ROBIN HOOD. Wakefield Yorkshire. 16th. February, 1836 or 1838.

The colliery belonged to Messrs. Charlesworth and an explosion was reported in which a boy was instantly suffocated. Of the ten men and boys who were in the pit, all were burnt to some extent but five so badly that they died. Smith, Wade and Hopton all of Rothwell and Blackburn of Carlton have left widows and fourteen young children and another named Arundel aged 18 years was supporting his mother whose husband had been killed in the same pit.

There are other references giving the same date and month but in 1836.


Lodge’s  Almanac, 1915.
Annals of Coal Mining. Galloway. Vol.2, p.56.
Mayall’s. Annal of Yorkshire.
West Riding Herald.

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

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