Agecroft Colliery

An excerpt from the book - The Last Pit in the Valley by Paul Kelly - Available to buy from the IVMP store
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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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Events September 2017

The project will be holding an exhibition of our mining collection and memorabilia on wednesday 27th, Thursday 28th and Friday 29th September at the Langworthy cornerstones.The exhibition times 11am till 5pm.

We will also be attending the Salford Local histories festivalon Saturday 30th September at Langworthy cornerstones 10am - 4pm. Please support local history and hope to see you all there.

2 great Salfordians

We lost 2 great Salfordians this past year. Madge Kelly a miner's wife and councillor Harry Davies they both helped to get the Agecroft monument built through there hard work and support.
In recognition we have placed a small plaque on the memorial to there memory, Thanks for everything .

Workers memorial day

The Irwell valley mining projects workers memorial day will take place at 1pm on Saturday the 22nd of April 2017. We will be meeting at the Agecroft colliery memorial to acknowledge the debt we owe to all workers who died or were seriously injured in the coal industry. All welcome. A plaque will be unveiled to the memory of Madge Kelly and Councillor Harry Davies - both IVMP members who died toward the end of last year.