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The Decline Of The Industry Continued
After Nationalisation 1947

1971 1972

1974 - Pages   1    2    3 

1974 - Page 3

Fatal Accidents Glapwell

  • Arthur Ison (16) fell down the shaft 11/11/1884
  • Thomas Ison (62) fall in a roadway 6/6/1887
  • Edward Turner (13) ? 6/10/1887
  • Henry Smith (42) fall of roof 21/12/1887
  • Richard William Hollingsworth (32) fell down shaft 27/4/1888
  • Sam Gibbons (?) 10/1/1889
  • Elijah Blundell (23) fall in a roadway 29/6/1888
  • Phillip Nichols (51) fall of coal 11/6/1889
  • Sam Sutton (14) crushed by tubs 27/9/1890
  • John Chappell (35) fall of roof 2/2/1891, died 3/2/1891
  • William Evans (17) crushed by tubs 15/4/1891, died 21/4/1891
  • William Evans (45) fall in a roadway 13/2/1893
  • Thomas Ball (30) fall of coal 10/9/1894
  • John Thomas Evans (14) suffocated in a coal hopper on the surface 6/2/1895
  • Herbert Hobson (14) crushed by tubs 23/7/1896
  • Sam Philpott (38) fall of roof 14/1/1897, died 11/6/1897
  • Sam Woodward (35) crushed by tubs 10/7/1897, died 12/7/1897
  • Fred Ashmore (35) fall of roof 31/7/1897
  • William Bayes (51) fall of roof 22/11/1897
  • Pharaoh Fieldsend (38) fall of roof 14/12/1897
  • Matthew Turner (27) fall in a roadway 21/8/1898
  • Charles Stanley (58) injured his hand 8/8/1898, died from toxaemia 10/10/1898
  • George Orwin (32) fall of roof 17/2/1899
  • George Hill (13) fall in a roadway 3/3/1899
  • James Smith (31) fall of roof 28/11/1899
  • Sam Layton (49) fall of roof 22/1/1900
  • Henry Godfrey (36) fall of roof 24/2/1902
  • Thomas Fiddler (28) electrocuted 15/5/1902
  • William Lakin (24) fall of coal 30/10/1902
  • George Platts (32) fall of roof 27/9/1902, died 6/11/1902
  • Edward Henry Wardle (17) crushed by a pony 8/1/1903, died 2/2/1903
  • William Turner (27) coal fell down the shaft and struck him 31/3/1903, died 22/4/1903
  • Joseph Webster (41) fall of roof 25/1/1904
  • George Rimmington (46) run over by tubs 8/8/1906
  • Herbert Wright (53) fall in a roadway 11/9/1906
  • Henry Palmer Moseley (36) fall of roof 4/2/1907, died 6/2/1907
  • Herbert Ison (35) fall in a roadway 23/2/1907, died 12/3/1907
  • Thomas Pegg (39) object fell down the shaft and struck him 11/7/1907
  • John Vann (51) caught in machinery 5/2/1908
  • George William Baker (19) fall of roof 17/9/1908
  • Richard Atkin (27) fall of roof 26/10/1908
  • Thomas Litchfield (24) fall of roof 9/11/1908, died 14/11/1908
  • John Cousins (41) fall of roof 17/12/1909
  • John Edward Price (50) fall of roof 17/12/1909
  • Arthur Turner (21) crushed by wagon on the surface 24/1/1910
  • John William Meadows (26) 10/10/1909
  • Joseph Sargeson (41) coal fell down the shaft and struck him 23/1/1911
  • George Harston (51) fall of roof 10/7/1912
  • George Sharp (16) fell onto a glass bottle 8/7/1912
  • George William Wagstaffe (60) ? 6/1/1913
  • John Cyril Maskrey (15) crushed by tubs 28/7/1914
  • Joseph Thompson (38) fall of roof 8/9/1914
  • William Dennall (47) shotfiring accident 9/1/1915
  • Michael Cronan (30) fall of roof 21/4/1915
  • George William Shelton (28) fall of roof 22/6/1915
  • George Albert Holmes (48) fall of roof 23/6/1916
  • Joseph Storey (55) fall of roof 21/3/1917
  • William Lee (35) fall of roof 21/4/1917
  • Sam Holmes (20) run over by tubs 24/9/1917
  • George C Turner (53) fall of roof 6/11/1917, died 16/11/1917
  • Arthur Ashmore (39) fall of roof 10/1/1919
  • George Rimmington (35) fall of roof 28/1/1919
  • William Oakley (18) crushed by tubs 19/11/1920
  • Robert Heeley (22) fall of roof 4/4/1921
  • Frank Cooper (28) fall of roof 18/8/1922
  • James Kelly (24) fall of roof 19/3/1924
  • Anthony Dooker (55) fall of roof 10/5/1924
  • John T Thompson (48) fall of roof 3/6/1924
  • George Robinson (37) fall of roof 23/10/1924
  • Herbert Stephen Wakelin or Wakelam (23) fall of roof 1/12/1924
  • John Breslin (33) fall of roof 11/12/1924
  • Edward Alexander (27) fall of roof 3/5/1924, died 1/5/1925
  • Frank Lee (52) run over by tubs 29/9/1925
  • John Collubine (43) run over by wagons on the surface 10/3/1927
  • William Mitchell (21) crushed by tubs 15/3/1927
  • Joseph Barnet (21) run over by tubs 30/6/1928, died 11/7/1928
  • Richard Mason (24) fall of roof 15/11/1928
  • Anthony Holmes (33) fall of roof 31/5/1929
  • Arthur Walton (25) fall of roof -/7/1929, died 28/8/1929
  • Thomas Martin (57) crushed by tubs 2/1/1930
  • Alfred Mosley (44) fall of roof 3/12/1929, died 3/1/1930
  • Fred Lilliman (15) run over by tubs 4/4/1930
  • Wilfred Haywood (43) fall of roof 10/4/1930
  • Griffen Ayre (18) run over by tubs 21/4/1930, died 30/5/1930
  • John Shooter (33) fall of roof 27/6/1927, died 16/2/1931
  • Edward Kemp (18) crushed by cage 17/9/1931
  • Henry France (54) crushed by wagons on the surface 3/2/1931
  • Arthur Jackson Elliott (43) crushed by tubs 7/4/1932
  • John Henry Rhodes (27) fall of roof 17/4/1932
  • Frank Gardner (54) fall of roof 21/7/1932
  • William Arthur Holmes (21) run over by tubs 15/10/1932
  • Frederick Daines (62) run over by wagons on the surface 19/12/1932
  • Harry Richards (34) fall of roof 27/4/1933
  • Asa Fawberry (43) fall of roof 9/12/1933
  • Samuel Brailsford (49) fall of roof 10/1/1934
  • George Twelves (20) caught in a conveyor 4/9/1934
  • Stephen Thomas Wright (26) fall of roof 28/9/1934
  • Albert William Mason (50) crushed by machinery on the surface 29/12/1934
  • William Harold Osbourne (29) fall of roof 5/12/1932, died 11/1/1935
  • Thomas Henry Mullins (37) fall of roof 21/2/1935
  • Thos W B Marshall (31) fall of roof 10/9/1935
  • William Cummings (48) fall of roof 10/11/1937
  • Harold Dickinson (47) caught in a coal cutter 20/1/1938
  • Mathew Curtin (53) fall of roof 9/2/1938, died 27/2/1938
  • Alfred James Lilley (31) fall of roof 7/3/1938
  • Arthur Chapman (39) 28/3/1939
  • Emanuel Ball (38) fall of roof 17/7/1938, died 18/8/1938
  • Richard Francis Sirdifield (35) fall of roof 31/10/1935
  • James Thomas (55) fall of roof 20/5/1939, died 24/5/1939
  • Frederick Foster (58) fall of roof 15/8/1939
  • Frank Chapman (19) caught in a coal cutter 22/11/1939
  • Joseph Richards (67) run over by tubs 27/3/1940, died 14/4/1940
  • Cyril Wright (18) fell from a scaffold on the surface 4/6/1940, died 5/6/1940
  • Harold Parry (36) fall of coal 7/3/1941, died 14/3/1941
  • William Ashmore (47) fall of roof 9/12/1941
  • Geoffrey J Thompson (20) fall of roof 25/10/1942
  • Alan Whalley (34) fall of roof 7/12/1942
  • Percy Bingley (20) fall of coal 23/2/1943
  • Thomas Edward Boam (40) fall of roof 20/5/1943
  • John William Woodland (48) fall of roof 13/7/1943
  • William Thomas Lilley (60) manriding accident 26/8/1943
  • Wilfred Henry Hall (57) fall of roof 29/9/1943
  • Lewellyn Howarth (47) crushed by tubs 4/12/1943
  • Daniel Watts (30) fall of roof 21/9/1944
  • David Bennett (47) run over by tubs 28/9/1944
  • Mark Haslam (65) head injury on surface 17/1/1947, died 18/1/1947
  • Thomas Scholfield (39) run over by tubs 19/10/1947
  • John Thomas Booth (31) run over by tubs 28/10/1947
  • Lloyd Parkin (32) fall of roof 7/1/1948
  • James Shipson (24) fall of roof 1/9/1948
  • Ernest Platts (24) manriding accident 3/2/1949
  • Stanley Evans (38) fall of roof 25/2/1949
  • Benjamin Baines (51) shotfiring accident 24/2/1950
  • Arthur N Littlewood (17) ?, -/3/1951
  • Milton Hallett (31) caught in a coal cutter 15/2/1954
  • Robert Revill (62) fall of roof 1944, died 30/5/1954
  • John William Thomas Morgan (42) 16/8/1955 ?
  • Ralph Pendriese (36) fall of roof 11/3/1957
  • Alan Raynes (22) fall of roof 9/7/1957
  • Stanley Comins (37) crushed by tubs 21/12/1957
  • Melville Vernon Harston (30) fall of roof 30/4/1958
  • Alfred Frederick White (35) fall of roof 19/2/1960
  • Louis Frederick Hursthouse (58) run over by a crane on the surface 15/3/1961
  • John Davies (49) fall of roof -/7/1954, died 23/5/1961
  • Geoffrey Roberts (?) hit by a roof support 5/7/1961
  • Derek Burton (26) fall of roof 14/6/1963
  • Albert Rich (60) run over by wagons on the surface 9/2/1966
  • James Edward Gibson (43) fall of roof 9/3/1972.

Incidents included
A fire on the pit top at Glapwell No3 caused a rope to fall down the shaft, reported earlier; a flammable mineral oil that had escaped from a pipe under high pressure and was ignited by a short circuit in a power cable in 1964. There were 400 men underground at the time and fortunately due to the quick action of the manager at a nearby mine who ordered the fan to be stopped thus preventing a disaster by minutes. The pit was closed for several months and men were deployed to the adjacent Bramley Drift mine, including my friend Peter Hughes, who was an electrician he transferred to Warsop on closure where he was a Shift Charge Engineer till closure there.

A similar incident previously had killed 261 men at Marcinelle in Belgium. Century Oils developed emulsions and invert mixtures. There was a serious accident with a workman’s’ train on the Midland Railway on 14/1/1890 and many miners were injured.

Glapwell was one of the pits closed following the overtime ban and following strike 11th Feb – 6th March 1974.

Wages And Output

Wages £9.11 per shift underground and £7.41 on surface. Output for the country was 98.4m tons.

Pit Ponies

There were 287 pit ponies still working underground in the remaining collieries.

Control of Pollution Act for Mine Water

The Control of Pollution Act 1974, Part II that governed the control of mine waters came into force. Problems would arise in the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Coalfield with the refusal by the Rivers Authority to allow certain collieries to continue discharging mine waters into the local rivers, without the tightening up and treatment beforehand.

New dust-Sampling Instrument

During May and June 1974 a newly dev21/12/1957 and elop30/5/1954 dust-sampling instrument containing a 24-hour clock was on trial at Linby (South Nottinghamshire). Later the system was introduced to all collieries.

Underground Fire At Markham

An underground fire at Markham No2 (North Derbyshire) was contained by 24th May 1974, but only after 29 rescue teams had been employed.

Explosion at Flixborough

A terrible explosion occurred on 1st June 1974 at the Flixborough Chemical Works killing 19 and devastating the surrounding area. Rescue teams from Mansfield Woodhouse helped to clean up the aftermath. John Blunt was the General Manager of the Rescue Station. Members of the Estates Branch at North Nottinghamshire Area Edwinstowe HQ were sent to help in assessing the damage.

Pye Hill Trials

At Pye Hill (South Nottinghamshire) a slightly different form of face machine haulage was introduced. This type used a standard 18mm chain to haul the shearer along a toothed track. A third system used a large cog-wheel to move the shearer along a ratchet. Weekly tonnages began to exceed 20,000 tonnes at 80 cwts OMS.

Protection of Eyes

The Protection of Eyes Regulations 1974 were brought in, where one had to wear goggles in places where necessary.

European Record

The European record for the most number of strips taken, was 3s face at Bilsthorpe (Nottinghamshire)


  • Arthur John Morley (1285) retired. He had been Surveyor at Ellistown (Leicestershire), Assistant Area Surveyor Leicestershire Area, Area Chief Surveyor No4 Area 1963, Huthwaite, Deputy Area Surveyor North Nottinghamshire (on Areas merging in 1967), Area Chief Surveyor, North Nottinghamshire 1969-1974.
  • Charles J Whyte (2678) ARICS South Nottinghamshire HQ was promoted to Area Chief Surveyor North Nottinghamshire Area in 1974, with Albert Eddie Betts (2…) as Deputy. Charles Whyte had previously worked as Apprentice at South Normanton, Assistant surveyor Kirkby, was promoted to Surveyor at Cotes Park, 1953, transferred to Annesley 1954 and then Calverton 1957 before being promoted to Bestwood HQ and then to Assistant Area Surveyor Bestwood No6 Area HQ prior to his appointment.


The Low Main seam at Rufford (North Nottinghamshire) was discontinued. Many roadways suffered from crush and severe floor lift and one area was accessed via a gate nicknamed ‘the Khyber Pass’, virtually a crawling road I remember, when on a visit there with the Teversal pit Rescue team. A connection was made through to Clipstone at this horizon (North Nottinghamshire). An unusual event took place when a working panel at Clipstone was taken over and worked from Rufford.

Safety Quizzes Re-Introduced

Safety quizzes were again introduced at collieries to try to educate the workforce regarding procedures to help prevent accidents. Held in canteens and Welfare centres they created a light-hearted competition between individuals and teams at the pit, who later went on to compete against other pit teams.

Safety Plays

In later years these were followed by Safety Plays continuing in the same light vein, and were very entertaining and educational. Inter-Area competitions were held for finalists from each Area.

Radio Transmitting Of Signals

At Clipstone (North Nottinghamshire) a base station and repeaters and 3.5km line was installed at a cost of £3,500 in August 1974 for radio transmitting of signals. A ‘Leaky feeder cable 986 system’ had been installed for trial in April 1973 at Cadley Hill (South Derbyshire). There a 3.5km length of roadway had been chosen and the initial installation of 2 trains, cable and a radio transmitter had cost £10,500.


A Cam packer was introduced at Welbeck (North Nottinghamshire). An In-seam miner machine in stable holes installed at Creswell (Derbyshire pit in North Nottinghamshire Area).

Health and Safety

The Health and Safety of Persons at Work Act 1974 was passed on 1st October, to operate from August 1975.

Ventilation Fans And Dust Filters

Trials were carried out at several collieries regarding ventilation forcing recirculatory systems with the use of a dust filter and fan in heads requiring exemption from part of the Ventilation Regulations, 1956.
At Sutton (North Nottinghamshire) 100s Deep Hard, checks were made for layering of methane gas every 4 hours. The face was 197 yards (180m) long, 690 yards (630m) in and the extraction 4’ 0” (1.22m).
At Rufford 111s High Hazles face, 3’ 3” (0.99m) extraction, 220 yards (200m) long and 525 yards (480m) in, using a DECMT and Sumping drum shearer.
Initial trials on the return side were made at Linby High Main M22s.
The face was 208 yards (190m) long extracting 3’ 3” (1m) with a DECMT.
Ventilation was 6m³/s and advanced head 16½ yards (15m) fired off the solid and loaded out by MC3 loader.
Methane content was 0.2%. Using the recirculatory system with a CB45 fan and 6JM microdyne and silencer gave 2.7³/s cleaned air.
An updated 8JM microdyne was installed Mar 1975 with a 25hp fan which increased the airflow to 3.6m³/s.

At Bevercotes a direct evaporator cooling unit was incorporated with the ventilation system as well as a dust extractor at 91s Parkgate.

Compensation Scheme

In October 1974, the Labour Government introduced a new Pneumoconiosis Compensation scheme, but refused to recognise emphysema and bronchitis as industrial diseases.

Colliery Review Procedure

The Colliery Review procedure was introduced. This entailed detailed examination of a colliery that had to be considered before a pit could be closed. The New Plan for Coal stated that it was inevitable that some mines would have to close.


K Elkington NUM Branch Sec at Annesley (Nottinghamshire) proposed a vote of no confidence in Joe Whelan North Nottinghamshire Area NUM Financial Sec and National Executive Committee member over his opposition to the incentive deal.

50-Pit Safety Campaign

Sir Derek Ezra, Chairman of the NCB launched a special 50-pit safety campaign, with several local mines being included. It was to emphasise deteriorating accident statistics.

Opencast Sites

  • Buckland Lower Hartshay, Yard, Silkstone?, Ashgate Upper and Ashgate Lower 27/10/73 – 21/6/74
  • Candlesticks Pub 2nd Waterloo, Upper Waterloo, incidental coal, 374 tons
  • Church Gresley 2m South West of Swadlincote seams P25/28, P31, P33-P36 (Gresley Clays)
  • Cotes Park 4th Waterloo, 1st Ell, 2nd Ell, 11,161 tons, incidental coal worked by Dygor-Gaylord Ltd, May – Aug 1974
  • Dronfield Bypass Silkstone or Ashgate June – July 1974
  • Egstow 4¼ m South of Chesterfield Top and Bottom Piper (Cambro Contractors Ltd)
  • Langley Mill Top Hard, Coombe, 26/11/74
  • Oakwood, Piper seam, finished 9th Jan 1974
  • Shilo 1m North West of Kimberley Top Soft Lower, Roof Soft, Deep Soft, Brown Rake, Deep Hard, Whole seam, Roof Coal Pipe (Robert McGregor and Sons Ltd)
  • Shipley Lake Lower Coombe, Top Hard, Sath, Dunsil (Lehane, Mackenzie and Shand Ltd) finished 8th Feb 1974
  • Wrang Farm 1m North East of Temple Normanton, Top Hard, Upper and Lower Dunsil, 1st Waterloo, Waterloo Marker, 2nd Waterloo (WJ Simms, Sons and Cooke Ltd).

Inspector's Report 1974

HM Inspectors:

  • North Midlands:
    Senior District Inspectors GH Thomas, Dilwyn Richards transferred to North West.
    District Inspectors John W Jones, Geoff Weston
    Inspectors Ken Couldwell, Guy DR Adamson, John Bennington and John Rushton, joined 1st August.
  • South Midlands:
    Senior District Inspector Fred Tootle
    District Inspectors AG Conliffe, G Scott
    Inspectors RAK Colquhoun, Brian Langdon, T Vaughan Williams, P Williams. PA Walker left

North Midlands:
2 men killed at road heads and 85 serious accidents.

Damage occurred to a flat balance rope.

8 ignitions of firedamp in Threequarter seam whilst using a DECMT (Double ended Conveyor mounted Trepanner).

5 fires undergound.

11 collieries practicing firedamp drainage.

New surface fans installed at Arkwright, Bolsover and Shirebrook and at Bevercotes the existing fan was speeded up.

Oxcroft and Glapwell collieries closed.

Markham new 3,560hp winding engine and new headgear and 11 tons skips plus a 200 tons vertical bunker and pit bottom re-organisation.

Clipstone vertical bunker and conveyors to shaft and skips dispensing with diesel locos and mine cars.

Ollerton and Thoresby cross measures drifting down to Parkgate seam.

Creswell drivages started to reserves beyond major fault.

A 3rd Adit was driven at High Moor down to Clowne seam. The seam at 36" (0.91m) thick because of the fragile roof some coal had to be left as a roof.

More retreat mining.

More spill plate designs on panzer conveyors and one inboard tubular trapping of power loader.

Rack a Track installed on a CMT (Conveyor Mounted Trepanner) in Derbyshire.

Trails with several different types of mechanical packing.

96% boom type tail gate ripping machines.

A shield support tried at a lip but was withdrawn.

South Midlands:
5 men killed and 46 serious accidents.
7 collieries practicing firedamp drainage.

Exploration South East of Nottingham and South of Tamworth.

In Leicestershire continued working up to 30 feet (9.1m) of base of the Trias and no problems found.

Various applications of ripping and roadway profile cutting machines, mechanical packing, jet stowing, and pump packing tried.

A successful installation of a cam-packer and roadway ripping machine.

At Cadley Hill a new 400hp Shearer installed.

Bagworth, a 10 feet (3m) double seam was worked using a heavy duty 26mm haulage chain.

Rescue Stations, Mansfield Woodhouse, Chesterfield, Ilkeston, Ashby, Arley, 8 full time Officers, 41 permanent corps, 4 mechanics, 534 fully trained brigadesmen at pits.

Recruitment as the school leaving age was raised to 16, there were 883 young persons, 1,970 adults, 1,169 re-entrants. 411 completed coal face training, 941 apprentices, including 88 mining craft apprentices.

The underground training gallery at Glapwell closed and was replaced at Bolsover.

Revised potential Deputies course increased 170 hours to 280 hours.

Only 8 horses left in South Midlands.