I have been attempting to trace the sad death of a young schoolboy who, while bird nesting,
scaled a disused mine shaft; whilst on top of the wall he fell to his death, the old mine went
by the local name of OWD NATS, AT WORSLEY MESNES, WIGAN IT WAS IN THE 1980s.
I only know the lads surname it was CONWAY.
I WOULD BE GRATEFUL IF YOU HAVE ANY DETAILS
Mr. A. Winstanley
On 31st of May 1972 (possibly 1971) John Conway fell down Worsley Mesnes Shaft, which was next to Smithy Brook very near to the Brookside sheltered housing complex but the search went on until the end of the next day. The shafts men from Parkside Colliery were sent to try and recover his body but there was too much water in the shaft. (Wigan Observer) Above photo shows the shaft being filled in after the accident. John and two other lads were bird-nesting over the pit shaft, they were trying to get to a kestrel's nest. The shaft was at the back of where St Clements court is now on Worsley Mesnes Drive. The family used to live on Walpole Ave but then they moved to the Scholes area.
Micky East said the problem with the shaft, locally called Owd Nat's, was that it was not capped, it just had a wall around it, you could easily climb to the top of it. I well remember Mick Waddington and a mate dancing on the timber across the shaft, about 18inches wide, above that dark abyss. When mother found out she hit the roof and barred us from going down the lane.
Most of the above information from 'Wigan World'
31st May 1972