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Star date: 10th November 2013

SALFORD MINERS GET A FITTING MEMORIAL

All miners who worked in the Irwell Valley have finally been remembered with a website, and the installation of a new information board with maps of the old mines by the Agecroft Memorial at the original colliery entrance on Agecroft Road.

Full details here…


Irwell Valley Miners Info Board Salford Irwell Valley Miners Info Board Salford Irwell Valley Miners Info Board Salford
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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.

 

 

Paul Kelly wrote
at 04:44:23 on 14 November 2013
I welcome the comment of T Hall concerning the memorial notice board at Agecroft colliery, the project was primarily concerned with the five collieries in living memory. Particularly Agecroft because Agecroft colliery was erased from the landscape along with Wheatsheaf, Newtown and Pendleton, where there is no monument to the pit. Wet-earth colliery is a well documented former pit site and we felt it was already well represented historically.As a former coal miner i welcome all genuine interest in the pursuit of our coal mining history, Fraternally yours, Paul Kelly.
 
T Hall wrote
at 06:01:11 on 13 November 2013
As someone with a long-standing interest in coal mining, I am more than pleased that this memorial and information board has been established. There must be a declining number of people in the area who remember any of these mines and I’m sure that the majority of people do not realise that from the mid 1700s the Irwell Valley, and its immediate margins had, as its main industry, coal mining. The obvious reason for this is, of course, because remains of the old mines have long been removed and the sites re-used and built over. Only a study of old maps and records will reveal the extent of this industry. My only disappointment with the Agecroft Road information is that it doesn’t include information about the Wet Earth colliery at Clifton, which was the longest continuously operating pit in the valley, from around 1750 to 1928. There are some features still remaining and, for those interested a wealth of information at the Clifton Country Park Information Centre.
 
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