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A Comprehensive History Of Mining In The Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire And Leicestershire Coalfields - Page 23


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David Clifton - Locating A Mine In The Allerton Area
Steve Franks - Coal Mine Closure List
Richard Bailey - Robert Barker Moved To Kent Coal Mines But Was a Colliery Under-Manager in Notts C1919
Chris Upton - Thorseby Colliery Book Launch And Exhibition
Karen Chadwick - My Maternal Grandfather, Herbert Adlington Died at Desford Colliery 1961
Mark Slack - Help with Speaker for talk in Derbyshire

AustDavid Clifton
24 Dec 2015
Locating A Mine

Hi my name David Clifton, I am trying to find which mine my great grandparent, Charles Clifton, worked in.

He was born in 1841, in the 1881 census he was a coal miner, address 34 Bunkers Hill, Allerton. His father was, what I found out was an Engine Jenter or Tenter miner, what was that? I would love to know because living in Western Australia it is hard to find information about it.

A Tenter man operated the winder which was used to lower the men and equipment down the shaft and back up again at the end of the shift, he would also bring the coal out of the pit.

Photo by Darren Haywood

David Clifton.......In reply to your request.

Mining around Allerton in 1881.   Allerton Bywater colliery, near Leeds, was sunk in 1875 and closed in 1992. It is more than likely the mine you are looking for.

However, look on the Google site by inputting Allerton Bywater as there is quite a lot of information about the area and the collieries and also some photos.....

Hopefully you will succeed.

Bob Bradley

Steve Franks
22 Dec 2015
Coal Mine Closure List

Hi, I've been looking at your coal mining website. It's a great website and a great source of information!

I have a query about the closure page that I hope you can help me with? The closures by each prime minister, Tony Blair is listed as having closed 2 mines, is this figure correct as I can think of several that closed mostly in Nottinghamshire and the Midlands. Or is there another reason why the figure is so low?

Kind regards

Thank you for pointing out the 'typing' should be 12 not 2 closed whilst Tony Blair was Prime Minister......May 1997 - May 2010

They were:-

Bilsthorpe closed March 1997...before election

Asfordby closed Aug 1997
Castlehill & Bogside & No3 (Longannet complex) closed Mar 2000 & Mar 2002
Ellington combine (closed Feb 1994, reopened 1995, closed 2005
Annesley Bentinck closed Feb 1994, reopened and finally closed Jan 2000
Stillingfleet, North Selby, Whitemoor, Wistow (Selby complex) closed 2004
Welbeck closed May 2010....planned before election
Rossington closed Apr 1993, reopened 1995, closed 2009

Harworth mothballed Oct 2006, finally abandoned Nov 2014

Hatfield / Thorne closed Dec 1993, reopened as Hatfield 1995 and finally closed June 2015
Thoresby closed July 2015
Kellingley closed Dec 2015


Richard Bailey
11 Dec 2015
Robert Barker Moved To Kent Coal Mines But Was a Colliery Under-Manager in Notts C1919
I wonder if you have the resources to give me any information on a Robert Bircumshaw Barker who according to my records moved himself and his family to Kent circa 1919 on the opening of the Coal Fields down South. I know that in the 1911 Census he was a Colliery Under-Manager in Notts, and that he was born in Cutthorpe, Derbyshire. My Mother always amazed me with tales of the twisted Spire at Chesterfield when I was a lad. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanking you in advance,

Richard Bailey.

In 1911, 45 year old Robert Bircumshaw Barker, born Cutthorpe, Derbyshire about 1866, lived at 20 Bainbridge Terrace, Stanton Hill, Mansfield with his family. Robert was a Colliery Undermanager at Sutton Colliery. His wife Mary was 43, his sons Samuel, 23 and Benjamin 19 worked down the pit, Samuel was a platelayer and Benjamin a miner roadman. Robert and Mary also had 3 daughters Mary, 16, who helped at home, Olivia, 14 a dressmaker and Fanny, 12 who was still at school.

Robert Bircumshaw Barker (5376 / 2nd) (aged 44) 1910-1912 / 1913 (Undermanager for Sutton, (Blackwell Colliery Co), transferred to Portland Colliery, Butterley Co pit)
Robert Bircumshaw Barker (5376 / 2nd) 1913-1914 / 1915 (Undermanager Portland Nos 1, 2 and 5 Pits, (Butterley Co) transferred from Sutton (Blackwell Colliery Co)
Robert Bircumshaw Barker (5376 / 2nd) 1915-1923 (transferred to Undermanager for Kirkby Summit when Portland pit was connected and became part of Kirkby (Butterley Co), transferred when he was 57 years old to one of the collieries in the Kent Coalfield, (the pits being Betteshanger, Chislet, Snowdown and Tilmanstone)

Vic Richards, Menu, Kent Coalfield

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Chris Upton
6 Dec 2015
Thorseby Colliery Book Launch And Exhibition

I thought you may wish to feature a piece on this project which would be of great interest to your readership. Here are some details, Exhibition opens in January.

I am a photographer from Southwell, Nottinghamshire and have, over the last year, been photographing Thoresby Colliery, the site, buildings and people, prior to it's closure in July.

You can see a selection of the images on my website

The project developed from what I thought would be a couple of visits into a major piece of work. As the last pit in Nottinghamshire this body of images now represents a valuable archive of an important part of our social history and as such I wanted to share it with as wide an audience as possible.

To that end I am delighted to announce the details for a book launch and an exhibition.


The limited edition book, 33 x 24cm, contains 138 pages and over 200 evocative black and white images. Softback and printed on quality paper, the book provides an enduring record of Thoresby in it's final days and would be appreciated by anyone associated with Thoresby or mining in Nottinghamshire.

The book is priced at £25 and there are two ways to buy :

I will be launching the book at The Bilsthorpe Heritage Museum, Cross Street, Bilsthorpe, NG22 8QY on
Sunday December 6th from 11am – 1pm.
It's a great opportunity to browse through the book and perhaps buy yourself, or someone else, an early Christmas present!

Alternatively you can order the book now on my website


The exhibition will feature over 50 large framed black and white images and a short A/V presentation
Venue : Mansfield Museum Leaming Street Mansfield, NG18 1NG
Dates : 9th January - 27th February 2016
Opening Times : Mon - Sat 10am - 5pm
Admission Free

Please contact me if you have any questions or need more information.

Many thanks.



Chris Upton

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CanadaKaren Chadwick
26 Nov 2015
My Maternal Grandfather, Herbert Adlington Died at Desford Colliery 1961

I came across your website while researching my family history.  My maternal grandfather, Herbert Adlington is proving to be a great mystery and your site has provided yet another interesting twist…

My mother (who is still living and mentally astute) has provided the date, circumstance and location of his death at Desford Pit in 1961.  However on the following page you name the victim of this accident as S. H. Foster (?) B5–1984–Page 8

My question is, does the (?) indicate the possibility that the name may be wrong or just a lack of information regarding his age?

I have located a record of Herbert’s death recorded at Market Bosworth Q2 1961 aged 56 which seems to correspond to this accident and the information that my mother has provided.

Unfortunately my geographical knowledge of the area is limited as I was a young child (just turned six) when my family emigrated to Canada.  I cross-reference locations using Google Maps and my atlas to confirm vicinity.  My grandmother died in 1963 so information is limited to a few photographs and my mother’s memories.

I am hoping that you may be able to provide clarification of this information and possibly some advice regarding other sources of information that I may be able to pursue.

Thank you in advance for any assistance you may be able to provide.

Karen Chadwick
Orangeville, Ontario, Canada

Mark Slack
13 Nov 2015
Help with Speaker for talk in Derbyshire


I hope that you may be able to help in regard to your highly recommended talk on St Pancras station. The recommendation came from someone who has attended your talk. I obtained your contact details from Bromley House Library, a wonderful place where we took a party of our members for a visit earlier this year.

I’m a volunteer with the Arkwright Society, the charity that runs Cromford Mills in Derbyshire. Cromford is Sir Richard Arkwright’s first cotton spinning mill dating from 1771 and is now part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. You can find out more about us by logging on to and

Each year we hold a series of talks that act as fundraisers to help us maintain the mills and gradually renovate them. We are currently working on our 2016 series of talks and our theme is Derbyshire industries.

Having come across your site I wonder if you would be able to assist in pointing me in the direction of a speaker who could provide a talk for us on the history of the Derbyshire coalfields.

Our talks are held on the second Thursday of the month, starting at 7pm and usually last for an hour to an hour and a half. We run the talks from March through to November, missing out July and August due to the holiday season. We have all the usual audio visual equipment available.

Many thanks

Kind regards


Derwent Valley