Nice site, dropped on it by accident yesterday and I thought I’d fill in a little more detail to this thread that has emerged doing my family tree.
One of the dead from the explosion was a Charles Ludrick of Wigan who was Thomas Wilkinson’s brother in law. i.e Martha Wilkinson was nee Martha Ludrick, sister to Charles. (I am not descended from either of these but their sister Ellen was my GG Grandmother, hence my following this up)
It was to Charles Ludrick (senior) in Wigan that she retreated (as stated in the articles) when she had the triple whammy of losing her husband, brother and brother in law on the same day. Incidentally, it appears from her children shown in the 1861 census that she may have been in the early stages of yet another pregnancy when the explosion happened in 1857. She named him Charles.
I would very much like to correspond with Ron Hutchinson and Pat Gray if at all possible, especially since, if Thomas Wilkinson was his Great grandfather, then we share common ancestors in the person of Charles Ludrick (snr) and his wife Ellen.
If you can let me know their e mails, or forward mine to them I would be very grateful.
Incidentally, although I never went down the pit, my father was a miner from age 14 and (so far) so were the four preceding generations of Sharps so I am pleased to see sites like yours help to keep alive the memories of the mining communities. As a (to me) spooky ending to this e mail – while the family comes from Wigan my father settled in a Barnsley village previously unknown to him called Blacker Hill when he was de-mobbed in 1947. This village is no more than 2 miles from the Lundhill site and it is where I was born.