Banner
Information and photographs submitted by subscribers are posted in good faith. If any copyright of anyone else's material is unintentionally breached, please email me


Calendar
The Decline Of The Industry Continued
After Nationalisation 1947

Book 6
Chimneys
1987
1989

1989 Pages   1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9     10  
      11     12     13     14     15     16     17     18     19      

1989 - Page 2


Rawdon

Rawdon (Leicestershire) sunk 1821 at Moira Bath to 345m.

Granville sunk 1825 was merged with Rawdon in 1967 and a new surface drift driven to upper seams at Rawdon in 1970 and production began from the Upper Kilburn in 1973.

Donisthorpe and Rawdon connected underground in 1979 and all coal was raised via the surface drift at Rawdon, commissioned in 1981.


The Pits Merged 1986 And The Combine Closed 1990

Rawdon won the National Safety trophy for large collieries twice on running 1962 and 1963.

Underground loco 2’ 6” gauge 4wBEF GB7 GB 1959.

Seams worked:

  • Kilburn 5’ 0” (1.5m) 1/4/1985
  • Woodfield 6’ 4” (1.93m) 15/8/1985
  • Stockings 8’ 4” (2.54m)
  • Eureka 4’ 0” (1.22m) 1/4/1985
  • Main finished 1/12/1989.

Rawdon mined the bottom half or second working of the Main coal. It was said that in certain parts in the pit old wooden props were seen protruding through steel arch girders. As previously mentioned it is thought that the props had absorbed carbon whilst buried in the coal slack thereby hardening the wood. They were too hard to saw off.

Manpower: 1947 NCB:

  • 1950: 1,065 Woodfield, Block and Stockings, 313 s/f
  • 1951: 1,032 u/g, 280 s/f
  • 1952: 1,032 u/g, 276 s/f
  • 1953: 973 u/g, 216 s/f
  • 1955: 969 u/g, 227 s/f
  • 1957:1,033 u/g, 239 s/f
  • 1962: 922 u/g, 222 s/f
  • 1963: 960 u/g, 214 s/f
  • 1965: 910 u/g, 218 s/f

South Midlands Area:

  • 1967: 874 u/g, 229 s/f
  • 1968: Rawdon / Granville: 1,112 u/g, 284 s/f
  • 1969: 1,012 u/g, 272 s/f
  • 1971: 915 u/g, 273 s/f
  • 1972: 920 u/g, 269 s/f
  • 1974: 920 u/g, 269 s/f
  • 1987: 920 u/g, 269 s/f.
  • Merged with Donisthorpe
  • 1988: 1,246 u/g in Main, Lower Main, Little Woodfield, Stockings, Kilburn, 237 s/f
  • 1989: 1,155 u/g, 243 s/f

 Agents:

  • William Unsworth (2391)

Sub-Area Manager:

  • Harry B Bennett (2820) 1951-1957

Group Manager:

  • Sam A McKee (3637) 1957
  • Arthur Summers (4896).

Managers:

  • William Bullough (2162) - 1955
  • William C Statham (3660) 1955-1956
  • Hunter C Reid (5386) 1956-1960 (promoted to Snibston)
  • Mike E Skelding (7563) 1957-1961
  • Arthur Summers (4896) 1961-1962 (promoted to Agent)
  • John H Northard (4954) 1962-1964
  • Jimmy McPherson (5237) 1964-1971
  • W John Bond (6307) 1971-1976
  • General Manager Len Collier (7222) 1976-1981
  • Mike E Skelding (7563) 1981-1987

Donisthorpe / Rawdon

1,246 Main, Lower Main, Little Woodfield, Stockings, Kilburn, 237 on the surface.

Manager:

  • Barry A Finch (8614)

Deputy Manager:

  • Gary J Whitehouse (9722)

Undermanagers:

  • R Peter Williams (10848)
  • Richard (Dick) N Antrill (10865)
  • Ian A MacLaughlan (11267)
  • John RE Leigh (11137)
  • Paul Campion (11285)

Managers for combine Donisthorpe / Rawdon:

  • Barry A Finch (8641) 1987-1990
  • Alan Hawkins (10760) 1990.

Deputy Manager Rawdon:

  • Alec Hindmarsh (5417) 1960-1962
  • Jimmy CB Baird (4780) 1962-1963
  • Sheratt G Joyce (4827) 1963-1964
  • Ken Bradford (5553) 1965-1966
  • Mike E Skelding (7563) 1966-1971
  • Donald John Cox (7223) 1971-1977
  • W Owen Cashmore (8441) 1977-1987.

For Combine Donisthorpe / Rawdon:

  • Gary J Whitehouse (9722) 1987-
  • Alan Hawkins (10760) 1988-
  • Services: R Peter Williams (10848) 1988-1990.

Undermanagers Rawdon:

  • E Tatton (3663) - 1956
  • Alf H Henson (5775) 1956-1957
  • DM Thompson (5955) 1956-1957
  • Guy Morris (5149 / 2nd) 1957-1960
  • R (Bob) H Oldham (6368) 1960-1966
  • Derek Johnson (7696) 1966-1974
  • Lol Doody (8160) 1970-1974
  • C Clamp (6516 / 2nd) 1970-1973
  • Gary J Whitehouse (9722) 1974-1983
  • John Ashmore (11137) 1975-
  • Derek Massey (7960) 1985-
  • Paul Campion (11285) 1987.

For Combine Donisthorpe / Rawdon:

  • R Peter Williams (10848) 1987-
  • RN Antrill (10865) 1987-1990
  • Ian A MacLaughlan (11267) 1987-1990
  • John RE Leigh (11137) 1987-1990
  • Paul Campion (11285) 1987-1990.

Undermanager Services:

  • W Owen Cashmore (8441) 1971-1976
  • E Les Harding (14051 / 2nd) 1976-82
  • Gary J Whitehouse (9722) 1983-1987 (promoted to Deputy Manager for combine 1987-1990.

Surveyors:

  • Ray T Gould (2363) (from Warwickshire 1951)
  • Terry M Williams (5931) (promoted to Area HQ)
  • Ron Parkinson (5078).

Fatal Accidents Rawdon: see earlier.