There is a few monuments and memorials around here, and I have not yet thought about why they are there and what happend to the people it has been rised for. Today I took a trip to the Mines Memorial.
On the Monday before the accident the late manager and Burgess, one of the deceased was summoned to court for neglecting to provide enough ventilations in the mine. The case had been brought forward a week.
A new ventilation fan had been fitted and the roof of the fan house had been lifted off. They formed a party quickly to try and rescue as many as they could, but the guide-rods were damaged and therefore it took extra time to get down to the workers. The cage would not go all the way down and they had to use ladders.
Not too many things going the rescuers way. The explotion occured 08.30 in the morning and the first people they brought up was at noon.
I am passing by this every morning on my way to work. A little piece of Madeley history. Now I know that it was raised for 62 men who went to work one morning, and did not make it home.