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Offline unfairytale

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Re: Betteshanger Colliery
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2010, 16:20:35 »
The Colliery in the 1940s.
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Re: Betteshanger Colliery
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2010, 14:32:09 »
They also "infected" 172 Tunnelling Coy RE, who mostly being ex miners had mixed with the Kent lads presumably at the "welfare" . Having heard how much they were earning against the 2/- a day the sappers were getting they were on the verge of mutiny when they arrived at Newhaven according to Lt Dennis Day then section OC.

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Re: Betteshanger Colliery
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2010, 22:43:47 »
Opening in the late 1920s Betteshanger was the largest of the Kent collieries. It had two shafts of almost 2000 feet, and plaques can still be seen where the shafts were once sunk. Betteshanger had a tradition of union militancy; it was the first pit to come out on strike during the second world war and took active part in the miners' strikes of 1972, 1974 and 1984/5. It was the last Kent colliery to close, closing for good in 1989.

No.1 Shaft - 687.65 metres

No.2 Shaft - 739 metres

On 10 July 1940 the government introduced Defence Regulation 58AA allowing the Minister of Labour to ban strikes and lockouts, and force compulsory arbitration. Order 1305 then allowed the Minister to refer any dispute to existing arbitration structures or the National Arbitration Tribunal - either alternative was to be binding. But as the Chief Industrial Commissioner recognised ?The Order has a substantial deterrent effect but it is an instrument which would probably be shown to be useless if any considerable body of workpeople chose to defy it.? He was right.

On 9 January 1942 miners at Betteshanger Colliery in Kent struck over the level of allowances for working difficult seams. The Ministry of Labour decided to prosecute 1,050 miners for contravening Order 1305. Three local union officials were imprisoned, the men working difficult seams were fined ?3 each, and 1,000 other miners were fined ?1 each. Betteshanger continued their strike and other pits came out in sympathy. On 28 January they won, and in February the Home Secretary dropped the prison sentences. By May, only 9 miners had paid their fines. Most fines were never paid.

On 11 February 1942 in Parliament, Sir J. Mellor asked the Secretary for Mines, Mr. Grenfell, for an estimate of the coal production lost to the nation as a result of the unlawful stoppage of work at Betteshanger colliery. Mr. Grenfell replied that it was estimated that the total loss of production due to the Betteshanger dispute between 10th and 28th January was about 21,000 tons. (Source: Hansard)
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Re: Betteshanger Colliery
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2009, 21:27:19 »
This is part of the drill bore taken before the colliery was "sunk" into the ground, the original bore would have been a few hundred feet long for them to establish where the coal was


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Betteshanger Colliery
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2009, 20:59:49 »
I was loaned this bore tonight by my father, it is from the first one made prior to the Colliery at Betteshanger being built and possibly dates from about 1924


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