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Silverwood Mine

Hollings Lane


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Presentation by Ralph and John Law

Text John Doxey


On the previous page we can see how the men reached the coal seams, and we learn that the coal extracted could be on its way to the buyer within four hours. This is done by loading the coal and other extracted material onto a conveyor belt which takes the extracted material to the East Shaft side. The Silverwood miner pictured left is using a mechanical shovel to clear the advancing coalface. Along the route there are bunkers into which this material can be deposited temporally should a delay occur in the process.

Alan Schofield was a machine man who cut the coal on the coal face, He started at Silverwood in 1970 and finished in 1990.

This is a far cry from the days when the coal would be extracted by hand, loaded onto a tub manually, the tub  would then be hauled manually to the shaft, manually loaded into a bucket and hauled to the surface. There it would be sorted out by hand once again, using these old methods Silverwood once employed over 3,000 men, by this period in the 1970's Silverwood was employing  half that number with 1,500 men.




From the East Shaft the material was taken to the surface in 12 ton skips, which are hauled upwards by the 3,700 h. p. winder shown in the photo on the left. The material was then loaded on to a surface conveyor belt and deposited into storage facilities.














One important factor of any production industry was to keep a ready source of materials and tools used in production stored in a well organized store or stockyard. The photo on the left is of the stockyard at Silverwood, from where materials could be quickly accessed and handled with ease by the use of overhead cranes. From this stockyard location materials could be quickly transported to the shaft of the mine from where they could be taken down into the mine itself.

The booklet pictured left issued by the National Coal Board as a commemorative of the Queen and Duke of Edinbrough's visit on Wednesday 30th July 1975 was the major source for the following pages:-

"Mine Improvements 1970's"

"Journey to the Face"

"Loading Coal"

Many thanks to Ralph Law and son John for their contribution above.



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