Darkhill Endeavour

1841  John Constant, of Noxon Farm, yeoman, (as a Free Miner) to Endeavour Level in Dark Hill.
John Trotter, Theophilus Trotter, James Thomas, William Whitworth, Nathan Atherton, Joseph Priestly, and William Crowdy, trading under the firm of Trotter, Thomas & Company, (as claiming through or under Free Miners) to the north east wing of Endeavour Level.
Coal in the Coleford High Delf and Trenchard veins.

Trotter, Thomas & Co. were also working Valletts Level; Young Colliers; Poolway Level; Success Level; the land side of Birch Hill Folly Level, known as Winnall, or Upper Success Level.

1 March 1841  Mr. John Constant, High Delf,
Raised by: A level.
How disposed of; country sale
Daily quantity raised; 5 tons a quarter being lime coal.
At 300 days annually; 500 tons
Amount per ton including royalty; 9d
Amount annually; £56. 0s. 0d.

F3 286 c1847  Darkhill Endeavour.  J. Constant.  Outputs:
 1841 288 tons
 1842 202
 1843   66

Midsummer 1861  Arrears of rent standing against Thos. Constant.

20 April 1867  Thomas Constant of Noxon Farm, Thomas Smith Biggs, 23 Gutter Lane, Cheapside, London, licensed victualler, and Harriet Elizabeth (neé Constant), his wife, and Henrietta Ann Constant (late of Noxon Farm, now of Gutter Lane).
Messrs Garrold, Stallard and Biggs.
Mr. Garrold 2nd. mortgagee.
Rents due.

28 August 1885  Thomas William Garrold, Hereford, William Stallard, Hereford, Thomas Smith Biggs, 13 Rochester Terrace, Camden Town and H.E. Biggs.
Release of shorts, not worked for five years

17 October 1889  T.S. Biggs & H.E. Garrold, solicitor, Hereford and Stallard 3, Wellington Terrace, Weston-super-Mare.  Colliery now unused.

18 October 1890  Colliery not being worked.

22 January 1891  Forfeited.

13 September 1892  Re-granted to John Harper.

1894  Darkhill No.2 Output 1,362 tons (Latham)

4 March 1895  James and Martin Nash, lessees, requiring to drive a water level so as to work the remaining coal in Darkhill Colliery.

25 February 1896  Rev. A. W. Latham applying to work a different vein of coal to the Nash’s.

27 January 1896  Darkhill & Ellwood Colliery Co.
Darkhill Colliery Nash’s
Darkhill Endeavour No.2 Latham.

August 1898  Working barrier between Darkhill and Darkhill Endeavour.

8 August 1898  Harper agreed to sell to Latham.  Latham also part of Phoenix Coal Co.
28 July 1899  Latham also owner of Hopewell Engine and Shutcastle.

26 April 1901 Dean Forest Guardian
Noah Howell, collier v Arthur William Latham and John Harper.

Howell trying to recover £60 being the balance due in regard of the purchase of his share in the gale by Latham and Harper.
Howell was granted the gale as a free miner but by arrangement it was registered in the name of Harper in 1891 or 92.  The gale was opened by Howell and his son at a cost of £18.  Latham then became anxious to get a share.  It was agreed that the interests of Howell and Harper should be treated as worth £100 each and that Latham should pay £100 to equalise capital.  Howell to be working manager at 30s. a week plus a third of the profits.  At the end of twelve months Howell was reduced to 24s. a week.  Latham and Harper were then to pay  Howell £100 for his share if he got out in February 1895.  He was actually only paid £40 plus an I.O.U.
Mr. Latham had blossomed into a colliery proprietor, living in a house at Ross with three collieries and two coal stations and 40 or 50 men in his employ.
‘What is Latham?’  ‘He was a Baptist minister, but I suppose he found coal business better than preaching.’
Noah Howell had in 1891 applied for the gale.  Traded as the Darkhill & Ellwood Colliery Co.
In October 1898 there was a dispute between Latham and Harper.  The former paid Harper £300+ for his share in the gale.
Latham carried on business as the Pheonix Coal Co. at Ross.
Colliery had been a great loss.
Found in favour of Howell plus costs.