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The Decline Of The Industry Continued
After Nationalisation 1947

Book 6
Chimneys
1987
1989

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1989 - Page 18


High Moor Merged With Kiveton Park

Fishing Pond As Part Of The Reclamation Scheme

On 4th December 1989, High Moor drift mine at Killamarsh in North Derbyshire (now part of Central Area) sunk by the National Coal Board in 1958 was merged with Kiveton Park colliery of South Yorkshire Area. Adit / old shaft position: SK47NE, 447260,379491. Kiveton Park drift 1974-1977.

A 42” (1.07m) wide cable belt conveyor at 1in5.8 grade and 1,490 yards (1,362m) long replaced shaft winding in 1977 in the Jubilee Drift with a rope hauled paddy train for the 755 men alongside was inaugurated by Sir Derek Ezra MBE NCB Chairman on 6th December.

There was extreme weak ground and water in flow down to 490 yards (450m) and the roadway was lined with concrete blocks.

At High Moor free steered vehicles were introduced in 1976.

High Moor Drift, Photo From Audit Now

A new drift 920m was driven for ventilation and development of a new seam.

Concrete slabs were put down after floor heave due to wet floor and covered with 75mm of bitumen over limestone aggregate.

5 types of vehicle were introduced eventually. Load haul dump, grader compacter, manriding vehicle, materials transporter and Joy shuttle car.

The garage for the FSVs (free-standing vehicles) was almost directly under the Woodall Service Station on the M1 Motorway.

There was no rail connection to the pit so all output was sent out by road transport 1977 via landsale weighbridge.

It was necessary to have slurry ponds 1977.

Pithead baths, medical centre and canteen opened Mar 1977 also.

A blending tower and new stockyard was built 1979.

Whilst driving the No3 drift in 1976, a very old shaft was encountered containing a water drain pipe made from a hollowed out tree trunk.

No4 adit was driven in 1982.

Seams worked: The Clowne -1994 and Two Foot -1994.

Output and Manpower NCB: No1 Area EMD: 1957: 22,563 tons, 53 men

  • 1958: 46,537 tons, 80 men
  • 1959: 101,622 tons, 127 men
  • 1960: 125,424 tons, 174 men
  • 1961: 139,124 tons, 187 men
  • 1962: 135,146 tons, 207 men
  • 1963 / 64: 159,219 tons, 222 men
  • 1964 / 65: 152,841 tons, 229 men
  • 1965 / 66: 164,689 tons, 253 men
  • 1966 / 67: 272,455 tons, 278 men

North Derbyshire Area:

  • 1967 / 68: 375,131 tons, 299 men
  • 1968 / 69: 418,025 tons, 347 men
  • 1969 / 70: 481,115 tons, 382 men
  • 1970 / 71: 504,474 tons, 422 men
  • 1971 / 72: 342,987 tons, 451 men
  • 1972 / 73: 484,236 tons, 455 men
  • 1973 / 74: 559,558 tons, 447 men
  • 1974 / 75: 525,642 tons, 483 men
  • 1975 / 76: 485,425 tons, 507 men
  • 1976 / 77: 373,204 tons, 488 men
  • 1977 / 78: 469,199 tonnes (461,787 tons), 516 men
  • 1978 / 79: 412,902 tonnes, 525 men
  • 1979 / 80: 521,546 tonnes, 528 men
  • 1980 / 81: 493,547 tonnes, 557 men
  • 1981 / 82: 595,000 tonnes, 566 men
  • 1982 / 83: 620,807 tonnes, 575 men
  • 1983 / 84: 447,829 tonnes, 591 men
  • 1984 / 85: 49,350 tonnes, 594 men
  • 1985 / 86: 509,298 tonnes, 640 men

British Coal:

  • 1986 / 87: tonnes, men
  • 1987 / 88: tonnes, men
  • 1988 / 89: tonnes.

Production Managers:

  • Senior Mining Engineer Jim Rodgers (6128) 1981.

Managers for High Moor:

  • P Julian Griffiths (5676) 1957-1958, dev -1958 coal production, (transferred to Manager Westthorpe, later Director South Nottinghamshire)
  • George Walker (3903) 1958-
  • John B Howarth (5939) 1964-1966
  • Arthur R Randle (7553) 1966 (promoted from Deputy Manager Creswell, transferred to Manager Renishaw Park)
  • Albert (Bert) Wheeler (7349) 1966-1967, (promoted from Williamthorpe, transferred to Manager Williamthorpe, later Production Manager, Director Scottish Area, Director South Nottinghamshire the North Nottinghamshire Area and finally Deputy Chairman British Coal)
  • Gwynn W Rogers (5313) 1968-1969
  • Frank Rimmer (3649) Acting 1969
  • William (Bill) Bridge (6973) Agent Manager 1969-1971 (promoted from Shirebrook, transferred to Closed Collieries Manager 1971-1975, then Area Environmental and Dust Control Engineer, Head of Dust Control at Doncaster HQ 1981)
  • Jim S Dodd (5803) 1973-1975
  • Frank Geoff Hicken (7868) 1976-1978 (transferred to Area Salvage
  • Phil M Davies (9672) Jan 1978-1982 (promoted from Deputy Manager Shirebrook, appointed Senior Mining Engineer (Planning and Survey) North Derbyshire
  • Brian Bell (9848) 1982-1983 (promoted from Deputy Manager Markham, transferred to Manager Pleasley) and David C Gardner (9093) 1983-1988 (transferred from Manager Whitwell, transferred to Manager Hatfield / Thorne)
  • Ernest Hardy (9483) 1988-1994 (transferred from Manager Dinnington Feb 1987, promoted from Deputy Manager Markham 1983, Deputy Manager Goldthorpe / Highgate 1981, Deputy Manager Bentley 1979).

Deputy Managers:

  • Fred Oldfield (4397)
  • Len Edwards (7953) 1973-1975 (transferred from Oxcroft, transferred to Special duties Safety Engineer at HQ, later Manager Bolsover)
  • H Brian Bennett (8306) 1 May 1975-1980 (transferred to to Bolsover, transferred to Shirebrook -1985) and Wilf Davies (10876) 1983- (promoted from Westthorpe, acting Manager at Warsop Main for a short spell at one period).

Undermanagers for High Moor:

  • Dennis A Brain (6055) 1966-1968
  • Jim B Wallace (8061) 1969-1972
  • Charles A Clarkson (9058) 1971-1972
  • Stan W Hunt (6092) 1973-1978
  • Eric Hall (9482) 1978-1981
  • Wilf Davies (10876) 1979-1981, (promoted to Westthorpe)
  • Dave A Howarth (11218) 1982-1984 (promoted from Newstead)
  • Martin AT Hadfield (11349) 1984-1987
  • Charlie Daniels (6797) 1987-1989.

Surveyors:

  • Bert Gee (3353) (Renishaw to Westthorpe to High Moor 1958-1986
  • Phil Toseland (6002) 1986-1989 (transferred to Dinnington later Surveyor, part-time) for Eckington drift mine.

Fatal Accidents High Moor:

  • William Watts (39) Stall man, fall of roof 30 Oct 1929, died 14 Dec 1929
  • George Nettleship (15) Ganger, run over by tubs 27 Apr 1931
  • John Henry Jenkinson (32) Ganger, run over by tubs ? Apr 1934
  • Samuel Skelton (60) fell down the shaft 25 Apr 1963
  • Alec Moore (16) caught in machinery 10 Feb 1966
  • John Hill (73) Face man, fall of roof 31 Aug 1953, died 30 Dec 1972.

A previous High Moor colliery owned by Chandon Pole Esq and leased by ? G Ginever? worked High Hazles until May 1877. Section roof dark bind, top coal 1’ 0” (0.30m), drossy coal 2” (0.06m), middle coal 2’ 2” (0.66m), bat 1” (0.02m), bottom coal 10” (0.25m).

There was a drawing pit about 70 yards (64m) deep, 2 shafts to W and 2 shafts to the East with a pumping engine. A surface tramway ran between the shafts.

A missing portion of working was added to the plan by EE Sopp, Surveyor 16 Nov 1931. A new plan was made by Ernest H Clarke (1774) Surveyor on 11 May 1932 due to the original plan being in a dilapidated condition.

Another older High Moor colliery situated nearby worked Hazle coal until Michaelmas 1871.


Old Pits

Comber Wood colliery Soft coal belonging to ESC Pole Esq was worked by Jonathan Batty and Co. From commencement in 1853 to Nov 1853 only 3 roods, 15 perches worked. Nov 1853-Feb 1855, 2 roods 28 poles or perches. From Feb 1855- Apr 1857, 3 acres 1 rood, 23 poles. Apr 1857-May 1858, and 1 acre 0 roods 15 poles. May 1858-Apr 1859, 2 roods 7 poles. Apr 1859-Apr 1860, and 2 roods 26 poles and from Apr 1860-Mar 1861, 1 rood 30 poles, was worked giving a total of 7 acres 2 roods 24 poles.

Messrs Webster took over the lease and from Mar 1861-Feb 1865 worked 2 acres 1 rood 15 poles. BG post (pillar of coal left). Section top coal 1’ 0” (0.30m), drossy coal 2” (0.06m), middle coal 2’ 1” (0.63m), 1” (0.02m) dirt, bottom coal 10” (0.25m) giving a total of 3’ 11” (1.19m) coal plus 3” (0.09m) dirt which was unsaleable. 2 shafts sunk in 1852 and later a pumping pit. There was an encroachment in 1853.

Other known pits in the Killamarsh area had been closed previously:

  • California, 7 yards (6m) deep
  • Water Wheel pit 8 yards (7m) deep
  • Norwood
  • Killamarsh Meadows
  • Netherthorpe
  • Nether Moor
  • Sheepcote Hill
  • Old Delph
  • Upperthorpe
  • Westthorpe
  • Ashley
  • Dale
  • Websters
  • Killamarsh (Turner Ward) ‘Perseverance colliery
  • Mallenders
  • Tukes
  • Norburns Engine
  • Halls Upperthorpe
  • Westthorpe
  • Newland
  • Bagley
  • Highmoor
  • West Kiveton colliery
  • Numerous others in Yorkshire just over the border.

 

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