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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New edition "the Last Pit in the Valley" released.

We have released the new edition of "The Last Pit in The Valley" book, written by former miner Paul Kelly. This book is a history of Agecroft colliery and the pits of Irwell valley. The books was released on the 20th June at the Moston miners community arts and music centre. There is food and refreshments and an excellent turn out, thanks to everyone who came to support us. The book is available to purchase, It can be bought through paypal via the site alternatively the book can be picked up from The Saffron restaurant, The old town hall Cheetam Hill Road.

Unveiling of the Agecroft Colliery monument

In July 2013 around two hundred people including former miners and there families came to see the unveiling of a stone monument dedicated to Agecroft miners. Irwell Valley mining project built this beautiful commemoration with the help of St Augustine's Primary school and Salford City College apprentices. The Monument is situated at the former Agecroft pit entrance on Agecroft Road, Swinton. The engraving on the stone reads as follows:
"this monument is dedicated to the coal miners of the Agecroft colliery and to all the men, women, boys and girls who toiled in the collieries of the Irwell valley
Remember all those who lost their lives below the ground on which you stand.
Before the unveiling of the monument there was a few minute silence as Besses O' th' Barn brass band played 'The Miners Hymn' .

Memorial Day service

Finally we have been able to celebrate workers memorial day at former Agecroft collieries new memorial site. Many thanks to Father Paul Hutchins of St Augustine's church who gave a short service and blessing on the day. Thanks to all who came to the annual service and march procession, there was an amazing turnout and a great day for all involved. Next years date has been posted and we look forward to seeing you all again.