Unveiling of Clifton Hall Colliery memorial garden and monument

Clifton Hall Colliery was in production from 1838 - 1929 the monument and memorial garden will remember the great disaster of 1885 and remember the coal miners killed and injured at the pit.

On the morning of June the 18th 1885 at 9.20 AM a terrible explosion occurred in the Trencherbone mine at Clifton Hall Colliery, The explosion led to the deaths of 178 men and boys. The youngest boys were Charles Leonard Barter and Robert Worral both aged just 13, the oldest coal miner was Ralph Daniels, aged 65. The mine was connected to Agecroft Colliery which lay Just 800 yards away by an underground tunnel in the doe mine seam. This was very fortunate for the Clifton Hall miners the two shafts had been badly damaged in the explosion and were out of use. Many men were rescued by going through this tunnel and escaping from the Agecroft shafts number 1 and 2. Which were located next to the present day Agecroft Colliery monument.

A monument to the tragedy is already situated in the grounds of St Augustine's church, where 64 victims are buried in a mass grave.
The new monument and memorial garden will be above the scene of the disaster on the former colliery site.


Moston Colliery Memorial Garden

Moston colliery was situated on St Marys road, Moston. The pit was connected to the Manchester Rochdale railwayline. The coal mine was in production from 1844 -1950, the site is now occupied by the miners housing estate which was built by theNational Union of Mineworkers for colliers who hadworked at the pit. All that remains of the colliery buildings are the bath house and former lamp room, built in 1931 the building was in a bad state of neglect after years of closure. Five years ago Lou Beckett a local artist with help from friends and family set about repairing the former bath house. The building is now home to the miners community arts and music centre. Lou has done a fantastic job saving the building and preserving a unique historical piece of our mining heritage for the future. Lou wishes to build a memorial garden to commemorate the former coal mine and all who toiled at the pit the many miners who died and the injured who lives were cut short from pit work.
There will be a fundraiser on 11th April in order to hlp raise money to create the garden, please see our events page or http://www.theminers.org.uk for more information.


Durham Miners Gala

Durham miners gala, Saturday 12th July 2014, Irwell Valley mining project were all there and what a day it was. The sunshine smiled on a proud parade of the North’s heritage as the 130th Durham Miners’ Gala was hailed a triumph. As thousands lined the streets as community stalwarts marched colourful banners down the city’s Old Elvet to the sound of brass bands and bagpipes.
This year’s event marked 30 years since the miners’ strike and, according to organisers, attracted the largest crowd since that fateful year.


Summer fair at St Augustine's Church.

Saturday the 5th July, 11 am The St Augustine's summer fair Bolton Road, Pendlebury. The Irwell Valley Mining Project had a stall, with copies of the new book available. Great to see so many familiar faces thanks to all who came.


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.


Memorial Garden

Irwell valley mining project are happy to announce the is now a small garden in front of the monument stone, we would like to invite everyone to place there own memorial. We ask that you only plant a small plant or shrub so to save room for other. The Memorial is regularly maintained by IVMP and also members of the local community.


Coal mining exhibition

The Last Pit in the valley Exhibition Saturday 21st - 28th September 2013 at St Augustine's church (the miners cathedral), Bolton Road. There was an array of memorabilia, photographs, fossils, videos and even a short play. This much loved exhibition brought generations together under the same roof a chance to learn about what seems to be a forgotten heritage right beneath our feet, Paul Kelly former miner and son of a miner also released a book relating to his personal accounts as a miner.


Release of "The Last Pit in the Valley" book

The last pit is in valley is an unique educational guide to coal mining, written by former miner Paul Kelly. The book is centred around Agecroft colliery, it will educate and remind people of a once thriving mining community in the Irwell valley and the struggle and strife that men women and children alike came across during this era. Paul is a member of the Irwell valley mining project which has recently erected a stone monument at the entrance of Agecroft colliery, and has requested that all proceeds from the book, go back into the project.


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