Pictures: Newstead Colliery - 30th anniversary of its closure

A photograph of the headstocks at Newstead Colliery which closed 30 years ago sent in by Chad reader Gary Roe.
A photograph of the headstocks at Newstead Colliery which closed 30 years ago sent in by Chad reader Gary Roe.

Today (Sunday March 19) will be the 30th anniversary of the closure of Newstead colliery.

On March 19 1987, Newstead colliery was closed after 113 years of providing employment to generations of miners in the area.

Thanks to Chad reader Gary Roe for sending in this picture of mineworkers at Newstead Colliery, hwich closed 30 years ago.

Thanks to Chad reader Gary Roe for sending in this picture of mineworkers at Newstead Colliery, hwich closed 30 years ago.

Chad reader Martin Roe has sent in two pictures of the pit headstocks and a group of his workmates there.

Newstead Colliery’s history began in 1874 when two 13 ft diameter shafts were sunk by the Newstead Colliery Company, close to Newstead Abbey, once the home of Lord Byron.

The ‘old village’ was built in 1875 to house miners and their families and a year later the first coal was produced.

At nationalisation, Newstead had an annual output of 476,000 tonnes which was produced by 1,300 men, at an output per manshift of 1.47 tonnes.

Newstead benefitted from the development of new mining techniques. In 1957, at the age of 84 years, the pit was first recorded as topping national productivity averages. Two years later the 1,280 Newstead men produced more than a million tons of coal in a year for the first time ever - an achievement repeated a further 15 times up to 1976.

However, geological conditions worsened and in 1986 the Tupton seam was abandoned due to severe problems on faces and roadways.

When the mine closed in March 1987, all coal production came from two faces in the High Hazels seam.

The Colliery was finally closed on March 19th, 1987,

For more information, visit http://www.nottscoalminingmemories.org.uk

Do you have any memories or pictures of Newstead Colliery you could share with our readers?

Are you having a get together to mark the anniversary?

Contact Kevin Rogers at kev.rogers@jpress.co.uk