Mansfield (Crown Farm) Colliery

Mansfield Colliery was at one time the largest coal producing mine in the country.

PRODUCTION & RECORDS

In October 1910 the Courier Newspaper reported that records had once again been broken at Mansfield Colliery, and listed some dates and figures.

DATEOUTPUT
1906 March 23rd500 tons per day
1906 May 22nd1,000 tons per day
1907 January 30th2,000 tons per day
1907 September 24th3,000 tons in 10½ hours at the one shaft
Two Shafts are now in use
1908 September 29th4,000 tons
1910 August 19th4,601 tons 18cwt which is at present the Record Wind of the British Isles
TOTALS
1908724,834 tons
19091,011,697 tons
Another Record is 24,746 tons 14 cwts drawn in the week ending August 23 1910

The Courier newspaper said that what made the above figures more remarkable was that there was only one working shift per day, and the time alloted to coal wind was barely eight hours, or to be precise 7 hours 40 minutes!

(Production commenced in 1905)

PRODUCTION TABLE FROM 1946 – 1977

YearSaleable OutputOutput per Manshift (cwt’s)Average Manpower
194646381123.91,539
1947526,26428.41,518
1948690,04234.51,685
1949675,34434.21,656
1950678,34034.61,629
1951638,15031.21,653
1952508,51726.71,522
1953573,23030.91,522
1954625,61633.51,526
1955692,45735.21,605
1956703,03435.41,654
1957780,23037.11,770
1958772,51457.41,825
1959844,68342.41,857
1960788,02740.81,819
1961784,02340.21,798
1962811,70940.61,795
1963859,67442.61,796
1963/4859,43743.01,784
1964/5806,47142.11,723
1965/6799,51544.91,616
1966/7882,51851.61,530
1967/8956,12353.81,571
1968/9917,70452.01,616
1969/70812,25146.81,592
1970/71879,09751.21,570
1971/2733,05249.11,579
1972/3805,64047.81,554
1973/4683,00049.81,495
1974/5790,79950.11,474
1975/6721,82646.11,470
1976/7855,78054.21,462

European Record

1987 On March 31st the Nottingham Evening Post Newspaper reported ‘Miners at Mansfield Colliery have claimed a European record for thin seam mining. From a seam only one metre high, teams working on the No 4 coal face produced 20,465 tonnes with their shearer machine last week – clocking up 12.9 miles of cutting.’

This was a new weekly record for the pit that employs 1,000 miners. ‘The performance of this particular face boosted the colliery to a new weekly output record of 25,712 tonnes, and a record productivity of 4.6 tonnes per man shift.’

Coal Waggons at Mansfield Colliery

Comments about this page

  • My Grandad Charles Connelly worked here from 1966 till early 80s. He started working here when Ripley pit closed. He used to say if he ever had a son he would of done anything in his power to stop him going down the mine, he had 4 daughters. My Grandad was best, he enjoyed a pint or two and loved brown sauce on his dinners/meals.

    By cheryl (09/02/2014)
  • Arthur Fisher, my dad worked @ Crown Farm till about/ 1969. Then went to live in Lincolnshire, he managed a public house,The Swan Inn, at Wigtoft.

    By martin arthur fisher (05/04/2012)
  • The building on the left was called the washer were the coal and dirt were seperated the coal went into the wagons you see while the dirt was sent out in buckets on a rope which you can see coming out and emptied onto pit tip.

    By ARTHUR WRIGHT (21/07/2010)

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