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Calendar
The Decline Of The Industry Continued
After Nationalisation 1947

Book 6
Chimneys
1987
1989

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1989 - Page 5


Blidworth Closed After 62 Years

- Continued -

During 1976 - 1977 a 2m scheme culminated with the electrification of the steam winding engines, No1 in July 1976 and No2 in July 1977 at a cost of £2m. It was the second installation in the Area to have semi-automatic winding.

The No1 shaft Markhamsteamwinding engine was preserved by the side of the new electric winding engine, NEI MG set drive, DC motor, stubshaft and Holset coupling and using the existing BCC mechanicals (auto decking of mine cars without keps and push button coal winding).

At No1 DC shaft 2 single deck cages for coal and at No2 UC shaft 2 double deck cages for men but materials only on bottom deck.

The No2 steam engine was relaced with a new DC motor, existing NEI MG set, stubshaft and Holset coupling and using the existing BCC mechanicals (existing decking decking plant and manual winding).

The brick chimney was demolished in 1978.

Coal wound at No1 shaft in 7 tonne capacity mine cars.

In 1987 skips were installed.

Up to date medical centre and canteen facilities were completed in 1977 at a cost of £50,000.

In 1976 the 38 year old Welfare Institute was extended to provide a hall for a capacity of 300 for entertainment for the workforce at a cost of £120,000.

In 1969 a complete check survey was necessary of the major Top Hard roadways to verify position, on the express orders of David Mounsey Production Manager who had noticed anomalies down the mine which when checked with the working plan did not agree. The survey was carried out by HQ Survey staff assisted by staff from other collieries and the Working plan corrected.

In 1981 a bunker was constructed u/g and face sprags installed on a coal face.

A further major reconstruction was carried out with a new pit bottom at High Hazles horizon, the Area Tunnelling Team doing some of the 'special work', with Ken Hartwell as Super-Chargeman in the 1970s.

At one period there were 16 thirlings in operation throughout the pit making the job of Trevor Speed (4705) Surveyor quite onerous.

Roof bolting at 8s Loader gate end was done using a Webster machine. Any underground water was always pumped into old dip workings and not raised to the surface and discharged into a watercourse.

The colliery lay at the lowest point as water was concerned and water overflowing at Annesley / Bentinck / Newstead would have arrived there if pumping at these pits had ceased.

Man riding and materials was transported using diesel locos in the Top Hard and conveyors and rope haulage in the High Hazles seam. Loco haulage was provided in the Abdy/Brinsley workings.

An Open Day for the public was on 29th October 1977 and was well attended.

Manpower: Newstead Colliery Co:

  • No2 colliery 1925: sinking, 223 s/f
  • 1926: Top Hard 570 u/g, 232 s/f (602), output for week ending 1st Feb 1926 was 23,917 tons for 5 shifts strangely starting Tuesday 4,243 tons, Wed 4,471 tons, Thurs 4,415 tons, Fri 4,534 tons, Sat 3,208 tons and Mon 3,046 tons. Previous week output was 22,993 tons at a cost of 9s 10d a ton
  • 1927: 701 u/g, 138 s/f (894)
  • 1928: 701 u/g, 138 s/f (839)
  • 1929: 1,348 u/g, 356 s/f (1,704)
  • 1930: 47 u/g, 37 s/f (84, colliery closed temp)
  • 1931: 61 Top Hard, 39 s/f (100)
  • 1932: 247 u/g, 74 s/f (321, colliery re-opened using a new strategy and better equipment)
  • 1933: 753 u/g, 121 s/f (874)
  • 1934: 1,017 u/g, 211 s/f (1,228)
  • 1935: 1,046 u/g, 221 s/f (1,267)
  • 1936: 956 Top Hard and High Hazel 213 s/f (1,169)
  • 1937: 954 u/g, 277 s/f (1,231)
  • 1938: 993 u/g, 288 s/f (1,281)
  • 1939: 1,050 app u/g, 300 s/f (1,390 total app)
  • 1940: 1,147 u/g, 340 s/f (1,487)
  • 1941: 1,218 u/g, 371 s/f (1,589)
  • 1942: 1,259 u/g, 382 s/f (1,641)
  • 1943: 1,261 Top Hard only 383 s/f (1,644)
  • 1944: 1,337 u/g, 388 s/f (1,725)
  • 1945: 1,316 u/g, 410 s/f (1,726)
  • 1946: coalface 636, EBG 680, surface 356, (total 1,672) men and boys.

Men continued to work during the national strike of 1926 by permission of the Union officials as the pit was developing the pit bottom infrastructure and common sense prevailed as the union officials knew that by allowing the headings to progress there would be work for the men after the strike had ended.

The price list for Top Hard coal was signed on 12th February 1927.


The Plan Shows The Areas Of The 3 Seams Worked At Blidworth From 1926-1989

Plan, Michael Gallagher
Plan Kindly Supplied By Michael Gallagher RICS And Former Apprentice At the Colliery

On the plan to right the Top Hard workings are shown pink, the High Hazles blue and the Abdy Brinsley green.

As will be seen once modern day panels were set out and worked large areas of coal were left whereas the old method of radiating out from the pit bottom working the handfilled stall system took 99%, even working up to both sides of a fault to extract as much coal as possible. It will also be noticed that there are still many millions of tonnes of coal left in all seams. Only 8 panels worked in High Hazles and only 5 in the Abdy Brinsley seam.

The plan shows the areas of the 3 seams worked at Blidworth from 1926-1989.

Tonnage and Manpower NCB: 1947: No3 Area EMD: 723,331 tons, Top Hard, 1,716 men

  • 1948: 771,117 tons, TH, 1,874 men
  • 1949: 751,493 tons, TH, 1,879 men
  • 1950: 737,867 tons, TH, 1,852 men
  • 1951 740,495 tons, TH, 1,881 men
  • 1952: 648,699 tons, TH, 1,911 men
  • 1953: 588,590 tons, TH, 1,887 men
  • 1954: 610,701 tons, TH, 1,800 men
  • 1955: 671,250 tons, TH, 1,752 men
  • 1956: 722,662 tons, TH, 1,747 men
  • 1957: 759,053 tons, TH, 1,777 men
  • 1958: 707,025 tons, TH, 1,762 men
  • 1959: 660,767 tons, TH, 1,723 men
  • 1960: 647,904 tons, TH, 1,662 men
  • 1961: 675,466 tons, TH, 1,652 men
  • 1962: 660,657 tons, TH, 1,651 men
  • 1963: 604,847 tons, TH, 1,626 men
  • 1963/64: 599,855 tons, TH, 1,606 men
  • 1964/65: 648,629 tons, TH, 1,500 men
  • 1965/66: 634,579 tons, TH, 1,436 men
  • 1966/67: 672,774 tons Top Hard only, 1,388 men

North Nottinghamshire Area: 1967/68: 693,396 tons, Top Hard and High Hazles, 1,378 men

  • 1968/69: 678,094 tons TH, HH, 1,349 men
  • 1969/70: 733,487 tons, TH, HH, 1,299 men
  • 1970/71: 746,011 tons TH, HH, 1,278 men
  • 1971/72: 587,795 tons, TH, HH,1,273 men
  • 1972/73: 689,912 tons TH, HH, 1,232 men
  • 1973/74: 507,987 tons, 1,168 men
  • 1974/75: 623,147 tons, Top Hard, High Hazles, Abdy Brinsley, 1,105 men
  • 1975/76: 514,672 tons TH, HH, AbB,1,104 men
  • 1976/77: 500,460 tons TH, HH, AbB, 1,089 men
  • 1977/78: 445,802 tons TH, AbB, HH, (452,957 tonnes) 1,084 men (loss £1.158m)
  • 1978/79: 532,131 tons, TH, HH, AbB, 1,096 men (loss £888,000)
  • 1979/80: 472,996 tonnes, TH, HH, AbB, 1,114 men (loss £1,637m)
  • 1980/81: 500,019 tonnes, TH, HH, AbB, 1,141 men (loss £2.355m)
  • 1981/82: 627,320 tonnes, TH, HH, AbB, 1,122 men (loss £2.200m)
  • 1982/83: 459,504 tonnes Top Hard abandoned, HH, AbB, 1,099 men (loss £4.251m)
  • 1983/84: 264,405 tonnes, HH, AbB, 1,041 men (loss £13.355m)
  • 1984/85: 308,416 tonnes, HH, AbB, 946 men (loss £6.440m)
  • 1985/86: 557,026 tonnes, HH, AbB, 943 men (profit £657,000)
  • 1986/87: British Coal: 556,816 tonne, HH, AbB, 900 men (profit £225,000)
  • 1987/88: 565,705 tonnes, HH, Abdy Brinsley abandoned, 750 men (loss £2.369m)
  • 1988/89: 346,715 tonnes, High Hazles only, 769 men (loss).
    Colliery closed 1st March 1989).

Agents:

  • Henry Cashmore (3125) 1923
  • Thomas G Lees (2008) Agent 1924-1928, pit closed Aug 1928, reopened Oct 1929
  • A (Tony) HM Jackson (3084) Agent 1928-1942
  • John W Hunt (1686) Agent 1942-1946
  • John T Rice (816) Agent 1943-1950
  • George G Heathcote (2438) Agent 1950-
Sub-Area Managers / Group Managers / Production Managers:
  • John T Rice (816) Sub-Area Manager No1 1947-1950
  • Alfred E Naylor (1928) Sub-Area Manager 1952-1956
  • John Reid (2103) Group Manager 1956
  • Jack S Thompson (3006) Group Manager 1957-
  • Charlie C Clarke (3684) Group Manager 1959-
  • David R Mounsey (4840) Group Manager 1963- (d 2007).

Managers for Blidworth:

Francis Stanier
Francis Stanier
  • Henry Cashmore (3125) Agent and Manager 1923
  • Francis Stanier (609) (photo) 1924-1929
  • John William Hunt (1686) 1929-1942
  • Edward Bishop (2707) Manager 1942-1952 (transferred to Bevercotes new sinking)
  • Jack S Thompson (3006) 1952-1956 (transferred from Sherwood, promoted to Group Manager)
  • Len Wright (4456) Manager 1956-1957 (promoted from Mansfield, transferred to Manager Rufford)
  • George Brown (5088) Manager 1957-1958 (transferred from Manager Sherwood, transferred back to Manager Sherwood)
  • William (Bill) D Galloway (4803) Manager 1958-1960 (promoted from Assistant Manager, transferred to Mechanisation dept No3 Area HQ)
  • David Rodden (5352) Manager and Agent Manager 1960-1967 (promoted from Ollerton, transferred back as General Manager Ollerton)
  • Alan Ingham (6343) Agent Manager, then General Manager 1967-1970 (promoted from Deputy Manager, transferred to General Manager Mansfield, later CME North Nottinghamshire Area)
  • Jack Kniveton (7391) Agent Manager 1970-1975 (promoted from Clipstone, transferred to Tunnelling Engineer North Nottinghamshire HQ)
  • Robert (Bob) G Siddall (9974) Agent Manager, General Manager 1975-1980 (promoted from Deputy Manager Rufford, promoted to DCME North Nottinghamshire HQ, later Deputy Director North Derbyshire and Director Selby, Yorkshire, and finally Director Opencast)
  • Brian R Turner (9654) Manager July 1980-1987 (promoted from Deputy Manager Clipstone, promoted to Production Manager, then Deputy Director Yorkshire)
  • Colin Stocks Manager (11030) 1987-1988 (promoted from Deputy Manager Ollerton, transferred to Manager Cotgrave after closure).