True credit for the following scenes is offered Mick Bostock. The New Hucknall Colliery electricians camera captured pit yard demolitions among a magnificent album covering employment through its celebrated centenary year, plus an informative collection of further nostalgic memorabilia.
Towering over all regional pit yards the familiar sighting of headstocks came to symbolise 20th century prosperity. New Hucknall Colliery uniquely started using three shafts. The remaining two housing NCB pit wheels were demolished 1982, shown here marking a final end for all Huthwaite coal mining.
The above sequence follows unceremonial demolition for No.2 winding house headstocks dated September 1982.
Greater dignity was then given carefully hoisting away the remaining pit wheels lastly from No.3 shaft. These would become preserved in lasting memorial, when set firmly in prominent view cornering top of Common Road onto Blackwell Road. The first memorial to New Hucknall workers is however placed in the parish church.
All Saints Church acknowledged its historic ties on 12th March 1983, when then Chairman of the National Coal Board Mr Norman Siddell unveiled a bronze plaque commemorating all employees of New Hucknall Colliery. Witnessing this tribute from left to right are Mr. Ray Chadburn, Mr Frank Haynes, Lord Taylor of Mansfield, the Bishop of Southwell, Mr John Boot and the Rev. Gordon Oliver.
The plaque itself reads
This church was built with stone taken from the deep hard seam of New Hucknall Colliery and this panel placed here to the glory of god by miners and their families to commemorate those who laboured there from 1876 to 1982
My 2003 photograph may better show those wheels fronting All Saints Church. Sited by Ashfield District Council with a central plaque explaining their historic significance similarly quoted above.
Written 03 Aug 04 Revised 28 Jan 13 © by Gary Elliott