Ackton Hall Wagon
Original name - Manor Colliery
Owners - George Bradley - Lord Masham - Ackton Hall Colliery Co. Ltd - National Coal Board
Shaft sinking began - 1873
Maximum output - 615,000 tons in 1958
Maximum employment - underground - 1,940 in 1924
surface - 636 in 1924
Closed down in 1985
Joseph Blackburn 1876-1878
Peter Hall 1878-1880
Isaac Foster 1880-1881
W Brunton 1881-1884
George Senior 1884-1895
Hubert St John Durnford 1895-1903
Ellis Barraclough 1903-1911
D Protheroe 1911-1918
J W McTrusty 1918-1927
A M G Prest 1927-1932
Jimmy Nelson 1932-1949
Jack Wright 1949-1956
P F Howitt 1956-1960
Fred Vollans 1960-1964
George Prince 1964-1970
Richard Wastell 1970-1975
Thomas Mottram 1975-1983
Roy Cocker 1983-1984
Harry Hoy 1984-1985
Jack Kirkwood 1985
Ackton Hall Colliery Fatal Accidents
Note: This list will be extended as more information is available. Not all first names or ages are known.
J Leadbetter, a collier age 31 was killed by a fall of roof.
Alfred Steel, a pony driver age 15 was coming from the stables when he was hit by a fall of coal,
Mark Westmoreland, a sinker age 19 was struck by something while descending the shaft. He died two days later.
Reuben Peace, head banksman age 34 was oiling the winding rope while standing on planks across the shaft. The cage came up and dislodged him and he fell down the shaft.
Abraham Hercock, a surface labourer age 28 was killed when a large piece of iron being lifted by a crane fell on him.
John Sadler, a sinker age 50 was working on a scaffold in the Silkstone shaft when the cage was accidentally raised and tipped him off and he fell down the shaft.
Harry Elvin, a sinker age 27 was holding a drill rod which two men were striking, A small piece of steel flew off and pierced his heart and he died a few minutes later.
George Farrar, a carting agent, was in Green Lane when an engine approached and spooked his horse which knocked him on the lines and the engine ran over his leg. He died from shock the next day.
Albert Fearnley, a collier age 22 was crushed by a fall of stone and died the same afternoon.
Leonard Foster, a collier age 21 was crushed by a fall of roof.
George Worman, a surface worker age 16 was walking through the sidings and was run over by a wagon.
H Heath, a collier age 30 was killed by a fall of roof.
E Frith, a collier age 30 was injured by a fall of roof and died two days later.
T Lister, a collier age 28 was killed by a fall of roof.
James Winstanley, a stone worker age 44 was killed by a fall of roof.
Elias Allen, a collier age 45 was killed by a fall of roof.
Henry Palfryaman, a collier age 31 of South View was killed by a fall of roof.
Jarvis Housley. a collier age 30 lodging in Aberdeen Terrace was killed by a fall of roof.
John Edward Clare, a collier age 49 lodging in Clark's Buildings was killed by a fall of roof.
J Coulston, a byeworker age 44 was injured by a fall of roof and died five days later.
J Waite, a pony driver age 17 was found dead under a full tub.
William Taylor, a hanger-on age 28 in the pit bottom tried to adjust a tub in the cage when the cage rose and crushed him.
Thamas Poynte, a collier age 24 was killed by a fall of roof.
Alfred Dickinson, a roadman age 18 of Halton Street was run over by runaway tubs when a haulage chain broke.
George William Palmer, a collier age 44 of Andrew Street was injured by a fall of roof and died the same day in Clayton Hospital.
E Farmer. a pony driver age 15. was injured when he fell in front of a full tum on February 17 and died two days later.
Fred Littlewood, a collier age 23 was killed by a fall of roof.
Mark Yardley, a collier age 40 was killed by a fall of roof.
Richard Ingram, a collier age 25 of Fearnley Street was injured by a fall of coal in January. He was taken to Clayton Hospital where he died some months later. The inquest in \November decided he died as a result of a fractured spine.
Thomas Rudge, a byeworker age 24 was killed by a fall of stone when he removed a prop.
Alfred Milner, a wagon greaser age 43 was knocked down and killed by empty wagons,
Charles Garforth, a collier age 52 was killed by a fall of coal.
Abraham Thatcher, a collier age 58 was killed by a stone which fell from the roof.
John Green, a collier age 62 was killed by a fall of stone.
Arthur Henderson, a pony driver age 16 was riding in a tub which became derailed. he was thrown out and broke his neck.
Joseph Lindley, a collier age 54 of North Featherstone was killed by a fall of coal.
Michael Doran, a collier age 50 was killed by a fall of roof.
Walter Tomlinson, a labourer age 30 was killed by a fall of roof.
Herbert Knight, a collier age 36 of West View, North Featherstone, was hit in the stomach by a discharged prop and died at home five days later.
George Lythgoe, a collier age 45 was killed by a fall of roof.
David Cowcill, a collier age 44 was injured by a fall of coal and died two days later.
Harold Marsh, a screener age 13 went through a fence and was caught in the machinery. He was taken to Clayton Hospital and died after an operation.
James Platt, a miner age 34 of Pontefract was burned in an ignition of firedamp and taken to Clayton Hospital where he died the next day.
Herbert Meredith, a miner age 23 of Pontefract was burned in the same incident and also taken to Clayton Hospital, He died five days later,
Arthur Schofield, a pony driver age 16 of Tanshelf was found dead crushed between a tub and the side of the roadway.
Enoch Davies, a collier age 65 of Gladstone Street was injured by a fall of coal on June 15 and taken home where he died on June 24.
William Hall, a deputy age 57 of Fearnley Street was injured by a fall of roof. He was taken to Dr Finch's surgery where he died shortly after.
Herbert Toft, a byworker age 45 was killed by a fall of roof.
William Davy McDonald, a labourer age 48 of Leeds was crushed when a new boiler being installed slipped and trapped him.
Arthur Chappell Mason, a pit bottom lad age 19 of West View was killed when a pulley wheel broke and a piece hit him in the face,
George Callear, a greaser age 19 was killed when his clothing was caught by a driving shaft.
William Dyas, a pony driver age 16 of Post Office Road was run over by derailed tubs. He was taken to Pontefract Dispensary where he died from shock.
John Reynolds, a lamp cleaner age 14 of Thornton's Buildings stood too near the fire in the lamproom and his apron caught fire. He was taken to Clayton Hospital where he died two days later.
Thomas Gill, a pony driver age 16 was run over by a full tub.
Francis Walker, a pony driver age 19 was trapped between two runs of tubs.
Briggs Snydale Colliery
Original name - Snydale Victoria Colliery.
Owners - Rhodes and Dalby - Henry Briggs and Sons Ltd - National Coal Board.
Shaft sinking began - 1863.
Maximum output - 185,000 tons in 1953 and 1954.
Maximum employment - underground - 702 in 1922.
Surface - 209 in 1922.
Closed down in 1966.
Abraham Wardman 1863-1895
James T Eley 1895-1902
Thomas Beach 1903-1907
Robert Johnson Shaw 1907-
A Simpkin 1911-1918
G A Charlton 1924 - 1944
H P A (Percy) Johnson 1944-1947
Charles Appleby 1947-1951
F Speakman 1951-1954
Edgar Fearnside 1954-1957
Les Simpkin 1957-1960
John Tunnicliffe 1960-1965
George Galley 1965-1966
Snydale Colliery Fatal Accidents
Note: This list will be extended as more information becomes available. Not all ages or first names are known.
Benjamin Hepworth age 35 and John Greenwood age 34, shaft sinkers, were killed by an explosion of firedamp during shaft sinking operations.
Henry Peel Noble age 29 and John Barratt age 35, drifters, were suffocated by powder fumes after firing a shot.
Ambrose Webster, a blacksmith, took an ordinary flame lamp down the pit instead of a safety lamp and ignited firedamp. He died a few days later from his burns.
R Poole and W Luter, colliers, took their candles into the goaf (a waste area) and ignited gas.
Abraham Roberts, a pony driver age 25, was crushed by tubs.
George Smith, a collier age 28 was killed by a fall of roof.
Jim Corrigan, a collier age 49 was killed by a fall of roof.
Samuel Hardcastle, a furnaceman age 55 attempted to get off the cage when it set off and crushed him.
William Wilcox , a pony driver age 16 was killed by a fall of roof.
The following were all killed when the winding rope broke after the cages collided:-
S Kerfool age 37 a byeworker
William Douthroit age 38 a byeworker
Charles Allsopp age 35 a byeworker
John Brown age 42 a horsekeeper
William Oldridge age 32 a miner
William Pegg age 28 a miner
J Calcannon age 29 a miner and
Samuel Camp age 20 a pony driver.
W Wilcox, a collier age 50 was killed by a fall of roof.
Michael James Luckman, a pony driver age 14 was run over by tubs.
William Massey, a collier age 56 was killed by a fall of roof.
E Luckman, a pony driver age 14 was crushed by tubs.
Samuel Raleigh, a collier age 19 was killed by a fall of roof.
John Gleed, an underground labourer age 25 was found lying across the tub rails and on arrival at Clayton Hospital it was found his back was broken and he died five days later.
J Nash, a collier age 25 was killed by a fall of coal.
J Stead, a collier age 26 was injured by a fall of roof and died three days later.
George Oliver a collier age 49 strained himself lifting a tub and died five days later.
M Layne, a collier age 30 was killed by a fall of roof.
Charles Foster, a collier age 44 was killed by a fall of roof.
Isaac Harvey, a surface labourer age 62 was pushing a wagon under the screens when another wagon crushed him.
J Machin, a pony driver age 17 was trapped between tubs on January 26 and died April 21.
Ernest Staples, a surface worker age 20 was found dead in a coal washer hopper. It was presumed he fell from a ladder.
R Hammond, a pony driver age 17 was found dead under a tub.
T Atkinson, a haulage lad age 17 was killed when the haulage rope jerked and knocked him in front of the tubs.
W Jackson, a trapper (in charge of a ventilation door) age 14 was passing some full tubs when the horse moved forward and he was crushed between a tub and a door frame. He died two days later.
Isaac Hufton, a collier age 58 of Andrew Street was injured by a fall of roof and died the same day.
Joseph Wardle, a stone miner age 28 was enlarging a roadway and was killed by a fall of roof.
James Green, a collier age 28 was killed by a fall of roof.
Benjamin Ward, a collier age 49 was injured by a fall of roof. He was taken home where he died shortly afterwards.
Joseph Oliver, a collier age 40 was killed by a fall of roof.
Henry Lockwood, a carter age 20 was caught between a coal cart and a wagon and he died five days later.
Thomas Lucas, a collier age 56 was killed by a fall of roof.
Cyril Jones a byworker age 22 of Sharlston was injured by a fall of roof on March 1 and died of pneumonia on March 10.
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