Madeley

Sentinal. February 12th 1948 City Final. Page 1
Lamphouse caught fire at Leycett colliery, damaged 400 - 500 lamps. Loss of 300 tons. 1 shifts output.[Photo in E.S.]

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 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. 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.

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.

Evening Sentinel Jan. 13th 1949 Page 6
Involved in an accident while working underground at Lycett colliery yesterday, G.F. Watson age 26 was admitted to the NSRI with foot injuries.

Evening Sentinel April 6th 1949 Page 1.
While working underground at Madeley colliery on Monday 4th April Mr. D. Anderson age 41, a contractor, was fatally injured by a fall of roof.

Evening Sentinel May 24th 1949 Page1.
Boar holes have been sunk by the NCB at Finney Green from which it is calculated there is more than 22 million tons of coal in an area of approximately 400 acres readily available to Madeley colliery. Also a photo of the drilling rig.

Evening Sentinel July 7th 1949 Page 4.
The Madeley colliery system of man-riding haulage, which has proved so efficient, that he could recommend it to other collieries in the district was described by Mr. J. Foster, president of North Staffs branch of NACODS at Stoke last night. (More on this)

Evening Sentinel Dec 21st 1949 Page 6.
Pit head output for the week ending Dec 17th were; Parkhall 5,820 tons (An all time record) Parkhouse 5,820 tons (Best output since 1938) Madeley 4,822 tons Silverdale 7,203 tons and Florence 9,542 tons. All of which were the best since vesting day.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 21st 1949 Page 6.
Mr. and Mrs. L. Payne who were celebrating their golden wedding on Christmas day received messages of congratulations. Mr. Payne worked at Lycett colliery for 52 years.

Sentinel 19th May 1952,
It was announced that Mr S Barber former manager of Lycett colliery, Madeley, had died in Kenya. Mr Barber had retired to Derbyshire 2 1/2yrs ago.

Evening Sentinel. January 1st 1953.
Final. Page 1. Photo of Mr. Samuel Brooks, still working as a pit deputy at Madeley colliery receiving the B.E.M. More on this article can be seen on page 5.

Evening Sentinel. March 17th 1953. Late. Page 8.
Photo of Chief guests, officials and staff of Madeley colliery at the annual dinner held at the Butchers Arms, Audley.

Evening Sentinel. April 9th 1953.Late Final Page 8.
The N.C.B. is to promote the National boxing championships to be held at the Victoria Hall Hanley. Ezio De Biasi from Madeley colliery at heavyweight, in a special contest R. Thomas a middleweight will fight T.G.Griffiths from Flint

Evening Sentinel. April 11th 1953. Final. Page. 1.
Photograph of Ezio De Biazi at the weigh-in today, for the N.C.B. boxing finals being held tonight at the Victoria Hall Hanley.

Evening Sentinel. May 7th 1953. Late. Page 4
Madeley’s concern of letting of houses to “Pole’s”. Council should be putting their own families in houses first and Pole’s should go on a housing waiting list. More on this article can be seen on this page.

Evening Sentinel. July13th 1953. Late Page 8
Madeley colliery win the pits rescue contest held at the central rescue station Glebe Street Stoke on Saturday, Berry hill colliery were runners up.

Evening Sentinel. October 12th 1953. Late Page 4.
. Two veteran miners, Mr. Samuel Brooks, of 78, Newcastle Street, Silverdale, and Mr. Harry Johnson of 182, High Street Silverdale, will be presented with B.E.M. medals by Mr. Geoffery Lloyd the Minister for Fuel and Power on Wednesday. Mr. Brooks, 72, has worked at Madeley colliery for 60 years, and Mr. Johnson, 74, has worked at Silverdale colliery for 61 years

Evening Sentinel. October 26th 1953. Late. Page 4.
. West midlands division of the mine’s rescue competition was won by Walsall Wood colliery, with Madeley colliery last years winners, runners up.

Evening Sentinel. October 27th 1953. Late. Page 9.
. An inquest held at Leycett colliery Mr. William Christopher Ram, aged 40, of John Offley Road, Madele, who was killed by a roof fall at Madeley colliery on October 13th. Death was caused by a fractured base of the skull. A verdict of accidental death was recorded. More on this article can be seen on this page.

Sentinel 30th Nov1954 (late p4)
Photograph of the oldest winding engineman Mr Vernon Weaver at Madeley colliery, making a presentation of a gold and chain watch to Mr J Broadhurst Assistant Engineer, for 35yrs service.

Sentinel 22nd September 1955 L p5
At the N.C.B. playoff bowling finals on the green at Florence Colliery, Madeley colliery beat Foxfield colliery. In another competition, Chatterley Whitfield beat Madeley to win the knockout final for the second successive year (full tables shown) the trophies were presented by N.U.M. area secretary Mr H Lockett.

Sentinel 24th October 1955 L p10
Photograph of Mrs Rowland Bennett Area production manager presenting the trophies to Mr C Davies captain and members of the Madeley colliery Bowing team at Stokes Jubilee Hall. On the same page there is a list of Prize-winners. Chatterley Whitfield Junior Brass Band provided the entertainment.

Sentinel 10th April 1956 Late page 7
Collieries 9th first aid win. Victoria colliery won welfare shield Madeley were second. Mossfield won the Wynne cup and Hem Heath junior team took the junior challenge cup

Evening Sentinel. April 24th 1956 Late Page 7.
N.C.B. tenants cars are making a nuisance at Madeley Moss, is alleged by a member of Newcastle Rural District Council.

1956 From the minutes of the District Council meeting of N.S. branch N.U.M. 21ST July 1956. The N.C.B. had informed the union they wanted to close Madeley colliery. At the following meeting on the 15th Sept a further minute said that at a pit meeting to discuss the closure it was suggested that a drift be driven to access the upper seams.

Sentinel 28th July 1956 Late Final page 5
Coal Board may close down Madeley pit. Workers send protest to Newcastle M.P. The proposal is, should the pit close to absorb more of the miners at Hem Heath Trentham

Evening Sentinel. September 21st 1956 Late. Page1.
When the N.C.B. close Madeley colliery the N.U.M. want them to replace it with a drift mine in the area, to work the seams of coal that are near the surface. There is more on this article on this page.

Evening Sentinel. November 24th 1956 Late. Page. 8.
Celebrating their Diamond Wedding Anniversary today are Mr. & Mrs. Tom Dulson of Mill Lane, Madeley, both aged 82, Mr. Dulson who retired 12, years ago spent 20 years at Silverdale and Leycett pits, Mr. Dulson recalls the Penny Farthing and Queen Victoria’s Jubilee calibrations.

Evening Sentinel. November 26th 1956 Late. Page. 5.
Forty four miners and former miners at Madeley colliery, each having more than 50, years service to the mining industry, which had an aggregate total in excess of 2,300 years service, were honoured at a special social tea, in the canteen on Saturday night. Eighteen of them are still working.

Sentinel 4th February 1957 Late p5
N.C.B. Forced to repair the roads around Lycett colliery

Sentinel 30th August1957 late p1
Headlines N.C.B. announces the closure of Madeley colliery. In operation since 1860 the pit employs 437 men. There are 112 face workers, 176 elsewhere underground, and 149 on the surface.

Sentinel 21st September 1957 late p5
last coal from Lycett colliery. After 100yrs of production Lycett closed today. The present manpower of 437 u/g and 112 surface will eventually be transferred to other North Staffs pits i.e. Hem Heath, Wolstanton, Silverdale, and Holditch. 100 men will be kept back for salvage, which should take between 6 and 12 months. A further 5 men will produce sufficient coal to keep the boilers going.

Sentinel 23rd September 1957 late p9
Full-page spread on the closure of Lycett. There is a poignant photograph of 78 years old Mr Sam Brooks M.B.E., who had been at the colliery for 66yrs. He started work as a pony driver in 1891, and was paid £0.45 for six days work. Another man mentioned was Mr Delves who had been at the pit since 1911. He remembers that before the Clarke's shaft was sunk a whole shift of men had been sent home because of gassing. A Mr Jabez Broadhead told the Sentinel that he had three brothers at the pit.

Sentinel 14th Nov1957 late p4
A civil defence exercise at Lycett colliery considered the effects of a nuclear bomb falling, trapping some 600 men. There is a photograph of North Staffs rescue teams in action.

Evening Sentinel. July 25th 1958. Late Final. Page 1.
Underground dismantling operations which have continued since last September when the pit closed down as a coal producing unit were ending at Madeley colliery today where the last pumps are being withdrawn.

Evening Sentinel. February 25th 1959. Late. Page 10.
Knutton’s oldest inhabitant died on Monday, he was 96 year old Mr. Samuel Ashmore, of 169 Knutton Road. Mr. Ashmore was born in Madeley and lived in Knutton for 62 year’s. He started work at Madeley Wood colliery, at the age of nine. Could he be the areas youngest known miner?

Evening Sentinel October 26th 1960. Late. Page1.
Death as occurred of a well known figure in the North Staffordshire mining industry, Mr. Alfred Atherton of the Beeches, Keele, aged 89. He moved to Madeley colliery from Wigan in 1905 as Secretary and Commercial Manager. More on this article is on this page in the "Sentinel"

Evening Sentinel Feb 21st 1966 Page 5 F.
Mr. Sam Brooks, a miner at Madeley colliery for more than 65 years has died at the age of 86. In recognition of outstanding service to the mining industry, he was awarded the BEM in 1953. (Photo plus more.) .

Evening Sentinel April 13th 1966 Page 1. L.F.
Photo of Leycett colliery spoil heap. It is now a shale quarry producing hard core for building products. .

Evening Sentinel Aug. 26th 1966 Page 16.
Photo of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Hill, celebrating their golden wedding today. Mr. Hill worked at Maderley colliery for 51 years and for the last 30 years has been a colliery fireman. .

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