WERFA. Aberdare, Glamorganshire. 16th. May, 1849.

There was an explosion reported at the colliery in which three were killed and two were not expected to survive. Twelve were injured in all when a man with a Davy lamp went into a heading which was fouled and he was followed by a boy with a candle at which the gas exploded. A previous explosion had occurred at the colliery a week before. In their verdict, the jury recommended that a fireman be employed to inspect the works before the men were allowed to enter.

One of those burnt died and at the inquest into the death of the man named, Pugh before Mr. Overton, Coroner a verdict of “Accidental Death” was recorded.


Mining Journal. Vol. xix, p.233, 250.
Annals of Coal Mining. Galloway. Vol.2, p. 119.
The Cambrian.
Cardiff and Merthyr Guardian.

Information supplied by Ian Winstanley and the Coal Mining History Resource Centre.

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