BIRD-IN-TH’-HAND. Eccleston, Lancashire. 26th February, 1849.

The colliery was the property of David Bromilow and Company. There were nine in the pit at the time of the explosion and it was supposed to have occurred by one of the colliers taking the top off his lamp. Seven people and a pony were suffocated and two others burnt and not expected to recover.

Those who died were:

  • Robert Johnson,
  • William Porter,
  • Isaac Ball,
  • William Palmer,
  • William Platt,
  • John and
  • Peter Garvey.


Annals of Coal Mining. Galloway. Vol.2, p. 85.
Mining Journal. Vol. xix, p.100.

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

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