The Bradford Colliery Memorial :: Shared Description

Dating back to the early 18th century, Bradford Colliery near Manchester city centre – affectionately known as ‘the pit in the city’- was a thriving part of the UK’s coal industry for more than 350 years. It provided power and fuel for Manchester and the surrounding areas, employing around 1,500 people before it was closed in 1968. The Colliery’s miners generally lived in neighbouring areas such as Beswick, Clayton and Newton Heath.

After the colliery closed, the site of the former pit became largely wasteland until the City of Manchester Stadium and its surrounding facilities were built in the late 1990s onward. The Bradford Pit Project LinkExternal link was set up in 2013 to educate new generations on the effects and relevance of the area’s past and to commemorate the colliery and the mining community now that all physical evidence of the area’s industrial heritage has been removed.

This eight metre high steel memorial, on the east side of the Etihad Campus, has been erected at the site where the former colliery once stood, close to where the pit head would have been. Designed by Broadbent Studio, the memorial is in the form of a lift shaft cage, with glass panels featuring images of miners taking the journey underground, as well a map and other information. Its stone base carries the words “in remembrance of Bradford Colliery and the mining community.”

The memorial was opened to the public on 19 November 2020. Unfortunately due to the coronavirus lock down measures in place, it wasn’t possible to hold an official gathering or unveiling ceremony at the time but there are hopes that some kind of celebration event with miners and community may be possible in the near future.
by David Dixon
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SJ8798 : Memorial at the former Bradford Colliery Site by David Dixon
SJ8798 : The Bradford Pit Memorial by David Dixon


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Created: Fri, 27 Nov 2020, Updated: Fri, 27 Nov 2020

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