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Almost The Whole of the Rotherham Area is Built on Coal

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"Around Rotherham" published by Budding Books Sutton Publishing Ltd - And is copyright to Anthony P. Munford 1995


Grange Colliery, Droppingwell employed, at its peak, 800 men and could be found off the Upper Wortley Road. It was sunk in the mid 19th Century and had its own branch line leading onto the Great Central Railway, in the Blackburn Valley.The last coal left the colliery in 1963.

Between 1880 and 1910, over 1000 fatalities occurred every year in British coal mines. An average of four miners killed and 517 injured every day. In 1910 the national fatality figure rose to 1818 killed. Of these, 501 died in explosions, 658 through falls of ground, and 286 through haulage accidents.

Right: - members of the Maltby Colliery rescue team photographed at the Rotherham and District Rescue Station in the early 1920s.
The second man from the right is Arthur Bailey and on his right is Joseph Brierley.


Coal mining has always been very dangerous and Maltby Colliery was no exception.

In 1923, 27 men died while fighting an underground fire.

The rescue team went in (see above) but after 19 days they only managed to find one body.
In 1947 another body was found but it could not be identified.

The funeral cortege was photographed passing through the centre of the town.


June 1942 saw the beginning of Open Cast Mining in the fields around Wentworth.

By July 1944, 5 million tons of spoil had been removed to produce 750,000 tons of coal.

The photograph shows just how close, in 1946, the open casting was to the church.The open casting continued into the early 1950s but, in this case, the restoration was such that it is now almost impossible to see where the excavators worked.

 

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