Disasters - 1700 to 1799

Listed below are principle mining disasters which occurred during the 18th Century. When two figures are shown for the Death Toll this indicates that the total has been reported by more than one source. Both figures are shown.  The main source of this information is the book "Great Pit Disasters" by Helen & Baron Duckham (ISBN 0 7153 5717 4). Additional data supplied by David Williams

Year, Date, Colliery/Location, Death Toll

1705 3rd or 4th October, Gateshead, Durham 30(+)

1708 18th August, Fatfield, Durham 69

1710 Exact date unknown, Bensham, Newcastle 70-80

1737 5th August Corpshill Colliery, Whitehaven, 22

1743 18th January, North Biddick Colliery, Durham 72 (other sources quote 17)

1761 1st December, Hartley Colliery, Northumberland 5

1766 16th April, South Biddick, Durham 27

1767 27th February, Fatfield, Durham 39

1773 8th December, North Biddick Colliery, Durham 19

1778 8th December, Chaytor's (or Charter's) Colliery, Dolly Pit, Durham 24

1784 12th December, Wallsend Colliery, Northumberland 2

1785 4th December, Wallsend Colliery, Northumberland 2

1793 27th December, Sheriff Hill Colliery, Hope Pit, Durham 14

1794 9th June, Picktree (or Picton), Durham 30

1794 11th June, Harraton, Durham 28

1794 21st December, Sheriff Hill Colliery, Hope Pit, Durham ??

1799 11th October, Fence Houses, Lumley, Durham 39