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Irvin Saxton

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Briggs Snydale Colliery

Briggs Snydale Colliery

Original name - Snydale Victoria Colliery.
Owners - Rhodes and Dalby - Henry Briggs and Sons Ltd - National Coal Board.
Shaft sinking began - 1863.
Maximum output - 185,000 tons in 1953 and 1954.
Maximum employment - underground - 702 in 1922.
Surface - 209 in 1922.
Closed down in 1966.

MANAGERS
Abraham Wardman 1863-1895
James T Eley 1895-1902
Thomas Beach 1903-1907
Robert Johnson Shaw 1907-
A Simpkin 1911-1918
G A Charlton 1924 - 1944
H P A (Percy) Johnson 1944-1947
Charles Appleby 1947-1951
F Speakman 1951-1954
Edgar Fearnside 1954-1957
Les Simpkin 1957-1960
John Tunnicliffe 1960-1965
George Galley 1965-1966

Snydale Colliery Fatal Accidents

Note: This list will be extended as more information becomes available. Not all ages or first names are known.

1864

Benjamin Hepworth age 35 and John Greenwood age 34, shaft sinkers, were killed by an explosion of firedamp during shaft sinking operations.

1869

Henry Peel Noble age 29 and John Barratt age 35, drifters, were suffocated by powder fumes after firing a shot.

1870

Ambrose Webster, a blacksmith, took an ordinary flame lamp down the pit instead of a safety lamp and ignited firedamp. He died a few days later from his burns.
R Poole and W Luter, colliers, took their candles into the goaf (a waste area) and ignited gas.

1871

Abraham Roberts, a pony driver age 25, was crushed by tubs.

1872

George Smith, a collier age 28 was killed by a fall of roof.
Jim Corrigan, a collier age 49 was killed by a fall of roof.
Samuel Hardcastle, a furnaceman age 55 attempted to get off the cage when it set off and crushed him.

1878

William Wilcox , a pony driver age 16 was killed by a fall of roof.

1879

The following were all killed when the winding rope broke after the cages collided:-
S Kerfool
age 37 a byeworker
William Douthroit
age 38 a byeworker
Charles Allsopp
age 35 a byeworker
John Brown
age 42 a horsekeeper
William Oldridge
age 32 a miner
William Pegg age 28 a miner
J Calcannon age 29 a miner and
Samuel Camp age 20 a pony driver.

1883

W Wilcox, a collier age 50 was killed by a fall of roof.

1885

Michael James Luckman, a pony driver age 14 was run over by tubs.

1886

William Massey, a collier age 56 was killed by a fall of roof.

1889

E Luckman, a pony driver age 14 was crushed by tubs.

1890

Samuel Raleigh, a collier age 19 was killed by a fall of roof.

1893

John Gleed, an underground labourer age 25 was found lying across the tub rails and on arrival at Clayton Hospital it was found his back was broken and he died five days later.
J Nash, a collier age 25 was killed by a fall of coal.

1895

J Stead, a collier age 26 was injured by a fall of roof and died three days later.

1896

George Oliver a collier age 49 strained himself lifting a tub and died five days later.

1897

M Layne, a collier age 30 was killed by a fall of roof.
Charles Foster, a collier age 44 was killed by a fall of roof. 
Isaac Harvey, a surface labourer age 62 was pushing a wagon under the screens when another wagon crushed him.

1899

J Machin, a pony driver age 17 was trapped between tubs on January 26 and died April 21.

1900

Ernest Staples, a surface worker age 20 was found dead in a coal washer hopper. It was presumed he fell from a ladder.

1901

R Hammond, a pony driver age 17 was found dead under a tub.
T Atkinson, a haulage lad age 17 was killed when the haulage rope jerked and knocked him in front of the tubs.
W Jackson, a trapper (in charge of a ventilation door) age 14 was passing  some full tubs when the horse moved forward and he was crushed between a tub and a door frame. He died two days later.

1902

Isaac Hufton, a collier age 58 of Andrew Street was injured by a fall of roof and died the same day.

1904

Joseph Wardle, a stone miner age 28 was enlarging a roadway and was killed by a fall of roof.
James Green, a collier age 28 was killed by a fall of roof.
Benjamin Ward, a collier age 49 was injured by a fall of roof. He was taken home where he died shortly afterwards.

1908

Joseph Oliver, a collier age 40 was killed by a fall of roof.
Henry Lockwood, a carter age 20 was caught between a coal cart and a wagon and he died five days later.

1910

Thomas Lucas, a collier age 56 was killed by a fall of roof.

1911

Cyril Jones a byworker age 22 of Sharlston was injured by a fall of roof on March 1 and died of pneumonia on March 10.

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Featherstone Main

Featherstone Main

Original name - Featherstone Colliery.
Owners - John Shaw - Featherstone Coal Company - South Kirkby, Featherstone and Hemsworth Collieries Limited.
Shaft sinking began - 1868.
Maximum output -
Maximum employment - underground - 2,095 in 1924.
Surface - 480 in 1924.
Closed down in 1935.

MANAGERS
Earnest Andrews 1868-1886
J T Bennett 1886-1893
Thomas Thompson 1893-1897
Peter Darlington 1897- 1922
A M G Prest 1922-1924
T Beach 1924-1928
C S Magee 1928-1934
N Baster 1934-1935

Featherstone Main Colliery Fatal Accidents

1872

William Phoenix, W Livesey and John Cawthorne. Phoenix, a deputy, was examining the pit before work started and took off the top of his lamp and ignited firedamp. Livesey was 14 and Cawthorne was 13.

1875

C Green, a collier age 25 was killed by a fall of roof.
Jas McVay, a surface screener, was crushed by wagons.

1877

John Henry Dixon,  a collier age 27 was killed by a fall of coal.

1878

E Walker, a collier age 20 was killed by a fall of stone.
John Hunter, age 14 was run over by tubs.

1881

William Wait, a collier age 62 was crushed by tubs.

1883

C Lunn, a pony driver age 16 was run over by tubs.

1884

W Whaites, a collier age 24 was injured by a fall of roof on February 15 and died March 11.

1886

T Parkin, a collier age 40 was killed by a fall of coal.

1887

E Limb, a collier age 56 was killed by a fall of roof.
D Hodgson, a screener age 17 was crushed by wagons and died the next day.

1888

Adolphus Rowley, a pony driver age 19 was crushed by tubs and died two months later.
Thomas Cardo, a trapper age 14 fell out of the cage.

1889

H Glossop, a shunter age 22 was crushed by tubs.

1891

W Longbottom, a surface worker age 26 was hit on the head by a lump of coal on December 1 and died on December 20.

1892

J Westwood, a collier age 49 was killed by a fall of coal.

1893

Tom Roberts, a pony driver age 14 was injured when his head was crushed between a tub and the side of the roadway. He was taken home and died the same night.

1894

Joseph Taylor, a byworker age 23 was killed by a fall of stone.
J Foster, a collier age 30 was killed by a fall of roof.

1895

John Henry Thomas, a labourer age 14 was knocked down by a wagon and died a few hours later in Clayton Hospital.
William Scott, a collier age 54 was injured by a fall of coal and the next day in Clayton Hospital.

1897

T Dutton, a driver age 16 was crushed between a tub and a bar.

1898

George Horbury, a shunter age 22 of Streethouse was riding on his shunter's pole when he fell off and was run over by a wagon.
E Frobisher, a colliery age 50 was killed by a fall of roof.

1901

F Addey, a collier age 24 was killed by a fall of roof.

1902

Henry Womersley, a byeworker age 55 of Kinsley was killed by a fall of roof.
J Barnes, a collier age 25 was killed by a fall of coal. 
John Hardy, a collier age 40 of Pretoria Street was injured by a fall of roof last December 5 and died on April 20.

1905

James Bennett, a deputy age 46 was hit by runaway tubs and taken to Clayton Hospital where he died soon after.
George Eccles, a collier of Pontefract age 53 died in Clayton Hospital after being buried by a fall of roof.
John Henry Barnett, a miner of Pontefract age 30 was killed by fall of roof.
Alfred Flockton, a collier age 36 of Castleford was killed by a fall of coal.
John Beach, a hanger-on age 34 of Granville Street was killed when he was standing on the sump boards and was hit by the cage.

1906

John Turner, a haulage lad age 18 slipped and fell on the rails and was run over by tubs. He died four days later in Pontefract Infirmary.

1907

Alfred Rigg, a byeworker age 24 of Gladstone Terrace was injured by a large stone which fell from the roof and he died the next day in Clayton Hospital.
John Hill, a collier age 33 of Pretoria Street was killed by a fall of roof.
Charles Wheatley Patrick, a collier age 57 was killed when he was crushed by runaway tubs.

1908

Bernard Maurice Westbrook, a pony driver age 16 of Cowards Buildings was found dead after being run over by a full tub.
Benjamin Parker, a collier age 49 of Purston was killed by a fall of roof.
Samuel Morton, a collier age 50 was injured when a pot hole (a fossilised tree trunk) fell on him on July 29. He died on August 7.
James Hamer, a filler (trainee collier) age 21 of Albert Street was hit by a fall of roof on December 9 which fractured his spine. He was taken to Clayton Hospital where he died on December 18.

1909

James Turton Haggas, a miner of Crossley Street was killed by a fall of stone.
J W Machin, a pony driver age 17 died when he was crushed between two runs of tubs.

1910

Thomas Lyman, a deputy age 54 was killed by a fall of roof.

1911

John William Alder, a collier age 31 was killed by a fall of roof.
Enoch Llewellyn, a pony driver age 14 fell and a sharp stone cut his throat.
Joseph Slater, a byworker age 57 was hit by runaway tubs.
John Barnett, a collier age 59 of Lord Street was killed by a fall of coal.
William Wilks, a collier age 44 of Thorntons Buidings was killed by a fall of roof.

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