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Sentinal. January 1st 1948 Final. Page 1.
Thomas Evans of Audley was awarded the B. E. M. For working in the mines for 60 years. Mr Evans worked at Diglake colliery when the 1893 disaster occurred, and worked with the rescue party for a week.

Sentinal. January 5th 1948 City Final Page 1.
West Midlands output was 325,959 tons. Target is 400,000 tons North Staffs Coalfields output was 116,643.tons. Target is 153,000 tons.

Sentinal. January 13TH 1948 City Final. Page 1.
Mr William Clay of 146 North St., Stoke. Has been a miner for 64yrs., and is still working. He as worked at Hem Heath, [Homer] Sutherland, [Pender] Kemble and Bourne Collieries.[Photo in E. S.]

Sentinal. January 14th 1948 City Final. Page 1.
North Staffs Coalfields output was 136,354 tons, against 125,364 tons a year ago, an increase of 10,990 tons.[8.77%]

Sentinal. January 21st 1948 City Final. Page 1.
North Staffs Coalfields output was 135,363 tons, against 119,674 tons a year ago, an increase of 25,689 tons.

Sentinal. January 28th 1948 City Final Page 1.
North Staffs Coalfields output was 131,280 tons, against 121,536,a year ago, an increase of 9,744 tons. [8.02%]

Sentinal. January 31st 1948 Final Page 1
N. C. B. Loss was 5.5 million last year. North Staffs Coalfields was in profit by 161.888.

Sentinal. February 3rd 1948 City Final. Page 4
Ex miners death. Mr John Henry Rogers, aged 56, of 32 St., Fenton. Death was due to [A] Gasirostaxis. [B] Congestive cardinal failure. [C] Pneumoconiosis. Mr Rogers worked at Hanley deep pit for more then 30 years.

Sentinal. February 11th 1948 City Final. Page 1
North Staffordshire Coalfields output was 133,024 tons, against 114,761 tons a year ago, an increase of 18,263 tons.[15.91%]

Lamphouse caught fire at Leycett colliery, damaged 400 - 500 lamps. Loss of 300 tons. 1 shifts output.[Photo in E.S.]

Sentinal. February 18th 1948 final. Page 1
North Staffordshire Coalfields output was 136,170 tons, against 122,589 tons a year ago, an increase of 13,581 tons.

Sentinal. February 20th 1948 City Final. Page 1
Record output at local pits. Hanley deep. 8,444 tons. [7,911] Berry hill. 7,378 tons. [6,458] Foxfield. 4,038 tons. [3,762] This was the highest output since nationalisation.

Sentinal. February 25th 1948 Final. Page 1
North Staffordshire Coalfields output was 134,843 tons, against 127,547 tons a year ago, an increase of 7,296 tons.

Sentinal. March 4th 1948 City Final. Page 1.
Newcastle under Lyme Corporation, oppose Wolstanton colliery plan to mine beyond the great row seam.

Sentinal. March 10th 1948 Final. Page 4.
North Staffordshire Coalfields output was 137,076 tons, against 123,236 tons a year ago, an increase of 13,840 tons.

Sentinal. March 12TH 1948 City Final. Page 1
Record amount of coal mined since Nationalisation. Hanley deep pit. 8,853 tons. Target was 7,957 tons. Parkhouse. 5,125 tons. Target was 5,005 tons. Stafford No 2. 9,631 tons. Target was 8,321 tons.

Sentinal. March 13th 1948 City Final. Page 4
Hanley inquest held on Mr. Albert Clowes aged 47. of 14 Moston St., Hanley. His death was due to Pulmonary Tuberculosis due to Pneumoconiosis, he had been suffering from Silicosis. Sentinal. March 19th 1948 City Final. Page 1.
For the 10th successive week, Mossfield colliery as exceeded there target output. The average weekly output has been more than 8,000 tons, against there target of 7,800 tons. Last week they raised 8,393 tons, a record weekly output.

Sentinal. March 24th 1948 City Final. Page 1.
North Staffordshire Coalfields output was 141,854 tons, against 129,372 tons a year ago, an increase of 11,482 tons. [8.81%]
Sentinal. March 25th 1948 City Final. Page 1.
Stafford No 2 raised there target by 600 tons a week, after passing it for 8 consecutive weeks.

North Staffs Miners Federation (NSMF) minutes of 27TH March 1948 give the union membership from both deep and small mines to be as follows,

Colliery Members Colliery Members Colliery Members
Whitfield 2452 Black Bull (Victoria) 101 Norton 1153
Sneyd 1127 Deep Pits 1022 Berryhill 928
Stafford 937 Holditch 1309 Talke 273
Madeley 540 Wolstanton 839 Minnie 124
Fenton 560 Parkhouse 602 Florence 1129
Foxfield 450 Glasshouse 133 Parkhall 616
Mossfield 899 Hem Heath 418 Silverdale 603
Sentinal. April 1st 1948. City Final. Page 1.
North Staffordshire Coalfields output was 129,545 tons, against 135,382 tons a year ago, an decrease of 5,837 tons. Easter brake was the reason given for the decrease.

Sentinal. April 6th 1948. City Final. Page 4.
Proposed new bore holes to drilled between North Staffordshire and Cannock Coalfields, was last night suggested by Professor Fearnsides at North Staffordshire Mining Engineers meeting.

Sentinal April 7th 1948. City Final. Page 1.
North Staffordshire Coalfields output was 87,122 tons, a decrease of 40,541 tons, [31.76%] compared to last year, which did not include Easter week. Taking everything into account, N. S. C. F. Showed an increase of 6,469 tons. [8.02%]

Sentinal. April 14th 1948. Final. Page 1.
North Staffordshire Coalfields output was 142,136 tons, against 80,653 tons a year ago, an increase of 61,483 tons. [76,23%] The Easter brake last year is responsible for the discrepancy.

Sentinal. April 19th 1948. Final. Page 4.
At an Inquest held yesterday in Hanley, A verdict, in accordance with medical evidence, that death was due to, silicosis and Pulmonary Tuberculosis, was recorded by Stoke - on - Trent Coroner, on Friday last, on Mr Horace Lockett aged 49, a miner, of 14, Grant street, Cobridge, who died at is home last Thursday, he had worked as a miner from 1910 - 40

Sentinal. April 21st 1948. City Final. Page 3.
A description of "Koepe" winding gear, which is used extensively in Germany and Holland, and to a lesser degree in France and Belgium, was given last night by, Mr. G. W . Alexander Bsc, of Metropolitan Vickers Electric Co., to members of North Staffordshire branch, of the Association of Mining, Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. This type of winding gear was later used at Hem Heath, Florence and Wolstanton collieries More information can be obtained from the E. S. If required.

Sentinal. April 22nd 1948. City Final. Page 1.
The funeral took place at Atherstone, Warwickshire., of Mr. C. H. Webb., formally of Bignall End, Mr. Webb along with his son were survivors of the Minnie pit disaster in 1918, a younger son losing his life. Mr. Webb spent more than week with the mines rescue team at the pit

Sentinal. April 23rd 1948. City Final. Page 3.
Back room boys have big plans for North Staffordshire Coalfields. In his Presidential Address, Mr. J. Foster said increased output, cost cutting, more machinery at the coalface, and improved haulage was essential for the area.

Sentinal. April 24th 1948. Final. Page 1.
North Staffordshire Colliery Managers Diner. [Photo] The main comment was last years target was 6.5 million tons. A target of 7 Million tons is for next year.

Sentinal. April 27th 1948. Final. Page 1.
Small pit owners fears over mountains of slack at pit heads, which they are unable to sell. They are to contact local M.P.s Stross, of Hanley and Mack of Newcastle - under - Lyme.

Sentinal. April 29th 1948. City Final. Page 1.
There is to be a protest in the City Council Chamber, tomorrow, over plans for a 30 acre opencast site at Carmountside.

Sentinel May 11th 1948. City Final.Page 1.
Mr Josiah Wilcox of 35 Lower Milehouse Lane, Chesterton, was taken to the N.S.R.I. when a large piece of coal fell on him,injurying his spine.

Sentinel May 4th 1948. City Final.Page 1.
Mr M.U. Steinitz read his paper, The uses of explosives and their alternatives in coalmines. " Which won him the Wynne Prize for the best student, at last nights meeting of the North Staffordshire Institute of Mining Engineers.

Sentinel May 12th 1948. City Final.Page 1.
North Staffordshire Coalfields output was 138,380 tons, against 135,303 tons, a year ago an increase of 3,077 tons.(2.27%)

Sentinel May 13th 1948. City Final.Page 1.
An inquest took place yesterday in Hanley, on Mr. Wilfred Mountford of Ivy Cottage, Adderley Green, Longton. A former under manager at Stirrup and Pye colliery. Who had been employed at Mossfield colliery for 25 years, collapsed and died in the pit. Verdict. Natural causes

Sentinel May 13th 1948. City Final.Page 1.
Mr Arthur Rowley of 1 Goodfellow Street, Tunstall, a miner at Chatterley Whitfield colliery, died in the N.S.R.I., of spinal and other injuries, when struck by runaway wagons.

Sentinel May 20th 1948. Final.Page 1.
North Staffordshire Coalfields output was 130,792 tons, against 133,146 tons, a year ago an decrease of 2,354 tons.(1.77%)

Sentinel May 26th 1948. City Final.Page 4.
Mr. Walter Statham. Aged 52, of 25 Brunswick Place, Hanley, an underground worker at Fenton colliery, was last night admitted to the N.S.R.I. with back and right leg injuries, when hurt in a roof fall

Sentinel May 27th 1948. City Final.Page 1.
Mr. Owen Wilson, aged 49, of 19, Wakefield Road, Oakhill, an underground worker at Stafford Coal Board Unit, Great Fenton, was admitted to the N.S.R.I. with multiple injuries in a roof fall

Sentinel May 31st 1948. City Final.Page 4.
Mr. Owen Wilson, whom had an accident on the 26th May, died yesterday the 30th of his injuries

Sentinel June 1st 1948. City Final.Page 1.
Mr. Vincent Brown aged 39, a miner of 183, Milton Road, Sneyd Green,was admitted to the N.S.R.I. with injuries to his back, in an accident at Norton colliery

Sentinel June 2nd 1948. City Final.Page 1.
In Inquests held on two miners, each died in roof falls at seperate colleries. A verdict of accidental death was recorded, on Owen Victor Wilson, aged 48, of 19 Wakefield Road, Trent Vale, who worked at Sutherland pit, of Stafford Coal and Iron, Fenton and Frederick A. Pool;e, aged 36, of 38 Cliff Street, Smallthorne, who worked at Chatterley Whitfield colliery.

Sentinel June 12th 1948. Final.Page 1.
Mr. Thomas Shaw, of 78, High Street, Harriseahead, was yesterday awarded the B.E.M. Mr Shaw has worked in the mining industry for more than sixty years, fiftyfive of them at the coalface. For thirty years at Whitfield colliery, then at Black Bull, and finally at Victoria colliery.

Sentinel June 15th 1948. City Final.Page 1.
Mr, Frank Bailey age 41, of 8 Westlands Avenue, Newcastle under lyme, an underground worker at Wolstanton Colliery was admitted to the N.S.R.I., with bruises and shock after a roof fall

Sentinel June 16th 1948. City Final.Page 1.
North Staffordshire Coalfields output was 133,290 tons, against 126,470 tons, a year ago an increase of 6,820 tons.

Sentinel June 16th 1948. City Final.Page 1.
Two miners were injured yesterday, one at Glebe colliery, Fenton Mr William Davis, aged 48, of 42, Linden Place, Blurton. and Mr. Jphn Lawton, aged 38 of 66, Lilly Street, Wolstanton, who worked at Wolstanton Colliery, both were admitted to the N.S.R.I., with head injuries.

Sentinel June 16th 1948. City Final.Page 1.
An inquest took place on Mr. James Brick, age 61, of 117 Dimsdale Parade, Wolstanton. who was killed when a roof collapsed on him, on the 14th June, another man, Frank Bailey aged 41, of 8 Westlands Avenue, was also injured, and detained in the N.S.R.I. The Inquest was adjourned until Mr. Bailey could give evidence.

Sentinel June 19th 1948. City Final.Page 1.
Mr. Charles Stokes, aged 51, of Holmlea, Longton Hall Road, Blurton, an underground worker at Hem Heath colliery, was admitted to the N.S.R.I., with a fractured spine, in a roof fall at the colliery.

Sentinel June 22nd 1948. City Final.Page 1.
Mr. Raymond Tabbinor,aged 17, of Uttoxeter Road, Longton was yesterday treated at the N.S.R.I., after being trapped between two wagons at Florence colliery.

Sentinel June 23rd 1948. City Final.Page 1.
Mr. George W. Whithurst, of 84, Church Street, Butt Lane, a miner at Holditch colliery was admitted to the N.S.R.I., with injuries to his spine, when he became trapped between a conveyor belt and a girder.
Also, a Mr. Douglas Colley, aged 22 of Bankfield Road, Meir, employed at Parkhall colliery, was admitted to Hospital with a fractured leg.
Mr. Joshua Davis aged 39, of 70, Barnfield Road, Burslem, employed at Sneyd colliery, was taken to the N.S.R.I., with injuries to his chest, left arm and shoulder

Sentinel June 23rd 1948. City Final.Page 1.
North Staffordshire Coalfields output was 132,788 tons, against 128,130 tons, an increase of 4,658 tons.(3.64%)

Sentinel June 24th 1948. Final.Page 1.
Proposal by the N.C.B. For a colliery at Meaford, nr. Stone. Views of Stne Rural District Council , were conveyed to the "Sentinel".

Sentinel June 29th 1948. City Final.Page 1.
Local M.P.s appeal to the Government to give greater encouragement to small mine's, was made yesterday by Major Hugh Fraser. MP. supported by Dr. B Stross MP. and Major J.D. Mack. MP. this was given, an all party support.

Sentinel June 30th 1948. Final.Page 1.
North Staffordshire Coalfields output was 134,810 tons, against 126,271 tons, a year ago an increase of 8,539 tons.(6.76%)

Sentinel July 7th 1948. City Final.Page 1.
Three miners were injured at different collieries, whilst working underground yesterday, and admitted to the N.S.R.I. They were Prokop Matiyeio a Pole, living at the Knutton Miner's Hostel, who had injuries to his head and right leg, when struck by falling coal, while working at Madeley colliery.
Mr. Frank Seaton, aged 34, of 5 Orchard Street, Wolstanton. employed at Wolstanton colliery, was admitted with a broken ankle.
Mr. James F. Beatty, aged 63, of 6a, Lovatt Street, Stoke, recieved a spinal injury after falling from a tub, at Florence colliery.

Sentinel July 7th 1948. City Final.Page 1.
North Staffordshire Coalfields output was 136,053 tons, against 125,559 tons, last year, an increase of 10,494 tons.(8.36%)

Sentinel July 8th 1948. Final.Page 1.
A Ukranian Pole, living at Knutton Miner's Hostel, injured at Madeley colliery on the 6th July , has died of his injuries in the N.S.R.I. There is to be an inquest tomorrow

Sentinel July 10th 1948. Final.Page 4.
Inquest held yesterday at Newcastle - under - Lyme, that a roof fall caused the death of Mr. James Brick, aged 61, of 117 Dimsdale Parade, Wolstanton, the Jury returned a verdict of, accidental death.
A verdict of accidental death was recorded on Prokop Matiyeio aged 26, of,the Knutton Miner's Hostel, a Polish Ukranian, when a piece of coal fell on him at Madeley colliery.

Sentinel July 13th 1948. City Final.Page 1.
Mr. Jonathon Harrison, aged 48, of Forber Road, Sutton Estate, Trent Vale, a miner at Hem Heath colliery, Trentham, was admitted to the N.S.R.I. with back injuries

Sentinel July 14th 1948. Final.Page 1.
North Staffordshire Coalfields made a profit of 3s-9.5d on every ton of coal sold, and an overall profit of more than a million pounds during 1947, the first year of Nationalisation. North Staffordshire Coalfields produced 6,210,847 tons, of saleable coal. The N.C.B. says "an important reconstruction to Hem Heath colliery is being considered, involving a 24 foot diameter shaft to a depth of 1,200 yards. The mine is to be laid out on a horizontal system , and, it should last for about 150 years".
Plans are being prepared for Stafford Unit No 2. To produce 1,500,000 tons a year.

Sentinel July 14th 1948. City Final.Page 1.
North Staffordshire Coalfields output was 134,505 tons, against 129,936 tons, a year ago, an increase of 4,569 tons.(3.52%)

Sentinel July 19th 1948. City Final.Page 1.
Mr. Albert Waine aged 26, of Dividy Lane, Longton, a miner at Mossfield colliery, was admitted to the N.S.R.I. with injuries to spine, chest, and left arm

Sentinel July 20th 1948. City Final.Page 1.
North Staffordshire Coalfields made a contribution of 581,812 towards the N.C.B. gross profit of 4,351,154 for the first quarter of this year.

Sentinel July 21st 1948. City Final.Page 1.
North Staffordshire Coalfields output was 137,122 tons, against 128,576 tons, a year ago, an increase of 8,564 tons.(6.32%)

Sentinel July 28th 1948. City Final.Page 1.
North Staffordshire Coalfields output was 139,429 tons, against 134,767 tons, a year ago, an increase of 4,662 tons.(3.46%) Three North Staffordshire collieries, all attained their highest weekly output since 1.1.1947. Hanley Deep, 9,338 tons, Holditch, No 2, 1,638 tons, and Parkhouse 5,017 tons

Sentinel July 28th 1948. City Final.Page 1.
North Staffordshire Mining Area Sports Committee are promoting the first Amateur Athletic Sports Meeting on August 21st on Sneyd colliery sports ground

Sentinel July 28th 1948. City Final.Page 1.
Mr Stanislau Lopata aged 29, a Polish mine worker living at Miner's Hostel Smallthorne, employed at Norton colliery was admitted to the N.S.R.I., with a fractured spine he received at work yesterday.

Sentinel July 28th 1948. City Final.Page 1.
Photograph of young miners off to Dawlish and Burnham -on- Sea, outside Stoke Railway Station.

Sentinel August 5th 1948. City Final.Page 1.
North Staffordshire Coalfields output was 106,741 tons, against 116,759 tons, a year ago, an decrease of 10,018 tons.(8.58%) Holiday's played its part in this decrease

Sentinel August 18th 1948. Final.Page 1.
North Staffordshire Coalfields output was 109,772 tons, against 108,505 tons, a year ago, an increase of 1,267 tons.(1.17%)

Sentinel August 18th 1948. Final.Page 1.
In the Miner's Sports meeting to be held on the 21st of this month, there are to be 22, events, including a one mile flat handicap, and a five mile scratch cycle race. Results of this meeting can be seen on page 4 of the "Sentinels" August 23rd City Final Edition.

Sentinel August 23rd 1948. City Final.Page 4.
There were 10 fatalities in North Staffordshire Coalfields in 1947, against 9 in 1946. There is an analysis in the "Sentinel" in this edition.

Sentinel August 25th 1948. Football Final.Page 1.
North Staffordshire Coalfields output was 121,815 tons, against 112,726 tons, a year ago, an increase of 9,089 tons.(8.08%)

Sentinel August 25th 1948. City Final.Page 1.
Mr. Harry Rouse aged 48, of 120 Milehouse Lane, Chesterton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, working at Holditch colliery, was admitted to the N.S.R.I. with injuries to his legg, he received at the pit face.

Sentinel August 28th 1948. City Final.Page 1.
Mr. John Thomas Birks, aged 39, a chargehand at Parkhall colliery, of 41, South Walk, Meir. He was involved in a fatal accident when he was buried in a fall of roof dirt. He was taken to the surface where he failed to respond to oxygen treatment

Sentinel August 30th 1948. City Final.Page 1.
Mr. William Millward aged 48, a colliery surface worker, of 60 Elder Road, Burslem. His wife confirmed at the inquest, that his job involved the use of a respirator while working. On the 18th he had complained of chest pains, and said that he was "bunged up". The pains became worse, and was bedridden until his death. No colliery was named.

Sentinel September 1st 1948. Final.Page 1.
A dispute at Silverdale colliery, was quickly settled. The afternoon and evening shifts did not work. The dispute was over new underground regulations. Agreement was reached between the miner's representatives and the N.C.B. the night and day shifts worked.

Sentinel September 1st 1948. Final.Page 1.
North Staffordshire Coalfields output was 130,193 tons, against 120,487 tons, a year ago, an increase of 9,706 tons.(8.06%)

Sentinel September 8th 1948. Final.Page 1.
North Staffordshire Coalfields output was 129,859 tons, against 123,543 tons, a year ago, an increase of 6,316 tons.(5.11%)

Sentinel September 11th 1948. Final.Page 1.
(Photo) Shots of the Potteries have been taken for a documentary film, "New Faces of Britain" there is a photograph of Sneyd colliery.

Sentinel September 15th 1948. Final.Page 1.
North Staffordshire Coalfields output was 132,534 tons, against 123,802 tons, a year ago, an increase of 8,732 tons.(8.05%)

Sentinel September 22nd 1948. Final.Page 1.
North Staffordshire Coalfields output was 131,694 tons, against 126,528 tons, a year ago, an increase of 5,166 tons.(4.08%)

Sentinel September 22nd 1948. Final.Page 1.
At the inquest held on Mr. Lawrence Burgess, aged 44, of 8, John Street, Tunstall. Death was due to severe crush injuries, caused by a roof fall in the "Moss seam" of Sneyd colliery.

Sentinel September 22nd 1948. Final.Page 4.
While working underground at Sneyd colliery, a Polish worker Stanley Karpowasz, aged 30 living at Queens Avenue, Tunstall, was injured in a roof fall of coal he was taken to the N.S.R.I., suffering with chest injuries.

Sentinel September 22nd 1948. Final.Page 4.
Mr. George Littleton, aged 45, a miner of Buxton Street, Sneyd Green, was admitted to the N.S.R.I. suffering with chest injuries.

Sentinel September 29th 1948. Final.Page 1.
North Staffordshire Coalfields output was 131,582 tons, against 128,315 tons, a year ago, an increase of 3,267 tons.(5.40%)

Sentinal. October 2nd 1948. City Final. Page 1.
Two miner's injured at different collieries, were admitted to the N. S. R. I. with injuries received at work. Mr, William Tams, aged 38, of Pit Lane, Talke, employed at Mount colliery Talke, he had chest injuries. Mr, Peter Fallen, aged 49, of 3, Gas street, Stoke, employed at Hanley deep pit, had chest and rib injuries.

Sentinal. October 6th 1948. City Final. Page 1.
North Staffordshire Coalfields output was, 133,125 tons, against 128,859 tons a year ago an increase of 4,266 tons. [3.31 %]

Sentinal. October 12th 1948. City Final. Page 4.
At the meeting of the North Staffordshire Branch of the Association of Mining Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Mr, E. Steele, planing Engineer of the North Staffordshire Area of the N. C. B., in a paper given at last night's meeting, he intimated that the Pits may go on to the national grid, and there may be other changes in the North Staffs area, namely, transport, layout, underground travel, and roof supports. More information on this can be seen in the "Sentinal" on this page.

Sentinal. October 13th 1948. City Final. Page 4.
North Staffordshire Coalfields output was, 134,254 tons, against 129.177 tons, a year ago, an increase of 5,077 tons. [3.93%]

Sentinal. October 18th 1948. City Final. Page 1.
All pits in the North Staffordshire Coalfield produced coal last Saturday, the purpose is to achieve the 1948 target. Slightly under half of face workers responded to the appeal to work voluntary on Saturday.

Sentinal. October 20th 1948. City Final. Page 1.
North Staffordshire Coalfields output was, 136,369 tons, against 131,118 tons, a year ago, an increase of 5,077 tons. [4.00%] . Sentinal. October 20th 1948. City Final. Page 4 Two miners injured yesterday were admitted to the N. S. R. I. Mr. Arthur Mountford, aged 38, of 20, Buxton Street, Sneyd Green, employed at Hanley Deep Pit, he as injuries to his hand. Mr. Robert Hodgkinson, aged 38, of 17, Maureen grove, May Bank, he is suffering with head injuries.

Sentinal. October 22nd 1948. City Final. Page 4.
Mr. William Davies, aged 48, of 42 Linden Place, Blurton, was admitted to the N. S. R. I., with a fractured skull, he received at Glebe colliery yesterday.

Sentinal. October 23rd 1948. Final. Page 1.
Mining Engineers. [Photo] In a speech given last night at the annual diner of the North Staffordshire Institute of Mining Engineers, held at the Grand Hotel Hanley, Mr. H. J. Crofts , C. B. E., production director for the West Midlands. Mr. Crofts, said "apart from improvements going on, the planing of new shaft for extraction of coal in the southern end of the working field was going on apace, and drillings to locate actual positions of coal seams to be worked, will begin shortly. They could expect to see output to exceed more than 10,000,000 tons a year in this district." More information on this, can be seen in the "Sentinal" on this page.

Sentinal. October 23rd 1948. Final. Page. 4. Sympathy with the relatives on Ex miner were expressed by the N. C. B., at the inquest of Mr. George Thomas Ford, aged 72, of 1, St. Matthew Street, Fenton. Mr. Ford worked for more than 55 years in the pits. He was taken ill on Tuesday, and died on Thursday in the City General Hospital. Death was due to an abscess on the lung, although there were traces of coal dust, reticulation went on, this was no way contributing to his death.

Sentinal. October 26th 1948. City Final. Page. 4.
A speech giving out the importance of Nationalisation of the coal industry, was given last night by Mr. J. Dean, M.I.M.S. A.M.I.M.E. in his Presidential address to the North Staffordshire Branch of the Institute of Mining Surveyors, at Leek Road, Stoke, last night. A full report can be seen "Sentinal". On this page

Sentinal. October 27th 1948. Final. Page. 1.
Radio's from pit shaft. Major Hugh Fraser M. P. For Stafford, will ask the Ministry of Supply, whether he is aware of 36,000, sets of radio equipment dumped by his department, in a disused pit shaft at Cheadle, as they have been recovered, along with 2,000 tons of dirt and sold for a profit by private enterprise. North Staffordshire Coalfields output was 137,683 tons, against 130,353 tons, a year ago, an increase of 7,330 tons [5.62%] Holditch colliery, was one of four pits in the division it's highest output since Nationalisation

Sentinal. November 4th 1948. City Final. Page. 1.
North Staffordshire Coalfields output was 138,018 tons, against 140,263 tons, a year ago, a decrease of 2,245 tons [1.6%]

Sentinal. November 6th 1948. Final. Page. 1.
An inquest held on Ex miner, Mr. Charles Walker, aged 73, of 77, Lower Mayer Street, Hanley. A verdict in accordance with medical evidence was pronounced. Death was due to Congestive heart failure.

Sentinal. November 6th 1948. Football Final Page 1.
An underground worker at Silverdale colliery, Mr. Charles Bellington aged 17, of 15, Victoria Street, Silverdale, was admitted to the N. S. R. I. with head injuries.

Sentinal. November 10th 1948. City Final. Page. 1.
North Staffordshire Coalfields output was 139,808 tons, against 139,612 tons, a year ago, an increase of 2,245 tons [0.14%]. Florence colliery is one of eight pits in the division to attain their highest production since vesting day.

Sentinal. November 13th 1948. Football Final. Page. 1.
Involved in a accident at Sneyd colliery yesterday, Mr. Samuel Hughes aged 45 of 29, Leigh Street, Burslem, was admitted to the N. S. R. I. with injuries to his leg and spine. Sentinal. November 17th 1948. City Final. Page. 4.
North Staffordshire Coalfields output was 137,636 tons, against 140,515 tons, a year ago, a decrease of 2,879 tons [2.06%]. Fenton colliery is one of four pits in the division to attain their highest output since vesting day. Two miners injured at different collieries were admitted to the N. S. R. I. Mr. Reginald Poole, aged 35, of 46, Peel Street, Longbridge Hayes, employed at Wolstanton colliery, he as a suspected fractured leg. Mr. Walter Whitby, aged 47, of 45, Russell Road, Sandyford, injured at Norton and Biddulph colliery, he has a fractured rib.

Sentinal. November 22nd 1948. City Final. Page. 4.
Output from the voluntary Saturday shift was 25,501 tons, was the highest since December 6th 1947. Sneyd colliery was among the pits that raised their output to the highest since Nationalisation.

Sentinal. November 24th 1948. City Final. Page. 4.
North Staffordshire Coalfields output was 140,174 tons, against 137,177 tons, a year ago, an increase of 2,997 tons [2.18%], was the best attained this year.

Sentinal. November 29th 1948. City Final. Page. 4.
Underground worker at Whitfild colliery. Frank Chilton, aged 50, of Mount Pleasant Road, The Bank, Scholar Green, was admitted to the N. S. R. I. with a fractured spine.

Sentinel. December 1st 1948. City Final. Page 4.
North Staffordshire Coalfields output was 141,238 tons, against 137,293 tons, a year ago, an increase of 3,945 tons, [2.87%] Sneyd and Parkhouse collieries exceeded their output since last vesting day. It was Sneyd Colliery's second week in succession they achieved this. Involved in accident at Parkhall colliery Mr. William Burke aged 19, of Russell Street, Dresden, was admitted to the N. S. R. I., with rib, abdomen and thigh injuries.

Sentinal. December 7th 1948. City Final. Page 3
Open - cast mining plan's causing Potteries Housing Hold Up. More can be seen on this page in the "Sentinal"

Sentinal. December 8th 1948. City Final. Page 4.
North Staffordshire Coalfields output was 141,836 tons, against 137,857 tons, a year ago, an increase of 3,979 tons, [2.89%]

Sentinel. December 9th 1948. Final. Page 4.
Three men at the Hesketh pit of Chatterly Whitfield colliery, are believed to have lost their lives. Mr. Samuel Richard Hughes, aged 38, of 89, Biddulph Road, Chell Green, a Fireman. Mr. Harry Cooke, aged 32, of 48, Stringer Street, Biddulph. Mr. Percy Shearer, aged 38, of Hill Top, Brown Edge, Haulage hand. There are two photographs. A full report can be seen in this page of the "Sentinal." There is more on this on this, plus photographs of Hughes and Shearer in the City Final Edition of the Sentinal on this date. Mr. Frederick Steele, aged 31, of 19, Heaton Street, Milton, sustained injuries when he was involved in blasting operation at Norton colliery.

Sentinal. December 10th 1948. City Final. Page 1.
1,500 workers idle after fire at City colliery. Full report on fire.

Sentinal. December 11th 1948. City Final. Page 1.
The body of Mr. Percy Shearer, one of the men who lost his life in the Chatterly Whitfield colliery fire, as been recovered.

Sentinal. December 13th 1948. Final. Page 1.
There was a full turn up at Chatterly Whitfield colliery, larger indeed than a average Monday, the N. C. B. said today, following the fire last Thursday at the Hesketh and Institute pits.

Sentinal. December 13th 1948. City Final. Page 1.
Referring to reconstruction plans, Mr. A. G. McLennin, [ National President], at a diner of the North Staffordshire Branch of the Association of Mining Electrical and Mechanical Engineers at the George Hotel, Burslem. He envisaged a greater use of mechanisation in the mining industry in the future. A full report can be seen on this item in the Sentinal.

Sentinal. December 15th 1948. City Final. Page 1.
North Staffordshire Coalfields output was i35,709 tons, against 143.707 tons a year ago a decrease of 7.998 tons. [5.57%] Two collieries, Madeley and Sneyd exceeded their previous best output since Nationalisation, this as been achieved for four weeks in succession .The fire at Whitfield Contributed to the decrease, or it would have been a record since Nationalisation.

Sentinal. December 16th 1948. City Final. Page 4.
The second Annual North Staffordshire Area of the N. C. B. Boxing Championships will be decided at the Victoria Hall, Hanley, tomorrow evening, some keenly fought contests should be seen. All the results can be seen in the Football Final edition of the "Sentinal" 18-12-48

Sentinal. December 18th 1948. City Final. Page 4.
At an Hanley inquest the Coroner paid tribute to Mr. John Horton, aged 70, of 87, Waterloo Road, Burslem, who had being doing heavy work underground, at Chatterly Whitfield colliery all his life, prior to his death. Death was due to left ventricle failure, due to coronary thrombosis.

Sentinal. December 21st 1948. City Final. Page 1.
In the final's of the North Staffordshire inter colliery ambulance competitions, held at Heron Cross School, Fenton, Victoria colliery won the Welfare Challenge Shield. Foxfield colliery won the Wynne Cup. Full details are on this page in this edition.

Sentinal. December 31st 1948. City Final. Page 4.
North Staffordshire Coalfields output was 117,903 tons, against 66,835 tons a year ago a increase of 51,068tons. [76.41%] No reason was given for the increase.

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