Cold War Warrior

Cold War Warrior

Posted on 07/05/2014

Photo taken on July  5, 2014

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The Price of Coal - Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Shop Road, Varteg, Pontypool 5 July 2014

The Price of Coal - Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Shop Road, Varteg, Pontypool 5 July 2014
A grave dedicated to three sons of Thomas & Hanna Brimble killed in the Llanerch Colliery explosion; their ages: 18, 15 and 12 years. Oddly, their names are almost like entries in a ledger.
In 1889 an explosion occurred at the colliery in which two men were badly burned. In December 1889 the Inspector of Mines advised the owners to introduce closed safety lamps into the mine; their reply was: "At present we think the colliery is thoroughly well ventilated and safe to work with naked lights". On 6th February 1890, a massive gas explosion killed 176 men and boys.
The Wesleyan Methodist Chapel was built in 1828 and rebuilt in 1868, this date being displayed on the front of the chapel. It is shown on the 1962 OS map as still in use; neglected today and no longer used as a chapel it has a sign attached saying "Varteg Community Centre". The churchyard is extremely neglected and overgrown, although some graves which are tended have pathways cut to them.

Not much in the way of workplace safety in those days--
3 years ago.
Cold War Warrior
Cold War Warrior
Obviously a case of "safety lamps are for wimps!"
3 years ago.