Alan Davies's Atherton Collieries PDF

By Alan Davies

the 1st deep shafts sunk at Atherton have been via John Fletcher. The kin company of Fletcher, Burrows & Co. sank a variety of shafts within the neighborhood of the village of Atherton together with Gibfield, Howe Bridge and Hindsford. Nationalized in 1947, the collieries have been operated by way of the nationwide Coal Board until eventually the closure of Chanters Colliery in 1966. Howe Bridge used to be the biggest and longest-operated of the neighborhood pits and lasted for 109 years, from 1850-1959. Gibfield has a outstanding declare to repute in that it contained the first actual miners' pithead baths however it was once the catastrophe at Pretoria Colliery that made the small coalfield notorious. 4 days sooner than Christmas, in 1910, 344 males and boys misplaced their lives because of a gasoline explosion underground. there have been yet 3 survivors of the catastrophe. Alan Davies, a neighborhood mining professional, and writer of The Wigan Coalfield, tells the tale in phrases and photographs of the Atherton collieries.

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