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Lundhill Colliery

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at Wombwell, Yorkshire

An explosion occurred on 19 February 1857, in which 189 men and boys aged between 10 and 59 died. 185 bodies were recovered, but the remaining 4 could not be traced. The unrecognized bodies were buried in a large grave in Darfield church yard.

For a thorough account, see Wikipedia entry.

See also the entry for William Aubone Potter.

179 bodies had been exumed by July 1857, inevitably in an awful state of decomposition. 'The proprietors, notwithstanding their great loss, have done everything in their power to assuage the suffering of the bereaved. No rent has been charged for their houses since the explosion;...'[1]

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] The Engineer, 10 July 1857, p.25