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Description: Memorial to Husker Pit Disaster by Wall on West Side of Grave Yard of Church of All Saints
Date Listed: 23 November 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 334284
OS Grid Reference: SE2902005867
OS Grid Coordinates: 429020, 405867
Latitude/Longitude: 53.5486, -1.5635
SE 2906 SILKSTONE HIGH STREET
11/155 Memorial to Huusker Pit
disaster by wall on
west side of grave yard
of Church of All Saints
Memorial. 1838. Sandstone, square with tall pyramidal top and 3-step
podium, The front has carved drapery above an inscription relating to a
visitation from God. The names and ages of the 26 boys and girls who were
killed are given on the side. They were aged between 7 and 17 years. Twenty-
of the victims were from Silkstone, three from Dodworth and three from
Thurgoland. The disaster took place on the 4th July 1838 when a violent
thunderstorm flooded the dayhole of the Husker pit. The victims were buried
in separate coffins in seven graves. Shortly after the disaster a special
enquiry was ordered by the Queen to investigate conditions of employment in
the collieries in the district, the result of which was a law prohibiting the
employment of Women and girls In mines.
Listing NGR: SE2902005867
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Source: English Heritage
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