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Memorials - Page 1

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Mining and Miners' Memorials:
A selection of images


Memorial to Dead Miners

A permanent memorial is planned to mark the lives of 57 miners killed in an explosion during World War II.
The men died when a spark triggered a coal dust explosion in number four pit at Sneyd Colliery, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, on New Year's Day 1942.

None of the miners should have been working, but had gone down the pit to help with the war effort.

The memorial, whose location is to be chosen by the public, would take the shape of a pit wheel on a plinth.

Keith Meeson, one of the people helping to organise the memorial, said: "It was always a superstition and a bad omen for miners to work on New Year's Day.

"It was due to the war effort, as it was in 1942, they were asked to go into work, and all the men turned out that morning."

Sneyd Monument

Sneyd Colliery

Bad Omen

An exhibition opens at the Burslem School of Art on Monday where people can find out more about the tragedy and the memorial campaign.

Beryl Royle's father Albert Ansell was one of the rescue team.

Mrs Royle, who was 11-years-old at the time of the tragedy, said: "He went out the house, a 40-year old man and, when he came back in, he looked 70."
Mr Ansell went on to write a book about the disaster, which he later destroyed.

Mrs Royle said: "My uncle, Joe Ansell, he read it, and said no way can you have that published.

"It would be too frightening, and we'd never get anyone to go down a mine again."

Bilsthorpe Memorials

A  memorial to the men and one woman killed at Bilsthorpe Colliery between 1927 and 1997
The monument of a miner's lamp constructed out of one piece of sandstone chosen from a short list of creative drawings by the children from the local school was unveiled on 4th October 2011.

Bilsthorpe Half Wheel

Photograph by James Findley

Blenkinsopp & Wrytree Pits

A Pit Closes by

James Findlay


Crigglestone Colliery

1873 - 1968

This winding wheel was erected by the parishioners of Crigglestone as a memorial to the men who lost their lives while employed at the colliery.

St. Helens Mining Monument

Thompson Dagnall 1992