Hester Pit Memorial Garden
The Memorial Garden at the site of the Former Hester Pit of Hartley Colliery, in New Hartley, was opened on the 18th January 1976 by Joe Gormley, then President of the National Union of Mineworkers. The garden commemorates the 204 men and boys who lost their lives in the Hartley Colliery disaster on the 16th of January 1862. The garden was renovated in 2012 to mark the 150th anniversary of the disaster. Russ Coleman (artist) and Rob Walton (writer) were commissioned to create a memorial pathway, working with local schools and the community to develop ideas for the pathway. The memorial pathway displays the names and ages of all the 204 men and boys who lost their lives in the disaster, and was opened on the 8th of September, 2012.