RefNoCOAL/WHS
TitleWharncliffe Silkstone Colliery Company Limited (Wharncliffe Silkstone Colliery)
AdminHistoryWharncliffe Silkstone Colliery was situated near the hamlet of Pilley, four miles south of Barnsley. The colliery was sunk between 1853 - 1854 under the direction of Messrs Woodhouse and Jeffcock. The colliery took its name jointly from Lord Wharncliffe (the chief royalty owner) and the Silkstone seam (the first seam to be worked).

The Wharncliffe Silkstone Colliery Company was formed in 1879 to run the business. The company owned and worked the colliery until nationalisation in 1947.

Coal winding ceased in 1966 with the remaining coal drawn at Rockingham Colliery.
DescriptionMany of these records appear to have been kept by Frederick Charles Swallow of Tankersley Grange, Managing Director and Agent of Wharncliffe Silkstone Colliery Company Limited.

Minutes, 1857 - 1875 (COAL/WHS/1)

Accounts, 1857 - 1907 (COAL/WHS/2)

Working balance books, 1878 - 1894 (COAL/WHS/3)

Coals worked and calculated cost per ton, 1873 - 1875 (COAL/WHS/4)

Annual working cost books (later called weekly returns), 1873 - 1884 (COAL/WHS/5-6)

Memorandum and Article of Association, 1879 - 1936 (COAL/WHS/7)

F.C. Swallow's papers, 1890 - 1920s (COAL/WHS/8-9)

Records relating mainly to wartime production, 1938 - 1949 (COAL/WHS/10)

Estate Manager's reports, 1936 - 1946 (COAL/WHS/11)

Accident records, 1907 - 1941 (COAL/WHS/12-13)

Staff and welfare records, 1919 - 1947 (COAL/WHS/14)

Breaches of rule book, 1923 - 1954 (COAL/WHS/15)

Statement of the company’s affairs and correspondence, 1896 - 1897 (COAL/WHS/16)

Memoranda book, 1906 - 1907 (COAL/WHS/17)

Letter book (re. supply of equipment), 1871 - 1879 (COAL/WHS/18)

Register of leases, 1870 - 1879 (COAL/WHS/19)

Miscellaneous papers, 1873 - 1916 (COAL/WHS/20)
Date1857 - 1954
Extent109 items
AccessStatusOpen
LevelSection
RelatedMaterialSheffield City Archives:

Wharncliffe Silkstone Colliery No.4 pit: adjourned inquest into the causes and circumstances attending the death of 12 men on 30 May 1914 (BCC/10/3)

Records relating to statement of interests (Coal Nationalisation Act, 1946) (BCC/1/1/15; BCC/1/4/16)

Records relating to Wharncliffe Silkstone Coking Plant (NCB Carbonisation Department), 1919 - 1957 (BCC/2/27-29)

Pit meetings, Wharncliffe Silkstone Colliery, 1954 - 1966 (BCC/5/10)
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