Summary Information

Gwent Archives
Oakdale Colliery.
Oakdale Colliery, records
c. 1974-1990
0.003 Cubic Metres

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Biographical/Historical note

Oakdale, situated in the Sirhowy Valley, was one of three collieries opened by the Tredegar Iron and Coal Company in 1908.

A limited company, Oakdale Navigation Collieries, ran both Oakdale and Waterloo Collieries. Following Nationalisation in 1947, Oakdale became part of the South-Western division of the National Coal Board.

Oakdale Colliery eventually closed in 1989.

A detailed history appears in The Mines of the South Wales Coalfield, by Ray Lawrence.

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Scope and Contents note

Minute books 1989-1990; register of employees c. 1974- 1985; publications of the NUM 1971 and 1987.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Gwent Archives

Conditions Governing Access note

The records are generally open.

A closure period has been applied to certain records in this collection which contain information of a sensitive nature on individuals who may still be living.

Where evidence can be provided that an individual is no longer living, a paid search of these records can be requested.


Normal copyright conditions apply.

Appraisal note

A few records not covered by our collection policy, as they related more generally to the N.U.M. in Great Britain as a whole, were not retained by Gwent Archives.

All other records have been retained.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

The following records for Oakdale Colliery are held at Gwent Archives:

Reference D4180: Colliery photographs, c. 1960-1970;

Reference MISCMSS147: "60 Years at Oakdale Colliery", n.d.

Reference D391: plans, n.d.

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Other Finding Aids note

Hard copies of catalogues are available at Gwent Archives.

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Collection Inventory

 D6054/1 Minute book: general meetings Feb 1989- Jan 1990   0.001 Cubic Metres

 D6054/2 Committee minute book Jan 1989 - Dec 1989   0.001 Cubic Metres

Conditions Governing Access note

A closure period of 75 years applies to this record, which includes sensitive information on persons who may still be living.

 D6054/3 Register of employees c. 1974-c.1985   0.001 Cubic Metres

Scope and Contents note

Headings Include; registered number; name and address; date of birth; lamp/locker no; starting date.

Conditions Governing Access note

A closure period of 75 years is applied to this record.

 D6054/4 National Union of Mineworkers (South Wales Area): Rules 1987   0.001 Cubic Metres

 D6054/5 National Union of Mineworkers (South Wales Area): Third Wages Structure Agreement 1971, Questions and Answers 1971   0.001 Cubic Metres