Sheffield Daily Telegraph – Friday 12 December 1890
The New Colliery Sinkings at Cadeby.
The sinking operations at the new colliery of the Denaby Main Company, situate at Cadeby, about, a mile from the present Denaby Main pit, are proceeding rapidly, and the progress made gives satisfaction to Mr. W. H. Chambers, the manager, and Mr. J. Rose, who are chiefly responsible for the work.
Iron tubbing encases shaft No. 2. to a depth of about 95 yards. It is thought that the water strata has nearly been passed and that in further sinking operations the water difficulty, which up the present has retarded the work so ninth, will not prove so serious an Impediment.
In No. I Shaft the apparatus for putting the tubbing in has just been fixed, but here water is met with in considerable volume. The pumps, which are at present about 26 tons in weight, are suspended in the shaft by means of large steel wire ropes, which are connected with a crab engine In such a way that they can be raised or lowered at will.
The shafts we ventilated by means of Iron tubes; the ventilating fan is a “Capel.” Some few days ago no less than 15,000 gallons of water per hour were speeding, from No. 2 shaft to the river close by. The permanent engine room and workshops now in course of construction are among the best of their kind, and the concrete bed of the new engine, which is calculated to draw 2,000 tons per diem, is an imposing structure.
The company are making a branch railway of their own, which will connect them with the Great Northern and the Hull and Barnsley; and the Midland and M. S. and L., running close by, the company will be able to reach their markets on four principal railway system.
A new feature in the sinking is the installation of the electric light, which is to be taken down the shafts to light the workmen as well as the surface operations. The permanent head gear will be 16 feet high from the top of the shalt, and will be made of wrought iron.