Records of Warwickshire Coal Co Ltd, Kersley, Coventry, England

Scope and Content

  • Directors' reports and balance sheets 1921-1948
  • Audit papers 1933-1943
  • Estimates and reports 1947

Administrative / Biographical History

Coltness Iron Co Ltd, Newmains, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, began its association with the Coventry Colliery at Kersley, near Coventry, England, in  1902 . The company became known as the  Warwickshire Coal Co Ltd and was managed by William Hamilton Telfer, who was also general manager, and then chair, of the Coltness Iron Co Ltd between 1922 and 1946. The colliery failed to make a profit from 1911, but by 1924, 2 years after Telfer took over, the company was back in profit. By 1947, the Coventry Colliery was the deepest and largest in the south midlands and was producing 1 million tons of coal per year.

In 1935, the company took over the Sandwell Park Colliery, Staffordshire, England, and planned to build a modern miner's village next to the colliery similar to that managed by the Coventry Colliery Industrial Housing Ltd at the Coventry Colliery. These plans were abandoned at the outbreak of the Second World War.

The Warwickshire Coal Co Ltd was nationalised as part of the  National Coal Board in  1947  under the terms of the Coal Industry Nationalisation Act 1946.


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Related Material

GB 0248 UGD 109/3/1 Records of Coltness Iron Co Ltd

GB 0248 UGD 109/3/4 Records of Coventry Colliery Industrial Housing Ltd

GB 0187 Warwickshire County Record Office: CR 2635 Records of Warwickshire Coal Co Ltd, 1918-1946.

GB 0243 Glasgow City Archives: TD 1090 Records of Warwickshire Coal Co Ltd, 19th-20th centuries.


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