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Pilsley Colliery. 1866-1957.
Pilsley colliery was sunk by the Pilsley colliery company which comprised of the major land owners of the area, it commenced mining operations in 1866. Six shafts were sunk in total on the complex to wind coal, draw water, ventilate and supply compressed air for the machinery within the mine. The initial shaft sinking commenced in 1866 when the first shafts of 146 yards deep and nine feet in diameter to the Deep Hard seam was started. Further shafts were sunk between 1873 and 1875, one to the Blackshale or Silkstone seam, larger and deeper than the first by being twelve feet in diameter and 274 yards deep. The third of the coal shafts was sunk to the Tupton or Low Main seam and was 216 yards deep.
Deep Hard coal was wound at one tub of coal per cage, weighing nine hundredweight, number two shaft was capable of raising seventeen hundredweight i.e. two tubs of eight and a half hundredweight each side by side on the cage. The number three shaft was capable of raising eighteen hundredweight of coal per run with two tubs on each deck of nine hundredweight each. The steam winders which were manufactured in Chesterfield by Oliver and company were capable of winding and changing the tubs at each shaft in less than sixty seconds.
The colliery employed some 945 men in the pits heyday capable of producing 1,200 tons of coal per shift, the colliery was vested into the National Coal Board in 1947 and survived a further ten years until closure on April 27th. 1957.
The information is extracted from Pilsley. Pictures of the Past. Stephanie M. Bingham.
© A.N. Bridgewater 2001.