Record of coal sold by Bretby Colliery, 1859-1900

Scope and Content

The collection comprises a roll of annual coal sale totals, written out in manuscript.

It is in the form of a table, with sections for each year (commencing at the end of December). There are columns for the total weight sold, in tons and hundredweights (Cwt), the price per ton, and the total value of sales in pounds, shillings and pence. A loose first page is titled 'Quantity and value of coals sold January 7th 1859 to December 28th 1864', although the portion of paper recording all details for 1859 and the weights for 1860 has been lost. The sheets recording totals for 1865 onwards have been glued together to form a continuous roll.

Initially, there are 26 rows per year, suggesting fortnightly calculations, and a total at the bottom of each column. From 1874 onwards, monthly rather than fortnightly figures are given.

From 1873 onwards, a deduction is made for the cost of railway carriage, and an annual average cost per ton given rather than a fortnightly figure.

Administrative / Biographical History

Bretby Colliery commenced operation in 1855 under the ownership of the 6th Earl of Chesterfield. It was taken over by the National Coal Board when the coal industry was nationalised in 1947.


No archival arrangement of this collection has been necessary.

Access Information

Accessible to all registered readers.

Other Finding Aids

This description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright on the description belongs to the University of Nottingham.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Mostly good, but outer page torn

Conditions Governing Use

Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

Permission to make published use of any material from this collection must be sought in advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email The Department will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but this can be difficult and the responsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the person wishing to publish.

Custodial History

This item was given to the library of the University of Nottingham in September 1958 by A.R. Griffin of the East Midlands division of the National Coal Board.

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