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Colliery Disaster Memorial in York Hill Cemetery, Circa 70 Metres East of Entrance

A Grade II Listed Building in Spennymoor, County Durham

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Latitude: 54.7074 / 54°42'26"N

Longitude: -1.5878 / 1°35'16"W

OS Eastings: 426658

OS Northings: 534783

OS Grid: NZ266347

Mapcode National: GBR KGC0.1B

Mapcode Global: WHC4X.LY34

Entry Name: Colliery Disaster Memorial in York Hill Cemetery, Circa 70 Metres East of Entrance

Listing Date: 14 June 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1322832

English Heritage Legacy ID: 112246

Location: Spennymoor, County Durham, DL16

County: County Durham

Civil Parish: Spennymoor

Built-Up Area: Spennymoor

Traditional County: Durham

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham

Church of England Parish: Tudhoe Grange

Church of England Diocese: Durham

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Listing Text


6/77 Colliery disaster
memorial in York
Hill Cemetery,
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,
(Mainsforth), 1925.

Listing NGR: NZ2665834783

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