Dear Website founder,
Your full and most descriptive description of the 1880 Leycett disaster has prompted me to ask if you have any information on the six people who died in the colliery disaster of 21 Oct 1883?
My great grandparents lived and worked in Leycett and my great grandmother left there with her daughter’s family in 1926.
He was called Frederick Dykes, born Buerton, Audlem in 1858. (They also had a son Fred Dykes, born Madeley 1880.)
Any help you can give would be much appreciated and with thanks and Best Wishes I am (Mrs) Jennifer Ham.
I have found a Frederick Dykes, who in 1881 was a coal miner aged 23, his wife Hannah was also 23. They had no children living with them.
Ten years later in 1891 he was still a coal miner and they had a son, Fred aged 11. Fred was a scholar at this time.
In 1901 Frederick Dykes aged 43 was the Head of the family and married to Hannah Dykes.
Frederick was born Bierton, Cheshire, England in the Civil parish of Madeley, in the Town of Leycett, Staffordshire
Registration district Newcastle under Lyme, about 1858. Frederick and Hannah had two children Fred Dykes, aged 21 and Emma Dykes aged 15.
If this is your Frederick they lived at Church Cottages and both he and his son were colliers while Emma was an apprentice dressmaker.
LEYCETT Disaster. Madeley, Stafforshire. 21st October 1883
The colliery was owned by the Madeley Coal and Iron Company, there was an explosion while trying to build off a gob fire and 6 men were killed:-
- James Kirkwood, age 23, married with 1 child, surveyor, only married about twelve months.
- Thomas Webb, married with 6 children
- Joshua Leek, age38, married with 7 children
- William Cartledge, age 32, married with 5 children
- George Fox, age 29, married with 1 child
- Richard Lewis, age 26, married with 3 children
With the exception of Thomas Webb who lived at Madeley, all the deceased men lived at Leycett.
More Information at:- http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/coalface/Disasters/fairlady1883.htm