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Dixon's Overwinding Accident 1878

Please take some moments to read this story, which happened directly under the current site of the current Redburn Farm Restaurant in High Blantyre. The following story has been pieced together from several newspaper reports and tells of how 6 miners were killed at Dixons pit 3 colliery on 5th March 1878, less than 5 months after the terrible events of the Blantyre Explosion. 2,140 more words


1879 Colliery Accident

Words from forthcoming book, “Blantyre Explained” by Paul D Veverka (c) 2016

Barely 18 months after the large pit explosion of 1877, on 2nd July 1879 Dixons number one pit, Blantyre suffered a loss of 28 lives. 1,365 more words


Pretoria Pit

I grew up in Leigh, a small mining town nestled snugly within the bosom of the Red Rose County of Lancashire. Both of my granddad’s and great-granddad’s were miners; my dad probably would have been too, were it not for my granddad insisting that he didn’t want that for his son. 903 more words


New Indicator 1878

Shared here by Gordon Cook is a picture taken in 1902 of miners descending in a cage. It is basically a cattle grid with chains, there is nothing to hold on to, and they were not slow in rising or descending either! 883 more words


1879 Dixons Pit disaster

A third pit disaster in the space of 2 years fell upon Dixons Collieries this time on the 2nd of July 1879, with the loss of 28 lives. 437 more words


End of Loanend Colliery

A sad disappointment was in store for over 200 miners from Blantyre, Cambuslang, and Bridgeton, when they turned up at Loanend (Loanend) Colliery, near Cambuslang, and learned that the pit was closing down until further notice on 26th April 1930. 498 more words


Auchinraith Pit Disaster 1930

Taken from the forthcoming detailed book, “Blantyre Explained” by Paul D Veverka (c) 2016, here’s an extended article about Blantyre’s Auchinraith Pit Explosion in 1930. Pictured is a newspaper article from the Motherwell Times from that fateful day. 1,437 more words