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The Pretoria Pit Disaster:A Centenary Account by Alan DaviesCode:
On the morning of Wednesday 21 December 1910, 889 men and boys travelled the two 434-yard-deep shafts at Hulton Colliery, also known as Pretoria Pit. The colliery was situated in Over Hulton, north of Atherton, Lancashire.
Sunk in 1900, the colliery was plagued with emissions of gas, particularly after roof falls. By 7.50 a.m., the day shift was below ground, motivated to put extra effort into their work in the lead-up to Christmas.
An explosion of methane gas occurred followed by a much more powerful coal-dust blast. In the main section of the mine affected, 342 men and boys died, one in the deeper workings. Three survived from the main explosion district, one of whom died in hospital. A rescue man also died in the attempted recovery operation, making the death toll 344. Another 545 miners in the rest of the mine survived, albeit with many badly gassed. There is a list of all the men and boys who died, giving their name, age, occupation and town of residence.
Well illustrated with over 80 photographs of people, monuments, memoriams drawings and maps, with descriptions.
Includes 23 pages of the Coroner’s Inquest & Home Office Enquiry.