Tawd Vale Colliery Disaster
Nov 30th 1897
These pictures were taken on the day of disaster by, Alfred Wragg, photographer, Burscough St Ormskirk.
The cause of the disaster, as reported in local press was the bursting of the river banks, this was not the case.
Due to the exceedingly high amount of additional water flowing into the river, the river bed collapsed & found it’s way into the workings. (see sketch by Henry Hall, surveyor at bottom of this page) no relation to the dance band leader. As you will see on sketch, the shafts were on high ground in relation to the river.
The colliery was situated on the slope at the back of where Lathom High School is today.
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