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Calendar
The Decline Of The Industry Continued
After Nationalisation 1947

Book 6
Chimneys
1987
1989

1987 Pages   1     2     3    4    5     6     7     8     9     10     11 

1987 - Page 9


Rawdon Closed

Rawdon (Leicestershire) sunk at Moira Bath by Moira Colliery Co Ltd, closed on 21st August 1987. Position of shaft 43/3116/265256 and surface level 347¾ ft (106m). Depth of shaft 365 yards (333.75m). Marquis shaft, 43/3016/952035, s/f level 327½ ft (99.8m), depth 375 yards (343m).

Manpower:

  • 1940: 625 S, W, E, Little, 275 s/f
  • 1941: 587 S, W, E, L, 294 s/f
  • 1942: 623 S, E, L, 307 s/f
  • 1943: 632 Stockings, 293 s/f
  • 1944: 672 S, 314 s/f
  • 1945: 686 S, 335 s/f

No7 Area EMD, South Derbyshire:

  • 1947: 877 S, W, 279 s/f
  • 1948: 877 S, W, 264 s/f
  • 1950: 1063 S, W, Block, 309 s/f
  • 1951: 1032 S, W, 280 s/f
  • 1952: 1031 S, W, 276 s/f
  • 1953: 973 S, W, 216 s/f
  • 1954 Rawdon including Marquis 970 app S, W, 220 s/f app
  • 1955: 969 S, W, 227 s/f
  • 1956: 972 S, W, 222 s/f
  • 1957: 1005 S, W, E, 227 s/f
  • 1958: S, W, E
  • 1959: 1033 Stockings, Woodfield, Eureka, 239 s/f
  • 1960: 1000 app S, W, LW, 230 s/f app
  • 1961: 950 app S, W, LW, 225 app s/f
  • 1962: 922 S, W, LW, M, 222 s/f
  • 1963: 960 S, W, LW, M, 214 s/f
  • 1964: 941 S, W, LW, M, E, 231 s/f
  • 1965: 910 S, W, LW, M, E, 218 s/f
  • 1966: 874 S, W, LW, M, E, 229 s/f

South Midlands Area:

  • 1967: 874 Stockings, Woodfield, Little Woodfield, Main, Eureka, 229 s/f
  • 1968: 1112 Stockings, Little Woodfield, Main, Eureka, Kilburn, 284 s/f
  • 1969: 1012 M, W, S, E, K, 272 s/f
  • 1970: 941 M, W, S, E, K, 261 s/f
  • 1971: 915 Little, M, S, E, K, 273 s/f
  • 1972: 920 Little Woodfield, M, S, 268 s/f
  • 1973: 920 L, LW, M, S, E, K, 269 s/f
  • 1974: L, LW, M, S, E, K
  • 1975: 1976: Main, Upper Kilburn, Block, Kilburn
  • 1980: M, UK, B, K
  • 1985: 795 M, UK, LW, 225 s/f
  • 1987: Main, Upper Kilburn, Little Woodfield. Colliery closed.

At Rawdon the 4 men on the wagon produced all the coal seen in the 8 trucks (150 tons) in 6½ hours.

Seams worked:

  • Little – 10/10/1975
  • Woodfield 6’ 4” (1.94m) – 15/7/1985
  • Block 3’ 8” (1.12m) – 25/10/1985
  • Upper Kilburn 3’ 8½” (1.13m) – 2/4/1986
  • Eureka 4’ 0” (1.22m) – 15/4/1987
  • Stockings 8’ 4” (2.54m) 15/4/1987
  • Little Woodfield – 21/8/1987
  • Lower Main coal 1’ 3” ( 0.38m), dirt 2” (0.05m), coal 1’ 2” (0.35m) 21/8/1987.

Agents:

  • John B Drinnan (2017) -1945
  • William Unsworth (2391) 1945-1951.

Sub-Area and Group Managers:

  • William Unsworth -1951
  • Jack EM Chapman (1734) 1951-1952
  • Harry B Bennett (2820) 1952-1955 (from Mine Development Engineer)
  • William C Statham (3669) 1955-1956 (transferred from Granville, promoted to Sub-Area Manager)
  • Sam A McKee (3637) 1956-1959
  • Jack Godley 1959
  • Sam A McKee 1959-

Managers:

  • Les Tagg (2561) – 1942
  • John Brown (3205) 1942-1944
  • Tom Wright (3048) 1944-1947
  • William Bullough (2162) 1947-1953
  • William C Statham (3669) 1953-1955
  • Hunter C Reid (5386) 1956-1960
  • Alf Summers (4896) 1959-1962
  • John H Northard (4954) 1962-1964 (transferred from Nailstone, promoted to Group Manager)
  • Jimmy McPherson (5237) Agent Manager 1964-1967 then General Manager for Rawdon / Granville 1968-1970
  • W John Bond (6307) 1971-1976
  • Len Collier (7222) 1977-1981
  • Mick E Skelding (7593) 1981-1987.

Deputy Managers:

  • Alec Hindmarsh (5417) 1959-1961
  • Jimmy CB Baird (4780) 1961-1962
  • Sherratt G Joyce (4827) 1962-1964 (later to Surface Superintendent Cadley Hill)
  • Ken Bradford (5553) 1964-1965
  • Mick E Skelding (7593) 1965-1970
  • Donald J Cox (7223) 1971-1977
  • W Owen Cashmore (8441) 1977-1987.

Undermanagers:

  • H Alker (3621 / 2) -1941
  • Vic Frodsham (2565 / 2) 1941-1944
  • Ed Tatton (3663) -1954
  • Alf Summers (4896) 1954-1955
  • DM Thompson (5995) 1956-1957
  • Alf H Henson (5775) 1954-1957
  • G Morris (5149 / 2) 1957-1959
  • Robert (Bob) H Oldham (6368) 1958-1965
  • Derek Johnson (7696) 1965-1970
  • Lol Doody (8160) 1969-1975
  • Cyril Clamp (6516 / 2) 1970-
  • W Owen Cashmore (8441) 1972-1977 (promoted to Deputy Manager)
  • Gary J Whitehouse (9722) 1973-1987
  • John Ashmore (10137) 1975-1987
  • E Les Harding (14051 / 2) 1978-1986
  • Derek Massey (7960) 1985-1987
  • Paul Campion (11285) 1987.

Surveyors for Rawdon:

  • Ray T Gould (2363)
  • Terry M Williams (5931)
  • Ron Parkinson (5078).

Fatal Accidents Rawdon:

  • William Wileman (61) Stall man, fall of roof 23/1/1894
  • etc ...see previously

Open Day at Ollerton

There was an Open day at Ollerton (Nottinghamshire) on 12th September 1987.  Underground visits were available and proved popular with the visitors.   8,000 visitors attended the surface exhibition and 1,200 underground visits with 900 riding on the battery locos in the pit bottom. During a reorganisation at No2 heapstead at the low landing or ground level a traverser had been commissioned in August for handling supplies to the cage, whereas previously, all but the heaviest supplies which usually had to be slung beneath the cage had to be taken up the slope and through ventilation doors to the manriding level. On 22/10/1987 Retirement certificates for long service and engraved glass tankards were presented to 138 men by the Colliery Manager Graham Coupe (8911).

During the year the Medical centre was refurbished along with the Stores building.  The Ollerton and Bevercotes Welfare centre was refurbished also. (It was known as the Palladium of the Midlands in the 1960s and it was so sad that the building was derelict and vandalised and set on fire in c2008 and eventually demolished in 2012).


Overtime Ban

In September 1987 there was an overtime ban imposed by the NUM in protest to the introduction of the Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures for Mine Workers.  The ban was kept on until March 1988, but to no avail! As Sir Robert Haslam Chairman of British Coal had intimated earlier, any upset in the industry could lead to lost markets, and he was right.


Production Records

The 13,000 miners in Central Area broke the Coalfield productivity record in successive weeks from 3.74 tonnes a manshift to 3.86 tonnes with Markham colliery (North Derbyshire) L403s Piper face cutting over 1 mile of coal in a shift.

Bentinck (South Nottinghamshire) improved their o.m.s. to 4.74 tonnes, Sutton (North Nottinghamshire) with 500 men increased from 4.38 tonnes to 5.15 tonnes; Blidworth (North Nottinghamshire) with 750 men improved to 4.17 tonnes from 3.91 tonnes and Annesley (South Nottinghamshire) with 900 men achieved 7.01 tonnes a man.

Record weekly output for Annesley (Nottinghamshire) in September 1987 was 27,665 tonnes beating the previous best of 25,792 tonnes in December 1986.