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The Decline Of The Industry Continued
After Nationalisation 1947

Book 6

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1989 - Page 19

Pay Rise

In November 1989 pay increases were implemented to all mineworkers under the deal negotiated by the UDM.

New Training Methods

New training methods were introduced once again, but this time Training Managers were appointed at some pits.

Snow Storms And Blizzards

8th December 1989 - snow storms and blizzards hit the region and electricity supplies were cut off along with water pumps out and telephone lines down. The conditions lasted about a week and yet overall it was the warmest year since 1659.

Record Outputs

The thin-seam weekly output record was smashed again at Silverhill (Nottinghamshire) for w.e. 9th December 1989, when 31,113 tonnes was produced from one face in the Blackshale seam.

Welbeck (Nottinghamshire) had a record output from a face in the Top Hard seam when 34,167 tonnes was produced. A yearly output for 1989-90 of 1,537,700 tonnes with 1,075 men was achieved.

Thoresby (Nottinghamshire) weekly output record for w.e. 23 Sep 1989 was 91,010 tonnes and a face o.m.s. of 14.32 tonnes.

Water Problems

Water became a big problem once more. During 1989-1990 a 10 miles (17km) overland pipeline along the railway line from Annesley to Bobbers Mill at Nottingham and then into the River Trent, had to be installed by Nottinghamshire Area to pump water from Bentinck. The water was captured here underground from old workings and old pits around, and also from a purpose made borehole connection to the old Moorgreen and Hucknall / Babbington workings, and then pumped underground through to Annesley and pumped up the shaft into a settling pond.

The National Rivers Authority and Severn Trent had forced British Coal to do this expensive exercise because they said the water pumped at Bentinck was too saline to be put into the already highly polluted River Erewash.

The main legislation for the disposal of mine water is the Rivers (Prevention of Pollution) Acts 1951 and 1961 and later the Control of Pollution Act 1974 Pt II.

Town and Country Planning permission was required and needed to be made to 3 different District Councils as it passed through their areas. Ashfield, Gedling and Nottingham City Councils consulted with the local parish councils and forwarded it to the Nottinghamshire County Council (Mineral Planning Council) who then had to consult with other statutory bodies including Severn Trent, British Rail, Highways Authority and British Waterways.

Also there were quite a few wayleaves to deal with as the pipe passed through many properties. The operation to get permission took many months of discussions etc. As mentioned previously, pumping water is a costly business and as in the past has only been done when all other options fail, and danger of build up possibly with inrush proportions causing concern to higher management.

At some closed pits such as Woodside lying at the bottom of the basin water was collected from all surrounding closed pits and approximately 1 billion gallons was pumped in 1987 at about 3,000 gallons per minute. It would remain as a major pumping station.

At Highmoor drift mine the workings were flooded by water from Westthorpe and the surface.

Pressure was put on the barrier to Kiveton Park mine in South Yorkshire. The mines were merged later under the name Kiveton. The overflow water can pass through to Kiveton Park via a connection from Oxcroft through the Parkhall fault. Surface water from the outcrop passes through Arkwright and Markham to the barrier with Bolsover. (North Derbyshire).

Oxcroft No2 and No3 mines collected water from the surrounding mines of Hartington, Seymour, Ireland, Southgate and overflowed to Creswell Top Hard through a weakened barrier and also water from Bolsover through the Elmton trough fault and water from Langwith at High Hazel.

Glapwell water was collected at Langwith through a connection and Top Hard goaf connections.

Water from Dominics drift mine at Heath ran through into Ramcroft Top Hard then the water ran through gobbings into Glapwell.

Water from Teversal (Nottinghamshire) Top Hard received from the old sough that collected water from old 19th Century pits in the upper Meden valley passed through Dunsil and 1st Waterloo workings and collected at Pleasley Waterloo 1985 and Deep Hard in 1986-87 through a connection made in 1980 at Waterloo horizon and after filling Pleasley old Deep Hard panel goafs was pumped through to Shirebrook via a connection made in 1983.

There is a connection from Warsop to Clipstone at Top Hard and water could flow to there at the overflow position if the area was waterlogged.

Shirebrook is connected to Warsop at Deep Soft. Water passing through Sherwood can pass into Mansfield at the connection in Deep Hard / Piper and from Mansfield to Clipstone.

Clipstone is connected to Rufford and Rufford to Bilsthorpe at Top Hard. Water can pass into Thoresby through Clipstone and Thoresby has several connections to Welbeck at Top Hard and one at Deep Soft.

There are fractured strata from Bilsthorpe Low Main and Ollerton Parkgate and Ollerton is connected to Thoresby at Parkgate level.

There is a connection from Silverhill (Nottinghamshire) to Pleasley (Derbyshire) at Deep Hard and also to Sutton (Nottinghamshire) at Piper / Deep Hard.

Water overflows through the weakened barrier from Williamthorpe (Derbyshire) to Silverhill (Nottinghamshire) Low Main when pumping ceases.

Williamthorpe receives water from Holmewood which is merged and also from Grassmoor.

Water flows down both sides of the Brimington anticline, South West direction to Grassmoor and Williamthorpe and down the other side North East to Ramcroft and Glapwell. Water accumulates at Morton from Blackwell A Winning.

Pumping stations were set up at both these two pits and also at Williamthorpe and Langwith (all in North Derbyshire).

Workings Missed Off Old Plan

The shaft at Annesley (South Nottinghamshire) had been widened partly down to the Top Hard pit bottom. Excavations revealed roadways that did not appear on the old working plan. The local HMI was consulted and George Simms (5618) the Surveyor, carried out investigations and surveys March 1989, along with the Manager Owen L Gravestock (9970) in order to update the abandonment plan deposited at the Mines Records office.

Opencast Sites

Opencast workings:

  • Barnabas (Clay Cross Piper and Deep Hard
  • Bentinck South Swinton Pottery seam 30 Sep 1987-24 Jan 1989 (AF Budge (Contractors) Ltd
  • Dixon 3.5km North East of Chesterfield, Chavery Upper, Chavery Lower,Sitwell, Unnamed, Deep Hard Rider, Deep Hard, First Piper, Second Piper, Cockleshell, Tupton. Threequarters, Blackshale, Ashgate, Mickley Thick, Brampton High, Brampton Low (Coal Contractors)
  • Erin Remainder 3m North East of Chesterfield Swinton Pottery, Clowne, Upper Foxearth, Sough, Furnace (Murphy Bros Ltd)
  • Godkin 1m North of Heanor 1st Waterloo Lower, Waterloo Marker, 2nd Waterloo,Upper, 2nd Waterloo Lower, 3rd Waterloo, 4th Waterloo, 1st Ell, Brown Rake, Top Soft Rider, Top Soft, Roof Soft, Deep Soft (Northern Strip Mining Ltd)
  • Ryefield 2 miles West of Heanor Station, Top Soft, Roof Soft, Deep Soft, Deep Hard, Piper, Silkstone, Hospital, Tupton, Threequarters, 2nd Ell, Brown Rake, 4th Waterloo, 1st Ell (Northern Strip Mining Ltd).

Around Pinxton there were quite a few opencast sites worked at various dates such as Starsutal where old Dunsil workings were exposed

  • Pinxton Incidental 1st Ell to NW of No2 pit
  • Pinxton Wharf to E of Nos 1 and 6
  • Hobsic to South of No1 and No6
  • Selston site
  • Westwood Bents site
  • Barrows Hill
  • Barrows Hill extension
  • Somercotes site Deep Soft
  • Pye Bridge site
  • Pye Bridge Trench site.