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Lamp John was born in Felling in 1927.
Due to pit closures he moved to North Staffordshire in the 1960s



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These Pages Are Dedicated To The Memory Of The 4,495 Plus Miners Who Died In North Staffordshire Mines


A Miner General information e.g. what clothes a miner wore, what equipment tools machines etc were used. In response to Lynn Fleetwood's request for information about Miners.

I have been doing a little research on Pithead Baths

North Staffordshire is a very old coal field with records dating back to the thirteenth century with a lot of spilt blood and broken bones of miners in that time and we should all be aware of the part played by coal that made Britain one of the greatest nations in the world.

In North Staffordshire over 3,700 miners have been killed in the pits.


Apedale Footrail Inrush 1923
An inrush of water and blackdamp occurred about 10.30 on the 25th April 1923 in the Great Row seam of Apedale Footrail, in North Staffordshire, belonging to the Midland Coal and Coke Co. Ltd.

Apedale Water Mill Colliery
In response to a question by Kelly.

World War I - Miners miners often dug tunnels, and placed mines in them.

Berry Hill Explosion 1872
That was the exact place to put the candle if they wanted it to explode.

Bevin, Ernest - said, in an appeal from Whitehall: "We've reached a point at which there are not enough miners to produce the amount of coal needed to keep the war effort going.

Bignall Hill 1836
Explosion of firedamp, 11 men lost their lives.

Bignall Hill 1874
17 men lost their lives, caused by the use of naked lights in a fiery seam

Birchenwood Explosion
There was an explosion at Birchenwood colliery, North Staffordshire on the 18th December 1925 causing the deaths of seven men and injuring another seven.

Breathing apparatus and its Employment
Practical Paper by Mr. W. Clifford,Nov 1920

Broadfield Colliery 1843
In July, 1843, a firedamp explosion occurred in which 9 lives were lost at Broadfield Colliery in Fenton, North Staffordshire, located in what is now known as the Fenton industrial estate.

Bunker's Hill Colliery 1875
There were 43 miners killed by an explosion at Bunker's Hill Colliery on April 30th 1875.
Mr. Wynne, HMI, says: For more than 20 years I have been pointing out what a farce it is, to prohibit the use of naked lights in mines, and yet allow powder to be used for blasting.

Burley Pit No.1 Apedale 1878
It was feared that up to 30 lives were lost between 1.30 pm. and 1.45 pm. on 27th March 1878.

Burley Pit, Explosion 1885
On Saturday morning, the 20th of June 1885, a terrible explosion of gas resulted in the loss of nine lives

The Butty System
A butty was a sub-contractor, and an intermediary between master and men

Bycars Colliery 1859
There was sensation in the court. The coroner told him that he could hardly find terms sufficiently strong to mark his indignation at his conduct.

Chesterton Colliery 1873
Part of the Minor Disasters section. Most miners killed in accidents pass by nearly unnoticed.

Cook, Joseph, from his humble beginnings in North Staffordshire amazingly Joseph Cook become the Prime Minister of Australia on 24th June 1913 at the age of 52

Deputy's Stick

Diglake Colliery Flooding 1895
One of the many hazards faced by miners is water, and no way could this be more emphasised than the flooding of Diglake Colliery in North Staffordshire on 14th January, 1895, with the loss of 77 lives.

Edward Medal awarded by the King to Rowland Bennett , manager of Hanley Deep Colliery, North Staffs, and Albert Maley "in recognition of their gallantry"

Enoch Edwards MP
Also secretary of the North Staffs Miners Federation put a resolution to the House of Commons on safety in mines

Felling Explosion 1812
From now on the Reverend John Hodgson was determined to fight apathy or ignorance and stir up public concern for such wanton loss of human life. Through his persistence the Sunderland Society was formed. Among whom was Dr W.R. Clanny (1776 - 1850) who had been conducting experiments in his attempt to produce a safety lamp, and George Stephenson the father of Britains railways.

Fair Lady Pit Explosion 1879
Four men and a lad were killed and three men were seriously injured; they died soon after.

Florence Colliery - Photos

Golden Hill Colliery Explosion 1872
The jury, after deliberating for a long time, returned a verdict of accidental death. They strongly recommended that the proprietors should have the pits properly ventilated.

Grove Colliery Part of the Minor Disasters section. Most miners killed in accidents pass by nearly unnoticed.

Haig Pit, Whitehaven, Cumberland No.1. 39 killed, 1922

Haig Pit Disasters
13th Dec 1927 + 12th Feb 1928

Holocausts, A Wail from the Mine. 1877- An extract from a news paper called "The Miner" (Nov. 1877) It gives an insight to the thoughts of Trade Unionists at that time. Holocausts, A Wail from the Mine. 1877 All over England you can see capital living in mansions, and behold labour in hovels and rags.

Harriseahead Inrush of Water March 1924.
Pit Flooded at Harriseahead. Lucky Escape for 72 Miners.

Holditch Coliery Explosion, 2nd July, 1937
On the morning of the 2nd July, 1937, two coal cutter men, Herman Payne and Wm. Beardmore, at about 5.45 a.m. were cutting along the face with the machine when Beardmore, who was shovelling away the coal cuttings, saw a flame which seemed to run round with the picks for a moment then extended under the cut coal.

Hommer Ironstone Pit
Part of the Minor Disasters section. Most miners killed in accidents pass by nearly unnoticed.

Hudsby, Joseph - Extract from Diary
Colliery official from Adderley Green. Part of the Minor Disasters section. Most miners killed in accidents pass by nearly unnoticed.

Ivy House Colliery
20th Feb 1873 Part of the Minor Disasters section. Most miners killed in accidents pass by nearly unnoticed.

Jamage Pit Explosion
25th Nov. 1911

Jamage Pit Explosion
5th January 1876

Knowls Pit No. 3 Accident
1843 The spur wheel broke, as a result four men were hurled out of the shaft, and killed.

Leycett Colliery Explosion 1871
Still there is much to complain of in the way mines that are liable to give off explosive gases are carried on.

Leycett Explosion 1880
An explosion occurred at Leycett Colliery, North Staffordshire, on Wednesday 21st January 1880, which will rank among the great colliery disasters of a district, too famous for such disasters.

Lillydale Colliery 1881
The jury returned a verdict of manslaughter against Mr Perrins, manager of the colliery

Meadow Pit Accident 5 Killed
(Adderley Green. July 1860) A colliery rule required that the empty cage be lowered and drawn up before any of the workmen are permitted to go down. This rule was totally disregarded.

Memories from the Minnie Pit Explosion 1918

Mines Rescue Service In Britain. Introduction

Mines Rescue Service In Britain. - Coal Mines Act of 1911 - Explosion at Whitehaven

Mines Rescue Service In Britain - North Staffordshire Colliery Owners Association

Minnie Pit Explosion 1915
The service at Halmerend Wesleyan Church stopped as the congregation hurried to the scene of the disaster.

Minnie Pit Disaster 1918
This pit will ever be remembered as the most infamous in the North Staffordshire coal field due to the heavy loss of life it incurred. - List of Names and photographs of memorial service.

Mossfield Colliery Explosion
On October 16th 1889, 64 miners at Mossfield Colliery became a statistics. But one must remember that each one of those who died in this tragic incident was a major disaster in itself to some one, - wife, mother, brother or sister.

Mossfield Colliery Explosion 1940
The explosion occurred shortly after 1a.m. on Thursday, 21st March, in the third hour of the night shift of Wednesday.

Nabbs Pit Silverdale May 1854
A lamentable accident four dead and one seriously injured.

New Hem Heath Colliery Fire
1915 The pit was a small one, employing about 120 workmen and at the time of the accident about 21 men were in the colliery.

Norton Colliery Explosion 1912. Suddenly, and without warning the shaft was shattered by a thunderous roar from below.

Oldfield Explosion 1855
On Friday morning May 24th at about 10 am. A most terrible explosion took place at Oldfield colliery in Fenton, North Staffordshire belonging to W. H. Sparrow.

Over-Winding 'Big Pit'
Far Green Hanley. On the 5th November 1859 the cage was not stopped at the mouth of the pit.

The Pottery Riots 1842.
The general strike itself was a cry of despair from the whole of the country however it led to the start of permanent trade unions.

Prevention of Accidents in Coal Mines

Brian Rix was a Bevin Boy

Safety Lamps Became A Major Issue - Efficient ventilation is the only thing to be depended upon

Sheriff Pit, Silverdale 1870
On 7th July 1870 an explosion occurred at Sheriff Pit, which killed 19 men. The pit was situated near the blast furnace about half a mile from the village of Silverdale.

Sheriff Pit Explosion 1872
killed eight workmen, injured eight more and caused considerable damage to the the mine.

Sheriff Pit Explosion 1876. The men often called it the "slaughter shop"

Sladder Hill Pit Explosion 1821
About eight o'clock in the morning four men and five youths were at work in the pit, when the inflammable gas came in contact with the flame of the candle.

Sladder Hill Pit Explosion
1891 - The eight men and two boys, who had been at work when the explosion occurred, were found killed in their working places.

Slappenfield Pit
A shocking accident occurred in the Bullhurst seam in the Slappenfield Pit killing Samuel Sprontson. 1879

Sneyd Colliery 1st January 1942
Their deaths were not caused by enemy action but by a horrific underground explosion. - Includes list of dead

Talke o' the Hill ExplosionDec 1866.
About 11.30 a.m., an explosion of gas took place. A minute later 89 men and boys were corpses strewed in all directions; 14 horses were struck dead, and their stables were on fire.

Talk o' th' Hill 1873
The jury recommended more efficient firemen be employed.

Talke o' the Hill Explosion 1901
An explosion occurred about 7.30 p.m., on the 27th May 1901 and caused the death of four persons, along with twenty-seven horses and ponies.

Thatcher regarded a victory over the N.U.M. as crucial to her overall long-term strategy against the Trade Union movement as a whole, so the state prepared for the 1984-85 strike. The Miners Struggle

Trials of Life-Saving Appliances
Atherton - 1908

Trubshaw Colliery an explosion in 1846 killed 3 men.

Ubberley Colliery Staffordshire.
An explosion of foul air took place. 7 died

Uprooting and Moving House
"For a Future in Mining look at North Staffordshire"

Wedgwood, John Esq.,
Proprietor of Bignall Hill Colliery

Wellington Pit Disaster, Whitehaven 1910 in which 136 miners lost their lives.

White Barn Colliery Explosion 1874.
About six o'clock, a quantity of gas, which, had accumulated in the mine, exploded with terrific force killing one man and seriously injuring six.

Whitfield Colliery
Explosion on 7th Feb 1881 at the of the Chatterley Iron & Coal Company, near Hanley, North Staffordshire.Researched by John Lumsdon.



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