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The Decline Of The Industry Continued
After Nationalisation 1947

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Brookhill, Part of Pinxton Collieries Was Closed After 58 Years
And Merged With Bentinck

Brookhill, (Derbyshire pit, South Nottinghamshire Area NCB) - a single shaft 15 feet (4.6m) dia was sunk in 1908-1909 by Pinxton Coal Co to the north of Selston Hall and to the eastern edge of Pinxton as part of Pinxton collieries was closed after 58 years and merged with Bentinck (Nottinghamshire) on 16th August 1968.

Edward Ward of Selston was the master sinker who contracted with the Company for £12 per yard sinking, started February 1908, for a total price of £5,862 but he died before the shaft was finished.
Shaft position 43/4654/221754 (SK45SE, 446221, 354753)

  • Top Hard at 76 yards (69.5m)
  • Waterloo at 139 yards (127m)
  • Deep Soft at 273 yards (249.6m)
  • Deep Hard at 294 yards (268.8m)
  • Low Main at 345 yards (315.5m)
  • Blackshale at 404 yards (369.4m)
  • Sump at 417yards (381m) deep and 305’ 0” (93m) above sea level.

By September 1909 heads were made in Low Main and Blackshale and the first 1,000 tons was produced on 3/11/1910. Any water made and collected from Pinxton and surrounding pits was pumped at Langton and or Bentinck. The pit bottom was abandoned in 1968 following the merger.
Seams worked:

  • Deep Hard, Silkstone (Blackshale) -1968
  • Tupton or Low Main -1961
  • Tupton Threequarters -1956 and -1965
  • Deep Soft, Piper – July 1964
  • Yard -1951 and – Dec 1956.
    Maximum tonnage 609,849
    in 1963/64, and maximum manpower 1,040 in 1957.
    Shaft filled and capped by 27th February 1970

Manpower: Pinxton Coal Co: 1909: 30 Tupton, 14 s/f, 30 Silkstone, 13 s/f

  • 1910: Pinxton Collieries Ltd: build up of manpower
  • 1911: 343 Deep Hard, 70 s/f, 358 Silkstone, 77 s/f, 392 Tupton, 93 s/f
  • 1912: 346 DH, 95 s/f, 359 S, 93 s/f, 373 T, 85 s/f
  • 1913: 337 DH, 74 s/f, 396 S, 92 s/f, 411 T, 95 s/f
  • 1914: 348 DH, 62 s/f, 402 S, 80 s/f, 401 T, 83 s/f
  • 1915: 355 DH, 70 s/f, 354 S, 104 s/f, 306 T, 88 s/
  • 1916: 289 DH, 70 s/f, 361 S, 96 s/f, 363 T, 92 s/f
  • 1917: 271 DH, 42 s/f, 370 S, 101 s/f, 376 T, 95 s/f
  • 1918: 248 DH, 49 s/f, 361 S, 112 s/f, 300 T, 117 s/f
  • 1919: 272 DH, 43 s/f, 426 S, 109 s/f, 411 T, 106 s/f
  • 1920: 266 DH, 40 s/f, 396 S, 111 s/f, 402 T, 104 s/f, 43 Tupton Threequarters, 19 s/f
  • 1921: 278 DH, 77 s/f, 400 S, 115 s/f, 415 T, 110 s/f, 42 T¾s, 14 s/f
  • 1922: No1: 280 DH, No2: 419 T, No3: 390 S, 314 s/f
  • 1923: 285 Deep Hard, 421 Low Main (Tupton), 392 Silkstone, 296 s/f
  • 1924: 273 DH, 416 LM, 402 S, 38 s/f
  • 1925: 262 DH, 386 S, 425 LM, 310 s/f
  • 1926: No1 and No6 Old Soft: 268 DH and Deep Soft, 377 S, 392 LM, 282 s/f
  • 1927: No1: 218 DH, No6: 48 DS, 390 S, 400 LM, 348 s/f
  • 1928: No1: 235 DH, No6: 31 DS, 3393 S, 431 LM, 305 s/f
  • 1929: 236 DH, 52 s/f, 57 DS, 16 s/f, 427 S, 142 s/f, 448 LM, 143 s/f
  • 1930: 205 DH, 48 s/f, 74 DS, 19 s/f, 442 S, 138 s/f, 551 LM, 165 s/f
  • 1931: 201 DH, 86 s/f, 70 DS, 15 s/f, 446 S, 123 s/f, 575 LM, 152 s/f
  • 1932: 135 DH, 89 s/f., 70 DS, 18 s/f, 160 s/f, 443 S, 583 LM, 127 s/f
  • 1933: 124 DH, 51 s/f, 77 DS, 22 s/f, 415 S, 145 s/f, 610 LM, 196 s/f
  • 1934: 124 DH, 33 s/f, 89 DS, 23 s/f, 444 S, 143 s/f, 616 LM, 191 s/f
  • 1935: No1: 114 DH, discontinued 8/35, 22 s/f, No6: 87 DS, 26 s/f, 376 S, 143 s/f, 595 LM, 210 s/f
  • 1936: Low Main: 520 LM, 200 s/f, Silkstone: 375 S, 136 s/f, No6: 91 DS, 26 s/f
  • 1937: 475 LM, 181 s/f, 342 S, 124 s/f, No6: 87 DS, 30 s/f
  • 1938: 507 LM, 190 s/f, 348 S, 123 s/f, No6 Old Soft: 86 DS, 31 s/f
  • 1939: 495 LM, 185 s/f, 348 S, 120 s/f, No6: 85 DS, 29 s/
  • 1940: 484 LM, 181 s/f, 350 S, 116 s/f, No6: 84 DS, 24 s/f
  • 1941: 423 LM, 144 s/f, 38 Piper, 17 s/f, 320 S, 133 s/f, No6: 15 DS, 4 s/f
  • 1942: 391 LM, 140 s/f, 103 Piper, 35 s/f, 331 127 s/f, No6 Old Soft: Deep Soft abandoned 2/42
  • 1943: 395 LM, 102 s/f, 182 P, 51 s/f, 309 S, 124 s/f
  • 1944: 477 LM, P, S, 259 s/f
  • 1945: Brookhill including Plymouth No2: 652 LM, P, S, Yard, 274 s/f
  • 1946: 720 men and boys app.

Tonnage and Manpower NCB: No4 Area EMD: 1947: 290,653 tons, 806 men

  • 1948: 300,959 tons, 798 men
  • 1949: 328,844 tons, 822 men
  • 1950: 376,808 tons, 817 men
  • 1951: 495,513 tons, 891 men
  • 1952: 517,923 tons, 937 men
  • 1953: 526,998 tons, 980 men
  • 1954: 603,074 tons, 1,014 men
  • 1955: 592,548 tons, 1,034 men
  • 1956: 580,848 tons, 1,027 men
  • 1957: 608,588 tons, 1,040 men
  • 1958: 541,623 tons, 1,027 men
  • 1959: 538,014 tons, 1,041 men (max)
  • 1960: 562,778 tons, 1,029 men
  • 1961: 509,503 tons, 1,013 men
  • 1962: 641,866 tons (max), 1,011 men
  • 1963: 599,139 tons, 986 men
  • 1963/64: 609,849 tons, 979 men
  • 1964/65: 535,832 tons, 926 men
  • 1965/66: 550,347 tons, 919 men
  • 1966/67: 492,613 tons, 929 men
  • 1967/68: South Nottinghamshire Area: 447,527 tons, 894 men.
    Colliery merged with Bentinck August 1968.

Agents:

  • Bernard Madew (2404) 1909-1910
  • Henry Stevenson (1575) Agent 1910-1923
  • Percy F Day (3295) Agent 1923-1946
  • F Donald Severn (977) Agent 1947-1952.

Sub-Area Managers / Group Managers:

  • F Donald Severn (977) Sub-Area Manager
  • Alex L Middleton (3342) Sub-Area Manager 1952-
  • Humphrey F Watson (4986) Group Manager 1957- (later Director North West)
  • Les R Watkin (4376) Group Manager

Managers for Brookhill:

  • Bernard Madew (2404) Manager and Agent 1909-1910
  • Jas Strachen (2323) 1911-1912, (transferred to Sutton)
  • for Pinxton Collieries Ltd, EV Stokes (2201) (transferred from Ibstock) 1912-1930
  • John Mullins (1552) No1 1930-1936
  • F Donald Severn (977) Manager, Silkstone 1930-1946 (promoted from Undermanager, then General Manager Pinxton Collieries, Agent 1947-, and later Sub-Area Manager, finally Area General Manager No4 Area, NCB)
  • Horace Wenman (3254) (for Plymouth No2, formerly Brookhill, transferred to A Winning)
  • Alex L Middleton (3342) 1950-1952 (transferred from New Hucknall)
  • Tommy R Jameson (2621) 1952- (transferred from A Winning, transferred to Bentinck)
  • Jack W Smalley (3723) 1957-1958 (transferred from Wingfield Manor, promoted to Group Manager)
  • Sid Vardy (4647) 1958- (transferred from Shirland, transferred to Bentinck)
  • Edward E (Teddy) Bishop (5396) 1963-1966 (transferred from Cotes Park, transferred to Manager Newstead, later Production Manager)
  • Arthur Townsend (6400) 1966-1968 (transferred from Shirland, transferred to Cotgrave).

Undermanagers for Brookhill:

  • Job Smith (2nd) 1909-1910
  • WC Wright (2nd) 1910-1911
  • D Robinson (2nd) 1910-1911
  • Wm Smith (2nd) 1910-1912
  • John Mullins (1552) 1914-1925 (promoted to Manager Brookhill No1 later in 1930)
  • John Southern (2nd) 1912-1916
  • AG Price (2nd) 1912-1922
  • JE Holmes (2nd) 1916-1930
  • F Donald Severn (977) 1922-1930 (promoted to Manager Silkstone)
  • W Beardow (2nd) 1925-1940
  • A Moore (2nd) 1930-1944
  • Arthur Benford (2279) 1931-1935
  • Jas Hoten (2nd) 1935-1936 to Pinxton
  • Ernie Kirkwood (2nd) 1940-1944
  • Horace Wenman (3254) 1944-1947 (Plymouth No2 promoted to Manager)
  • Les Cumberland (5563) 1944- (later Manager Shirland)
  • WH Tideswell (2nd) 1947- (Pinxton)
  • Joe H Cosford (5990) 1950-1951 (transferred to South Normanton, later Manager Sutton)
  • Frank Dale (3643) 1957- (promoted to Deputy Manager Newstead)
  • Arthur Townsend (6400) 1958- (promoted to Deputy Manager Bentinck, later Manager Cotgrave)
  • Ernest (Ezra) A Brookes (1961-1962 (transferred from Teversal, transferred to HQ Method Study)
  • Willis Bacon (5574) 1962-1968 (transferred from Teversal, transferred to Bentinck), died 2003.

Surveyors included:

  • Les H Watson (578), (Pinxton Colliery Co), Area Chief Surveyor
  • Herbert (Bert) Clarke (2018) (Jan 1952 transferred to Bentinck 1961)
  • George Davies (2358) (Langton) -1968 (transferred to Area HQ at closure and temp Surveyor for the closed Kirkby colliery, transferred from Bestwood Head Quarters to North Derbyshire Area on Old Shafts Investigation, died in post age 49, 1979c).

Fatal Accidents Brookhill:

  • James John Syson (33) 12/1/1910
  • Wm Frederick Cotton Goodman (39) 11/2/1910
  • Joseph Arthur Pembleton Humber (15) 23/2/1910
  • Matthew Billington (17) 10/1/1913
  • Wm Henry Hartshorn (60) 14/12/1916
  • Mark Wood (42) 18/5/1917
  • Benjamin Green (?) 27/8/1919
  • Bernard Marriott (14) 29/1/1920
  • Thomas Atkins (59) 18/2/1921
  • Lawrence Cosford (35) 6/9/1923
  • Arthur Starr (17) 14/11/1923
  • Wm Lindley (34) electrocuted 15/1/1928
  • Harry Hemstock (39) fall of roof 17/8/1928
  • Geo Mycroft (59) crushed by tubs 6/12/1928
  • Charles Henry Severn (31) fall of roof 1/5/1929
  • Thomas Burnham (62) hit by a piece of wood on the surface ./9/1934
  • Joseph Fletcher (51) 4/5/1934
  • John Geo Charlesworth (33) caught in machinery 26/2/1935
  • Arthur Clarke (27) 15/3/1936
  • Sam Palfreyman (43) 7/1/1937
  • Everard Gregory (54) 27/5/1937
  • William Gregory (54) 27/5/1937
  • Wm Bird (57) 12/8/1938
  • Claude Wm Brown (19) 6/3/1941
  • Frederick Williamson (42) 29/5/1941
  • Joseph Glover (37) 20/8/1941
  • Albert Key (?) 1/1/1945
  • Sidney Raines Dalby (56) 20/9/1946
  • Harold Stubbs (36) 30/10 to 7/11/1947
  • Eric Potter (28) 2/9/1951
  • Cecil Drabble (27) 9/7/1952
  • Cyril Litchfield (54) 9/1/1953
  • Thomas Moore died 7/8/1960.

Derek Cresswell, Winding engine man from the closed Kirkby colliery was transferred to Sutton colliery. The following remarks he told me were the things he had to learn at the Sutton winders. Low Main shaft 451 yards 2 feet, Top Hard inset at 195 yards 1 foot. Piper shaft 402 yards 1 foot.
Weight of cage 13,420lb, (approx 6 tons)
Weight of tubs 5,880lb
Rope locked coil 1.75”
Drum dia 19 feet
Drum speed 41.75rpm
Motor speed 375rpm
Rope speed 41.5ft/sec
Accelerating time 12 secs
Full speed time 26.3 secs
Decelerating time 12 secs
Motor 2,500hp
Rope breaking strain 173 tons
Revs of shaft 22.19
One rev of Piper engine 37’ 6” or 12½ yards (11.43m).

 

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