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THE PRICE OF COAL

Local Mining Disasters

(within a few miles of The Galleries)

 
1736 - 72 die at Lonnen Pit, Fatfield
1743 - 80 die at Bensham
1767 - 39 die at Fatfield
1773 - 23 die at Chartershaugh
1794 - 30 die at Picktree, nr Chester-le-Street
1805 - 38 die at Oxclose Colliery, Washington
1805 - 35 die at Hebburn Colliery
1812 - 92 die at Felling Pit  (25 May)
1813 - 32 die at Fatfield Hall Pit
1815 - 57 die at Newbottle Colliery, Fence Houses
1815 - 38 die at Row Pit Disaster, Harraton, Washington
1815 - 40 men and 30 boys killed - Heaton Colliery flood
1817 - 27 die at West Rainton Pit  (December)
1819 - 35 die at Sheriff Hill Pit
1821 - 52 die at Wallsend Colliery
1823 - 59 die at Plain Pit, Rainton  (3 November)
1826 - 34 die at Jarrow Colliery
1833 - 47 die at Springwell Colliery  (9 May)
1837 - 27 die at Springwell Colliery  (6 December)
1835 - 102 die at Wallsend Pit  (18 June)
1841 - 32 die at Willington
1844 - 95 die at Haswell  (28 September)
1845 - 39 die at Jarrow Colliery
1849 - 31 die at Hebburn Colliery
1855 - 28 die at Elemore Colliery, nr Hetton  (2 December)
1860 - 76 die at Burradon Disaster
1862 - 204 die at Hartley Colliery, nr Blyth
1866 - 24 die at Pelton Disaster
1880 - 164 miners and 181 pit ponies die at Seaham  (8 Sept)
1882 - 74 die at Trimdon Grange Disaster  (16 February)
1882 - 35 die at Tudhoe Blast  (18 April)
1885 - 42 die at Usworth Colliery Disaster  (2 March)
1886 - 28 die at Elemore Colliery  (1 December)
1896 - 20 die at Brancepeth  (13 April)
1899 - 6 die at Brandon Pit  (15 August)
1906 - 26 die at Wingate  (14 October)
1908 - 14 die at Washington Glebe Disaster  (20 February)
1909 - 168 die at West Stanley  (16 February)
1942 - 13 die at Murton Colliery  (26 June)
1947 - 21 die at Louisa Colliery, nr Stanley  (22 August)
1951 - 81 die at Easington Explosion  (29 May)
 

This is not a comprehensive list!
It does not include the hundreds of mineworkers who lost their lives singly or in small groups.
And let's not forget those who were seriously hurt and suffered life-changing injuries.

[The 1837 Springwell Disaster & 1885 Usworth Disaster have been added to data published by The Northern Echo.]