Disasters - 1800 to 1899

Listed below are principle mining disasters which occurred during the 19th 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

1805 21st October Hebburn, Northumberland 35

1805 29th November Oxclose, Durham 38

1806 28th March Killingworth Colliery 10

1806 Exact date unknown Mostyn, N. Wales 36 (2 separate explosions)

1806 Exact date unknown St Helens, Lancashire 16

1806 Exact date unknown Whitehaven, Cumberland 11

1812 25th May Felling (Brandlings Main) Colliery, Durham 92

1813 28th September Hall Pit, Fatfield, Durham 32

1813 24th December Felling (Brandlings Main) Colliery, Durham 23

1814 15th April Percy Main Colliery 4

1814 12th August Hebburn, Northumberland 11

1814 9th September Seafield Colliery 4

1814 24th December Shilbottle Colliery, Northumberland 4

1814 31st December Mountmoor Colliery, Durham 4

1815 3rd May Heaton, Northumberland 75-90

1815 2nd June Success, Newbottle, Durham 57

1815 27th June Sheriff Hill, Northumberland 11

1815 11th December Sheriff Hill, Northumberland 5

1815 18th December Stella Colliery, Townley Main Pit, Durham 1

1817 30th June Row, Harraton, Durham 38

1817 18th December Fence Houses, Rainton, Durham 27

1819 18th December East Rainton Colliery, Durham 1

1819 19th July Sheriff Hill, Northumberland 35

1821 23rd October 'A' Pit, Wallsend, Northumberland 52

1823 3rd November Plain, Rainton, Durham 59

1826 17th January Jarrow, Durham 34

1826 30th May Stella Colliery, Townley Main Pit, Durham 38

1828 1st December Stella Colliery, Townley Main Pit, Durham 1

1829 3rd December Willington Colliery. Durham 4

1830 3rd August Jarrow, Durham 42

1831 6th December Middle Rainton Colliery, Durham 1

1832 ?? December Monkwearmouth Colliery, Durham 1

1833 9th May 'B' Pit, Springwell, Northumberland 47-49

1835 18th June Wallsend, Northumberland 102

1837 28th July Workington. Cumberland 27

1837 6th December Springwell, Northumberland 27

1838 24th October John Pit, Lowca, Cumberland 35 - 40

1839 28th June St Hilda's, South Shields, Durham 52

1840 19th December Shincliffe Colliery, Durham 4

1843 14th February Landshipping, Pembrokeshire 40

1844 28th September Haswell, Northumberland 95

1845 2nd August Powell's Pit, Cwmbach, Glamorgan 28-29

1845 21st August Jarrow, Durham 39-40

1846 14th January Risca, Monmouthshire 35

1846 ?? December Trubshaw Colliery, Staffordshire 3

1847 5th March Oaks, Barnsley, Yorkshire 72-75

1848 28th October Whinney Hill, Cumberland 30

1849 24th January Darley Main, Yorkshire 75

1849 5th June Hebburn, Durham 33

1850 12th November Houghton, Durham 26

1850 14th December Middle Duffryn Pit, Cwmbach, Glamorganshire 13

1851 15th March Nitshill, Renfrewshire 61

1851 18th August Washington, Durham 35

1851 20th December Warren Vale, Rawmarsh, Yorkshire 52

1851 22nd December Ince Hall Colliery, Lancashire 13

1852 10th May Middle Duffryn,Cwmbach, Glamorgan 65

1852 10th May Gwendraeth Colliery, Glamorgan 26

1852 20th May Cappull, Preston, Lancashire 36

1852 22nd December Elsecar Colliery, Yorkshire 10

1853 24th March Ince Hall (Arley Pits), Wigan, Lancashire 58

1854 18th February Ince Hall, Lancashire 89

1856 15th July Cymmer (Rhondda), Glamorgan 114

1857 19th February Lundhill, Yorkshire 189

1857 31st July Heys, Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire 40

1858 2nd February Bardsley, Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire 53

1858 11th December Tyldesley, Lancashire 25

1858 13th October Lower Duffryn Colliery, Mountain Ash 20

1860 3rd March Burradon, Durham 74

1860 1st December Black Vein, Risca Colliery, Monmouthshire 142

1860 20th December Hetton Colliery, Durham 22

1862 16th January New Hartley, Northumberland 204

1862 19th February Gethin Colliery, Merthyr, Glamorgan 47

1862 8th December Edmunds Main Colliery, Yorkshire 59

1863 6th March Coxlodge, Northumberlan 26

1863 9th December Wynnstay Colliery 13

1863 26th December Duffryn Llwynfi Colliery, Glamorganshire 15

1865 30th December Gethin Cyfartha Colliery, Glamorganshire 34

1866 12th December Oaks Colliery, Barnsley, Yorkshire 361

1866 13th December Talk-o'-th'-Hill Colliery, Staffordshire 91

1868 21st December Norley Colliery, Lancashire 7

1868 30th December Queen Pit, Haydock Colliery, Lancashire 26

1874 24th December Bignall Hill Colliery, Staffordshire 17

1875 4th December Pen-y-Graig Colliery, Glamorganshire 2

1875 4th December New Bedwellty Colliery, Monmouthshire 23

1875 9th December Llan (Pentyrch) Colliery, Glamorganshire 12 (+4 died in following 2 weeks)

1875 16th December Swaithe Main Colliery, Yorkshire 143

1876 18th December Cwmtillery Colliery (South Wales Colliery), Monmouthshire 23

1877 11th April Tynewydd Colliery, Glamorgan 4

1877 22nd October Blantyre, Lanarkshire 207

1880 10th December Naval Steam Colliery, Pen-y-Graig, Glamorganshire 101

1881 19th December Abram Colliery, Lancashire 41

1885 23rd December Maerdy Colliery, Glamorganshire 81

1886 2nd December Elemore Colliery, Durham 28

1888 11th September Abercarn Colliery, Monmouthshire 260

1892 26th August Parc Slip Colliery, Bridgend 112

1894 25th June Albion Colliery, Cilfynydd, South Wales 281

1896 9th December River Level Colliery, Glamorganshire 6