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The Continued Rise Of The Industry
To 1913


1875 - Page 2

Pye Bridge

An old shaft at Pye Bridge down to the Black Rake ironstone was deepened to 220 yards (201m) and used as No2 shaft for New Silkstone colliery (Jas Oakes and Co).

71 Years Underground

From a plan of Ilkeston Manor there is a note stating that John Beardsley, now in his 78th year (1875) worked at a Hard coal pit belonging Sam Potter when he was 7 years old (1805). The pit was 50 yards (45m) deep and lay south of Granby pit and the Hall and above the canal. John Dodds old pit lay to the west.


At Bretby Stanhope pit (Anne Elizabeth, Countess of Chesterfield), (South Derbyshire), the Stockings seam (or Stockins) at 7ft 9in (2.36m) thick and 60 yards (55m) deep was abandoned. Smoile Lount Wood shaft position E439300 N319230, would be a pumping station with 60,000 gals a day being discharged. Smoile colliery with 3 shafts ave position E439210 N319800.


Sleights Pinxton (Coke and Co) Furnace coal 4ft (1.22m) thick, abandoned.


President of Board of Trade ......? (Con) Feb 1875-1880.


The Butterley Co’s pits were out on strike once more over wage rates from August and the Company locked the men out for a considerable period in 1875-1876. The company gave notice of reduction of wages. A similar notice for the Stanton Iron Works Co shows a letter to the workforce signed by William Clark the Agent. The men would return eventually for less pay! It was a fact that there was a relation of wages to prices. When prices were low, profits were low and some collieries could stand the fact that they were working at a loss for a time assuming that better times lay ahead when the money lost could be recouped and added to making a better profit. All collieries have ups and downs but some pit owners could not stand the ‘time out’ situation and men would be laid off or the pit closed. Going on strike for higher wages in times of depression only caused more damage to the workers than to the employers. Only in ‘good times’ was where a strike could hit the employers hard in the pocket, and then there was a strong possibility of obtaining a rise in the rates of pay. Very rarely did this happen and as will be seen in the future how miners suffered when withdrawing their labour in times of low output or times when there was a glut of coal unsold.

Marehay and Waingroves pits were split back into separate units again.

Closures in 1875

  • Alma No4 (Thomas Holdsworth), North Wingfield, Dunsil seam was abandoned
  • Alton (RW Jackson), Alton
  • Apperknowle Spring Foundry (Havenhand and Allen), Unstone, Deep Hard
  • Bennerley (Barber, Walker and Co) Awsworth
  • Birchwood (Butterley Co) Lower Hard 3/4 , 95 yards (87m) Manager Richard J Strick, Rope and Chain pit to North, 126 yards (115m)
  • Birchwood (Coates Park) (Chas Seely and Co), Alfreton, Deep Soft 5’ 7¾” (1.67m) and Deep Hard, 80 yards (73m) leased to Butterley Co, fin Lady Day 1875, (to the NW 28 chains away lay Rope and Chain pit 111 yards (101.5m) deep to Soft coal)
  • Birchwood Lane (Chas Seely and Co and W Morewood), Alfreton, Deep Soft at 62 yards (56.5m), start 1862, final extraction under houses by partial extraction room and pillar method, June, and Hard coal 80 yards (73m) 21st Dec 1875, S Cole
  • Birch Vale (Thomas Bennett), New Mills, Yard mine, pit 86ft (26.25m) deep, July 1875, (No1 and No2 tunnils referred to)
  • Birdfield (Ellis and Thomas Ward) second working finished 31 Jan 1875
  • Brampton (RW Jackson), Brampton, Silkstone
  • Brookwell sunk 1873, met ancient workings, (changed owner?)
  • Broom House nr Whittington
  • Burnd Edge No2 (Levi and Elijah Hall), New Mills, Yard, July
  • Carnfield (Coke and Co) near Alfreton - a gangway ran from the pits to the wharf at Pinxton
  • Church (GB Gregory), Heanor, Comb
  • Coal Aston (Jas Rhodes and Son) Blackshale, worked out 12/1874, Richard George Coke Surveyor
  • Coates Park (Chas Seely and Co) leased by RCP Morewood, Hard coal abandoned 21st December 1875
  • Heighington pit and Skellington pit (Birchwood Collieries), L Cole 21 Dec 1875
  • Cottam Old and Cottam New (Renishaw Coal and Iron Co)
  • Cotmanhay (Barber, Walker and Co) Soft coal abandoned, fin Michaelmas 1874
  • Coton Park and Linton (South Derbyshire), old workings in ? seam fin 1875
  • Dowell (Thomas Brocklehurst) New Brampton, Tupton Threequarters at 40 feet (12m), 6” (0.15m) bat, 1’ 10” (0.56m), 2” (0.05m) bat
  • Dronfield West Mickley (HW Morris)
  • Dunstead (Henry and Joseph Boam), at Langley Mill, sunk 1847, 6’ 10” (2.08m) Top Hard coal 1850-1863 and Combe 1864-1875, 7 shafts at Near Dunstead, 3 shafts Middle Dunstead, 2 main shafts in Barn Dunstead
    8 shafts in Great Dunstead and 3 shafts in Little Dunstead, abandoned 4th Nov 1875.
    Plan received by Thomas Evans HMI 9th Feb 1876
  • Gilt Brook (Digby Coal Co)
  • Glasshouse (Sheepbridge Coal and Iron Co), Glasshouse Common, New Whittington, Blackshale, shafts 15 yards (13.75m) and 25 yards (22.75m) deep, met old hollows, abandoned Sep 1875 the Barnes Bros closed Grassmoor Birchill pit at Hasland and the Top Hard seam abandoned
  • Hady (T Mason) Chesterfield, Blackshale
  • Heanor (Heanor and Marlpool Colliery Co) Comb seam, blue bind over 4’ 4” (1.32m), soft coal (Comb) 4’ 6” (1.37m), clod or dun 1’ 0” (0.30m), Heanor Hard coal 5’ 0” (1.52m) at 44’ 10” (14.25m), plan received by Thomas Evans Inspector 29th May 1875, (however the plan at the Records Office was one copied by M Gerrish 23 Nov 1933! and checked by Ernest H Clark (1774) Surveyor in charge of Mining Records 27 Nov 1933!
  • High Lea (Thomas Bennett), New Mills
  • Highfield (Messrs Lucas) Dronfield
  • Highfield (Thomas Pearson) Chesterfield
  • Hill Top Normanton (Jos Swann or South Normanton Colliery Co Ltd –Thomas Henry Small, George Small, William Bell Bainbridge, Robert Argile, George William Cursham, Arthur William Cursham, John Thomas Capon), South Normanton, sunk 1866, Top Hard, 4’ 10½” (1.49m) 18th Feb (met hollows Dec 1873 and then worked under Berristow Lane to 1875, Surveyor JP Harper ME 18Feb 1875, Surveyor Richard G Coke June 1875, Berristow pit lay to the NE and a pit behind the Swan Inn to the south was sunk on old hollows)
  • Hundall (EM Bainbridge and Co)
  • Killamarsh (Thomas Ward)
  • Killamarsh (John Shirtcliffe)
  • Langley Mill (WW Booth and Brother), Comb 4’ 6” (1.37m), Engine pit and pumping pit, 22 yards (20m) deep, 6th Nov, W Weston
  • Langley Mill (H Boam), Top Hard
  • Langley Mill (Langley MillEngineering, Wheel and Wagon Co), Top Soft coal, 2 pairs of shafts 12 yards (11m) and 14 yards (13m) deep
  • Manor (Plantation) Silkstone (…?) Dronfield, June, new shaft, footrill or tunnel never reached coal, R Winstanley Manager
  • Moor Hole (J and G Wells)
  • Morley Park (Marehay Colliery Co)
  • Morley Park (J Disney)
  • Mosbro Moor (J and G Wells)
  • Newthorpe Lodge (Richard Evans, Ilkeston Potteries) Deep Soft 42” (1.07m) both shafts 30 yards (27m) deep, dip 1in5, finished by Christmas due to old hollows, Surveyor George H Bond and Son
  • Newmarket (J Birkumshaw and Sons), Clay Cross, Silkstone, abandoned Oct 1875
  • New Brampton (Knowles, Wright and Knowles)
  • New Whittington (Sheepbridge Coal and Iron Co) Blackshale, met old hollows from Glasshouse Common pit Aug 1875
  • Oakwell (The Right Honourable Lord Belper) owner of surface and minerals, Furnace or Tupton seam, start 1871, shaft 25 yards (23m) deep in large area of ancient workings, dip 1in12 N, another area with Jin pit sunk on old hollows and Wallow pit fin 11th Feb 1885, JW Fearn, Surveyor, received and signed by Thomas Evans Inspector of Mines 22nd Feb 1875
  • Overseal (Overseal Coal Co) Moira Main stopped 26th Jan 1875
  • Renishaw Park (J and G Wells)
  • Rough Piece (Richard White), Dronfield, Black Shale, dip 1in3, shafts 18 yards (16.25m) and 19yards (17.3m), old works all around, shafts filled up by 8th May 1875, Surveyor George White, Inspector Thomas Evans 20th Oct 1875
  • Rutland (Rutland Colliery Co), Ilkeston, Deep Soft and Roof Soft and Deep Hard, 117 yards (107m) and 135 yards (123m) deep, abandoned 2nd Sep, Surveyor JW Fearn, Thomas Evans Inspector 16th Oct 1875
  • Shawmarsh (Thomas Bennett), Glossop, Yard mine: Silkstone Main (Andrew Brothers)
  • Somersall (George Hoskins) Brampton, Chesterfield, Blackshale and Ashgate Thin (open work) on Thomas Greaves’ land, Surveyor WF Howard AICE
  • South Normanton (Joseph Swann), South Normanton
  • Stanley (Hutchinson and Saxon)
  • Stapleford (Stapleford Colliery Co Ltd) Chairman Mr Barrow, Manager John Smith, Kilburn seam 4’ 4” (1.32m)
    winding pit 45 yards (41m), 9 feet dia (2.74m), No2 pumping pit 47 yards (43m) 7 feet dia (2.13m), No3 UC pit, 19 yards (17.33m), 9 feet dia (2.74m), No4 new sinking 65 yards (59.5m), 9 feet (2.74m) dia. There was a chimney over top of UC 14’ 4” (4.3m) high, total height of UC 33’ 6” (8.5m), ventilated by furnace
  • Swadlincote Old (Church and Maples), (South Derbyshire) Block seam, black bind 1’ 8” (0.5m), coal 5’ 6” (1.67m), slime 3’ 0” (0.91m), opened around and met old hollows, 2 small areas ceased 27th Feb, George Lewis ME, Thomas Evans Inspector of Mines
  • Underwood (Barber, Walker and Co) Top Hard
  • Westfield (Messrs Straw and Co) Hasland, Piper seam 3’ 7¾” (1.11m) coal and dirt, Dec 1875, William Deakin Wadsworth Surveyor, Chesterfield
  • West Hallam see 1876
  • Whiteley (Butterley Iron and Coal Co), Ripley
  • Whittington Blackshale or Silkstone - Sep 1875
  • Willey Lane (Barber, Walker and Co), struck water 27th July, water broke in from Plain Spot Top Hard old Level on 28th July, 50 yards (45.7m) app from New Brinsley Water level
  • Wollaton (Wollaton Colliery Co Ltd) 1st Waterloo 1873-29 May 1875, George Lewis Surveyor. (50)


There was a downturn in the industry and the Dunstead pits were abandoned in 1875 by the Shipley Colliery Co that had acquired them over the years from various owners, with 23 shafts in all, situated either side of Dunstead Lane. Corden Meadow colliery also had brickworks.

Offered For Sale

Coal Aston colliery: All plant offered for sale by James Rhodes and Sons. A 16hp Walker Eaton and Co engine also a 22hp horizontal engine by Walker Eaton, a 12hp vertical engine, 2 large boilers by Ward Bros and 88 coke ovens. The pit is 1½ miles from Dronfield.

Number Of Collieries

Between 1871 and 1875 the total number of collieries in Great Britain increased from 2,885 to 3,933 and the number of collieries in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire increased from 157 to 301.

10 Hours A Day

The Nottinghamshire miners in this period usually worked around 10 hours a day bank to bank including travelling time to and from their place of work underground. The young boys and the ponies more than likely worked longer hours.

Miners' Housing

Stanton Ironworks Co built housing for the Pleasley workforce at Pleasley Hill, New Houghton and Upper Pleasley (later). Of course a few houses for top officials were always built close to the colliery – on Pit Lane.


There were now 21 Union Lodges in Derbyshire representing 2,500 men. The Morton Lodge proposed in 1876 that the Derbyshire Union should be renamed the South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire Miners Association.

Some colliery companies would lock out the men on account of them joining a union and it was with this in mind that a lock out fund had been started way back in the 1840s. By September 1875 most of the men who had been locked out were back at work at a reduced wages of about 10%.

St John’s Ambulance

The first St Johns Ambulance Brigade unit in the country was inaugurated at Tibshelf colliery in 1875. However in contention there is a possibility that it was beaten by one set up at Clay Cross only 2 weeks before.


At Wollaton colliery (Nottinghamshire) it was noted that from the commencement of the mine up to Michaelmas
(29th September) 1875 the ad measurement of the Hard Coal belonging to the Right Honourable Lord Middleton worked by the Wollaton Colliery Co was 7 acres 0 roods 19 poles or perches @ £80 per acre which realised a royalty payment of £569 10s 0d (£569.50). Also 0 acres 2 roods 28 perches of Soft Coal was worked @ £80 per acre and this realised a further £54 0s 0d (£54.00).

Sinking Accident

There was a sinking accident at Manor colliery (Manor Coal Co) Ilkeston, where the shaft depth had reached 370 yards (338m). The sinkers had just sent up the second bucket of dirt when unfortunately as it reached the surface and the engine stopped to allow the platform to be slid underneath, then the rope broke, and the bucket and contents hurtled back down the shaft. Luckily out of the 8 men working in the shaft bottom, only three sustained minor injuries.

Fatal Accidents in 1875

From 1865 to 1875 there were 32 fatal accidents at the pits of Barber, Walker and Co who owned Beau Vale, Beggarlee, Brinsley, High Park, Eastwood, Hill Top, Cotmanhay, Underwood and Watnall collieries.

During the same 10 year period the following fatal accidents were recorded:

  • Clay Cross pits (Clay Cross Co) 55 deaths
  • Butterley pits (Butterley Co) 53
  • Staveley pits (Staveley Coal and Iron Co) 53
  • Renishaw Park (J and G Wells) 36
  • Cinderhill (Babbington Coal Co) 26
  • Sheepbridge (Sheepbridge Coal and Iron Co) 25
  • Bretby (Countess of Chesterfield) 21
  • Birley Vale (Jeffcock and Dunn) 18
  • Butcherwood, Silver Hill and Pleasley (Stanton Iron Co) 15
  • Shipley (EM Mundy) 12
  • Swadlincote (Hall and Boardman) 12
  • Tapton (Tapton Coal Co) 12
  • Stanton (J and N Nadin and Co) 11
  • Tibshelf (Chas Seely and Co) 11
  • Pilsley (Pilsley Colliery Co) 10
  • Shireoaks and Steetley (Shireoaks Colliery Co) 10
  • Shirland (Shirland Colliery Co) 10
  • Derbyshire Silkstone (Derbys Silkstone Colliery Co) 9
  • Hucknall Torkard (E Ellis and Co) 9
  • Swanwick (CRP Morewood) 9
  • Grassmoor (Barnes) 8
  • Pinxton (Coke and Co) 8
  • Wingerworth (Wingerworth Coal Co) 8
  • Clifton (Saul Isaac MP) 6
  • Denby (WD Lowe) 6
  • Oakerthorpe (George Pearson and Co) 6
  • Annesley (Exors of William Worswick) 5
  • Blackwell (Blackwell Colliery Co) 5
  • Brampton (Knowles, Wright and Co) 5
  • Molineux (Eastwood, Swingler and Co) 5
  • Unstone (H Rangeley and Son) 5
  • Victoria (Troughton) 5
  • Hill Top and Berristow Lane (G Small and Co) 4
  • Mapperley (Glendon Iron Co) 4
  • Tibshelf and Blackwell (E Chambers) 4
  • Skegby (Skegby Coal and Brick Co) 4
  • Denby and Ryefield (Denby Iron Co) 3
  • Digby (Digby Colliery Co) 3
  • Foxley Oaks (Whittington Colliery Co) 3
  • Haunchwood (Nowell and Son) 3
  • Kilbourne (G and T Small) 3
  • Unstone (Unstone Coal Co) 3
  • Axe Edge (Buxton Lime Firms Co) 2
  • Bestwood (Bestwood Coal Co) 2
  • Linby (Linby Colliery Co) 2

And at the Following Pits Only One Fatal Accident in 1875

  • Birch Vale (Bennett and Son)
  • Boythorpe (Boythorpe Colliery Co)
  • Digby and Giltbrook (Digby Colliery Co)
  • Plumbley (John Rhodes)
  • Rutland (Rutland Colliery Co)
  • Sutton (exors of Richard Arkwright) nr Heath
  • West Hallam (F Newdegate)
  • West Staveley (T Hill). 540 lives lost in total.

Fatal Accidents 1875 in Detail

  • Albert, Thomas Sims (21), loader, killed when cages collided in shaft when cage came out of the wooden guides 6 Sep 1875. There was a furnace at the bottom of the shaft that was replaced by a fan erected near the Pump shaft
  • Awsworth, George Grainger (51) deputy, replacing scaffold over the sump at pit bottom when the cage descended and crushed him 23 Jul 1875
  • Berristow Lane, John Slater (47), banksman, landing loaded tub when door at pit top gave way and he fell down shaft 7 Jul 1875
  • Bestwood, Robert Oliver (22) sinker, iron bow of sinking tub broke when descending the shaft and deceased fell out 30 Jan 1875
  • Bestwood, Obadiah Rogers (30) bricklayer, bricking shaft when some bricks gave way and struck him 1 May 1875
  • Blackwell No3, George Berrisford (46), collier, ripping when fall of bind from roof 23Mar 1875
  • Blackwell, William Rodgers (20), collier, fatally burnt by paraffine, a volatile oil whilst filling a lamp that caught fire
  • Blackwell A Winning, William Clarke (21), holer, working at holing when the coal burst over the sprags 14 May 1875
  • Bretby No2, Thomas Greaves (41) stallman, in the act of setting timber when the roof fell on him 11Mar 1875
  • Bretby No2, John Domelo (44) stallman, gate road pack neglected to be built when there was a fall of bind at the lip 12 Nov 1875
  • Calley, Joseph Green (34), stallman, taking out back timber, fall of roof 9Mar 1875
  • Campbell, William Mather (30), datler, jumping into cage at pit bottom when in motion 18 Jan 1875
  • Campbell, James Sims (50), horsekeeper, ringing himself off contrary to rules and getting on the cage after the signal to go had been given he was caught and crushed by cage 5 Nov 1875
  • Cinder Hill, William Lowe (45) collier, endeavouring to put his tools on the ascending cage when it caught and crushed him at the side of the shaft 9Feb 1875
  • Cinder Hill, Moses Greensmith (26) stallman, cutting top coal which fell knocking out timber and allowing the roof to fall 4 Jun 1875
  • Clay Cross No6, John Butler (20), loader, lost his way and went into an unfenced heading and there was an explosion of firedamp 3 Apr 1875
  • Clay Cross No5, William Brown (15), driver, riding on tubs, head caught against roof and threw him off then crushed by tubs 16 Jun 1875
  • Clay Cross No4, John Stacey (17), driver, run over by tubs after falling down 13 Sep 1875
  • Clifton, William Hyson (46), labourer, ripping the roof when part of the roof bind fell on him 17 Dec 1875
  • Cutthorpe, Cephas Hoskins (33), sinker, descended the shaft without a lamp overcome by carbonic acid gas (blackdamp), but he had previously been cautioned not to go without a lamp 1 May 1875
  • Dunston, Henry Green (24), collier, fall of coal 30 Jan 1875
  • Dunston, Martin Carter (43), stallman, fall of roof whilst knocking out sprags from under the coal 29 Nov 1875
  • Eastwood, Samuel Martin (50) stallman, endeavouring to pass by coals which had been holed and sprags taken out, having previously been cautioned not to do so 7 Jul 1875
  • Grassmoor, John Whitworth (19), loader, fall of roof whilst loading coals 28 May 1875
  • High Park, Joseph Clifton (33) loader, fall of bind whilst loading coal 14 Jan 1875
  • Holbrook, Peter Gyte (48), labourer, removing a windlass from the pit top, slipped and fell down shaft 23 Jul 1875
  • Hucknall No1, George Carrott (14) driver, driving horse with loaded tubs too fast and riding on the loaded tubs, contrary to rules when the tub ran off the rails 202 Nov 1875
  • Ibstock, William Sharpe (15), driver, fell down in front of his pony and a full tub ran over him 28 Jan 1875
  • Ibstock, Sam Cartwright (15), driver, putting a tub back on the rails when the pony started crushing him between the tub and the side of the road 26Feb 1875
  • Ibstock, Thomas Finley (25), datler, deceased and another got inside an empty tub on an incline and the tub ran away and upset killing the deceased 6 Jun 1875
  • Langton, John Walvin (19) holer, endeavouring to pass in front of coals which had been holed and sprags taken out, having previously been warned of the danger 1 Oct 1875
  • Linby, George Jacklin, (35) sinker, bricking scaffold in descending the shaft caught on the side and fell and the sudden jerk drew the bolts and the scaffold fell to the bottom 24 Jan 1875
  • Linby, Joseph Bailey (24) sinker, shot misfired whilst working in shaft bottom when it exploded 16 Apr 1875. There was a total of 4 explosions whilst sinking the shafts
  • Mapperley, John Hebb (27), stallman, after a shot had been fired, the coals not falling, the deceased went to pull them down and the coal fell on him 12 Jan 1875
  • Mapperley, James Green (28), fall of coal having taken out timber and cutting top out 14 Apr 1875
  • Moorgreen, George Amedro (19) driver, trying to hole coals when they fell on him 13 Jan 1875
  • Nailstone, Joseph Matley (33), datler, ripping, fall of bind and coal fell from side 12 Jan 1875
  • Newcastle, Robert Hopcroft (34) stallman, getting coal down when part fell on him 12 Apr 1875
  • Oakerthorpe, Frederick Keeping (43), sinker, getting water out of an old shaft when he went down the shaft to change the clack of the pump and was overcome by blackdamp, fell out of the tub and drowned 22 Oct 1875
  • Peacock, Isaac Smith (58), sinker, sinking tub fell down the shaft 8 Apr 1875
  • Pleasley, 2 sinkers, Thomas Brindley (40) master sinker and Benjamin Dixie (31) sinker were killed when the sinking bucket being raised fouled a pipe stay and tipped over and they fell down the shaft as the explosive went off. A third man miraculously escaped being killed albeit that he was seriously injured 2 Oct 1875
  • Riddings, John Northage (31) loader, fall of bind 22 Apr 1875
  • Shireoaks, John Bedford (20) loader, coming down an incline in front of loaded tub when he slipped and the tub went over him 4 Oct 1875
  • Skegby, George Hall (32) collier, endeavouring to get on the cage when in motion ascending from the pit bottom 8 Apr 1875
  • Snibston, Thomas Hirst (45), onsetter, coal fell down shaft from the ascending cage 1Mar 1875
  • Speedwell, William Wilshaw (21), driver, fell off tub and run over by tubs 25 Aug 1875
  • Springwell (ironstone) AJ Horsford (30) miner, drawing timber and preparing to fall roof stone when other timbers gave way burying him 15 Sep 1875
  • Stanton, Anthony Eames (28) collier, ascending a shaft with 6 others and he was supposed to have had a fit and fell from the cage 21 Jun 1875
  • Swanwick, Thomas Geeson (21), collier, fall of roof because there was insufficient timber set 18 Nov 1875
  • Teversall, George Allsop (15), driver, run over by loaded tubs 8 Jul 1875
  • Teversall, Thomas Hudson (32) hanger-on, piece of coal fell down the shaft and after striking the empty cage bounced and hit the deceased 28 Jul 1875
  • Tibshelf No1, EB Patrick (13), driver, knocked down by a pony and run over by tubs 22Mar 1875
  • Underwood, Luke Naylor (44) stallman, fall of bind whilst examining roof and sides 13 Aug 1875
  • Unstone, Thomas Allsop (12), screen boy, crushed between buffers of a waggon on the surface 30 Jul 1875
  • Unstone, Miles Mason (58), labourer, caught in machinery hoist on the pit bank 3 Dec 1875
  • Whitwick, Frederick Mansfield (16), driver, kicked by his horse 19 Jan 1875
  • Whitwick, John Hawkesworth (21), fireman, clothes caught in spur wheels of the engine and pulled him in 12 Nov 1875
  • Whitwick, John Grogan (22), loader, fall of roof due to insufficient timber set 27 Nov 1875
  • Wollaton, John Bostock (21) stallman, lit a shot but it did not explode so he went back and began drilling the missed shot in the same hole when it exploded 1 Oct 1875
  • Woodville, George Hassall (46) labourer, pulling wire rope up the shaft when it slipped dragging the deceased with it into the pit 19 Dec 1875.
  • Potsherd (TG Green), George Hassall was dragged down the shaft by a wire rope and was killed, Dec 1875.
Another Manor colliery, at Dronfield, changed hands from Manor Silkstone Co, to Messrs Lucas.

The Robinett Cut was completed in 1875. This waterway was a major outlet for coal from the collieries around that area to the Nottingham Canal.


The output in 1875
from 255 Derbyshire pits was 7,091,325 tons
from 46 Nottinghamshire pits was 3,250,000 tons
from 25 Leicestershire pits was 1,154,619 tons.

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