1838 Prospectus of Lydney &
Dean Forest Coal Company
Included Ža colliery called žMapleford EngineÓ; held subject to a gale rent of £2 2s per annum. This colliery commands the High Delf coal between žThe HopewellÓ and žArthurs FollyÓ or žSpeedwellÓŪ.
1841 James Morrell and Robert
Morrell, both of Oxford, bankers, as mortgagees in possession as assignees
of a lease granted by Thomas Miles, a Free Miner, for 1,000 years from
21 December 1815.
Mapleford Engine and MilesŪ Level Colliery.
Coal in the Coleford High Delf.
Messrs. Morrells. Outputs:
1841 4320 tons
31 October 1862 Messrs. Blanch & Bower
14 June 1869 Hopewell and Mapleford Engine Collieries - Western Counties Colliery Co., Whitecroft. Francis Nash.
F3 872 MAPLEFORD ENGINE &
MILES LEVEL No. 2
11 November 1902 Sidney Elsom requesting a meeting for regrant of gale. Application also about to be made by Parkend Deep Navigation.
22 May 1903 Application for grant by Thomas Gwilliam
27 July 1903 Granted
1 October 1908 No working
6 October 1908 ŽI have lately purchased an engine for the galeŪ
22 march 1909 Still no work
21 March 1910 Lease to Herbert Cook and Edwin Osbourne
23 December 1912 Being worked
from Hopewell Engine Pits. Trespass into Princess Royal workings.
250 tons taken from barrier.
Mr. H. S. Cook manager of United Stone Firms.
During the coal strike Osbourne, employed by Cook, drove into the barrier - deliberate trespass.
As lives lost at Union due to trespass into the same barrier from the free drainage level a dim view was taken of this. Told to fill up hole in barrier and fined.
3 February 1913 Cook suspended Osbourne. Cook had been trying to develop the Union end of the gale. My friend and I have spent £9,000 at Wigpool.
24 June 1916 Lease. Thomas Gwilliam to Thomas Gwilliam (son), Caleb Gwilliam, Joseph Henry Gwilliam and Sydney Gwilliam.
24 August 1925 Thomas Gwilliam deceased, (1 September 1917) other four his sons, work now restarting. Tramway made in 1917.
21 September 1925 Gwilliam Bros. Arles Level, Shortstanding.
28 September 1927 Registered
owner of Mapleford Engine and Miles Level No. 2 viz. the executors of Thomas
Gwilliam have contracted to sell all seams apart from the Whittington which
is leased to other parties.
Gales should be surrendered and re-granted as two.
Wish to sell to Mr. Walter charles Bounds and Miss Phyllis Mary Marshall of Tidenham.
24 January 1928 Mapleford Engine & Miles Level No.2 became known as Mapleford Engine No. 3 and Mapleford Engine No. 4 gales
8 February 1928 Conveyance of No. 4 to Bounds & Marshall, contained the Coleford High Delf and Trenchard seams.
14 June 1928 Application from Bounds for an engine house, tramway and loading bank.
14 August 1928 Also wishing to erect an office and a garage for a lorry.
21 December 1929 Messrs. Latham & Wilson applying to construct a tramway and loading bank.
Mapleford Engine No. 4 level close
to Ellwood Pit
ž ž ž 3 ž ž ž Barnhill ParryŪs Pit and StopfordŪs Level
No. 3 loading bank just above Cannop
No. 4 loading bank by Bromley Lodge, tramway alongside road from Ellwood Lodge.
Originally tramway to loading bank at Bicslade pre 1926
MAPLEFORD COLLIERIES LTD.
Mapleford Collieries Ltd. of Clements End, Coleford hold gales by a mortgage dated 28 September 1951 with NCB to secure £630.
P. M. Marshall and A. Bounds.
Omissions from statement of interests included:- Fan (Phillips); one Albion Engine, single cylinder 3 H.P.; vertical boiler. 2 spare sets of wheels for Marshall Engine; Robey steam engine - single cylinder. 1 Flywheel for Marshall engine.
Company estimated at £2,898.
Estimated annual revenue of £450.