NEWTON, Haydock, Lancashire. 5th. November, 1845.
The colliery was the property of Messrs. Turner and Evans and was worked by day and night. The night men had just left and nineteen day workers had already descended when the explosion occurred. Planks that were across the shaft were blown a considerable distance. Thirteen lost their lives and six others were injured. Had it occurred a little later there would have been more men down the mine and the loss of life would have been far greater.
Annals of Coal Mining. Galloway. p.79.
Mining Journal. Vol. xv, p.635, Vol. xx. p.540.
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