Agecroft Colliery

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Agecroft Colliery stands no more. This coal mine has disappeared from the skyline of Salford.

The former collieries winding wheels, which were enclosed in concrete towers reached a height of 200 feet and covered the number 4 and number 5 shafts. The towers were demolished using explosives in January 1991. The towers which had stood for over 30 years disappeared in seconds.

This signified the end of deep coal mining in the Irwell Valley which had lasted for about 250 years. The colliery buildings were bulldozed and flattened into history. The site was cleared in months without ceremony, to be replaced by warehouses and offices and the area renamed The Agecroft Commercial Park.

No monuments or memorials were erected to the memory of the coal miners who worked at the pit, many of whom paid the ultimate price. All their work and sacrifice was forgotten.

I wrote this book with the hope that it will educate, enlighten and remind people that not so very long ago this area had a thriving mining community. A community that took great pride in the coal mining industry and the work it provided. I hope to remind readers that it was coal which was the source of energy that powered the industrial revolution and made this country great.

This book is dedicated to all the men, women, boys and girls who toiled in the coal mining industry and worked to bring light and warmth for all. Our pits and our way of life may be gone but our memories live on

Paul Kelly, former miner at Agecroft Colliery, 1978-1990

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Latest update Pendleton Colliery Memorial

St Thomas church Pendleton have kindly given the IVMP permission to erect a monument to remember the former pit.
The monument will contain a bench and a list of the coal miners who died in the pit.
The memorial will be placed in the church grounds, we will be working with local school children and will be holding an exhibition on coal mining in the local area.
We are currently fundraising for the monument which we hope to unveil in September 2022.
We would be extremely grateful for any money towards the cost of the memorial from individuals or organisations all donations will be acknowledged.
Payments can be made on our website ( ) or cheque made payable to:

The Irwell Valley Mining Project c/o 8 Elvate Cresent, Cheetham, Manchester M8 8DE

Thank you and regards.

Unveiling of 2 plaques Agecroft colliery

A massive thank you to all who attended the commemoration event on Saturday 5th February, the weather was truly appalling wet and windy. The plaques unveiled give due recognition to the children, women and men who died in the colliery from the 1840's to the 1920's. Once and again thank you all

Unveiling of plaques Agecroft memorial

We will be unveiling 2 plaques on Saturday 5th February 2022. We will assemble at 12:45 at the Agecroft colliery memorial on Agecroft Road (former pit entrance).
93 names are on the plaques which include women and children who died in the colliery from the 1840's to the 1920's. Please come and join us in this celebration