• Bethany English Baptist Chapel, Tredegar Street, Risca 13 July 2016

    Risca Colliery's two shafts were sunk in 1875 with coal production starting in 1878. On 15 July 1880 an explosion killed 120 men and boys due to the miners preferring to use older "Clanny" lamps to the new Davy safety lamps. Clanny lamps were subsequentl…

  • Memorial Garden, Aberfan, Merthyr Vale 6 June 2016

    The ultimate price of coal. Families have always worried about husbands, sons, siblings toiling underground to extract coal; always feared that its price would be demanded from the unforgiving seams . No one expected however, the terrible price that was…

  • Memorial Garden, Aberfan, Merthyr Vale 6 June 2016

    The ultimate price of coal. Families have always worried about husbands, sons, siblings toiling underground to extract coal; always feared that its price would be demanded from the unforgiving seams . No one expected however, the terrible price that was…


  • Aberfan Disaster Section, Aberfan Cemetery, Merthyr Vale 6 June 2016

    The ultimate price of coal. Families have always worried about husbands, sons, siblings toiling underground to extract coal; always feared that its price would be demanded from the unforgiving seams . No one expected however, the terrible price that was…

  • Aberfan Disaster Section, Aberfan Cemetery, Merthyr Vale 6 June 2016

    The ultimate price of coal. Families have always worried about husbands, sons, siblings toiling underground to extract coal; always feared that its price would be demanded from the unforgiving seams . No one expected however, the terrible price that was…

  • Aberfan Disaster Section, Aberfan Cemetery, Merthyr Vale 6 June 2016

    The ultimate price of coal. Families have always worried about husbands, sons, siblings toiling underground to extract coal; always feared that its price would be demanded from the unforgiving seams . No one expected however, the terrible price that was…


  • Aberfan Disaster Section, Aberfan Cemetery, Merthyr Vale 6 June 2016

    The ultimate price of coal. Families have always worried about husbands, sons, siblings toiling underground to extract coal; always feared that its price would be demanded from the unforgiving seams . No one expected however, the terrible price that was…

  • Aberfan Disaster Section, Aberfan Cemetery, Merthyr Vale 6 June 2016

    The ultimate price of coal. Families have always worried about husbands, sons, siblings toiling underground to extract coal; always feared that its price would be demanded from the unforgiving seams . No one expected however, the terrible price that was…

  • St John's Burial Ground, Varteg Hill, Garndiffaith, Abersychan, Pontypool 4 May 2016

    Red Ash Colliery is taken to be the Cwm & Mon Colliery mentioned in 1880 in a mines report. It closed in the early 1940s. The burial ground is located separately from St John' s which closed down in 2010 due to the dwindling congregation.


  • St John's Burial Ground, Varteg Hill, Garndiffaith, Abersychan, Pontypool 4 May 2016

    Lower Varteg colliery consisted of a pit and adits opened between the end of the 19th Century and 1908. By 1957 only Varteg Lower (Deakin's) Slope remained at the closure. The burial ground is located separately from St John' s which closed down in 2010…

  • St John's Burial Ground, Varteg Hill, Garndiffaith, Abersychan, Pontypool 4 May 2016

    Trimsaran Colliery was at Burry Port near Llanelli. Harold was one of ten men killed when, travelling out in a dram at the end of their shift, a shackle broke causing the dram to hurtle back down the slope. The burial ground is located separately from St…

  • St Sannan's, Heol Bedw-Hirion, Bedwellty, Blackwood 29 June 2015

    New Tredegar Colliery was known locally as Old Pits Colliery. New Tredegar was sunk in 1855 by Thomas Powell who would later become part of the Powell Duffryn company. The colliery closed down in 1929 after a landslide engulfed the colliery badly damaging…


  • St Sannan's, Heol Bedw-Hirion, Bedwellty, Blackwood 29 June 2015

    Powell Duffryn began sinking Penallta Colliery, near Hengoed, in 1905. At the time, the upcast (750 yds/609m) and downcast (783 yds/716m) shafts were the deepest in the South Wales Coalfield. At its peak in the 1930s it employed 3200 men; in 1935, it hel…

  • Miners' Memorial, Marine Street, Cwm, Ebbw Vale 19 June 2015

    This memorial, dedicated to "the men who worked and died in the Ebbw Fawr Mining Community" has particular resonance for the former Marine Colliery on the land of which it is erected; on St David's Day (1st March), 1927, 53 miners lost their lives in a ga…

  • Miners' Memorial, Marine Street, Cwm, Ebbw Vale 19 June 2015

    This memorial, dedicated to "the men who worked and died in the Ebbw Fawr Mining Community" has particular resonance for the former Marine Colliery on the land of which it is erected; on St David's Day (1st March), 1927, 53 miners lost their lives in a ga…


  • Miners' Memorial, Marine Street, Cwm, Ebbw Vale 19 June 2015

    This memorial, dedicated to "the men who worked and died in the Ebbw Fawr Mining Community" has particular resonance for the former Marine Colliery on the land of which it is erected; on St David's Day (1st March), 1927, 53 miners lost their lives in a ga…

  • St Mary's, Church Lane, Panteg, Pontypool 29 April 2015

    The first pit at the Glyn Collieries was sunk in the 1840s, to a depth of 190 yards and was one of the first collieries to use steam power for its winding engines. Another two pits were sunk in the 1880s on the site of what became the Albion Road Colliery…

  • The Price of Coal - Abercarn Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Abercarn, Caerphilly County Borough 2 December 2014

    Killed at sixteen and a half years. The "Navi" in nearby Crumlin, was sunk in 1907, into the rich Blackvein seam. After nationalisation in 1947, it worked in cooperation with its sister pit at Aberbeeg, Budd's. It closed in 1967, but the chimney stack and…


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