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The Decline Of The Industry Continued
After Nationalisation 1947

Book 6

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1986 - Page 19
Hucknall Closed 1986, After 125 years
- Continued -

Fatal Accidents

Hucknall No1 Colliery

John Richards (29) explosion of gunpowder 14/5/1862
Edward Kean (40) explosion 17/1/1866
William Jackson (19) fall of roof 24/4/1868 WR-Eley
Edward Burton (13) fall in a roadway 24/11/1869
George Shipman (55) shaft accident, 3/2/1870
George Shepstone (54) fell from the cage down the shaft 31/1/1870
Richard Foster (23) fall of roof 9/1/1873
Edward Wilcockson (13) crushed by tubs 24/11/1873
Levi Cale (23) fall of coal 5/5/1874 Levi
Joseph Bailey (15) run over by tubs 5/9/1874
John Bleasby (..?) ?/9/1874
George Carrot (13) run over by tubs 20/11/1875
Edward Field (25) run over by tubs 3/2/1876
James Godfrey (14) run over by tubs 10/5/1876
Edward Green (40) fall of roof 5/8/1883
Charles Moore (32) fall of roof 12/12/1884
Charles Jackson (39) jumped down shaft 3/5/1885
Thomas Ridgeway (25) fall of coal 31/3/1886
Thomas Harpham (48) hit by an iron bar 14/12/1887, died 23/12/1887
George Hughes (45) 23/8/1889
John Garner (56) fall of roof 14/2/1891, died 26/2/1891
Joseph Kirkman (48) fall of roof 15/7/1891, died 24/12/1891
Enoch Staton (56) 26/1/1891
Jno Gething (42) Stallman 3a, bind fell, 18/8/1897
George Richards (44) hand injury 17/6/1898, died 4/8/1898 from septicaemia
Richard Corbett (54) fall of roof in 1888, died 14/6/1910
William Armstrong (28) fall of roof 13/4/1911
Frederick Arthur White (17) crushed in a wagon on the surface 18/6/1917
William Pass (41) fall of roof 18/7/1918, died 23/7/1918
Edward Drakeley (20) fall of roof 16/1/1923
Frank Curtis (15) run over by tubs 8/10/1923
William Askew (52) fell over and died from a brain haemorrhage 7/1/1924
Isaac Tyler (40) fall of roof 7/9/1927
Charles William Franks (51) hand injury 19/10/1927, died from septicaemia 30/10/1927
Thomas Vessey (60) fall of roof 24/6/1929, died 14/10/1929
John Day (53) crushed by a pony 20/11/1929, died from pneumonia 26/11/1929
Ernest Bagnall (28) fall of roof 22/12/1930
Harold Oakden (13) run over by tubs 9/11/1931
Herbert James Bailey (37) fall of roof 1/5/1935
Frederick Harold Shepherd (21) run over by tubs 27/6/1939
Leslie Cyril Wheat (32) fall of roof 19/10/1940, died 22/11/1940
Reuben Kirk (58) fall in a roadway 19/11/1943
Sam Morrison (62) fall of roof 24/9/1944
George Burton (29) crushed by a brick wall 5/12/1944
Sam Swain (53) fall of roof 7/12/1953
Arthur Wilkinson (42) fall of roof 25/6/1954
Fred Fisher (45) fall of roof 5/3/1955
Fred Cutts (39) fall of roof 5/3/1955.

Fatal Accidents Hucknall No2 Colliery

Joseph Chadburn (35) fall of roof 16/11/1878
George Leverton (16) fall in a roadway 22/2/1890
Sidney Canham (17) struck his head on a girder 13/3/1891
Enoch Staton (56) fall of roof 26/1/1891, died 17/6/1891
William Jones (25) strained himself and injured his spine lifting a tub 28/11/1893, died 11/12/1893
Fred Thomas Bingham (20) run over by wagons on the surface 11/4/1896, died 12/4/1896
Daniel Griffiths (21) Banksman, crushed by wagons, died 4½ hours later, 9/11/1896
Daniel Chell (58) fell from the cage down the shaft 18/8/1898
Sam Cherry (49) fall in a roadway 11/2/1899
George Rushton (36) fall of roof 4/8/1899
Mark Leeming (37) fall in a roadway 30/10/1899
Henry Marriott (19) a loader, bind fell, badly injured him 19/2/1901, died 18/5/1901
William Hart (35) Ripper, 33s Stall, side slipped, crushed him at 8.40am, died 1pm 18/5/1901
James Wombwell (42) fall of roof 2/2/1905
George Buxton Cooper (15) crushed by tubs 10/1/1906
J Leatherland (30) 4/6/1904
John Barratt (54) strained himself lifting chains 22/4/1905, died 5/5/1905
Reuben Butler (25) fall of roof 5/8/1908, died from meningitis 21/10/1908
William Lee (14) crushed by tubs 21/10/1910
A huge roof fall killed the following 4 men – Horace Handley (20), Clement Hunt (20), William Ridley (28) and Alfred Watson (29) on 3/11/1910
John George Salt (15) internal injuries lifting a tub 25/9/1912, died from peritonitis 29/9/1912
William Henry Anderson (41) fall of coal 18/12/19, died 21/9/1914
George Samuel Dallywater (40) run over by tubs 4/3/1916
Sam Austin (52) fell over a rail 2/3/1917 and died from shock and heart condition 8/4/1917
John James Butler (70) fall of roof 25/7/1917, died 29/12/1919
Lawrence Topley (25) fall of roof 18/6/1923
Patrick Frayne (23) hit by an object falling down the shaft 31/7/1923
William Hopkinson (23) fall of roof 7/5/1924
Arthur Allsop (34) electrocuted by a coal cutter 17/3/1926
William Oldham (22) crushed by the cage 7/8/1932
Joseph Elliott (64) injured his leg on 18/11/1936, died from thrombosis 6/6/1937
Cecil Morrison (31) fatally injured in a cage overwind 29/4/1939
Luke Smith (45) fall of roof 9/12/1943
William Ernest John Brandom (34) fall of roof 4/4/1949 WR-Eley

Wilfrid Robert Eley (64) crushed by tubs underground 5/8/1949 WR-Eley
Joseph Palmer (46) caught in a coal cutter 23/10/1950
Henry Jackson (43) fall of roof 14/9/1951
Francis William Topliss (31) fall of roof 14/12/1951
Hector Whatton (47) fall of roof -/1/1953, died from pulmonary embolism 2/3/1953
John Robert Berridge (50) fall of roof 29/10/1919, died 14/4/1952
Thomas Adams (36) fall of roof 3/10/1952
Murray Patrick Cochrane (22) fall of roof 4/11/1956
Reginald Raine (26) fell from a ladder on the surface 25/5/1958
Lawrence Lewis (36) fall of roof 22/12/1960, died 23/12/1960
Alan Coxon (22) crushed by a face support 15/7/1968
Clarence Foster (58) hit by a haulage wheel 7/12/1972
Robert Griffiths (26) crushed by a loco 15/9/1978.
Sam Abthorpe (63) committed suicide when he jumped down Hucknall No2 shaft on 3/1/1944.

Hucknall was a unit of No6 Area NCB to 1967, then South Nottinghamshire Area, then Nottinghamshire Area 1986.

This was the first pit to be closed under the UDM (Union of Democratic Miners). Babbington had been connected to and merged with Hucknall the previous year.

The number of working Collieries in Nottinghamshire was reduced to 20 following this closure.


The manpower at Arkwright (North Derbyshire) was planned to reduce from 400 in November 1986 to 300 by April 1987 to increase efficiency.

The dip of the strata in the colliery take varied from horizontal to 1 in 2 on the crest of the anticline.

Water was always a problem underground as well as the haulage system.


The Top Hard seam at Thoresby (Nottinghamshire) was abandoned in July 1986, after being worked continuously since 1928. A chilled water system was commissioned at Thoresby to lower the temperature at the return end of 100s Parkgate face. An exploratory heading was made in the Deep Soft seam in Dec 1986 but not pursued and was abandoned by 1988. A ventilation hole was planned down to Parkgate to increase the airflow.

Arthur Scargill Visit To Ollerton

Arthur Scargill NUM President made a firm commitment to Nottinghamshire miners in the UDM, by promising no victimisation if they rejoined the NUM. He made an underground visit to Ollerton Parkgate 33s panel in September 1986 just before I moved to Area HQ. Of course being a staff member I was invited to the ‘bun feast’ in the Conference Room, next door to my office where we were all introduced to him. On the walls were my periodically updated plans of the pit showing Deputies Districts, Conveyors, Manriders, Pumps, Egress, Development etc, forming a useful aid to refer to in meetings and always a talking point. It appeared he was rather impressed.

Automatic Bunker at Rufford

At Rufford (Nottinghamshire) the new automatic bunker was at work and the new SE loco road, cost £6.5m. 

The High Hazles seam was abandoned on 20/10/1986.

On 206s Main gate heading at 810m deep in the newly accessed 9’ 10” (3m) thick Yard/Blackshale at Rufford, using Donisthorpe type arches 17’ x 11’ 3” (5.23 x 3.45m) originally set at 3 feet (0.91m) c/c suffered severe distortion which required back ripping and floor dinting, due to crush and massive floor heave in the proposed gate 1,200m long for a retreat panel. It was decided to change to Donisthorpe type 15’ x 11’10” (4.57 x 3.6m) arches with a  6” (0.15m) camber and use a roof bolting pattern of 3 vertical and 2 inclined at 45º using 1” (25mm) pre-tensioned columns in 1⅓” (34 mm) bore holes filled with resin.  There was a remarkable improvement to almost perfect conditions in the road driven by a Dosco MkIIA and a Perard Torque Tension TMT 100 drill rig on a telescopic arm.  The rate of drivage also increased from around 16½ yards (15m) to 23 yards (21m) per week.

Roofbolting at Sherwood

At Sherwood (Nottinghamshire) there had been a successful roof bolting exercise on 126s panel, using a Fletcher MkII conveyor roof-bolting machine that had foam filled tyres and a tramming speed of 132 ft/min (40m). 

Ventilation Borehole

A ventilation borehole was drilled at Sherwood using a pilot hole first, then reamed back with the Robbins Raise drill at 4 feet (1.22m) dia and 140 yards (128m) deep with all 128m being lined, at a cost of £45,000, and the end result was a drop in temperature of 8ºC in the lower seam.  Also a drivage connection was begun through to Mansfield in the Deep Hard/Piper horizon and completed by February 1987 (Nottinghamshire).

Two More Shaft Incidents

There were 2 shaft incidents at Thoresby and one at Clipstone, (Nottinghamshire) and fortunately no one was injured, however Engineers and the local HM Inspector of Mines investigated both.

High Pressure For Shearer Arms

A high pressure water system ‘Epytensic’ on an AS FIDD arm shearer was on trial at Bolsover (N Derbyshire), July 1986-1987.

Blidworth Skips

A new skip plant was installed at Blidworth (Nottinghamshire) by Qualter Hall and Co Ltd now part of Matthew Hall Group.

HM Inspectorate

Salary rates at September 1986 for Health and Safety in Mines and Quarries HM Inspector £25,310 - £30,690.


At Mansfield (Nottinghamshire) 2 low-profile cutter loaders by Webster Machine Co Ltd advanced 52½ yards (48m) to produce a new European record of 20,465 tonnes for a face under 5 feet (1.5m) high.

A Winster Universal 300kW, in-line gearboxes 26mm twin outboard chain conveyor @ 700mm c/c AFC with 225kW 2 speed motors was installed at Markham (North Derbyshire).


Ken Toon (64), General Secretary of the South Derbyshire NUM for 21 years retired in October 1986. Ken had started work at Donisthorpe at 14 years old and after being involved deeply in the NUM becoming a member of the Branch he had 5 years as full time Branch Secretary. He was instrumental in spearheading the new UDM (Union of Democratic Miners). Like others he had seen the decline of the NUM who wanted to run the TUC and the Labour Party.


The latest strike was engineered with no individual ballot box vote. Because the union had won the previous 2 strikes when they had the backing of the TUC and the public the leader Arthur Scargill thought that the union would win this one also, but decided that no one was to have a vote.  This was undemocratic. This incensed the miners of Nottinghamshire, South Derbyshire and Leicestershire who decided it was time to form a new union. This time the public did not support the miners because of the aggressive picketing, damage and violence etc.