knowledge went there was no reason why the signal and the manhole should not be on the same side. Deceased was brought to the Hospital at Nottingham the same day. The empty truck ran back to the blocks again. James Walvin, Stapleford, deputy at the Trowell Moor pit, deposed that he examined the chains regularly almost every day. The pit was not working when witness did not examine it. He had never noticed any defect in it. The chain had not been working six months. On examining it at this enquiry he thought it was a little coarse, but did not think it unusually so. He did not see any defect in it. He was at the place of occurrence on Saturday before the accident happened and there was nothing wrong then. By the jury: He thought the chain was quite strong enough for the purpose it was used for. By Mr Calderfield: He did not think the chain much worn. He examined it for wear and fractures. He thought it was nearly new when put on. It was a little rusty having been in the storeroom. The chain had broken once before about two months since. By Mr Green: When he examined the chain he just took it in his hand, and drew it along trough his hand He could tell in that way if there were any defective links in it.

Once a week he examined it thoroughly. A Juror: Do you know it the Colliery has any means of testing a chain before using it? Witness, No sir, excepting by the flap.

The Juror; Then they ought to have. Resuming witness said the chain was about forty two yards long, the gradient about one in four. He had examined the chain since the accident and there was no fracture or strain. The broken link seemed the only defective one. Mr. Percival Allen Lloyd, house surgeon at the Nottingham General Hospital, said the deceased was admitted on the afternoon of the 25th last. He had a mark caused by a wheel passing over his abdomen, a compound fracture of the right ankle, a cut over his left shin, a scalp wound exposing the bone over the left and back part of his skull. He told witness that his injuries were caused by a chain breaking and allowing a loaded wagon to run over his body. He died early yesterday morning from the injuries received.

The Coroner in summing up said that the duty of the jury was to consider whether any person was to blame in connection with the accident. A verdict of “Accidental death” was returned, and the jury intimated that they should like the Colliery Company to be informed that they thought it advisable to for a manhole to be provided on the same side the signals were.

Nottingham Daily Express, Tuesday 29 November 1887


An inquest was held yesterday at the Gregory Farm, Bramcote Moor, before Mr D. Whittington, (District Coroner) touching the death of William Dakin, aged twenty two. In opening the inquest the Coroner said, so long ago as the 29th April last the deceased was injured while working at Trowell Moor Colliery. It seemed the injuries were inflicted by the falling of a wagon or tub upon the deceased, and since the accident he had been attended to by Dr. Volckmann, of Stapleford, and also at the Nottingham General Hospital. Unfortunately as he was informed the injuries resulted fatally about ten o’ clock on Friday last, when Dakin died at his house close by. In all cases of injury in which death happened in a reasonable time, some people said twelve months; the law required the holding of an inquest. They would have the statement of the deceased himself as to the manner in which the accident happened, and this would be of an advantage to the jury. If the statement was corroborated by independent witnesses they would be able to come to a decision sooner, than where death had taken place immediately. Mr. Southern (Assistant Inspector of Mines) was present at the inquest and Mr. Drinnan, manager of the Trowell Moor Colliery. Joseph Dakin, labourer of Bramcote said, deceased was his son; he died on the 26th at home. He had been a wagoner at the Trowell Moor Colliery, where he had worked a little over a month. Previously he had been employed at the Awsworth and Wollaton Collieries, but did not thoroughly understand his work. He was injured on the 25th April, last at Trowel Moor Colliery, belonging to Dunn brothers, and removed to the Nottingham General Hospital, where he remained about seven weeks. On leaving that institute he gradually got worse. Witness saw him at the Hospital where he said, “A locker came out of a wagon he was in front of and knocked him down.” He could not get out of the way as the road was very narrow, and he would have been killed if it were a man named Starbuck. He had not been told to keep away from the front of a wagon. He had been a waggoning ever since he had been employed at the pit, and the wagon in question was full. By the jury: The wagon went onto the deceased. John Starbuck, of Bramcote, miner, said that on the 25th of April, he was employed in the Trowell Moor colliery, at No 11 stall. Deceased worked for him and his butties as a wagoner. It was his duty to load wagons and take them down the gate onto the level. The wagons were taken down singly, and the gate was on an incline about sixty yards long. Deceased used to go before the wagons hanging onto the front. On the day in question deceased was using a wooden locker to stop the two hind wheels. The roadway was about four feet high and seven feet across, there were no refuge holes. He had been a wagoner the whole time he had been employed in the pit, and was instructed by witness or one of his butties to go in front of the wagons. Witness had been in the pit for about three months and coal had always been sent down the gate in the same manner as deceased was in the habit of taking it. Mr Drinnan and the deputies had seen the wagons being taken down in the way described. The safest way was to hang on to the hind part of the wagon, and witness did this. It was the quickest to do so in front of the wagon. Since the accident wagoner’s had gone in front of the wagon with two lockers. When the accident happened witness was behind the deceased in a tub. The wagon stopped and deceased hutched it back, when the locker slipped out, the tub running on to him. He was removed from the colliery to the General Hospital, and told witness no one was to blame for what had happened. By the jury: The tub was not loaded very high. By Mr. Drinnan: The wagon could be easily stopped without lockers. Mr Drinnan said he often cautioned men against being in front of the wagons, but it would be impossible to have directly enforced an order to the effect.

Francis Clifford, of Bramcote, collier corroborated. The Coroner summed up at length, and the jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death”. The Coroner said there was an element of danger in the work in a pit, and it was the duty of the manager to lay down a strict rule and not trust to chance. The jury bore him out from what Mr Drinnan had said; he had not done so with reason to the men in the Trowell Moor pit going in front of the tubs.

Nottingham Daily Express Monday 02 November 1891


The District Coroner Held an inquest on Saturday at the Sherwin Arms Inn, Bramcote, on the body of Dennis Chappell, aged seventeen years, son of George Chappell, of Bramcote, who died on Thursday night. From evidence it appeared that the deceased was employed at the Trowell Moor Colliery as a screen hand. It was during his dinner time that the deceased met with the accident. An engine driver and shunter were shunting some wagons when they suddenly saw deceased between the buffers of one of the wagons and the engine. He was at once liberated. He laid down for a while and then got up and laughed over the affair. He was sent to his home. He walked home by himself. When he got home he said he felt no pain, but felt cold. Dr. Smith was sent for and examined him and found no bones were broken. Deceased went to bed and died shortly before nine o’ clock the same night. He had no business to be in the place where the accident occurred. The jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death”. Mr. Green manager of the colliery, and Mr. A. H. Stokes, inspector of mines were present at the inquest.

Nottinghamshire Guardian Saturday, October 01, 1898


Mr. W. R. Whiston held an inquest at the Mundy Arms Inn, Ilkeston, on Tuesday, to inquire into the circumstances attending the death of John Adcock, who succumbed in the Ilkeston Hospital the previous morning, from injuries sustained at the Trowell Moor Colliery, on September the 12th.Mr H. R. Hewitt, Inspector of Mines, was present: and the following gentlemen represented the Trowell Moor Colliery Company, Mr. G. Prime, manager; Mr Elliot Smith, solicitor; and Mr. J. Binns, secretary to  the Colliery Owners Mutual Indemnity  Company, Limited. James Adcock, of Chaucer Street Ilkeston, said he was a stallman at Trowell Moor Colliery. Deceased was his brother, and was thirty three years of age. They both worked at the same colliery. Deceased lived at Primrose Hill, Cotmanhay. He was a day man and was at work on September 12th. They went down together a little before seven a.m. About half past ten in the morning both of them had loaded two wagons when an accident happened. Deceased was at the gate end at the time, but in the stall. Witness was about five of six yards from the deceased, the latter being about to commence holing. The face of the coal was very near vertical, very little of it being slotted away. The pack was made up to within four feet of the face, and the timber was properly set. On the pack side there were several props, varying from four to five feet apart, the coals were all spraged up. Both of them had set the sprags. There was no bars set, but there was plenty at hand. Witness heard a bump in the roof, and then he heard deceased shout. He immediately went to his brother’s assistance, and found him lying under a piece of roof about five feet long and seven inches thick. The debris was lying on deceased’s legs and the lower part of his body. The widest part from the pack would not be more than four feet. Witness examined the roof about half an hour before the accident occurred, when it appeared to be safe and sound. A deputy named George Brown came through the stall the same morning about twenty minutes to ten, but he gave witness no orders about anything. He saw Brown examine the stall. If two or three bank bars had been set they would have kept the roof up. It was usual to set bank bars when the roof was broken. It was left to their judgment when to set them.

After the bind was got off deceased he was taken to the Ilkeston Hospital. Deceased had only one eye, having lost the sight of the other sometime before, He had worked at Trowell Moor for seven weeks, but had been a collier all his life. By a juryman: The roof was three feet six inches, from the floor where the accident occurred. The bind which fell would weigh about six or seven hundredweight. Deceased was a careful young man. He had lost his eye about twelve weeks ago. The roof was considered a very safe one, By the Coroner; There was plenty of timber in the stall besides what was set. Francis Webb, of Chapell Street, Ilkeston, said he worked at Trowell Moor colliery, and was at work with the last witness, deceased, and another man named Sisson. The roof fell upon deceased, and witness helped to liberate him. He had worked in the same stall five or six months, but never had any occasion to set bank bars, Although there were plenty on hand. Deceased was not under the bind more than two minutes. The Coroner said there appeared no blame due to anyone. A juryman said that if the bank bars had been set, it was very evident that the accident would not have happened. The Coroner said it was very easy to be wise after the event. The jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death”.