Friday, August 18, 2006

Mining Disaster

St. Hilda's Colliery Memorial

This old pit winding wheel is mounted on land near St. Hilda's Colliery behind the Market Place, South Shields. 51 lives were lost in a methane explosion on 28th. June 1839, sadly this memorial is very overgrown by shrubbery and is now difficult to find.

picture of colliery wheel


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Location: South Shields, Tyne Wear, United Kingdom

Born in 1956, I'm a retailer, father and husband, with two young children a son born in 1997 and a daughter in 2001. I am also a former borough Councillor who has had his passion for people and politics reawakened recently.