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Description: Colliery Disaster Memorial in York Hill Cemetery, Circa 70 Metres East of Entrance
Date Listed: 14 June 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 112246
OS Grid Reference: NZ2665834783
OS Grid Coordinates: 426658, 534783
Latitude/Longitude: 54.7074, -1.5878
NZ 23 SE SPENNYMOOR FIVE LANE ENDS
6/77 Colliery disaster
memorial in York
circa 70 metres
east of entrance
Colliery disaster memorial. Circa 1882. Probably by G. Ryder and Sons,
Bishop Auckland. Sandstone ashlar with granite shafts. Shaped base to square
pedestal with moulded plinth, cornice and crocket capitals on corner shafts.
Inscriptions incised on all four panels. High octagonal spire, with blind
tracery and leaf decoration on alternate panels, has cross finial and rests on
square block which has scenes carved in low relief on sides, and flower and
beast decoration. West panel shows scene in pit, with rescuer, in suspended
loop, carrying dead miner; south shows clasped hands, and motto 'Friendship';
east a mother and child, weeping; north a miner walking to work, in cap,
breeches and jacket, carrying lamp and pick, beside a railing.
Gothic-shaped panels on pedestal have on west: 'In memory of the 37 Men and
Boys who lost their lives in the Lamentable explosion at Tudhoe Colliery
April 18 1882. Erected by their fellow workmen and friends as a token of
sincere respect.' Other panels bear lists of names, beginning with oldest
aged 66, and ending with youngest aged 15, with family groups being listed
with the oldest: Places of burial named.
A vivid reminder of the problems faced in the C19 coal mines andofthe communities
around them. A similar monument stands in Trimdon cemetery.
Source: H.C. Surtees, the History of the Parishes of Tudhoe and Sunnybrow,
Listing NGR: NZ2665834783
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Source: English Heritage
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