Disasters 1900 to 1999

The following is a list of principal mining disasters since 1900 but is by no means exhaustive. It includes some incidents which involved Walter and Arthur Clifford although these may not be classed strictly as disasters (Disaster officially defined as with a death toll of 10 or more). Incidents involving Walter and/or Arthur are shown in Red

Disasters which occurred in the 18th and 19th Century are listed on other pages. Use the navigation pane on the left to view these.

Some links to other information about the disasters are included, some of these may take you to another web site (marked with {es}).

The data is collated from a variety of sources including "Great Pit Disasters" by Helen & Baron Duckham (ISBN 0 7153 5717 4); "Most Valiant of Men" by Fred Leigh (ISBN 1 85770 055 4) and various mines inspectors reports. Additional data supplied by David Williams

Year, Date, Colliery/Location, Death Toll

1901 24th May, Universal, Senghenydd, Glamorgan 81

1905 10th March, Cambrian. Clydach Vale, Glamorgan 33

1905 11th July, National, Wattstown, Glamorgan 119

1906 14th October, Wingate Grange, Durham 25

1908 4th March, Hamstead, Staffordshire 26

1908 18th August, Maypole, Wigan, Lancashire 75

1909 16th February, West Stanley, Durham 168

1909 29th October, Darran, Glamorgan 27

1910 11th May, Wellington, Whitehaven, Cumberland 136

1910 4th December, Kemberton Pit, Shropshire 7

1910 21st December, Number 3 Bank Pit, Hulton, Lancashire 344

1911 25th November, Jamage, Chesterton 6

1911 14th December, Hednesford, Cannock Chase 5

1912 9th July, Cadeby Main, Yorkshire 88

1913 14th October, Universal, Senghenydd, Glamorgan 439

1913 13th March, Townhead, Egremont, Cumberland 1

1915 15th January, Minnie Pit, Podmore Hall, Staffordshire 9

1915 25th February, New Hem Heath, Chesterton 12

1916 13th August, Woodhorn Colliery, Ashington 13

1918 12th January, Minnie Pit, Podmore Hall, Staffordshire 155

1919 6th April, Oxcroft Colliery 6

1919 20th October, Levant Tin Mine, Cornwall 31

1922 5th September, Haig Pit, Whitehaven, Cumberland #1 39

1923 28th July, Maltby, Yorkshire 27

1923 25th September, Redding, Falkirk, Stirlingshire {es} 40

1925 30th March, View Pit, Montagu Colliery, Northumberland 38

1925 18th December, Birchenwood, Kidsgrove, Staffordshire 7

1927 1st March, Marine, Monmouthshire 52

1927 13th December, Haig Pit, Whitehaven, Cumberland #2 4

1928 3rd January, Haig Pit, Whitehaven, Cumberland #3 14

1931 29th January, Haig Pit, Whitehaven, Cumberland #4 27

1931 20th November, Bentley, Yorkshire 45

1932 12th November, Edge Green Number 9, Garswood Hall, Lancashire 27

1933 19th November, Grassmoor Colliery 14

1934 22nd September, Gresford, Denbighshire 265

1936 6th August, No. 1,2,3, Wharncliffe, Woodmoore Colliery, Yorkshire 58

1937 21st January, Markham No.1 (Blackshale) Derbyshire 9

1937 2nd July, Holditch, Staffordshire 30

1938 10th May, Markham No.1 (Blackshale) Derbyshire 79

1939 28th October, Valleyfield, Fife 35

1939 20th December, Warsop Main Colliery 6

1940 21st March, Mossfield, Longton 11

1942 1st January, Sneyd, Staffordshire 57

1947 15th August, William Pit, Whitehaven, Cumberland 104

1950 7-9th September, Knockshinnoch Castle, Ayrshire 13

1950 26th September, Cresswell Colliery, Derbyshire 80

1951 29th May, Easington, Durham 81

1959 18th September, Auchengeich, Lanarkshire 47

1960 28th June, Six Bells, Monmouthshire 45

1965 17th May, Cambrian, Glamorgan 31

1966 21st October, Aberfan, Glamorgan 144

  • Though not in the true sense a mining disaster, this event is the one that probably most of us can remember. The accident caused by a sudden collapse of a colliery waste tip, engulfed several houses and the local Pantglas Infant and Junior school.

  • 116 of the dead were children.

  • More information is available at ABERFAN DISASTER PAGE {es}