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By Alan Davies

ISBN-10: 1848689241

ISBN-13: 9781848689244

at the morning of Wednesday 21 December 1910, 889 males and boys travelled the 2 434- yard-deep shafts at Hulton Colliery, often referred to as Pretoria Pit, located in Over Hulton, north of Atherton, Lancashire. Sunk in 1900, the colliery used to be plagued with emissions of gasoline, really after roof falls. through 7.50 a.m., the day shift used to be lower than floor, encouraged to place additional attempt into their paintings within the lead-up to Christmas. An explosion of methane fuel happened by way of a extra strong coal-dust blast. often part of the mine affected, 342 males and boys died, one within the deeper workings. 3 survived from the most explosion district, considered one of whom died in health facility. A rescue guy additionally died within the tried restoration operation, making the loss of life toll 344. one other 545 miners within the remainder of the mine survived, even though badly gassed. the house workplace Inquiry concluded that the explosion resulted from a gasoline ignition after a roof fall harmful a miner s oil security lamp. The catastrophe used to be the 3rd greatest in British coal-mining historical past and can were the second one greatest in Europe. As 2010 is the centenary a variety of occasions are deliberate and a brand new monument is to be erected as regards to the church at Westhoughton, which misplaced one hundred forty five males and boys. This learn brings jointly extra pictures than any past paintings, many now not formerly released. Transcribed sound recordings from these alive on the time, together with a survivor, and press money owed upload to the range of resource material.

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