Posted by: northeastca | 06/06/2012

Colliery Wheel Memorial – Holywell Road, Brightside

The North East Community Assembly has purchased a colliery wheel which has been installed on Holywell Road, near to the junction of Colliery Road in Brightside, as a memorial to the 9 miners who were killed in 3 separate accidents in Brightside Colliery.  Cllr Peter Price has been researching the details and has found an old map that shows that the place where the colliery wheel has been installed is directly opposite to where the entrance to the mine used to be.  A plaque is being designed to explain the history  and the reason why the wheel has been placed in this position.  The assembly has received this comment from a Brightside resident –  ‘I have lived in Brightside for 25 yrs, and often feel we are a forgotten part of Sheffield, every thing seems to go to Burngreave or Grimthorpe down the road. But the other day I saw a wheel being erected on Holywell Road close to the public footpath going up to Limpsfield School. Could you tell me what it is for, and who organised it. This is not a complaint far from it, it is good someone has taken the time to organise it.’

The Brightside Colliery – In memory of all those men who lost their lives in the Brightside Colliery The Penny Illustrated Paper 20th April 1867 

12th April 1867 – At Brightside Colliery, nearSheffield, five men were killed on Friday evening, the 12th inst.  They were descending the pit to begin work when the wire rope broke, and they fell to the bottom a depth of 200 yards. All were killed instantly. 

Bates Thomas aged 60 (Firetrier), Bergin Joshua age 18 (Filler), Fox George aged 36 (Labourer), Fox James aged 42 (Labourer), and Goldstraw John aged 26 (Collier) 

The Coroner Mr Webster attached no blame to anyone connected with the colliery but supposed it “to have been caused by a defect in the manufacture of the rope which did not show until it broke and sent the men down the shaft to their deaths” 

23rd October 1865 – Explosion of Firedamp at Brightside Colliery

A loud explosion was heard near to the main level at about 7-30 am. A large volume of deadly gas has rushed out from a fissure in the coal face and it ignited by a naked flame being used by Francis Milburn. He was severely burned and the force of the blast threw him against a pillar fracturing his skull.  Death was instant.  The blast passed down the workings and struck George Parker, and his son of 14 years. Both died later that day

Francis Milburn, George Parker Senr, George Parker Junr 

At the inquest it was stated that “the recklessness of colliers which led them to lay aside the safety lamps was the cause of this and hundreds of explosions.” 

20th January 1873 – William Mannifield    accidently killed at the Brightside Colliery.  A stone erected in St Thomas Church Holywell Road Grimesthorpe reads ”Erected by The friends and Fellow Workmates in Affectionate Remembrance  WILLIAM MANNIFIELD”


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