NATIONAL COAL BOARD (BRITISH COAL CORPORATION) RECORDS

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

PUBLIC RECORDS.

Records of the National Coal Board, 1809-1998, relating to Brynkinalt Colliery Co., 1884-1947; Brynkinalt Collieries Relief Society, 1900-1957; Llay Main Collieries Ltd., 1911-1946; Ruabon Coal and Coke Company, 1890-1946; Broughton and Plas Power Coal Co., 1891-1946; records relating to Point of Ayr Colliery, 1876-1998; colliery and mine plans, 1809-1911; North Wales Collieries records, 1939-1948; North Wales Employers' Mutual Indemnity Co. Ltd. records, 1897-1948; W. Y. Craig and Sons accident report books, 1899-1948; photographs of Bersham Colliery, 1981-1984; and miscellaneous, 1858-1986.

Administrative / Biographical History

The North Wales coalfield covers the counties of Denbighshire, Flintshire and Shropshire. During the 19th and 20th centuries, the coalfield was mined by a number of private collieries, including Brynkinalt Colliery Co., Llay Main Collieries Ltd, Broughton and Plas Power Coal Co., and Ruabon Coal and Coke Company. From 1947, the coal industry was nationalised, and was run by the National Coal Board. In 1986, it was renamed the British Coal Corporation. Collieries in the area included Gresford, Llay Hall, Llay Main, Black Park, Bersham Colliery, owned by Broughton and Plas Power Coal Co., all in Denbighshire, Point of Ayr in Flintshire and Ifton in Shropshire. In 1994, the British Coal Corporation was replaced by a privatised coal operating company, British Coal, and a separate licensing and supervisory body, the Coal Authority.

Arrangement

Arranged into fifteen groups: Group One, Brynkinalt Colliery Company records, Brynkinalt Collieries Relief Society records, Llay Main Collieries Ltd records, and Ruabon Coal and Coke Company; Group Two, Broughton and Plas Power Coal Co., and Bersham Colliery records; Group Three, colliery surface plans, printed maps of colliery districts, lead mine and quarry plans, and miscellaneous; Group Four, Brymbo Colliery plans; Group Five, Point of Ayr colliery; Group Six, Broughton and Plas Power Coal Co., Bersham Colliery records, Llay Main Colliery records, Ruabon Coal and Coke Company records, and North Wales Collieries records; Group Seven, Broughton and Plas Power Coal Co., and Bersham Colliery records; Group Eight, Llay Main Collieries Ltd records; Group Nine, North Wales Employers' Mutual Indemnity Co. Ltd records, and Llay Main Colliery Company records; Group Ten, W. Y. Craig & Sons accident report books, Ruabon Coal and Coke Company records, and North Wales Mutual Indemnity Co. register; Group Eleven, colliery records; Group Twelve, North Wales coalfield seams correlation chart and related material; Group Thirteen, miscellaneous records; Group Fourteen, Bersham Colliery photographs; and Group Fifteen, Point of Ayr Colliery records.

Conditions Governing Access

Data Protection Act restrictions will apply to any items less than 100 years old that contain personal information as defined by the Act.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by the Regional Records Officer, National Coal Board, Warrington, Lancashire, England, 1971-1989. Further deposits made by O. Gregory, Area Surveyor and Minerals Manager, National Coal Board, North Western Area, Manchester, Lancashire, England, 1972; R. Evans, Assistant Manager, Point of Ayr Colliery, Clwyd, 1975; K. Prydderch, Senior Surveyor, NCB Area Survey, Bersham Colliery, Wrexham, Clwyd, 1986; J. V. Everett, Assistant Regional Development Manager, National Coal Board, North West Region, Warrington, Cheshire, 1986; Head of Libraries, Culture and Heritage, Flintshire County Council, 2001.

Note

Please order documents using the alternative reference number (where provided).

Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project and amended by Elizabeth Pettitt of Flintshire Record Office. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Flintshire Record Office, National Coal Board (British Coal) Records catalogue; Ithell Kelly MSS catalogue.

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Flintshire Record Office. Catalogue is searchable online at: http://calmview.flintshire.gov.uk/CalmView/

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project and amended by Elizabeth Pettitt of Flintshire Record Office. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Flintshire Record Office, National Coal Board (British Coal) Records catalogue; Ithell Kelly MSS catalogue.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

All items are in the copyright of the British Coal Corporation. Any documents or copies released for publication should include a credit line referring to the British Coal Corporation.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Flintshire Record Office have been retained.

Accruals

Accruals have since been received.

Related Material

D/NM, Records of National Union of Mineworkers

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