After the unveiling back in July of a permanent memorial to those who worked in the mines of the Irwell Valley (see here) and the subsequent Last Pit In The Valley exhibition at St Augustine's Church in September (see here and see here), the final elements of a year long Heritage Lottery funded project have been put in place.
Friday saw the installation of a new information board by the memorial detailing all the Salford pits of the Irwell Valley, complete with a map, dates of opening and drawings of the collieries…Clifton Hall, Pendleton, Newtown, Wheatsheaf and Agecroft are all featured.
The information on the board includes the Clifton Hall Colliery disaster of 1885, the fact that Pendleton was once the deepest coal mine in the world, Newtown was used to train Bevin Boys and that George and Robert `Rocket' Stephenson, the famous railway builders, once worked at Pendleton.
Meanwhile, the Irwell Valley Mining Project website has also been unveiled with loads more information, photos and videos – see www.ivmp.org.uk
Although the Lottery project has finished, the Irwell Valley Mining Project is continuing with more events planned. For details and contacts see the website.
Main photo shows members and supporters of the Irwell Valley Mining Project by the new notice board.