Hester Pit Memorial Garden

  • Description

    "The plaque reads "In memory of the 204 men and boys who perished in the disaster at the Hester Pit, New Hartley on 16th January 1862." Two shifts were trapped in the mine by the iron beam of the pumping engine broke blocking the only shaft. This soon led to a law demanding that all pits had at least two shafts and a new colliery was opened to the north. The gardens were opened by Joe Gormley in 1976. Probably the most heartbreaking thing I have found when out and about for this site. Old coalfields are fascinating places, but all too often you are reminded of the cost of coal. I am happy that I only married into a mining family and was never required to go down a pit myself." Photo by Richard Webb, 2019.
  • Owner

    Richard Webb
  • Source

    Geograph (Geograph)
  • License

    What does this mean? Creative Commons License
  • Further information

    Link: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/6036353
    Resource type: Image
    Added by: Simon Cotterill
    Last modified: 2 years, 3 months ago
    Viewed: 215 times
    Picture Taken: 2019-01-26
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