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The Continued Rise Of The Industry
To 1913


1899 - Page 1

Wage Increase

On 27th January 1899 the new Conciliation Board had an application for 7½% increase from the union. This was agreed, with a 5% wage rise in April and a further 2½% in October.

Collieries Sunk or Opened in 1899

Calow (Staveley Coal and Iron Co) 2 adits to Silkstone

Cartwright (Cartwright Colliery Co) Swadlincote, Little Woodfield, Stockings and Eureka

Cobnar Wood (Sheepbridge Coal and Iron Co) Barlow, Deep Hard

Cutthorpe (H Waller), Chesterfield, Ashgate

Gedling sinking continued (Digby Coal Co)

Grasscroft (William Jackson) Unstone, Silkstone

The Wigan Coal and Iron Co began sinking 2 other shafts at Manton, Worksop, by 46 sinkers and 72 surface workers

Measham Newfield (Measham Terracotta Co) coal and clay, Manager John Tomlin (597), 6/3

Sinking continued at Radford, Nottingham by Wollaton Colliery Co with 20 sinkers and 18 surface workers

The Shipley Colliery Co took over from EM Mundy and sank Shipley Woodside Nos 2 and 3 shafts (shown above left)

Oxcroft was sunk in 1899 by AB Markham MP to the Clowne seam 2/40, but would be acquired by the Oxcroft Colliery Co to work the High Hazles and Top Hard by 1902.
(10 Pits)

Sinking Accident At Stanley

Head Stock, Woodside, near Stanley 1898

There was a sinking accident at Stanley (Mapperley Colliery Co), when one man was killed and 4 others were injured, on 24th February 1899.

Coal Cutters

There were now 58 coal cutters at work in collieries in Derbyshire.

Changed Hands

In South Derbyshire the firm of Hall’s Collieries Ltd bought out Hall and Boardman.

Church Gresley, company changed to Moira Colliery Co (which prior to 1894 was owned by Lord Donington)

Dunn Bros sold their Trowell Moor pit to Cossall Colliery Co.

The Staunton Brick and Pipe Co took over Staunton colliery from J Lakin.

Blackwell Colliery Co purchased Sutton colliery (Nottinghamshire) in 1899 from the Sutton Colliery Co and recommenced Top Hard working.

Day Trip

On 4th May 1899 the miners at Creswell went to Blackpool for their Annual trip. The Directors of Bolsover Colliery Co were concerned regarding another holiday with no tonnage being produced, but were relieved that it was a Saturday, so that they would not feel it so much!

Further Lease

CH Plevins coal master, died in May 1899. Bolsover Co obtained a further lease from the Duke of Portland.

A Further Suicide

A further suicide occurred at Silver Hill (Nottinghamshire) on 19th August 1899, when Samuel Lunn, aged 26, a Plane runner jumped down the shaft.


Pollington colliery (Nottinghamshire) (James Oakes and Co) was working Deep Soft and Deep Hard, (342 u/g and 71 men on surface).


The Top Hard working was abandoned at Langton No8 (Nottinghamshire) (Pinxton Collieries Ltd). The shaft was deepened to 215 yards (197m) to the Waterloo seam at 8 feet 6 inches (2.6m) diameter by 1901. The price agreed for the contract was 18s 10d per yard (94p per 0.91m).

Price Of Coal

Average price of a ton of coal at the pithead in the Midlands area was 7s 0d (35p).

Colliery Closures 1899

  • Awsworth (Awsworth Colliery Co Ltd), Piper, Furnace or Tupton 3’ 3” (1m) 68 yards (62.1m) and Tupton Threequarters 1’ 9” (0.53m), expensive getting and surface difficulties, Blackshale or Silkstone at 122 yards (111.5m), inferior quality, and Kilburn, Surveyor Byron Chambers, Nottm, in 1870 some work done in pit bottom by previous company, all abandoned 5/1899, NJ Baker signed for the company
  • Barn or Dolly pit (John Drinkwater 1889-22nd Apr 1898, then executors) 103 yards (94m) to Yard mine
  • Bugsworth (John Drinkwater), Buxworth, Yard mine 5’ 0” (1.52m), worked 1889 – 22nd Apr 1898 on death, then by will to 20th May 1899, plan prepared under Regulations and Coal Mines Acts 1887 and 1896, Surveyors William Eagle and Son
  • Coton Park (Coton Park and Linton Colliery Syndicate Ltd) (Thick coal – top coal 3’ 9” (1.14m), hards 2’ 0” (0.61m), brights 2’ 6” (0.76m), bottoms 3’ 3” (0.99m), grounds 2’ 0” (0.61m), total 13’ 6” (4.11m) and Stockings seam, coal 2’ 4” (0.70m) dirt 2” (0.05m) coal 3’ 0” (0.91m) at 200 yards (183m) deep, finished 16th May 1899 and Eureka 3’ 9” (1.14m) with rock top, but dip of 1in4½, May 1899
  • Dale (RA Dent) Killamarsh, Two Feet (0.61m) 3/1
  • Dolly Lane Tunnel Bugsworth (John Drinkwater) 18 men in Yard seam and 4 surface men, Undermanager: Isaac Lowe, weighing exemption
  • Kilburn (Kilburn Colliery Co), Kilburn, Mickley coal 1896: 8/13, 1898: 48/12 Manager: H Tomlinson (2174)
    (Old) Lodge colliery (William Hall) sunk in 1877 was abandoned, closed in 1897, Deep Hard, Deep Soft and Tupton 67/14, Manager: William Hall (665)
  • Pentrich Speedwell (WC Haslam) was closed, Tupton and Silkstone 26/11, Managers: George Bowler, Godfrey Baker, and W Walker. Undermanagers: George Cutts, George Hall.
    Fatal accidents at Pentrich included – Richard Chapman (16) 11 Feb 1866, Thomas Stones (30) 10 Oct 1872, Joseph Cater (42) 1 Nov 1889
  • St Johns (Staveley Silkstone Colliery Co) Two Foot seam had been re-opened by a drift from the surface dipping at 1in2, and a shaft 50 yards (45.75m) deep, but the seam thinned to 1’ 9” (0.53m) and it was abandoned again by George Rhodes as unprofitable
  • Sheepbridge (Sheepbridge Coal and Iron Co) 73 yards (67m), 41 in Deep Hard or Potters seam drift and 11 on the surface, used Board (bord) gates and met old level from Newbold colliery (Beale and Co), Jan, Manager: JF Lee (867), Undermanager: John Windle (1117 service cert)
  • Wheeldon Mill and Fire Clay Works (Geo Dawson 1871-75 then SM Lancaster ) Chesterfield, Tupton 2’ 3” (0.68m) and clay 2’ 6” (0.76m), 31st Dec, William Deakin Wadsworth.
    The Deep Soft seam 3’ 5” (1.04m) opened in 1897 was closed temporarily at Shirland (Blackwell Colliery Co Ltd) in July, whilst waiting for working of lower seams. The seam was not found in the shaft sinking. Blackshale seam depth 107 yards 2 ft 4in (98.5m). Jonathan T Todd General Manager of the company signed the plan 1st Sep and Arthur H Stokes Mines Inspector 1st Sep 1899.

Many trial pits were dug on Chinley Moor, (Derbyshire), but no coal worked.

There were many other collieries worked in the 19th Century, but with little or no information known about them, such as:

Birly Planting
Daviss Boat
Foundation Hill
Hallows Bookers
Mapperley Marsh Lane New
Newbold Pottery
One Rope
Ryecroft Glen
Staveley Old
Summer Hill
Unstone Old
Victoria and Albert

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