Bevercotes: 1854/58 to 1993

Bevercotes Colliery put deep mined coal on the world stage by becoming the first fully automated in 1965. It was a pit providing coal for nearby large power stations, providing electricity for this part of the country. There was great interest in the newly introduced remote control methods that would go on to help cut six thousand tons of coal a day. The production of coal came from seams 3000 feet below surface level and arrive on the pit top without being manhandled. Although other mines had tried various methods of remote machinery, Bevercotes became the first in the world to become fully remote operative from surface to the coal face. This had an effect on man power as it reduced miners on the coal face from nearly seventy down to ten, and would then be introduced in Scotland so that output could be geared to the demands of their power stations.