Nottingham Breaker

Nottingham Breaker

Nottingham Breaker  Digitally Watermarked

Nottingham Breaker

Photographer/Illustrator Year Repository
Unknown F.C. Petrillo Collection



Brief Chronology of Mining Developments

Year Month Day Comments
1865 Mar - Incorporation of the Nottingham Coal Company
1865 May - Plans to build only one wing of the 'cracker house' so only one pair of rolls and one screen would be required
1866 - - Mine opened and shaft sunk to 7 Foot Vein
1869 - - Leased to Broderick and Conyngham who sank shaft further down to Red Ash Vein
1870 Nov 17th Injunction applied for by the Mine Inspector to prevent more than 20 men working in a mine with only one exit; the court case was still pending at year end
1870 - - The work on driving a second opening was reported to have been in progress since the early summer, but 'without accomplishing much'
1870 - - Despite the injunction threat and a scare from a small fire in the breaker the mine continued to work nearly full handed with only one means of egress, in violation of the new mine safety legislation
1872 Apr - Mine sold to the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company and subsequently transferred to the Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1888 - - The 1888 tonnage was the largest ever up to that time for an anthracite mine with a single main opening and breaker
1889 - - The remarkable output from a standard breaker was because the gentle dip of the veins allowed coal cars to reach every coal face, so more coal and less slate could be sent to the breaker
1889 - - The mine held the record for the most cars hoisted in a 10-hour period at 1301 cars or an average of 2.17 a minute from a shaft 365 ft deep
1890 Jan 2nd Part of the 3rd and 4th lift workings in the Red Ash seam caved in and disrupted the tracks of the Lackawanna and Bloomsburg Railroad at the surface; much water also entered the mine
1890 Jan 24th A second cave occurred in a remote part of the mine where pillars were being robbed; the squeeze continued spreading until March 7th
1890 Feb 1st Eight men, including the fire boss, were killed by an enormous explosion of fire damp; the mine foreman was prosecuted for violation of the Mine Law
1903 - - Start of new breaker construction
1904 - - Completion of new breaker


Production Statistics Table

Year Current Name Tonnage Mined Tonnage Shipped Employees Days Worked Operator
1875 Nottingham Colliery 70614 - 464 - Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1876 Nottingham Colliery 162920 - 534 165.7 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1877 Nottingham - - - - Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1878 Nottingham - 230895 739 138.25 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1879 Nottingham - 352026 853 228.2 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1880 Nottingham 281271 - 738 181.25 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1881 Nottingham 371200 - 956 235.5 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1882 Nottingham 334921 - 791 218.05 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1883 Nottingham 352607 - 814 211.65 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1884 Nottingham 342688 - 1232 177.55 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1885 Nottingham 371925 - 1233 170.6 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1886 Nottingham 444519 436921 1073 185 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1887 Nottingham 498015 489481 1107 206.55 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1888 Nottingham 529396 521524 1099 217 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1889 Nottingham 483655 476685 1099 177.75 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1890 Nottingham No. 15 399495 394333 1118 171.9 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1891 Nottingham No. 15 637808 632379 1297 225.95 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1892 Nottingham No. 15 395191 390566 1183 132.75 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1893 Nottingham No. 15 416633 410799 1052 181.8 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1894 Nottingham No. 15 337479 331147 1000 125.25 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1895 Nottingham No. 15 433997 391042 1060 147.25 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1896 Nottingham No. 15 342392 300354 1049 113.85 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1897 Nottingham No. 15 223111 170267 497 115.72 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1898 Nottingham No. 15 294379 241288 812 114.2 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1899 Nottingham No. 15 506908 472275 895 184.3 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1900 Nottingham No. 15 497689 461479 918 184.2 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1901 Nottingham No. 15 594414 553016 999 218 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1902 Nottingham 336041 307308 937 120.35 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company