SJ9145 : Colliery pithead Wheels at Berryhill Fields

taken 12 years ago, near to Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Great Britain

Colliery pithead Wheels at Berryhill Fields
Colliery pithead Wheels at Berryhill Fields
Location: Berryhill fields - top of pathway at entrance to park nearest to Hall Hill Drive
Installed: 2000
Inscription: (concrete circle - surrounded by cobblestones)

"THERE'S BLACK ASH BENEATH
THE GREEN
GOB FIRES BURNING UNDER GAS HILL
AND BENEATH IT ALL
BONES OF MINERS BURIED
STILL"

Description:

Four pithead winding wheels, half set into the ground. Pointing in four different direction. The wheels are painted black and have nameplates which depict the local seams mined and some of the collieries in the area.

The wheels are set on the levelled off spoil heap of Mossfield Colliery.


The inscription commemorates a fatal accident at Mossfield colliery in 1889.
The Cockshead seam (which was mined at Mossfield) was subject to gob fires (an area that has been left void after the coal has been extracted and fires are caused by spontaneous combustion).
A series of explosions began on the 12th September , probably due to the access of air to the gob fire and the crushing of the extremely thin pillars of coal separating the two workings. On October 16th 1889 there was a massive explosion, resulting in the death of 64 miners at Mossfield Colliery.


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Date Taken
January 2006   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 7 February, 2007
Category
Colliery   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 915 450 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:0.1350N 2:7.6865W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 915 452
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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