By Alan Davies

ISBN-10: 1848684894

ISBN-13: 9781848684898

the 1st deep shafts sunk at Atherton have been through John Fletcher. The kinfolk enterprise of Fletcher, Burrows & Co. sank a variety of shafts within the area of the village of Atherton together with Gibfield, Howe Bridge and Hindsford. Nationalized in 1947, the collieries have been operated through the nationwide Coal Board until eventually the closure of Chanters Colliery in 1966. Howe Bridge used to be the most important and longest-operated of the neighborhood pits and lasted for 109 years, from 1850-1959. Gibfield has a extraordinary declare to popularity 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 ahead of Christmas, in 1910, 344 males and boys misplaced their lives as a result of a fuel explosion underground. there have been yet 3 survivors of the catastrophe. Alan Davies, a neighborhood mining specialist, and writer of The Wigan Coalfield, tells the tale in phrases and photographs of the Atherton collieries.

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