Abram Colliery Wigan, 1881
Methane explosion probably caused by a sudden outburst of gas. It is thought that it could have been caused by an unlocked safety lamp. 48 died.

Albion Colliery, Hindley Green, 1848
Methane explosion caused by naked lights. 5 died & 5 injured.

Alexandra Colliery Wigan, 1875
The descending cage struck the ascending cage throwing the men out to fall down the shaft. 7 died.

Astley Green Colliery Tyldesley, 1939
Methane explosion probably caused by a gob fire. 5 died & 5 injured.

Bedford Colliery Wood End Pits Leigh, 1886
Methane explosion. 38 died.

Bamfurlong Colliery Ashton-in-Makerfield, 1892
Engine house fire caused smoke to enter the workings. 16 died.

Bank Colliery Little Hulton, 1866
Methane explosion ignited by a naked light. 8 died.

Bickershaw Colliery Leigh, 1932
An overwind caused the cage to enter the water in the shaft sump. 19 died.

Bickershaw Colliery Leigh, 1942
Methane explosion from a blowout of gas from old workings. 6 died & 4 injured.

Bickershaw Colliery Leigh, 1959
5 men died from Carbon Monoxide that leaked out from an explosion in an abandoned district.

Bird in th’ Hand Colliery, Eccleston, 1849
Methane explosion. 7 died.

Blackeyhurst Colliery Ashton-in-Makerfield, 1864
The cage came out of its guides, tipped and men fell to the bottom of the shaft. 6 died.

Blackrod Colliery Bolton, 1836
Methane explosion. 12 died.

Bold Colliery St Helens, 1905
Shaft accident, cage descended too fast crashing into a temporary staging. 5 died & 14 injured.

Bryn Hall Colliery Ashton-in-Makerfield, 1870
Methane explosion from a blown out shot while blasting in a very gassy pit. 17 died.

Bryn Hall Colliery Ashton-in-Makerfield, 1873
Methane explosion probably from a blown out shot while blasting. 6 died.

Burgh Colliery, Coppull, 1846
Methane explosion cause by naked lights. 9 died including 4 females, 6 injured

California Colliery Aspull, 1865
Rope came off wining drum causing it to break and the cage to fall to the bottom of the shaft. 8 died.

Chanters Colliery Atherton, 1957
Methane explosion caused by an arc due to electricians working on live equipment. 8 died & 3 injured.

Chowbent Colliery Gib Field Pit, Atherton, 1850
Methane explosion cause by a naked light. 5 died.

Clifton Hall Colliery Manchester, 1885
Methane explosion cause by naked lights. 178 died.

Cronton Colliery Widnes, 1917
Methane explosion caused by a roof fall happening immediately before blasting shots were fired. 8 died & 1 injured.

Douglas Bank Colliery Wigan, 1865
Shaft lining collapsed while shaft sinking. 5 died.

Douglas Bank Colliery Wigan, 1888
Accident while shaft sinking; the hoppet overturned and 3 men fell down the shaft landing on 2 men at the bottom killing all. 5 died.

Foggs Colliery, Haydock, 1850
Methane explosion caused by naked lights. 13 died.

Foggs Colliery Bolton, 1877
Underground fire, 10 died.

Foggs Colliery Bolton, 1907
Shaft accident. 10 died.

Garswood Hall Colliery Ashton-in-Makerfield, 1902
Methane explosion caused by a spark from a deliberately damaged cable igniting a sudden outburst of gas during shaft sinking. 8 died & 3 injured.

Garswood Hall Colliery Ashton-in-Makerfield, 1932
Methane explosion cause by sparks from signalling apparatus. 27 died & 2 severely injured.

Garswood Park Colliery Ashton-in-Makerfield, 1866
Methane explosion. 16 died.

Garswood Park Colliery Ashton-in-Makerfield, 1867
Methane explosion caused by a collier not erecting enough brattice cloth on the working face, allowing a build up of gas to form. 15 died.

Gerards Bridge Colliery, St Helens ,1847
Methane explosion caused by naked lights. 8 died.

Golboure Colliery Golbourne, 1979
Methane explosion caused by a spark from a plug that electricians were working on. 10 died & 1 injured.

Hapton Valley Colliery Burnley, 1962
Methane explosion cause unknown. It is thought it was either by shotfiring, by frictional heating, or by a thermite reaction from aluminium foil and the metal rails. 16 died & 3 injured.

Haydock Coal Pit Haydock, 1831
Methane explosion. 10 died.

Haydock Coal Pit Haydock, 1831
Methane explosion. 6 died.

Haydock Colliery Queen Pit Haydock, 1868
Methane explosion cause by a build up of gas due to poor use of brattice cloth causing a build up of gas and a suspected faulty lamp. 26 died.

Haydock Colliery Queen Pit Haydock, 1868
Methane explosion cause by a build up of gas due to poor ventilation, fired by blasting. 26 died.

High Brooks Colliery Ashton-in-Makerfield, 1866
Methane explosion, cause unknown, although there appears to have been some public disagreement on the findings. 29 died.

High Brooks Colliery Ashton-in-Makerfield, 1869
Methane explosion caused by shotfiring in a gassy pit. 33 died.

Hindley Green Colliery Springs Pit Wigan, 1871
Methane explosion while driving a new pony road. The explosion occurred after firing a shot. 5 died.

Hulton Colliery Atherton, 1910
Methane explosion, 345 died.

Ince Hall Colliery, Wigan, 1847
Inrush of water caused by a storm whereby the river burst its banks and flooded the mine. 6 died.

Ince Hall Colliery Middle Patricroft Pit, Hindley, 1849
Methane explosion caused by a miner had entering a foul part of the mine with a lighted candle. 12 died & 2 severely injured.

Ince Hall Colliery Saw Mill Pit Wigan, 1874
Methane explosion caused by shotfiring. 15 died.

Ince Moss Colliery Wigan, 1871
Methane explosion, cause unknown, followed by a fire and a second explosion, 60 died.

Kirkless Hall Colliery, Wigan, 1847
Explosion caused by shotfiring having set fire to the coal. 11 died & 12 injured.

Laffack Colliery, St. Helens, 1849
Methane explosion caused by a collier refusing to use a safety lamp and using a candle instead. 5 died & 22 injured.

Linnyshaw Colliery Worsley, 1861
Methane explosion, 7 died.

Little Lever Coal Pit Bolton, 1835
River entered the mine through a fault. 17 died.

Low Hall Colliery Wigan, 1869
Methane explosion of gas in the Six Feet seam caused by a blown out shot, 27 died.

Lovers Lane Colliery Atherton, 1872
Methane explosion, ignition of the gas was caused by a shot which blew out the stemming, 26 died & 14 injured.

Lyme Colliery, Haydock, 1930
Methane explosion. 13 died & 10 injured.

Maypole Colliery Explosion Abram, 1908
Methane explosions thought to be cause by faulty safety lamps. 75 died.

Menses Colliery Barebones Pit Wigan, 1873
Methane explosion ignited by a naked light in a mine where gas was rare. 7 died & 20 injured.

Mesne Lea Colliery Worsley, 1867
Methane explosion thought to be ignited by a naked light. 7 died.

Moorfield Colliery Accrington, 1883
Methane explosion from a blower where the gas was heard like “a noise like steam rushing through water”. 68 died & 39 injured.

New Boston Colliery Haydock, 1905
Men buried in a fall of the roof as they were timbering. 5 died.

Newton Colliery, Haydock, 1845
Explosion. 13 died & 6 injured.

Norley Colliery Wigan, 1868
Explosion caused by the use of gunpowder. 10 died.

Old Boston Colliery Haydock, 1900
Methane explosion due to gas outburst while deepening the shaft. 8 died.

Parr Colliery, St Helens, 1847
Explosion.

Pemberton Colliery Wigan, 1830
Explosion. 9 died.

Pendlebury Colliery Pendlebury, 1870
Methane explosion: a fall released a large quantity of gas close to where men were working with naked lights. 6 died.

Pendleton Colliery Pendleton, 1870
Methane explosion caused by shotfiring. 9 died.

Pendleton Colliery Pendleton, 1925
Floor heave. 6 died.

Rainford Colliery Rainford, 1869
Fire & Explosion during deepening the shaft. 8 died.

Rushy Park Colliery St Helens, 1838
Methane explosion. 6 died & several others injured.

Seneley Green Colliery, Ashton-in-Makerfield, 1848
Methane explosion caused by naked lights. 5 died.

Shakerley Colliery Nelson Pit Tyldesley, 1883
Rope broke while cage was being wound. 6 died.

Shakerley Colliery Wellington Pit Tyldesley, 1895
Methane explosion caused by a large accumulation of gas and a faulty safety lamp. 5 died.

Shevington Colliery Wigan, 1861
Methane explosion caused by a safety lamp being opened. 15 died & 3 injured.

St Helens (coal pit at Whiston), 1806
Explosion. 16 died.

Stonehill Colliery Farnworth, 1877
Underground Fire, 16 died,

Victoria Colliery, Dukinfield, 1848
Explosion caused by naked lights. 7 died.

Victoria Colliery, Ashton-under-Lyne, 1849
Explosion. 7 died.

Westleigh Colliery, Leigh, 1847
Explosion. 5 died & 5 injured.

Westleigh Colliery Leigh, 1896
Shaft accident cause the cage to fall to the bottom. 8 died.

Winstanley Colliery, Wigan, 1843
Explosion. Several injured & killed.

Winstanley Colliery Wigan, 1860
Methane explosion caused by an uncovered safety lamp at the coal face. 13 died.

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