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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135 year anniversary of the Clifton Hall colliery disaster

On Thursday the 18th June we held a small gathering to remember the 178 men and boys who died in the Clifton hall colliery disaster. It was the 135 anniversary of the tragedy which devastated the communities of Pendlebury, Clifton, Pendleton and the surrounding local areas.
We had the gathering at St Augustines church, Pendlebury (known as the miners cathedral).
A monument to the tragic events of that days stands in churchyard and 64 victims are buried in a mass grave.
We maintain the monument and have made a small memorial garden and care and maintain it on behalf of St Augustines Church.

Sadly due to the current situation we could not hold the workers memorial event this year at the Agecroft colliery memorial garden. We had planned to erect two plaques on the monument to remember the men and boys some aged just 10 years old who had died at the pit from the early 1800's to the late 1920's.

We now intend to erect the plaques on the 24th April 2021 Starting at 12:45 pm to begin at 1 pm at the Agecroft colliery memorial, Agecroft road former pit entrance.
Take care in these troubled times, Hope to see you next year. Everyone is welcome and best wishes from us all at the Irwell Valley Mining Project.

2 minutes silence Rememberance Day !!

Coal Miners Rememberance Day !!
We would like to invite you all to the Rememberance day 2 minute silence to remember the local miners who died in the first world war 1914-1919. We will be assembling at the war memorial on Agecroft road at 10:45 on Monday 14th November.
Hope to see you all there.

Salford histories festival Saturday 22nd September 2018.

Ivmp will be attending the Salford histories festival with the mining exhibition.The event opens at 10am and closes 5pm. Free to attend history stalls, cafe, talks and lots of great local history memorabilia books. Remembering Salford great history.
Hope united reform chapel, Chapel street, Salford next to the Salford arms public house 2 minutes walk from Salford train station.
Hope to see you all there.