Timeline

Description changed

  • Site transformed into country park
  • Silverdale colliery finally closed on Christmas Eve
  • Colliery re-opened by Coal Investments Ltd
  • Opencast mining ends
  • Colliery closed by National Coal Board
  • One million tonnes of coal extracted in calendar year
  • Local landmark No17's headgear dismantled
  • National miners strike
  • Silverdale pits bought by National Coal Board
  • Three drift miners commenced. They replaced 14,15, 16 and 17's shafts
  • Silverdale colliery achieves European output record of 89.27 tonnes per man shift
  • Silverdale Railway closed to passenger traffic
  • Colliery first to be mechanised in Staffordshire and first to adopt retreat method of mining
  • June. Parksite housing estate completed and handed over to National Coal Board for miners at Silverdale and Leycett collieries
  • Silverdale railway station opened
  • Number 17 (Comet) shaft deepened and widened to allow increased production
  • Silverdale Co taken over by Shelton Co
  • Big Pit closed
  • Silverdale Co formed
  • Ironworks and forge closed
  • Explosion at Big Pit. Five men killed
  • Explosion at Big Pit. Nineteen men killed
  • Silverdale Parish formed
  • St Luke's church consecrated
  • First railway station, near St Luke's Church
  • Number 17 (also known as Comet) shaft originally sunk
  • Silverdale Co closed
  • Original Silverdale Co formed to exploit ironstone and coal
  • Keele Manor records mention mining of coal and iron in the parish of Keele (i.e. Silverdale)