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Oaks - Colliery Explosion, 12th December, 1866

Two explosions killed 384 men and boys - The Disaster

The total number of victims was 334 by the first explosion on Wednesday 12th December 1866 and another 26 by the second explosion the following day. Total 360.

75 bodies were recovered prior to the shafts being closed. 45 were recovered during the first twelve months after the shaft was reopened and 70 during the following years making the total 190. This deducted from 360 leaves 170 bodies still in the - Colliery. It is remarkable that all but two have been identified. However in 2016, after 150 years, volunteers finally dug up the truth about Barnsley mining disaster that killed 384.

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THE OAKS. Barnsley, Yorkshire
13th December 1866.


360 MEN and BOYS

  • Addy, George - Collier
  • Allen, Matthew - Dayboy
  • Anderson, Thomas - Hurrier
  • Armitage, Alfred - Dayboy
  • Arnfield, John - Collier
  • Arnold, George - Collier
  • Arnold, John - Hurrier
  • Arnold, Matthew - Collier
  • Bahnforth, Matthew - Collier
  • Baker, Richard From Ingleton - Hurrier
  • Baker, Thomas From Ingleton - Collier
  • Band, Thomas - Dayboy
  • Bantam, Joshua - Collier
  • Bard, Joshua - Collier
  • Barker, Andrew - Dayboy
  • Barraclough, Alfred - Hurrier
  • Bates, John - Collier
  • Bates, John - Dayboy
  • Bates, Moses - Hurrier
  • Bates, Phillip - Collier
  • Bates, William - Hurrier
  • Batty, James - Hurrier
  • Batty, Joshua - Collier

  • I edit a Newsletter for the Barker family and wrote
    an article about the
    'Barker Dead in the Oaks'
    told from their perspective.
    Regards Steve Barker
  • Bellamy, Solomon - Hurrier
  • Bennett, James - Collier
  • Bennett, John - Hurrier
  • Bennett, Thomas - Hurrier
  • Berry, William - Hurrier
  • Birchall, George - Collier
  • Birkinshaw, Arthur - Hurrier
  • Boothroyd, William - Hurrier
  • Borrowdale, George From Ingleton - Dayman
  • Bradley, Daniel - Collier
  • Bradley, Edward - Dayboy
  • Bradley, John - Collier
  • Bradley, John - Collier
  • Brook, Henry - Dayman
  • Brooke, Charles - Collier
  • Brooke, John - Dayboy
  • Brown, Alfred - Hurrier
  • Brown, Benjamin - Hurrier
  • Brown, Charles - Hurrier
  • Brown, John - Collier
  • Brownlow, Lot - Hurrier
  • Cadman, John - Dayboy
  • Carr, George - Hurrier
  • Carr, John - Dayboy
  • Cartwright, Abel - Collier
  • Cartwright, Edward - Collier
  • Cartwright, John - Collier
  • Castle, John - Collier
  • Challencer, Charles - Hurrier
  • Chesterfield, Henry - Dayman
  • Clapham, Richard - Collier
  • Clarke, Thomas - Hurrier
  • Clarkson, Frank - Hurrier
  • Clarkson, Richard - Collier
  • Clary, Charles - Hurrier
  • Clayton, Henry - Hurrier
  • Clayton, John - Dayman
  • Clegg, Charles    
  • Clegg, John - Hurrier
  • Collin, John - Hurrier
  • Conley, John - Collier
  • Connelly, Charles - Collier
  • Connolly, John - Hurrier
  • Cooke, Amos - Hurrier
  • Cooper, David - Hurrier
  • Cooper, Joshua - Hurrier
  • Cooper, Thomas - Collier
  • Coward, Andrew - Hurrier
  • Coward, George - Collier
  • Damms, George - Collier
  • Dawson, William - Dayman
  • Dawsons, George - Collier
  • Day, Peter - Collier
  • Dennis, Benjamin - Collier
  • Denniss, Abraham - Collier
  • Dixon, Matthew - Hurrier
  • Dixon, Thomas - Hurrier
  • Dodgson, William - Hurrier
  • Donkin, Charles - Dayboy
  • Donkin, Thomas, 25 - Collier   
  • Donkin, Tom - Hurrier
  • Duckett, William - Collier
  • Dunk, Samuel - Collier
  • Edson, George - Hurrier
  • Edson, John - Collier
  • Edson, John - Hurrier
  • Edson, William - Hurrier
  • Ellis, George, 19 - Hurrier   
  • Evans, Edward - Hurrier
  • Evans, George - Collier
  • Evans, John - Collier
  • Everett, John - Dayman
  • Exley, Benjamin - Dayboy
  • Exley, Charles - Hurrier
  • Exley, John - Hurrier
  • Fairclough, Benjamin - Hurrier
  • Farmer, John - Collier
  • Faulks, Joshua - Collier    
  • Fearn, Charles - Hurrier
  • Fearn, David - Hurrier
  • Fletcher, Frederick - Collier In Memory
  • Gillchrist, Martin - Hurrier
  • Gladwin, George - Collier
  • Glover, James - Hurrier
  • Glover, Thomas - Hurrier
  • Gott, Henry - Hurrier
  • Graham, John- Dayboy, aged 12 years
  • Grant, Michael - Dayboy
  • Hackin, Robert - Hurrier
  • Haigh, Henry - Dayboy
  • Haigh, William - Collier
  • Hall, Henry - Hurrier
  • Hallworth, David - Collier
  • Halton, John - Hurrier
  • Hammond, Thomas - Dayman
  • Hardcastle, Thomas - Dayman
  • Harrison, Charles - Hurrier
  • Harrison, Joshua - Collier
  • Hassle, Walter - Hurrier
  • Hawcroft, William - Hurrier
  • Hawley, Walter - Collier
  • Haycroft, James - Collier
  • Hayell, George - Hurrier
  • Healey, Alfred - Hurrier
  • Hellewell, John - Collier, aged 26   Mary-H
  • Hellewell, Samuel - Collier, aged 20  Mary-H
  • Hellewell, Thomas - Hurrier, aged 15  Mary-H
  • Henry, Thomas - Hurrier
  • Highlands, Thomas - Hurrier
  • Hilton, Henry - Collier
  • Hinchcliffe, Charles - Hurrier
  • Hinchcliffe, Henry - Collier
  • Hitchin, George - Hurrier
  • Holdsworth, Frederick - Collier
  • Holiday, Samuel - Hurrier
  • Holland, David - Hurrier
  • Hollin, Joshua - Hurrier
  • Hoobeck, Matthew - Hurrier
  • Horbury, Thomas - Hurrier
  • Hough, George - Dayboy
  • Hoyland, Alfred - Dayman
  • Hoylands, George - Hurrier
  • Hudson, George - Collier
  • Hunt, Joshua - Hurrier
  • Hunt, Richard - Dayman
  • Hurst, Robert - Collier
  • Hutchinson, Thomas - Hurrier
  • Hydos, Thomas - Collier
  • Ibbotson, George - Dayman
  • Jackson, Henry - Collier
  • Jackson, John - Dayboy
  • Jones, John - Hurrier - Thomas' son  
  • Jones, Samuel - Hurrier - Thomas' son  
  • Jones, Thomas - Collier - Father, 40  
  • Jones, William - Hurrier
  • Jowett, Benjamin - Dayman
  • Kay, Jabez - Dayman
  • Keighley, Joshua - Dayman
  • Kenworthy, Edward - Collier
  • Lane, Austin - Dayboy
  • Lane, James - Collier
  • Lawley, George - Collier
  • Lawley, John - Collier
  • Lea, Joshua - Hurrier
  • Leather, Joshua - Collier
  • Leather, Thomas - Collier
  • Lee Joshua - Hurrier
  • Lee, Mark - Dayman
  • Lee, William - Hurrier
  • Lever, George - Dayman
  • Marsden, Henry - Collier
  • Marshall, John - Hurrier
  • Massey, Richard - Dayboy
  • Matthews, Charles - Hurrier
  • Matthews, William - Collier
  • Mattrick, William - Collier
  • Mccarthy, John - Hurrier
  • Mcdonald, Michael - Hurrier
  • Mcdonald, Peter - Collier
  • Mchugh, John - Dayboy
  • Mclintock, William - Hurrier
  • Middleton, Willam - Hurrier
  • Miller, George - Hurrier
  • Moore, George - Hurrier
  • Moss, Banjamin - Hurrier
  • Moss, John - Hurrier
  • Musgrave, George - Hurrier
  • Nadin, Ephraim - Dayboy
  • Nadin, George - Hurrier
  • Nadin, Thomas - Dayman
  • Newton, John - Collier
  • Noble, John - Hurrier
  • Norman, William - Dayboy
  • Nuthall, John - Collier
  • Oakley, Richard - Collier
  • Osborne, Charles - Dayboy
  • Osbourne, Henry - Hurrier
  • Parker, William - Hurrier
  • Pasley, John - Hurrier
  • Payman, Thomas - Collier
  • Pearker, Joshua - Collier
  • Pickford, John - Dayboy
  • Pickles, Thomas - Collier
  • Pooley, John - Hurrier
  • Poppleton, Alfred - Dayboy
  • Poppleton, Henry Dayman
  • Priestley, William - Dayboy
  • Race, Nathan - Hurrier
  • Ramsden, Charles - Collier
  • Ramsden, Henry - Hurrier
  • Rhodes Randerson, Charles - Collier
  • Raynor, James - Dayboy
  • Raynor, Joshua - Dayman
  • Rhodes, Charles - Hurrier    
  • Rhodes, Fergus - Collier    
  • Rhodes, George - Hurrier    
  • Rhodes, William - Miner    
  • Richardson, John - Hurrier
  • Richardson, Samuel - Dayman
  • Rider, Jervis - Collier
  • Rimmington, Robert From Ingleton - Hurrier
  • Robinson, Stephen - Hurrier
  • Robson, John Deputy
  • Roebuck, Joshua - Collier
  • Ross, Joseph - Miner
  • Rowning, Michael - Hurrier
  • Scales, Matthew - Dayman
  • Schofield, Thomas - Hurrier
  • Scissons, Aaron - Collier
  • Seddons, Christopher Deputy
  • Seddons, Edward - Dayman
  • Seddons, Samuel - Hurrier
  • Seddons, Thomas - Hurrier
  • Sellars, Ephraim - Dayman
  • Shaw, Richard - Hurrier
  • Shirt, George - Collier
  • Shirt, William - Hurrier
  • Shore, John - Hurrier
  • Simpson, David Fawcett - Collier, age 37
  • Slater, Elijah - Dayboy
  • Slater, William - Hurrier
  • Slone, John - Collier
  • Smith, Alfred - Hurrier
  • Smith, Frederick - Hurrier
  • Smith, George - Collier
  • Smith, John - Hurrier
  • Smith, Joshua - Hurrier
  • Snowden, John - Collier
  • Stones, William - Hurrier
  • Sugden, William Deputy
  • Swift, Matthew - Hurrier
  • Syder, William - Hurrier
  • Sykes, George - Collier
  • Sykes, William - Hurrier
  • Taylor, Thoms - Collier
  • Thawley, Charles - Dayman
  • Thickett, Thompson - Dayboy
  • Thompson, John - Dayman
  • Thompson, William - Hurrier
  • Thornley, James - Collier
  • Thornton, Robert - Hurrier
  • Thorpe, Samuel - Hurrier
  • Timmings, Isaac - Collier
  • Tupman, George - Hurrier
  • Walker, Joshua - Dayboy
  • Wall, Daniel - Hurrier
  • Walmesley, Giles - Dayman
  • Walmsley, John - Dayman
  • Walton, Thomas - Collier
  • Ward, John - Collier
  • Ward, Thomas - Hurrier
  • Watson, Joshua - Collier
  • Watson, William - Dayboy
  • Webb, Charles - Collier
  • Wharton, William - Hurrier
  • Whitaker, John - Collier
  • Wilkinson, Abraham - Hurrier
  • Wilkinson, George - Hurrier, (18)   
  • Wilkinson, William - Hurrier
  • Willies, John - Dayman
  • Willowby, Henry - Dayman
  • Wilson, Thomas - Dayboy
  • Wilson, William Deputy
  • Winter, Duncan - Collier
  • Winter, Henry - Hurrier
  • Winter, Joshua - Hurrier
  • Winter, Thomas - Collier
  • Winter, William - Hurrier
  • Wintor, John - Collier
  • Wood, Henry - Collier
  • Wood, Thomas - Collier
  • Wright, Thomas - Hurrier
  • Wright, William - Hurrier
  • Hill, William - Dayboy
  • Keone, John - Dayboy
  • Hardcastle, John - Dayboy
  • Bates, William - Dayboy
  • Mattrick, Matthew - Dayboy
  • Stenton, Samuel - Dayboy
  • Coldwell, George - Dayboy
  • Burgon, Joshua - Dayboy
  • Fletcher, Charles - Dayboy
  • Hayes, John - Dayboy
  • Illingworth, Ezra - Dayboy
  • Fleetwood, James - Dayboy
  • Poppleton, George - Dayboy
  • Holbrooks, John - Dayboy
  • Barker, George (3) - Dayboy
  • Bennett, Thomas - Dayboy
  • Dixon, William - Dayboy
  • Carr, William - Dayboy
  • Payman, Frederick - Dayboy
  • Jeffcock, Parkin - Volunteer
  • Smith, John Of Lundhill - Volunteer
  • Towart, David - Underground Viewer - Volunteer
  • Stead, Thomas - Volunteer
  • Heading, James - Volunteer
  • Hepinstall, Robert - Volunteer
  • Banks, Thomas - Volunteer
  • Backhouse, George - Volunteer
  • Robinson, William - Volunteer

Thanks to Janet Town

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Thanks to Bob Bradley

Ten of the 361 men and boys killed were of the Barker family of Ingleton, read their story


99 names of Oaks Fatalities buried in Barnsley Cemetery Go

From:
Sent:
Subject:
In Memory John Freestone (Australia)
31 July 2011
Joseph Poppleton, - Collier , and Joseph Poppleton jnr
Hello,
I came across your excellent website when researching my Poppleton ancestors, however I noticed an error in two names on the casualty list.

Joseph Poppleton, - Collier , and Joseph Poppleton jnr, - Collier , are incorrectly listed as Joshua Poppleton which has probably come about through the common abbreviation Jos (for Joseph) being misinterpreted as Joshua.  A scrutiny of Janet Town’s image of the memorial will confirm (see under Littleworth in the r/h/s column).  I also believe Joseph and Joseph Junior are the same person as Joseph (the son of Henry who also died in the explosion) did not have a son by that name.

Regards,

John Freestone

Thank you very much for the information John, I have renamed the two Josephs. I decided to leave Joseph Poppleton jnr in the list in case he is a nephew or even unrelated.


From:
Sent:
Subject:
Faith Greenhalgh
21 May 2010
The Oaks Pit - This Bible Was a Gift From The Oaks - Collier y Relief Fund
I have in my possession an holy bible which has on it's cover
"in memory of The Awful Explosion at the Oaks - Collier y Dec 12th 1866 "
and has inside the front cover a label saying that this bible was a gift from the oaks - Collier y relief fund to George Henry Abbott on March 16th 1863 because
his father was one of the men who lost their lives.

Reading that I felt a mixture of sadness and anger as if a book could ever compensate for the loss of lives in any coal mine, however the reason I contact you is that if anyone would like this bible who is connected to that family or has historical interest in the event then I would be happy to pass it on. It has come to me because I organise book sales for my local community centre in Greater Manchester I know that it won't get sold and hate to think of it going in to the paper skip.

Since sending the email I have had a closer look at the bible and have found on the back pages a list of children who appear to be issue of George Henry Abbott the recipient of the bible and therefore grandchildren of  the miner named Abbott who died in the disaster and hope that giving you this additional info. will be of benefit. I will hold on to the bible for the foreseeable future in the hope that between us we might find a rightful home for it.

The children listed with their dates of birth and are all surnamed Abbot:-

  • Isabella Abbott 11 Jan 1895
  • Lilly Abbott 11 Jun 1897 
  • Hettie? Beatrice Abbott 08 Sep1901
  • Doris Abbott 07 Nov 1902 
  • Joseph Abbott 22 Dec 1903 
  • Dick Abbott 03 Apr 1905 
  • George Henry Abbott (jnr) 20 Jun 1907 
  • Daisy 11 Oct 1908 
  • Walter 11 Dec 191

If anyone does come forward it is ok to pass on my email address so they may contact me direct should they desire to.

Strange how coincidences happen  just before I opened your email I had been reading poems by Mary Wilson one called Aberfan and another about Durham Gala Day which mentions Gresford, I wonder what the cost in lives has been over all the years directly and indirectly of the mining industry? 

I am slightly claustrophobic and I think anyone who could work underground is heroic, I cannot imagine a worse place to work.


Faith Greenhalgh


Hi,

I came across an entry on your site from Faith Greenhalgh (http://www.healeyhero.co.uk/rescue/pits/Oak3.htm )
re an Oaks Bible....

Could you let me have her email address please ( or forward this email to her) as I would like to know if she still has it.

A friend on mine is William Jeffcock....one of his ancestors was Parkin Jeffcock who lost his life rescuing people from the colleriey after the explosion....

regards
David Miller



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