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The Decline Of The Industry Continued
After Nationalisation 1947

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1983
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1983 - Page 4


Snibston Closed After 151 Years
- Continued -

Record yearly output 544,958 tons 1965-1966 and an Area face record output of 101.6 tonnes per manshift from Cs face in the Lower Main on 27th March 1965.

Lord Robens Chairman of the NCB visited the colliery and officially opened the newly built Admin block in November 1967.

Record weekly output was 16,194 tonnes January 1969 with a European record of 3,867 tonnes in a day, and an OMS of 5.23 tonnes.

A pit-based magazine called Snibbits was first issued in September 1970 but had a relatively short life.

Under the Noise Abatement Regulations the main surface fan had to be replaced in 1976 by a prototype almost silent one.

In 1979 the 19th Century boiler house was demolished and a new smaller boiler house for domestic hot water and heating commissioned.

Coal production ceased on 16th Dec 1983 but coal from Whitwick would continue to be brought up the Snibston drift until June 1986. The shafts were filled and capped with concrete. The drift was sealed and the coal prep plant and adjacent Rexco briquette plant demolished. The Pithead baths and canteen were converted to offices.

Snibston Demo

In 1992 Snibston surface was turned into a Discovery Park and the dirt tip was re shaped and converted to a Country Park. In 1998 English Heritage scheduled the site as a monument. However the Museum was closed in early 2016 due to financial cut backs.

Manpower: GR Stephenson and Co:

  • 1842: No1: No2: No3 pits 200 men and 50 boys, wages were up to 18s (90p) per week, plus 12 cwts of coal per month
  • 1866: Colliers worked 15 to 16 hours a day.
  • 1883 pit standing
  • 1884: Snibston No2: Roaster, No3: Roaster
  • 1885: South Leicestershire Colliery Co: No2: Roaster
  • 1894: No2: 314 Roaster, 120 s/f, No3: 151 Middle Lount, 68 s/f
  • 1895: No2: 332 Roaster, 124 s/f, No3: 98 Middle Lount, 52 s/f
  • 1896: 341 R, 108 s/f, No3: 96 ML, 40 s/f
  • 1897: No2 only: 365 R, 110 s/f
  • 1898: No2: 360 R, 107 s/f
  • 1899: 359 R, 107 s/f
  • 1900: 368 R, 117 s/f
  • 1901: 404 R, 106 s/f
  • 1902: 375 R, 117 s/f
  • 1903: 361 R, 104 s/f
  • 1904: 336 R, 105 s/f
  • 1905: 324 R, 99 s/f
  • 1906: 352 R, 106 s/f
  • 1907: 377 R, 101 s/f
  • 1908: 360 R, 102 s/f
  • 1909: 410 R, 111 s/f
  • 1911: 423 R, 108 s/f
  • 1912: 427 R, 120 s/f
  • 1913: 477 R, 135 s/f
  • 1914: No2: 550 Roaster and Yard, 131 s/f
  • Stephenson shaft: 36 sinking, 13 s/f
  • 1915: No2: 531 R, Y, 131 s/f, Stephenson: 32 Deep seam abandoned Apr 1915, 12 s/f
  • 1916: 498 R, Y, 120 s/f
  • 1917: No2: 506, Stephenson: 151 Roaster, Yard, Nether Lount, Middle Lount, 135 s/f
  • 1918: No2: 404 R, Y, NL, ML, 4 s/f, Stephenson: 201, 149 s/f
  • 1919: 740 R, Y, ML, NL, 173 s/f
  • 1920: 730 R, Y, ML, NL, 195 s/f
  • 1921: 728 R, Y, ML, Nether Lount stopped, 191 s/f
  • 1922: No2 now ventilation shaft, Stephenson: 730 R, Y, ML, 180 s/f
  • 1923: 735 R, Y, ML, 188 s/f
  • 1924: 734 R, Y, ML, 195 s/f
  • 1925: 734 R, ML, Yard fin, 192 s/f
  • 1926: No2: 704 182 R, ML, 182 s/f
  • Stephenson ventilation shaft
  • 1927: 673R, ML, 186 s/f
  • 1928: 628 R, ML, 185 s/f
  • 1929: 666 R, ML, 187 s/f
  • 1930: 663 R, ML, Upper Main, 195 s/f
  • 1931: 672 R, ML, UM, 194 s/f
  • 1932: 689 R, ML, UM, 193 s/f
  • 1933: 653 R, ML, UM, 196 s/f
  • 1934: 664 R, ML, UM, 194 s/f
  • 1935: 664 R, ML, UM, 191 s/f
  • 1936: 646 R, ML, UM and Yard, 198 s/f
  • 1937: 646 R, ML, UM, Y, 194 s/f
  • 1938: 631 R, ML, UL, Y, 197 s/f
  • 1940: 603 Roaster, Middle Lount, Nether Lount, Upper Main and Yard stopped, 198 s/f
  • 1941: 596 R, ML, NL, Y, 199 s/f
  • 1942: 567 R, ML, NL, Y, 193 s/f
  • 1943: 557 R, ML, NL, Y, 192 s/f
  • 1944: 596 R, ML, NL, Y, 204 s/f
  • 1945: 610 R, ML, NL, Y, 207 s/f
  • 1946: 569 Nether Lount, Middle Lount, Thin Roaster or Yard, Thick Roaster, 230 s/f.

Output: NCB

  • 1947 Leicester Area: 304,058 tons, 789 men - 775, 569 Nether Lount, Middle Lount, Thin Roaster or Yard and Thick Roaster, 220 s/f
  • 1948: 323,314 tons, 787men
  • 1949: 336,314 tons, 810 men
  • 1950: 347,253 tons, 830 men
  • 1951: 384,113 tons, 636 u/g, 208 s/f down to 818 men
  • 1952: 433,708 tons, 818 men
  • 1953: 411,257 tons, 826 men
  • 1954: 452,546 tons, 825 men
  • 1955: 449,808 tons, 824 men
  • 1956: 419,544 tons, 810 men
  • 1957: 458,237 tons, 825 men
  • 1958: 477,991 tons, 834 men max
  • 1959: 452,436 tons, 822 men
  • 1960: 382,275 tons, 817 men
  • 1961: 388,346 tons, 799 men
  • 1962: 371,685 tons, 774 men
  • 1963: 458,817 tons, 783 men
  • 1964/65: 508,483 tons, 785 men
  • 1965/66544,959 tons (max), 752 men 

South Midlands Area:

  • 1967/68: 457,498 tons, 716 men
  • 1968/69: 522,275, 721 men
  • 1969/70: App 740 men
  • 1970/71: 462,682 tons, 757 men
  • 1971/72: 280,170 tons, 761 men (221 s/f)
  • 1972/73: 264,437 tons, 718 men
  • 1973/74: 243,959 tons, 719 men
  • 1974/75: 352,249 tons, 754 men
  • 1976/77: 291,744 tons, 777 men
  • 1977/78: 295,372 tons (300,113 tonnes), 804 men
  • 1978/79: 258,075 tonnes, 819 men
  • 1979/80: 202,461 tonnes, 804 men
  • 1980/81: 232,489 tonnes, 801 men
  • 1981/82: 251,076 tonnes, 752 men
  • 1982/83: 214,892 tonnes, 604 men.

Agents: for GR Stephenson and Co:

  • George Vaughan Agent to Stephenson and Co
  • Samuel Parker Ground Bailiff c1840
  • Jason HR White - 1884
  • George Lewis 1884 - for South Leicestershire Colliery Co
  • John Puxley White 1885 -
  • William Eames (530) – 1939
  • Jabez Emmerson (1212) 1939-1957.

Group Managers:

  • Jabez Emmerson JP (1212) -1957
  • Jack EM Chapman (1734) 1957-1965
  • Arthur Summers (4896) 1965-1966
  • Peter L Richardson (3242) promoted from New Lount 1966- (transferred to Nottinghamshire).

Managers:

  • Jason HR White -1886
  • Leonard Clifford Cox 1886
  • EE Stokes (2201) 1887-1891
  • Jason HR White (547) 1891-1892
  • WEC Wilson (545) 1892-1894
  • JW Richardson (3307) 1894-1896
  • W Melling (2125) 1896-1899
  • William Eames (530) 1899 (transferred to South Leicester)
  • ST Boam (1033) 1900-1924
  • Jabez Emmerson (1212) 1924-1943
  • A Atkinson (2225) 1943-1957
  • Reg Price (5134) 1957-1961 (transferred to Desford)
  • Hunter C Reid (5386) (transferred from Rawdon) 1961-1963
  • Harold E Taylor (5793) 1963-1965 (promoted to Group Manager)
  • William Tatham (4103) 1965-1967 (transferred from Swadlincote)
  • Harold Durkin (6168) 1967-1973, Agent Manager from 1970
  • Roy Mallinder (7875) 1973-1980
  • Cyril W Smith (8941) Agent Manager 1980-1982
  • D Nev Rady (7297) (transferred from South Leicester) 1982-1983.

Deputy Managers:

  • D Nev Rady (7297) 1966-1972 (promoted from New Lount, transferred to Ellistown, later Manager South Leicester 1978- )
  • Terry F Gregory (7223) 1972-1978
  • JD Syson (8058) 1978-1982

Undermanagers: No2:

  • Samuel Bettison (1829 service cert) – 1891
  • William Glover (319) 1891- 1913
  • No3: Samuel Bettison (1829 service) 1891-1897, No3 closed
  • No2: Arthur Smith (3919 / 2) 1913-1916
  • William Tatham (5843 / 2) 1916-1944
  • N Clifford (2648 / 2) 1945-1958
  • C Shaw (2835 / 2) 1958-1965
  • Gerald Jackson (7518) 1961-1962
  • Gerald Jackson (7518) again 1965-1967
  • Harry DB McPherson (9137) 1968-1969 (transferred to Donisthorpe)
  • David N Hancock (8261) 1969-1975
  • George P Betts (9445) Services 1975-1977
  • Terry S Cordell (10187) 1977-1983
  • Mick G Brookes (9979) 1975-1983
  • IR Shaw (11108) 1983.

Surveyors:

  • JHR White in 1870s-1880s
  • Arthur William Warburton (68) 1910s
  • Reg Thomas 1950s (transferred to Planning dept)
  • Louis Hayes (transferred to Planning dept)
  • Roy Davenport (transferred to North Nottinghamshire Area Estates/Subsidence – sent to jail in 1970s for falsely documenting subsidence information and money paid and corruption with a builder)
  • FW Hayes (2367) 22/9/1967
  • Malcolm Skeith (4292)
  • Terry M Williams (5931).

Fatal Accidents Snibston:

  • 2 un-named sinkers fell down the shaft 30/4/1835
  • William Baker fall of roof at the coal face 5/6/1837
  • Henry Burton (10) fall of coal at the face 14/9/1838
  • William Stevens fall of roof 21/10/1838
  • William Platts (28) fall of roof 4/3/1841
  • Robert Turner (58) hit by a broken rope 14/12/1842
  • Richard Deeming (30) fall of coal 1844 30/8/1844
  • John Marshall (17) run over by tubs 28/12/1844
  • Jasper Ridgway (17) and Ben Kniveton (13) both buried under a fall of roof 4/3/1841
  • John Stevenson fell down the shaft 26/10/1847
  • Jonathan Foster fall of roof 26/4/1848
  • Thomas Asbury fall of roof 26/4/1849
  • John Orridge crushed by the cage 15/2/1852
  • David Cristal fall of roof 11/1/1853
  • John Rose crushed by tubs 6/3/1853
  • John Moult fall of roof 12/3/1853
  • Joseph Burton (boy) fall of roof 26/7/1853
  • George Tindall fall of roof 28/3/1854
  • John Smith (15) fall of coal 1/10/1856
  • A Parker (60) fall of coal 3/11/1858
  • W Ellis (15) and George Wilkes (14) both buried under a fall of coal 12/11/1858
  • J Tindall (23) fall of coal 25/5/1859
  • R Culman (21) fall of roof 28/10/1862
  • John Stanyard (24) fall of roof 2/1/1863
  • Philip Cook (22) fall of coal 4/2/1864
  • James Turner (50) fall of coal 14/2/1865
  • Robert Hone (50) fall of roof 11/5/1865
  • William Cooper (15) fall of roof 2/10/1866
  • Joseph Mears (14) run over by tubs 10/11/1866
  • Edward Carpenter (46) fall of roof 17/12/1866
  • Isaac Billings (37) killed when there was an overwind with the cage 12/2/1867
  • Joseph Bettison (18) caught in some machinery 7/12/1869
  • William Draycott (36) fall of coal at the face 9/10/1870
  • Sam Massey (18) fall of roof at the face 8/2/1872
  • Soloman Robinson (19) fall of roof 17/2/1872
  • John Reid (60) fall of roof 11/6/1873
  • Joseph Breedin (16) run over by tubs 19/6/1874
  • Thomas Hirst (45) coal fell down the shaft and struck him 1/3/1875
  • George Bradley (61) run over by a loco on the surface 28/5/1886
  • William Glover (35) fall of roof at the face on 7/7/1892, died from his injuries 25/3/1893
  • David Baggs (38) fall of ground at the lip 22/4/1897
  • Henry Glover (44) fell out of the cage down the shaft at No2 pit 23/12/1901
  • William Straw (66) was injured on the surface on 22/2/1914, died on 26/2/1914
  • William Henshall (52) accident in the shaft 22/11/1914
  • Derek Norman Frearson (19) fall of coal at the face 25/2/1949 In Memory
  • David Bernard Hextall (41) fall of roof 9/1/1951
  • Thomas William Geary (47) fall of roof 11/1/1951
  • John William Storer (59) fall of roof
  • Daniel White and Maurice Slatterry both killed under a large fall of roof 15/7/1963.

 

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