Hanley Deep

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.

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

Evening Sentinel Jan 21st 1949 Page 5.
A natural causes verdict was recorded by the coroner on Mr. T. E. Lines Age 58 a miner. His wife said he had been involved in an accident at Hanley Deep pit in 1946 sustaining severe head injuries. He was later forced to finish work owing to the effects of silicosis. Last December he was taken to hospital with severe head pains.

Evening Sentinel March 31st 1949 Page 1
Involved in an accident while working at the Hanley Deep pit yesterday, Mr. P. Hansbury age 21 was admitted to the NSRI suffering from a compound fracture of the right arm.

Evening Sentinel April 20th 1949 Page 4.
A jury at Hanley Town Hall recorded a verdict of accidental death, yesterday, on Mr. W. Bellis age 36 who was fatally injured by a fall of roof at Hanley Deep pit early on Friday morning.

Evening Sentinel May 12th 1949 Page 5.
Development of new techniques in the North Staffs coal field which will enable coal to be worked, which is at present too deep or too uneconomic to work, was foreseen by Mr. L.W. Fletcher, manager at the Hanley Deep pit.

Evening Sentinel Aug 22nd 1949 Page 6.
Evidence at an inquest, that when a clip fell off its haulage rope, a trolley laden with iron girders ran down a dip and killed Mr. C. Edwards age 74. He had been employed at Hanley Deep for 50 years.

Sentinel June 20th 1950 page 5
Mr Cumberbatch 46 years in mining. Born in Silverdale,worked at Florance,was Manager at Staffs Coal and Iron till 1925.after at Hanley Deep Pit.

Sentinel 21st April 1951
New plan for Wolstanton put to the council.
Same date N.C.B. Ambulance competition the Wynne cup won by Wolstanton. Runners up were Norton with Whitfield third. In the Challenge cup Victoria came first Hanley Deep were second.

Sentinel 10th Aug 1951
Maintenance work at Hanley Deep colliery. A new drum and crankshaft to the winder in the 750yd deep number 1 shaft, and a new drum liners to the winder in the 850yd deep number 2 shaft.

Sentinel 9th Nov 1951city final page 5,
Accidents - Bernard Mountford Sneyd colliery fractured finger. Albns Kozloskis Northwood Colliery (suspect Hanley Deep) injured leg.

Sentinel 13th Nov 1951city final page 1,
Hanley Deep Chrysanthemum show full details in weekly Sentinel.

Sentinel 29th Nov 1951city final page 5,
Hanley Deep Sports prizes.

Sentinel 18th Dec 1951
Announcement of the death of Mr C.E. Wytcherley. This man had been a shop steward at Hanley Deep for 35yrs.

Evening Sentinel. August 11th 1952 Late Page 3
'Photo's of a pit mound at Far Green and a spoil heap at Hanley Deep Pit.

Evening Sentinel. August 25th 1952 City Final Page 4
Mr. Thomas Soulsby Charlton, former under- Manager at Hanley deep pit, as been appointed to succeed, Alderman G. H. Jones O. B. E., who retires as deputy Chairman of the West Midlands Coal Board at the end of next month. There is a Photograph Mr. Thomas Soulsby Charlton on page 4.

Evening Sentinel. October 14th 1952 Late Page 5.
Three retired ex-miners who's combined working life totalled 138 years received special recognition at the annul awards presentation at Hanley deep pit last night. They were Mr. G. Allcock aged 72, for 51, years service, Mr. H. Woodhall aged 71, 50, years service, Mr. W. Meigh aged 74. 37, years service.

Evening Sentinel. January 12th 1953. Late. Page 1.
Photo of Hanley Deep Pit’s leading Officials and Guests, at the staff dinner held at the Bourgh Arms Hotel Newcastle, a full report is on page 6.

Evening Sentinel. June 19th 1953. City Final Page 1
Hanley deep pit may be idle for two weeks following yesterday’s cage crash, which was loaded with coal tubs, and fell to the bottom of No.2 shaft. More on this article can be seen on this page.

Evening Sentinel. July 17th 1953. Late Page 7
Hanley deep pit will resume coal production on Monday next, as it as been out of action since June 25th that is 25 day’s lost coal production, but miners have been deployed at other collieries in the district.

Sentinel 14th Nov1954 (late p5)
list of winners in the Hanley Deep chrysanthemum show.

Sentinel 17th February 1955 L p5
Article on local boxers appearing at the N.C.B. finals to be held at the Victoria hall Hanley. Among those mentioned were Tony Cotterill from Parkhall Colliery, P Brindley Hanley Deep, and Gordon Lythgoe of Chatterley Whitfield.

Sentinel 15th March 1955 L p9
Article and photograph on the burning pit mound in the vicinity of Hanley Deep. Residents of the area are complaining about the smoke and fumes.

Sentinel 10th May 1955 L p10
Photograph of the Hanley Deep F.C. finalists in the North Staffs Alliance League.

Sentinel 12th May 1955 L p1
The dispute over price lists in North Staffordshire spreads to Glebe and Hanley collieries. There are now 5000 facemen involved. One striker told the Sentinel that he wanted a guaranteed wage of 55/- per shift, with additional payments for working in abnormal conditions. West Mids N.U.M. secretary J.H. Southall as been asked to intervene.

Sentinel 31st August 1955 L p9
world war one hero Mr Edward Britten Wynne M.M. D.C M. age 67 was found dead in a platelayers hut at Hanley Deep colliery. In 1942 following an underground accident Mr Wynne lost his right arm. At the inquest he was found to have died of Thrombosis with silicosis being a factor.

Sentinel 22nd November 1955 L p 10
Two photographs, one of Mr P. Yates, sub area agent presenting a long service certificate to Mr W. Bentley for 54 years service to Berryhill colliery. The presentation was held at the athletic club. The second photograph is of an unnamed miner at the Hanley Deep flower show.

Evening Sentinel. February 3rd 1956. Late Page 1
An Overman at Hanley Deep pit Mr. Tom Morrey of 264, Liverpool Road, Newcastle, is to retire after 51 years service at Hanley Deep Pit. He has held every possible position in the North Staffordshire Branch of N.A.C.O.D.S. and for the last 16 years as President.

Evening Sentinel. April 11th 1956 Late Page 5.
Four employees and a former employee of Hanley deep pit, received certificates and a cheque, at a social evening organised by the Hanley deep pit, welfare society, to mark 50 years or more in the mining industry, they were: Mr. P. Austin, aged 68, (55 years) Mr. W. Moran 67, (53) Mr. D.Cliffe, 65, (51) Mr. A Wieldon, 64, (51) Mr. J. Nicholls, 65, (50)

Evening Sentinel. July 13th 1956 Late Page 6.
Of the ten scholarships awarded by the N.C.B. for industrial relations, two have been awarded to, two North Staffordshire colliery employees, they are Mr. G.E. Gosling, aged 23, of Ashlands Road, Hartshill, a managers assistant at Mossfield colliery, and, Mr. F. Price, aged 25, of 53, Wellington Road, Hanley, a deputy at Hanley deep pit.

Evening Sentinel. October 25th 1956 Late. Page 9.
Following the success of last years service, a service for miners employed at Hanley Deep Pit. This year’s service will be held at the Providence Methodist Church, Upper Hanley, on Sunday.

Evening Sentinel. November 8th 1956 Late. Page. 5.
A borer at Hanley Deep Pit, Mr R. Heath, aged 49, of 62, Seaford Street, Shelton, collapsed and died while returning to the surface after finishing his shift. The inquest is reported below.

Evening Sentinel. November 12th 1956 City Final Page. 10.
With six first’s including four classes in which he won all prizes, Mr. I Shepard, won awards for most points in the employees section of the annual Chrysanthemum Show of the Hanley Deep Pit Welfare Social club held in the staff canteen on Saturday. A full list of winners is on this page.

Evening Sentinel. November 21st 1956 Late. Page. 4.
Many ex-miner and miners over retirement age attended the, Hanley Deep Pit Welfare Society’s, first veterans party, held at the Jubilee Hall, Stoke, last night. A list of mining officials and union representatives were present, and are listed on this page.

Sentinel 4th February 1957 Late p4
Death announced in Leigh on Sea, Essex of the Reverend Frank H Chambers. In the early 1900 hundreds he was employed at Hanley Deep. He came to prominence when he spoke out against a strike, and was thanked by Enoch Edwards M.P. The Reverend Chambers officiated at the Providence Methodist Church in upper Hanley.

Sentinel 9th September 1957 late p5
Small fire reported in the workshops at Hanley Deep.

Sentinel 2nd Oct 1957 late p7
Lord Mayor at a party at Stoke town hall for 200 retired mineworkers. Hanley Deep male voice choir provided the entertainment. The colliery manager E Johnson, and the Chairman of the welfare society were in attendance.

Sentinel 5th Oct 1957 late p4
Photograph of the Hanley Deep football team who played in the half-holiday league.

Sentinel 28th Oct 1957 late p5
Silverdale wins fire fighting cup in competition at Sneyd. Stafford was second, with Hanley Deep third. There were over 200 competitors.

Sentinel 11th Nov1957 city final p8
Results of the Hanley Deep Flower show. Among the winners Mr Parker, and Mr Shepherd.

Sentinel 18th Nov1957 late p6
Mr and Mrs Albert Williams of Sneyd Colliery celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Mr Williams had worked at Hanley Deep colliery for 50 years, he was also delegate for the deputies union and acting personal officer. He had also led Deep pit first aid team in many successful competitions.

Sentinel 3rd Dec 1957 late final p1
French lady interpreters were welcomed by Rowland Bennett to Kemball Training Centre. They had been at a Coal and Steel conference. In the afternoon they visited Hanley Deep.

Sentinel 19th Dec 1957 late final p1
Due to a heating in an old district at Hanley Deep all the men were withdrawn.

Evening Sentinel. January 9th 1958. Late. Page 4.
Coal winding revolution will mean new look pit heads at many individual pits including, Hanley deep pit and Sneyd colliery. There is a likelihood of coal winding will cease, the shafts will be used for the winding of men and materials only.

Evening Sentinel. June 20th 1958. Late. Page 5.
There is a report on manpower in the pits, plus North Staffordshire’s outlook in the collieries. Recruitment in the coalmines in the division continued to improve and they general position was more satisfactory. A new shaft at Wolstanton had started, where the deepening of the existing one completed, these two shafts are to be taken lower still where they would link up with the Deep pit and Sneyd collieries. The new shaft at Hem Heath, the first in the country to use the twin rope friction winding system would service the development down to 1,062 yards was commissioned. A new drift mine was started by the N.C.B. at Apedale. Referring to training and education a new surface provision was completed at Kemball training centre.

Evening Sentinel. August 26th 1958. Late. Page 5.
A colliery deputy said at a Hanley inquest yesterday on a 31 year old Polish miner who was killed in a roof fall at Hanley Deep Pit “that temporary roof supports ought to have been put up while the man passed beneath a thirteen foot of unsupported roof to reach a chock. The Jury returned a verdict of accidental death on Mr. Franciszek Baran, of 123, Baddeley Hall Road, Baddeley Green, a waste drawer who was crushed in a fall off dirt on Thursday the 21st.

Evening Sentinel. October 7th Late. Page 7.
Photograph of Mr. William Radcliff, who 27th of this month will be ninety years of age, having spent 58 of them in the mining industry. A party was organised by Hanley Deep Pit welfare and social club.

Evening Sentinel. January 7th 1959. Late. Page 1.
The new situation in the mining industry represents the end of a period of abnormality, for it could not regarded as normal for the industry in full continuingly to meet demand, Mr. Brown said in Birmingham yesterday, but the change had been a sudden one. It had arrived because of a fall in consumption, and not because of an increasing dispute. He also spoke of different North Staffordshire Collieries where improvements were in hand, namely, Sneyd, Hem Heath, Florence, Wolstanton and Hanley Deep pit, collieries. More of his speech can be seen on this page.

Evening Sentinel. April 15th 1959. Late Final. Page 12.
Three North Staffordshire Boxers who are taking part in the N.C.B. A.B. Championship at Newcastle-on-Tyne on Saturday are, Ernie Ball, heavyweight, Victoria colliery, Harold Brown, featherweight, Hanley Deep pit, and Cyril Harte, a joiner at Hem Heath colliery. Hem Heath miners have charted a bus to take a load of supporters to Newcastle.

Evening Sentinel. May 25th 1959. Late. Page 5.
Under-Manager at Hanley Deep Pit until his retirement last January, Mr. Thomas Boardman, received an inscribed gold watch at a ceremony on Saturday.

Evening Sentinel. September 8th 1959. Late. Page 4.
A career in mining which spans half a century, ends this week with the retirement of Mr. Tom Horan, of 65, Edward Street, May Bank, who his best remembered as a local athlete. Mr. Horan began work at Silverdale colliery, then he moved to Hanley Deep Pit, and for the last 31 years, during which he has been the winding engineman at Wolstanton colliery. Evening Sentinel February19th 1960 Late. Page14.
An Inquest yesterday decided that the death was due to Silicosis, of former miner, Mr. William Belay, aged 79, of 3, Glover Street, Birches Head, Hanley. Mr. Baylay, had worked at Hanley Deep pit for 35 years and often complained of chest pains.

Evening Sentinel July 21st 1960. Late. Page 6.
Photo of retiring mining engineer, Mr. G. F. Barnes who has retired after 51 years in the mining industry, he has worked at Sneyd, Hanley Deep and Wolstanton collieries, where he was the group mechanical engineer.

Evening Sentinel September 21st 1960. Late. Page 4.
7 miners with a total of 350 years service between them at Hanley deep pit, are to receive long service certificate at the Jubilee Hall Stoke on Saturday 27th Presentation will be by Mr. H.J. Widowson. More on this article is on this page in the "Sentinel"

Evening Sentinel Jan 18th 1962 Page 1.
Verdicts of death due to industrial decease were recorded on T.G. Hancock who worked at Florence colliery and retired in 1947 also W.H. Parry who worked at Hanley deep pit all his working life.

Evening Sentinel Final July 5th 1963 Page 9.
An experiment in the disposal of pit mound waste is soon to start at Hanley deep pit. It will be the first pit in the West Midlands to return dirt underground. Waste from the pit tips will drop down a ten-inch pipe of half a mile in a few seconds.

Evening Sentinel Nov 29th 1963 Page 16.
Photo of H. Lockett presenting his trophy for NCB colliers savings, to Mr. Stan Beech of Hanley Deep Pit.

Evening Sentinel Feb 3rd 1964 Page 5 F.
The eventual amalgamation of three local branches of NACODS was foreseen during a dinner at the Grand Hotel, Hanley on Saturday. The event was the first annual dinner of the Sneyd, Deep Pit and Wostanton. The three collieries are now amalgamated into the Wolstanton concentration.

Evening Sentinel Feb 11th 1967 Page 8. F.
A former chief engineer at Wolstanton colliery, Mr. W.C. Cartlidge, has died in hospital. He also worked at Great Fenton, Hanley Deep, and Florence.

Evening Sentinel June 22nd 1968 Page 1. F.
Photo of Mr. A. Asprey with Friends leaving Hanley Deep pit after 51 years service in the mining industry.

Evening Sentinel Nov19th 1968 Page1. F.
An imaginative reclamation scheme for Hanley Deep pit, to be known as Hanley Forest Park came a step closer today.

Evening Sentinel Jan 3rd 1969 Page 16. F.
Photo of Hanley Deep pit being demolished and broken up for scrap.

Evening Sentinel April 24th 1969 Page 1. C.F.
Photo of an old 10 feet high colliery wheel from Victoria colliery being erected at the entrance to the proposed Hanley Forest Park.

Evening Sentinel Aug 19th 1969 Page 1. F.
Photo of the old Hanley Deep pit taken on its new look, in transforming into Hanley forest park.

Evening Sentinel April 16th 1970 Page 1. F.
Photo against background of old Hanley Deep pit of Mr. Duncan Sandys, M.P. He congratulated the immense programme of land reclamation.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 11th 1970 Page 1. C.F.
Photo of Lord Sandford making a tour of the City derelict land reclamation sites today. In this group they were at Central Forest Park with Hanley Deep pit wheel in the background.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 31st 1970 Page 1. F.
Photo. Happy new year, for miners at Chatterley Whitfield colliery with a notice telling them that the colliery has been removed from the NCB jeopardy list. Page 6. Photo. The “Alpine look for the Hanley Forest Park scheme. The snow covered landscape spoil tips of Sneyd colliery.

Evening Sentinel June 11th 1971 Page 11. F.
The pithead gear at the old Hanley Deep pit may be preserved as a permanent monument to the city’s mining history, the Stoke-on-Trent environment studies group recommended yesterday.

Evening Sentinel June 21st 1971 Page 6. F.
Stoke-on-Trent’s imaginative Central Forest Park project has topped the urban land reclamation section of the 1971 conservation awards scheme. photos of the park with Hanley Deep pit in the background, plus the memorial pit wheel at the entrance. (Full write up)

Evening Sentinel July 12th 1971 Page 10. F.
Mr. I.W. Cumberbatch, former NCB chief, in West Midlands died yesterday in the NSRI. He was a member of a Silverdale family. Began his career at Florence colliery, Longton. Was appointed manager at Stafford Coal and Iron Co. Ltd. In 1919 and in 1925 became manager of Hanley Deep. In 1934 he was made general manager of Sneyd collieries Ltd. On nationalisation he was appointed North Staffs area manager. He retired in 1955 after 50 years service to mining, was awarded the OBE in 1950 and the CBE in 1955.

Evening Sentinel. April 26th 1972. Final Page 1.
A workman was flung to his death when an explosion mushroomed up a 2,000 feet shaft, at the disused Hanley Deep Pit, the blast left another man with serious injuries, it happened when infill work was being carried out by N.C.B. specialists at the old pit, now a part of Central Forrest Park reclamation project. The miner Mr. John Frederick Colclough, aged 46, of 43, Chilton-street, Heron Cross, Fenton, died instantly in a massive Methane Gas blowback at the pit No 1 shaft. His 24 year old workmate Mr. John Fairhurst, of 65, Ainsworth-street, Mount Pleasant, Fenton, was badly injured when he was hurled to the ground only feet away from the mouth of the smoking shaft. There is a photograph on page 1 of the City Final Edition of the date.

Evening Sentinel. April 27th 1972. Final Page 1.
The Pit Blast which killed an N.C.B. workman is still a mystery said Mr. Ray Hunter, area Director. Mr. Fairhurst who was injured was today slightly improving with hand, face, leg and arm injuries.

Evening Sentinel. May 18th 1972. Final Page 1.
The inquest into the death of Mr. J.F. Colclough opened in Hanley today. Evidence was given by Mr. J. Fairhurst, he said that there was no warning it was all over in a flash. The inquest was proceeding.

Evening Sentinel. May 31st 1972. Final Page 7.
“A miner died because of enthusiasm and willingness to work”, the City Coroner declared today, for when a machine broke down an infill specialist Mr. John Frederick Colclough moved on to another job rather than waste time, and it had tragic results. The Jury returned a verdict of accidental death on Mr. Colclough.

Evening Sentinel May 22nd 1973 Page 9 F.
Award winning Central Forest Park, maturing rapidly on the outskirts of Hanley will be the showpiece reclamation scheme which the Queen and Prince Phillip will inspect during their visit to Stoke-on-Trent on Friday. Formally Hanley Deep pit.

Evening Sentinel Oct 30th 1973 Page 24 C.F.
A chance to retain the old pithead gear at Hanley Deep pit as a monument to the Industrial revolution, was today turned down by the City land reclamation committee.

Sentinel 29th July 1994 Page 14 Co
Full page about best stories about coal mining, including Florence, Wolstanton, Sneyd and Minnie pits.

Hanley Deep Sentinel 16th Nov 1994 Page 11 Cheshire
Article on Hanley Deep pit site, past and present.