Category: England, Colliery Managers

Categories: England, Mining Occupations

A colliery viewer or coal viewer was the manager of a coal mine or colliery. The term was mostly used in the late eighteenth to nineteenth centuries, in the UK. In modern use, the viewer would be the senior and responsible mining engineer at a site.

According to Wikipedia Glossary of Coal MIning Terminology, a colliery manager was appointed by the owner or agent and had overall charge of coal production and labour policy. Managers required certification following the 1872 Mines Act: in practice the duties of the manager were very varied and might extend to all parts of the business. The manager was responsible for observance of the regulations under the Coal Mines Act 1911 and was required to make a daily personal supervision of the mine. They were assisted by one or more undermanagers and by the overmen, who largely assumed the face-to-face aspects of labour management. In the case of smaller mines, the regulations allowed the owner or agent to appoint themselves as manager.

Person Profiles (7)

26 Oct 1890 Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom - 18 Dec 1962
12 Nov 1826 Long Benton, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom - 18 Sep 1892 photo
1847 Sutton, St Helens, Lancashire, England - 1920
1833 Newcastle Upon Tyne, England - 1904
1863 Grassmoor, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom
1819 Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom - 10 May 1897
bef 1860 Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom - 1945

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