Institute Pit output record

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Date:13th of June 1933

Description:This photograph was taken to commemorate a new output record at the Institute Pit.

Seated from left to right are: F.Lightfoot, foreman banksman; E.G.Mayer, pit bottom hooker; F.Pointon, winding engineman; J.Brookes, banksman; J.Woolams, pit bottom hooker.

Records are made to be broken; and this one lasted for about three days in Institute Pit, Whitfield colliery in 1933. In 1936 this colliery became the first one in North Staffordshire to produce one million tonnes in one year.

In 1856 coal output in North Staffordshire was 1.3 million tons a year. By 1864 it had risen to over 3 million tons, and by 1870 it stood at 4 million tons. Despite pit closures the coalfield output remained remarkably constant throughout the 20th century, varying from 6.7 million tons in 1907 to 7.4 million tons in 1939, 6.6 million tons in 1948 and to 4.6 million tons in 1971.


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Donor ref:William Jack - BJ18 (42/17739)

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