National Coal Board






Dates

  /  /1850Edgehead Pit (Newtongrange)
Opened by the Earl of Stair, transferred to Fordell Mains (Midlothian) Colliery Co, then to National Coal Board.
  /  /1875South Hetton Coal Company Railway
One of Timothy Hackworth's locomotives withdrawn to be used as snowplough. Was taken by the National Coal Board to Philadelphia Works for display.
30/07/1900Londonderry Railway
Sold to North Eastern Railway. Stock, coal wagons, colliery lines and Seaham Harbour pass to the Seaham Harbour Dock Company (not later merged into the National Coal Board). Hall Dene station remains in Lord Seaham's ownership. Bath Hotel (Hendon) and Station Hotel (Seaham) were excluded.
  /  /1903Prestonlinks Mine (Prestonpans)
Opened on site of abandoned mine at Cockenzie, transferred to Edinburgh Collieries Ltd and then National Coal Board.
  /  /1907Smeaton Colliery (Dalkeith)
Opened for A G Moore & Co, closed by National Coal Board.
  /  /1928Lugar Iron Works
Closed, later used by the National Coal Board as headquarters and workshops.
  /  /1932Plean Colliery
Opened by the Plean Colliery Company to produce coking coal for, originally, its own coke ovens and, later, National Coal Board ovens at Dumbreck Colliery, Kilsyth. (Possibly Haugh Coke Works?)
  /  /1943Winton Pit (Ormiston)
Opened by National Coal Board, part of NCB Ormiston scheme, (originally opened by the Ormiston Coal Co as a ventilation shaft, made into a mine by the NCB).
  /08/1946Kingshill Colliery No 3
Sunk by the National Coal Board, originally planned by the Coltness Iron Works.
  /  /1947National Coal Board
Keen to develop Esk Basin.
  /  /1947Baads Mine (West Calder)
To National Coal Board.
  /  /1947United Collieries Ltd, Glasgow
To National Coal Board.
  /  /1947Easton Mine (Bathgate)
Washery added by National Coal Board.
01/01/1947National Coal Board
Formed
  /  /1948Tillycoultry Mine
Re-opened after National Coal Board re-construction.
  /  /1950Polmaise Colliery Pit 5
Opened by the National Coal Board for coking coal, but only used for ventilation.
  /  /1950Prestongrange Mine (Prestonpans)
National Coal Board opens pithead baths.
  /  /1950National Coal Board
Over-production as demand drops.
  /  /1950National Coal Board
Established the small Quarter Collieries Knowetop Pit, Quarter Collieries Beatons Lodge Pit and Avonbraes Pit (on site of earlier Avonbanks Pit 1824-1857) in the 1950s.
  /06/1951Kinneil Mine (Kinneil)
Opened by National Coal Board for coal, built on the site of the Furnaceyard Mine.
  /  /1952Kingshill Colliery No 3
Opened by the National Coal Board. Connected by double track cable haulage railway to new preparation plant at Kingshill Colliery No 1. The new preparation plant also replaces the Royal George Washery at the Coltness Iron Works and is used for coal from Branchal Mine and Overtown Mine.
  /05/1952Bilston Glen Colliery (Loanhead)
First Sod cut by National Coal Board.
  /  /1953Dalkeith Colliery (Dalkeith)
Coal Preparation Plant opened by National Coal Board, uses existing 5, 6 for ventilation and 7, 8 for access, uses the Smeaton Colliery bing.
16/12/1953Monktonhall Colliery (Millerhill)
First sod cut by National Coal Board.
  /  /1954Polmaise Colliery Pit No 5
National Coal Board plans re-construction.
  /  /1954Manor Powis Colliery
National Coal Board plan to re-build no 3 pit and a drift mine nearby.
  /01/1954Alloa NCB Workshops
Opened by the National Coal Board to replace smaller workshops at the Whins, Alloa, and Fallin. The works and stores were opened by the railway and could overhaul locomotives.
  /  /1955Minnivey Nos 4,5 (Burnton)
Opened by National Coal Board.
  /  /1955Riddochill Mine (Bathgate)
National Coal Board installs first continuous miner system.
  /10/1956Allander Scheme
Public enquiry for the National Coal Board's proposed Allander Scheme to mine for coal under Bearsden and Milngavie, no decision reached.
  /  /1957Polquhain Colliery (Rankinston)
Re-built by the National Coal Board.
  /  /1957Cuthill Mine
Opened by National Coal Board.
  /  /1958Airth Colliery
The National Coal Board starts sinking a new mine by Airth station on the South Alloa Branch (Scottish Central Railway).
  /  /1959Douglas Colliery
Re-built by the National Coal Board.
  /  /1959Allander Scheme
National Coal Board estimates Allander Scheme would not be needed into the 1980s and housing is built on the proposed site.
  /02/1959Airth Colliery
Sinking of the new mine is abandoned as the National Coal Board was losing £12 million a month.
  /  /1960Polkemmet Mine (Whitburn)
Re-built by the National Coal Board, to include a preparation plant. Produced 12000 tons of coking coal per week for the Ravenscraig Steel Works.
  /  /1961Whitehill Pit (Rosewell)
Closed by National Coal Board.
  /01/1961Gilmerton Pit (Gilmerton)
Closed by National Coal Board.
  /  /1962Longannet Power Station
Planned by South of Scotland Electricity Board (SSEB). The National Coal Board (NCB) plans to supply it from Bogside Colliery No 3, Castlehill Mine and Solsgirth Colliery.
  /02/1962National Coal Board
Partial closure of Hassockrigg Colliery.
  /07/1962National Coal Board
Complete closure of Hassockrigg Colliery
  /  /1963Bilston Glen Colliery (Loanhead)
Opened by National Coal Board.
  /  /1964Burghlee Mine (Loanhead)
Closed by National Coal Board. (Was opened by Shotts Iron Works).
  /  /1965Ramsay Pit (Loanhead)
Closed by National Coal Board. (Opened by RBW Ramsay.)
26/01/1965Monktonhall Colliery (Millerhill)
Opened by National Coal Board.
  /  /1966National Coal Board
Quarter Collieries Knowetop Pit closed.
  /  /1967Dysart Workshops (Dysart)
Closed by National Coal Board.
  /  /1969National Coal Board
Blairhall Colliery closed.
  /  /1970Harviestoun Drift Mine
Opened to the east of the former National Coal Board mine.
29/11/1971Taff Vale Extension
Middle Duffryn Junction to Mountain Ash sold to the National Coal Board.
09/01/1977Rumney Railway
Bargoed to Britannia Colliery closed, coal worked by the National Coal Board over their private line to Bargoed Washery connected to the Rhymney Railway at Bargoed Pits Junction.
  /  /1986National Coal Board
Becomes British Coal Corporation.
  /  /1988Cowdenbeath Central Works and Offices (Cowdenbeath)
Closed by British Coal Corporation (formerly National Coal Board).