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Lewis Merthyr Consolidated Collieries

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1900 The company was registered on 9 March, to take over certain collieries as a going concern. [1]

1904 'FLY-WHEEL AT PIT BURSTS. DRIVER'S MIRACULOUS ESCAPE. A huge fly-wheel in the fanhouse of Bertie & Trevor's pits, of Merthyr Lewis Collieries, burst last night, wrecking the engine-house and damaging the engine. The driver, Thomas Prothero, amidst falling debris and hurtling fragments of the broken wheel, heroically stood to his post and shut off steam, thus averting worse consequences. He was badly cut on the head, and was unconscious when help came. His escape from death was miraculous It was fortunate that work had ceased and no one was on the pit bank, where pieces of broken wheel fell over a radius of fifty vards. As a result of the accident, between 1500 and 2000 miners will be idle. [2]

1923 Owned several mines at Trehafod (Bertie, Coedcae, Hafod No. 1&2, and Trefor) and Lady Lewis mine at Ynyshir, Rhonnda Main at Ogmore Vale, Senghenydd mine[3].

1928 Incorporated in Powell Duffryn Steam Coal Co Ltd

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Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  2. Dundee Courier, Thursday 13th October 1904
  3. Durham Mining Museum [1]