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Nottinghamshire pits in No4 Area 1947 with HQ at Blackwell (then Huthwaite 1949):  (7) Total output: 2.43m tons.
  • Annesley:  Agent Tom O Wrightson (2952), Manager Jim M Murray (3072), U/m E Pass (2nd), 690 in Deep Hard and Deep Soft seams and 209 on surface.  (ex-NH and B Collieries Ltd).  Output: 272,753 tons.  Shaft depth 635 yards (580m).
  • Bentinck: Agent F Donald Severn (977), Manager Wm Sharpe (2223) (later Divisional Mechanisation Engineer), U/ms Robert A Vincent (2nd), Robert W Fox (2nd), Harold J Eley (2nd).  1,258men in Deep Hard, Deep Soft, Waterloo and Low Main seams, 291 men on surface. (ex-NH & B Collieries Ltd).  Output: 440,463 tons.  Shaft depth 495 yards (452m).
  • Kirkby and Lowmoor: Agent Tom O Wrightson (2952), Manager Alf Maddox (2385), U/ms Wm Longden (2nd), Horace O Gubbins (2928), and Wm A Haigh (2nd).  1,231 men in Deep Soft, High Main and Top Hard seams, with 384 men on surface.  (ex-The Butterley Co Ltd).  Output: 545,053 tons.  Shaft depth 632 yards (578m).
  • Langton Nos 7,8: Agent F Donald Severn (977), Manager Les FM Ackroyd (1937), U/ms Ernest Kirkwood (2nd), and Wilf Shelton (3736).  603 men in Silkstone and Waterloo seams, 228 on surface.  (ex-Pinxton Collieries Ltd).  Output: 290,635 tons.  Shaft depth 486 yards (444m).
  • New Hucknall Nos 1,2,3: Agent Jack L Merry (542), Manager Alex L Middleton (3342), and U/m Eric Alcock (2nd).  449 in Low Main and Piper seams, 156 on surface.  (ex-NH & B Collieries Ltd).  Output: 183,000 tons.  Shaft depth 413 yards (378m).
  • Newstead:  Agent Tom O Wrightson (2952), Manager Albert Field (2502), U/m HN Bates (2nd) 975 in Top Hard, High Hazel and Dunsil seams, 334 on surface.  (ex-Newstead Colliery Co Ltd).  Output: 466,954 tons.  Shaft depth 494 yards (452m).
  • Sutton:  Agent Jack L Merry (542), Manager Sam M Merry (1923), U/ms Andrew Stones (2nd), Les Brooks (3262), 675 in Deep Hard, Low Main and Piper seams, 187 on surface.  (ex-NH & B Collieries Ltd).  Output: 232,282 tons.  Shaft depth 448 yards (410m).

Derbyshire pits in No5 Area 1947 with HQ based at Eastwood Hall.  Area General Manager Jack L Westwood (1543)
Production Manager: Jim Smillie (2828) (later Area General Manager No2 Cannock Chase)
Sub-Area Managers Jack G Belfitt (2265) (began Salterwood 1920, father Undermanager, Managerial posts at Pentrich, Birchwood, Clifton, New Langley, Bailey Brook, Ormonde, Kirkby & Low Moor, 1943 Mining Agent for Butterley Co Ltd, promoted to Area Production Manager Wigan 1951, Deputy Divisional Production Director West Midlands 1957) and Jack H Pedley.  (12)   Total output 4.6m tons.  Chief Surveyor, A Vic Priest (ex Butterley Co Chief Surveyor, ex Ollerton). Sub-Area Surveyor Stanley Dobinson ARICS (ex Butterley Co Assistant Chief Surveyor of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire collieries 1943-1946, previously resident Surveyor at Ollerton) d 1989, aged 83)

  • Britain: Agent Jack G Belfitt (2265), developing Silkstone seam, Manager Arthur Benford (2279), U/m William Platt (2nd) (ex-The Butterley Co Ltd).
  • Ripley: Manager for both, A Benford (2279); U/m M McPherson (2nd), 797 in Piper, Threequarter and Silkstone seams and 347 on surface.  (ex-The Butterley Co Ltd).
  • Butterley Surface Drift: developing, Undermanager Arthur Hemmington (1282).  (Ex-The Butterley Co).
  • Coppice No1:  Agent Jim Smillie (2828) Manager GS Milne (2764), U/m G Thorpe (2nd), 500 in Low Main seam, 163 on surface.
  • Coppice No3: Undermanager Chas  Beedham (2nd), 559 in Ashgate and Mickley seams and 143 on surface. (ex-Shipley Collieries Ltd).  Output: 581,275 tons.
  • Denby: Agent Jack G Belfitt (2265), Manager Jim R Murday (2253), U/m Frank E Shields (3152), 668 in Silkstone, Ashgate and Mickley seams and 158 on surface.  (ex-Denby Colliery (Drury-Lowe) Ltd).  Output: 296,736 tons.
  • Denby Hall Nos 1 and 2:  Manager Hubert Hyde (2411), U/m Ernest A Hopkins (2nd), 484 in Silkstone and Mickley seams and 228 on surface.  (ex-The Butterley Co Ltd).  Output: 681,218 tons (inc Ripley, Britain and Butterley Drift).
  • Hartshay Training Centre:  4 men on surface and Upper Hartshay pumping, Manager Geo B Tristram (3490).  (ex-The Butterley Co Ltd).
  • Manners: Agent Jim Smillie (2828), Manager FJ Durrance (3250), U/m R Speak (2nd), 411 in Roof Soft and Low Main seams, 119 on surface.  (ex-Ilkeston Collieries Ltd.).  Output: 163,549 tons.

  • Mapperley Nos 1 and 2:  Agent Jim Smillie (2828), Manager Ben Denton (2594), U/m RL Hogg (2nd), 509 in Deep Soft, Piper and Low Main seams, (Kilburn abandoned in December), 219 on surface.  (ex-Mapperley Colliery Co Ltd).  Output: 266,083 tons.
  • New Langley:  Agent Jack G Belfitt (2265), Manager FM Ball (2339), U/m S Robert Shepherd (2nd), 336 in Deep Hard and Piper seams and 132 on surface.  (ex-The Butterley Co Ltd.).  Output: 199,522 tons.
  • Ormonde:  Agent Jack G Belfitt (2265), Manager Tom L Morris (3980), U/m, JE Smith (2nd), 888 in Silkstone and Mickley seams and 426 on surface.  (ex-The Butterley Co Ltd).  Output: 592,089 tons.
  • Stanley including Hillside:  Agent Jim Smillie (2828), Manager Charles E Bremner-Smith (3084); U/m John Hobley (2651), 402 in Low Main and Kilburn seams and 129 on surface.  (ex-Mapperley Colliery Co Ltd). Output: 187,373 tons.
  • Woodside No1 (formerly Shipley); Agent Jim Smillie (2828), Manager Tommy Wright (3048), Undermanager William E (Ted) Bridgett (3816), 662 men in Piper seam and 180 on surface.  Field shaft:  7 men on pumping operations.
  • Woodside Nos 2 and 3:  Manager Tommy Wright (3048) (later Area General Manager), U/m Arthur Dennis (4207), 558 in Low Main seam and 203 on surface.  (ex-Shipley Collieries Ltd).  Output: 700,800 tons.

Nottinghamshire pits in No5 Area 1947 continued, with HQ at Eastwood Hall:  (10)  Total output: 1.365m tons.
Brinsley and Selston:  Agent Jack H Pedley (2182), Manager Jack Hanman (3115) (later Production Manager); U/m W Hatton (2nd), 229 and 316 men in Low Main seam and 86 and 107 on surface.  (ex-Barber Walker and Co Ltd.)  Output:  234,859 tons.

  • Cossall:  Agent Jack H Pedley (2182), Manager Chas Houston (4043); U/m WW Bennett (2nd), 489 in Piper and Tupton (Low Main) seams, and 168 on surface.  (ex-Cossall Colliery Co Ltd).  Output: 241,853 tons.
  • Grange:  Agent Jack H Pedley (2182), Manager John Dow (3090); U/m Albert Knight (2nd), 132 in Piper seam and 36 on surface.  (ex-The Oakwood Grange Colliery Co Ltd.).  Output: 94,062 tons.
  • High Park:  Agent Jack H Pedley (2182), Manager Charles Potts (93), U/m G Hodkin (2930), 381 in Waterloo and Deep Hard seams, 150 on surface. (ex-Barber Walker and Co Ltd).  Shafts 95 yards (86.9m) deep. Abbey seam (1st Waterloo) abandoned May 1918 and again Nov 1944. Surveyors included: Geo CH Whitelock (910).

  • Moor Green:  Agent Jack H Pedley (2182), Manager Jack Hanman (3115); U/m Charlie Dickens (4208), 510 in Deep Soft and Low Main seams, and 162 on surface.  (ex-Barber Walker and Co Ltd).   Output: 323,994 tons.
  • Lodge:  Agent Jim Smillie (2828), Manager John Dow (3090); U/m Albert Knight (2nd), 183 in Piper and Low Main seams and 66 on surface.  (ex-Ilkeston Collieries Ltd.).  Output:  58,099 tons.
  • New Selston (Bull and Butcher): Agent Jack H Pedley (2182), Manager Sam S Thornhill (3123); U/m R Tyler (2nd), 271 in Low Main seam and 70 on surface.  (ex- Jas Oakes and Co, (Riddings Collieries) Ltd).  Output: 104,968 tons.
  • Pye Hill: Agent Jack H Pedley (2182), Manager E Searson (2104) then Sam S Thornhill (3123), Undermanager, R Hewlett (3191), 499 in Low Main and Blackshale (Silkstone) seams, and 165 on surface.  (ex - Jas Oakes and Co, (Riddings Collieries)Ltd). Output: 201,965 tons.

  • Trowell Moor: pumping operations, closed 1947, Production ceased 29th Sep 1928.  Undermanager WN Bennett (2nd).  4 men underground and 4 on the surface.  (ex-Cossall Colliery Co Ltd.) 
    Managers:  Moses Severn (1290 service cert), Thos Gill (service cert), Enoch Prime (2332), P Ratcliff (1604), G Brown (....), John Whyte (1892), James Young, and Chas Houston (4043). 
    Undermanagers:  Arthur Brealey (2nd), James Kirk (2nd), Geo Brown (....), A Henshaw (2nd), GW Thornley (2nd), William Stewart (2nd), GW Thornley (2nd), Gavin Dunn (1773) 1928, WN Bennett (2nd) 1947 on.
  • Watnall:  Agent Jack H Pedley, Manager Charles Potts (93); U/m, S Akers (2nd), 27 men in Main Bright seam and 134 on surface.  (ex-Barber Walker and Co Ltd.)  Output: 105,571 tons.

Nottinghamshire pits in No6 Area 1947 with HQ based at Bestwood.   Area General Manager: Alan Hill (734), Production Manager: Arden A Bowker (2736) (previously Agent for Cinderhill, later Area General Manager No3 Area), Sub-Area Managers: Mike H Young and Major FMT Bunney (2760).   (8) Total output 3.0m tons.  Chief Surveyor Lewis H Spencer (517), previously Chief Surveyor BA Collieries Ltd.

  • Babbington (Cinderhill No1): Agent Major FMT Bunney (2760), Manager Harold Taylor (2108); U/ms Wilf Clements (2nd) and Len C Hogg (3275), 772 in High Hazles and Deep Soft seams and 303 surface. (ex-BA Collieries Ltd.) 536,211 tons.
  • Bestwood including Calverton: Agent Arden A Bowker (2736), Manager Norman Siddall (3655) (later Area General Manager, Deputy Chairman and Chairman of the NCB); U/ms AJ Wilkinson (2nd) and GMT Seaward (2nd), 1,786 men in High Main and Top Hard seams and 602 on surface.  (ex-BA Collieries Ltd).  Output: 826,022 tons.
  • Cinderhill No4: Agent Major FMT Bunney (2760), Manager Harold Taylor (2108) (later Area General Manager); U/m Harold Horrocks (5043), 780 in Main Bright and High Hazles seams and 220 on surface. (ex-BA Collieries Ltd). 

  • Clifton:  Agent Major FMT Bunney (2760), Manager William Morrell (2577), U/m FN Limb (2nd), 799 in Deep Soft, Piper and Tupton seams and 219 on surface.  (ex-Nottingham and Clifton Colliery Co Ltd.).  Output: 279,779 tons.
  • Gedling Nos 1 and 2:  Agent Arden A Bowker (2736), Manager Geo P Thompson (2914), U/ms A Lomas (2nd) and WJ Hall (2nd), 1,637 in Low Hazel and Top Hard seams and 558 on surface. (ex-BA Collieries Ltd, previously Digby Colliery Co).  Output: 694,006 tons.
  • Hucknall Nos 1 and 2:  Agent Major FMT Bunney (2760), Manager Les R Boyfield (3201) (later a Deputy Director); U/ms C Hunt (2nd) and William TE Elliott (2nd), 954 in High Main and Main Bright seams and 331 on surface. (ex-Sherwood Colliery Co Ltd). Output: 475,175 tons.
  • Linby:  Agent Arden A Bowker (2736), Manager WE Bowen (1675); U/m C Kinston (2nd), 751 in High Main and Main Bright seams and 250 on surface.  (ex-The Linby Colliery Co Ltd).  Output: 317,613 tons.
  • Radford and Wollaton:  Agent Major FMT Bunney (2760), Manager W Alun Jones (535); U/m Alan Hill (2769); 408 and 182 in Deep Soft and Deep Hard seams and 108 and 67 on the surfaces.  (ex-Wollaton Collieries Co Ltd).  Output: 193,616 tons.

Collieries in South Derbyshire and Leicestershire, No7 Area, 1947, HQ at Cole Orton, General Manager: John J Torrance (2803); Production Manager Arthur D Butterley; Sub-Area Managers: Frank M Joyce (844), William Unsworth (2391). (11 pits)  Output: 2.6m tons.    Chief Surveyor : Frank H Liptrot (promoted from Donisthorpe).

  • Bretby: (South Derbyshire) (ex Hall’s Collieries Ltd) Agent FM Joyce (844), Manager Eric P Lawrence (3181),
    U/m E Thompkinson (4093 / 2nd), 329 in Stockings seam, 110 on surface.
  • Cadley Hill Nos 1,2,3, and Little Coal: (S Derbyshire) (ex Hall’s Collieries Ltd) Agent Frank M Joyce (844), Manager Eric P Lawrence (3181), U/m A Cheatle (1602 / 2nd), 370 in Kilburn, Little and Stanhope seams, 150 on surface.
  • Church Gresley Nos 1,2: (South Derbyshire) (ex Moira Colliery Co), Agent William Unsworth (2391), Manager Ernest W Bosworth (4012); U/m HJ Betteridge (2nd), 840 in Stockings and Woodfield seams, 320 on surface.

  • Donisthorpe Nos 1,2: (S Derbyshire) Agent William Unsworth (2391), Manager Harry Blakemore Bennett (2820) (later to be Area General Manager No4 Area, Huthwaite), U/m HE Whaling (2nd), 853 in Stockings and Woodfield seams, 263 on surface.  Output: 454,453 tons.
  • Granville Nos 1,2: (S Derbyshire) Agent William Unsworth (2391), Manager William C Statham (3660), U/m G Morris (5149 / 2nd), 480 in Block and Kilburn seams, 169 on surface.
  • Measham Main Nos 1,2,3: (S Derbyshire) Agent William Unsworth (2391), Manager John G Tebbs (3897), U/ms
    C Leigh (1666 / 2nd), JW Webb (2932 / 2nd), 496 in Woodfield and Stockings seams, 195 on surface..
  • Netherseal: (Leicestershire) Agent William Unsworth (2391), Manager Jock R Gibson (4391), 48 in Stockings and Woodfield seams, 61 on surface.
  • Oakthorpe: Pumping, Manager Harry Blakemore Bennett (2820), Undermanager HE Whaling (338 / 2nd).

  • Rawdon: (Leicestershire) Agent William Unsworth (2391), Manager William Bullough (2162), U/M E Tatton (3663).  877 in Stockings and Woodfield seams, 264 on surface.
  • Reservoir: (Leicestershire) Agent William Unsworth (2391), Manager William Bullough (2162), 224 in Little seam, 99 on surface
  • Swadlincote Nos 1,2,3 (Old): (ex Hall’s Collieries Ltd) Agent Frank M Joyce (844), Manager William Wallace (2747), U/m E Bromley (5840 / 2nd), 350 in Stockings and Kilburn seams, 130 on surface.
  • Thorntree Drift No2 (Nadins): (ex J and N Nadin and Co Ltd) Agent Frank M Joyce (844), Nil in Stockings seam and 23 on surface.

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