Nottinghamshire Miners' Association

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Nottinghamshire Miners' Association
Founded 1881
Date dissolved 1945
Merged into National Union of Mineworkers
Country United Kingdom

The Nottinghamshire Miners' Association was a trade union in the United Kingdom.

The union was founded in 1881 to represent coal miners in Nottinghamshire.

During the UK General Strike of 1926, General Secretary George Alfred Spencer negotiated a return to work for some members, against the wishes of the union, and he was expelled.[1] He founded the Nottinghamshire Miners' Industrial Union, a breakaway union supported by moderates such as John Hancock. The two organisations reunited in 1937,[2] as the Nottinghamshire Miners' Federated Union.

In 1945, the union became the Nottinghamshire Area of the National Union of Mineworkers. During the 1984-1985 miners' strike, the majority of the members broke away to form the Union of Democratic Mineworkers.


1881: Joseph Allen
1883: Joseph Hopkin
1884: Charles West
1888: Aaron Stewart
1897: W. Hardy
1899: John E. Whyatt
1907: Charles Bunfield
1909: William Carter
1910: John E. Whyatt
1912: George Alfred Spencer
1918: Frank Varley
1930: Val Coleman
1932: Bernard Taylor
1937: George Alfred Spencer
1945: Bill Bayliss
Len Clarke
1982: Ray Chadburn
Keith Stanley

General Secretaries[edit]

1881: W. Kay
1884: Aaron Stewart
1887: William Bailey
1893: John Hancock
1897: Aaron Stewart
1910: Charles Bunfield
1918: George Alfred Spencer
1926: William Carter
1932: Val Coleman
Len Martin
1981: Henry Richardson


  1. ^ Hester Barron, The 1926 Miners' Lockout, p.3
  2. ^ J. E. Williams, The Derbyshire Miners, p.763