THE DREADFUL EXPLOSION OF WALLSEND COLLIERY BY WHICH 101 HUMAN BEINGS PERISHED!
"The rushing of the foul air to the mouth of the shaft, bringing up with it some of the pitmen's clothes and other light articles from the bottom, left no room for conjecture as to what had occurred in the mine"
Although (shallow) coal mining dates back as far as the 13th century, it was the development of the steam engine which began a huge increase in the amount of coal raised from the ground. Mining was difficult and there was constant danger from collapse, flooding and the presence of explosive gas.
This account of the devastating explosion on the afternoon of 18th June 1835 makes powerful reading, reflecting in its simple language and direct reporting the reality of working life in the collieries at the time. In all, 102 of the 105 men and boys in the pit at the time of the explosion lost their lives; the two youngest boys killed were 8 and 9 years old.
An Account of the Dreadful Explosion in Wallsend Colliery... is part of 'Found on the Shelves', published with The London Library. The books in this series have been chosen to give a fascinating insight into the treasures that can be found while browsing in The London Library. Now celebrating its 175th anniversary, with over 17 miles of shelving and more than a million books, The London Library has become an unrivalled archive of the modes, manners and thoughts of each generation which has helped to form it.