Aldwarke Main Colliery Rotherham, 1904
Winding rope snapped as cage was descending. 7 died & 1 severely injured.

Aldwarke Main Colliery Rotherham, 1875
Methane explosion caused by naked lights. 7 died.

Allerton Bywater Colliery Castleford, 1930
Methane Explosion caused by shotfiring. 5 died & 1 injured.

Altofts Colliery Normanton, 1886
Methane Explosion caused by shotfiring. 22 died & 7 injured.

Ardsley Main Colliery Barnsley, 1847
Also known as Oaks Colliery, see below. 71 died.

Barnburgh Main Colliery Doncaster, 1957
Methane explosion at the coalface caused by the flash occurring when a large stone fell and damaged a power cable. 6 died & 13 injured.

Barmby Furscoe Colliery Barnsley, 1803
Explosion killed 20-30 miners.

Barmby Furscoe Colliery Barnsley, 1805
Methane explosion caused by a naked light. 7 died.

Barnsley Main Colliery Barnsley, 1942
Methane explosion at the coalface caused by the flash from a damaged a power cable. This caused fires in the gob which resulted in a bigger explosion the following day as the district was being abandoned & sealed. 13 died & 1 injured.

Barnsley Main Colliery, Barnsley, 1947
Methane explosion at the coal face caused by an arc formed between the cores of the trailing cable and a moving nut on the rocker arm of the driving gear of the shaker conveyor. 9 died.

Barrow Colliery Barnsley, 1907
7 men fell to their deaths down the shaft due to the negligence of the on-setters.

Beeston Main Colliery Leeds, 1847
Methane explosion caused by naked lights. 9 died.

Bentley Colliery, Doncaster, 1932
Methane explosion caused by a fire in the gob. 46 died.

Bentley Colliery Doncaster, 1978
Manrider accident. 7 died, 3 injured.

Birley Colliery Sheffield, 1876
Methane explosion caused by naked lights? 6 died.

Bog Colliery Wakefield, 1836
Methane explosion caused by naked light. Several died.

Brietwhistle Colliery Dewsbury, 1841
Methane explosion. 5 died.

Brightside Colliery Sheffield, 1867
Rope broke when cage was descending the shaft. 5 died.

Bullcroft Main Colliery Doncaster, 1941
Methane explosions caused by spontaneous heating. 6 died.

Cadeby Main Colliery Doncaster, 1912
87 men died in 3 explosions, thought to be originated by spontaneous combustion.

Carr House Colliery Rotherham, 1913
Inrush of water from old workings in Neighbouring Aldwarke Colliery. 8 died.

Cortonwood Colliery Barnsley, 1932
Methane explosion  caused by shotfiring. 8 died & 2 injured.

Criggleston Colliery Wakefield, 1941
Methane explosion  caused by shotfiring. 22 died & 3 injured.

Darley Main Colliery Barnsley, 1847
Coalface fire after blasting. 6 died.

Darley Main Colliery Barnsley, 1849
Methane explosion caused by naked light. 68 died.

East Ardsley Colliery Barnsley, 1809
Inundation of water from old workings. 10 died.

Edmunds Main Colliery Barnsley, 1862
Methane explosion caused by naked lights. 59 died & 15 injured.

Lower Elsecar Colliery Barnsley, 1852
Methane explosion caused by naked light. 5 died.

Fitzwilliam (Hemsworth) Colliery Pontefract, 1879
Methane explosion caused by naked lights. 5 died.

Garforth Colliery Middleton, 1825
Methane explosion. 25 died.

Higham Colliery Barnsley, 1860
Methane explosion caused by naked lights. 11 died & 3 injured.

Houghton Main Colliery Barnsley, 1886
Shaft accident, cage was overwound. 10 died.

Houghton Main Colliery Barnsley, 1930
Methane explosion thought to be caused by incorrect shotfiring. 7 died & 10 injured.

Houghton Main Colliery Barnsley, 1975
Methane explosion  killed 5 men and seriously injured another.

Ingham Colliery Dewsbury, 1947
Methane explosion caused by safety lamp being opened to relight it. 11 died & 1 injured

Lepton Colliery Huddersfield, 1940
Methane explosions caused by spontaneous heating. 10 died & 4 injured.

Lindley Top Colliery Hudderfield, 1833
Methane explosion. 5 died.

Lofthouse Colliery Wakefield, 1973
Inrush of water from old workings.

Lundhill Colliery Barnsley, 1854
Methane explosion caused by the use of candles by shaft sinkers. 5 died.

Lundhill Colliery Barnsley, 1857
Methane explosion caused by naked lights. 189 died. VERY DETAILED REPORT

Maltby Main Colliery Maltby, 1923
Methane explosion caused by spontaneous heating while stoppings were being built. 26 died.

Manvers Main Colliery Wath-on-Dearne, 1945
Methane explosion at the coalface caused by the flash from a damaged a power cable.

Methyl Junction Colliery Normanton, 1875
Methane explosion caused by naked lights. 5 died.

Micklefield Colliery Leeds, 1896
Methane Explosion caused by a pony driver having gone out of the fresh air with a naked flame.  63 died, 31 injured.

Morley Main Colliery Leeds, 1872
Methane explosion caused by naked lights. 38 died & 8 injured.

Mount Osborne Colliery Barnsley, 1841
Methane explosion. 17 died.

Newmarket Colliery Wakefield, 1854
Methane explosion caused by naked light and sudden gas outburst. 5 died.

Norcroft Colliery Cawthorne, 1821
Chain broke when ascending shaft. 9 died & 2 injured.

North Gawber (Lidgett) Colliery, Barnsley, 1935
Methane Explosion caused by shotfiring. 19 died.

Nunnery Colliery Sheffield, 1923
Manrider Accident. 7 died & 55 injured (8 severely)

Oaks Colliery Barnsley. 1847
Methane Explosion caused by poor ventilation and the use of naked lights. 71 died.

Oaks Colliery Barnsley, 1866
Methane Explosions cause unknown. 361 died.

Park Colliery Dewsbury, 1879
Methane Explosion cause unknown. 5 died.

Ravenslodge Colliery Dewsbury, 1892
Inrush of water caused by the failure of the tubbing in the shaft. 6 died.

Rawmarsh Colliery Rotherham, 1874
Methane explosion caused by naked light and sudden gas outburst. 23 died.

Robin Hood Colliery Wakefield, 1836 or 1838
Methane explosion. 10 died.

Rothwell Haigh Colliery Leeds 1797
Unknown Accident. 13 men & boys died.

Rothwell Haigh Colliery Victoria Pit Leeds, 1840
Methane explosion caused by naked lights. Men had been given safety lights but preferred candles. 7 died.

South Kirkby Colliery Barnsley, 1935
Methane Explosion while stoppings were being built following a previous explosion. 10 died.

Swaithe Main Colliery Barnsley, 1875
Methane Explosion caused by shotfiring. 143 died.

Thorne Colliery Doncaster, 1926
Shaft Accident while sinking, 6 died.

Thornhill Colliery Dewsbury, 1893
Methane explosion caused by naked lights. 106 died.

Thrybergh Hall Colliery Rotherham, 1863
6 men & boys died when they fell down the shaft.

Toftshaw Bottom Colliery Bradford, 1846
Methane Explosion – some men had left their safety lamps at home, so they went in with candles. 5 died.

Victoria Colliery Bruntcliffe Leeds, 1882
Methane explosion thought to be caused by shotfiring. 22 died.

Victoria Colliery Pontefract, 1879
Rope broke while lowering men. 8 died.

Victoria Colliery Stanley Pit Wakefield, 1879
Methane explosion caused by naked lights. 22 died.

Walton Colliery Wakefield, 1959
Methane Explosion caused by arc from damaged trailing cable on the coalface. 5 died & 1 injured.

Warren Vale Colliery Swinton, 1851
Methane explosion caused by naked lights. 52 died.

Water Haigh Colliery Leeds, 1910
Shaft sinking accident. 6 died.

Wath Main Colliery Wath-on-Dearne, 1930
Methane explosion caused by safety broken after a roof fall. 7 died.

Westwood Colliery Sheffield, 1862
Methane explosion caused by naked lights. 6 died.

Wharncliffe Carlton Colliery Barnsley, 1883
Methane explosion caused unknown. 20 died.

Wharncliffe Silkstone Colliery Barnsley, 1914
Methane explosion caused by faulty coal cutting machine. 11 died.

Wharncliffe Woodmore Colliery Barnsley, 1936
Methane explosion thought to be caused by sparks from the loader motor. 57 died.

Wheldale Colliery Castleford 1891
Underground fire, cause unknown. 5 died.

Wheldale Colliery Castleford, 1923
Methane explosion  caused by shotfiring. 9 died. VERY DETAILED REPORT

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