Additionally, the local area could not supply enough men to work in the mine, so many moved into the area from outside the region and the company built Bentley New Village which still exists to accommodate all the workers. We should never forget them. In the period that we now call the Industrial Revolution mining disasters wrecked the lives of thousands of South Yorkshire families and devastated entire communities. The corpses of horses down the mine were also slowing down the recovery process. Mining in the East Midlands, 1550-1947 1 ed. Four men went down the pit wearing breathing apparatus and had to carry the injured over 2 miles 3.
The explosion was so powerful that one of the cages was blown up and out of shaft two. The colliery also had three shafts, the first shaft went down 230 feet 70 m into the mine and was used to pump out water and for downcast. The sculpture features mining symbols, and the central feature is a large piece of coal trapped within twisted metal. Barnsley Pit Lad to Peer. Despite the importance and widespread occurrence of South Yorkshire mining disasters, which also included dreadful winding accidents and gas emissions, their story has never been told in a single volume. Date Article Newspaper Frightful Colliery Explosion At Lundhill, 189 Lives Lost Annual Register for 1857 The Great Colliery Explosion Near Barnsley Newcastle Guardian and Tyne Mercury The Late Great Colliery Accident Newcastle Guardian and Tyne Mercury The Lundhill Colliery Explosion Newcastle Guardian and Tyne Mercury Supposed Cause Of The Lund-Hill Explosion Newcastle Guardian and Tyne Mercury The Lundhill Explosion, Funerals Newcastle Guardian and Tyne Mercury Local And District News Newcastle Guardian and Tyne Mercury The Lundhill Colliery Explosion, Verdict Of The Jury Newcastle Guardian and Tyne Mercury The Lundhill Explosion Morpeth Herald The Lundhill Colliery Explosion Newcastle Guardian and Tyne Mercury If you are researching John Booker e.
The colliery was known to be dangerous to work in. The extent and frequency of coal-mining disasters was far less during the twentieth century compared with the Victorian times, especially after the nationalisation of the industry in 1947. At the time of the Cadeby disaster of 1912 when there were 88 deaths, including rescue workers and mine inspectors, there were about 2,600 collieries operated by almost 1500 independent concerns and a work-force of around 1,100,000. The author reviews the policy and performance of the union at the district level, its involvement in both national and international miners' organizations, and the experience of the union and mining community in a number of important industrial actions, including struggles for an eight-hour day and minimum wage. Many of the miners who worked there were uneasy about the situation. This tactic seemed to work as the flames died down, but thick black smoke still arose from the third shaft as it was left open.
Despite the importance and widespread occurrence of South Yorkshire mining disasters, which also included dreadful winding accidents and gas emissions, their story has never been told in a single volume. His directory of regional and national sources and his commentary on them will make this guide an essential tool for family historians searching for an ancestor who worked in coalmining underground, on the pit top or just lived in a mining community. About Brian Elliott Brian Elliott was born in the village of Royston near Barnsley and spent his childhood in neighbouring pit village Carlton where his father worked as a miner. The following day, seventeen pits in South Yorkshire and two in were on strike. Coal, crisis, and conflict : the 1984-85 miners' strike in Yorkshire. His recent books include Yorkshire Mining Veterans, South Yorkshire Mining Disasters Vol 1 and Lord Mason.
The following morning, it was decided to cap the first and second shaft with planks and clay. The site of the mine has been converted into a woodland. Despite having one of the best ventilation systems in the mining industry at the time, the mine was beset by accidents and face closures because of safety reasons. A freelance writer and editor for many years, Brian has published many books and articles on local and regional history, as well as initiating and developing series such as Aspects of Local History and Mining Heritage for the well-known Barnsley-based publisher Pen and Sword Books. The Rise and Fall of King Coal. By the 1970s, about the time of the last disasters covered in this volume there were still 240 working pits. The biggest danger was that the safety lamps showed combustible gas within a short distance; these gasses were and mixed with the black smoke emerging from the shafts.
Brian Elliott is the son of a Wharncliffe Woodmoor miner and has written extensively on coal-mining and social history. It is believed that a large number of men were killed instantly by the explosion or by the roof of the mine caving in. The initial workforce at Bentley were those already in the employ of Barber, Walker and Company, who had been tempted away from their pits at and High Park in Nottinghamshire. Despite the importance and widespread occurrence of South Yorkshire mining disasters, which also included dreadful winding accidents and gas emissions, their story has never been told in a single volume. Brian Elliott's book helps us to appreciate the great debt that we owe to our recent coal-mining ancestors. The new village had a school, football club and a cricket club too. They did however condemn the lack of discipline and the non-observance of the special rules, but didn't blame the colliery proprietors for the loss of discipline.
The mines department also held an inquiry between 29 December 1931 and 6 January 1932, which lists 43 dead, not 45. The jury made their verdict and concluded that there was not enough evidence to pinpoint what the real cause of the explosion was and that the explosion was therefore viewed as an accident and not as criminal negligence. The Barnsley area was particularly hard-hit during the middle decades of the century with major mining accidents, usually great explosions of firedamp occurring, for example, at Lundhill Colliery 189 men and boys killed ; Oaks 361 fatalities, Britain's worst pit disaster and Swaithe Main 143 dead. It is one of the biggest industrial disasters in the country's history and it was caused by a explosion. Date 19 February 1857 Time 12.
Modern accounts have decided that the final death toll was 45, though five of the bodies could not be recovered. The Coal Mining Industry of Sheffield and North East Derbyshire. Yet through much of the century coal mining continued to be a highly dangerous occupation, day-to-day fatalities occurring on a regular basis; and the bigger disasters: at Maltby Main, Bentley, North Gawber and Wharncliffe Woodmoor, attracted widespread media attention, causing immense suffering to bereaved families and communities. What is your research interest? Through a detailed study of groups, individuals, and communities, the complex nature of work and politics during a period of momentous change in the British coalfield history is demonstrated. The memorial serves to remind everyone, the human cost of which early miners and their families were only too aware of.