|The Hartley Pit Disaster
The Hartley disaster of the 16th January 1862 was one of the first
great mining disasters of Victorian times to catch widespread public
attention when upwards of two hundred men and boys lost their lives
after a shaft accident at the colliery.
Another painting by T.H.Hair soon after the incident
The ages of the 204 victims are in the references
below. The youngest was 10 and the oldest 71 years old.
The memorial in Earsdon churchyard bears the names of the men and boys killed.
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Accounts and illustrations:
(Very comprehensive site)
|Reminiscences of a survivor
Bob's History of Mining
(Good illustrations and photos)
|Illustrated London News
The Hartley Colliery