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Talke-On-The-Hill Mine

Talke-on-the-Hill colliery, near Hanley, Staffordshire, the scene of an explosion causing nearly twenty deaths on 18th February 1873

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1873 Causing Coal Collieries Colliery Deaths Explosion Hanley Mine Regional Staffordshire Twenty


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This evocative image captures the aftermath of the tragic explosion at Talke-on-the-Hill Mine, near Hanley, Staffordshire, England, on 18th February 1873. The scene before us is one of devastation and sorrow, as emergency responders and onlookers gather to assess the damage caused by the explosion that took the lives of nearly twenty miners. The Talke-on-the-Hill Colliery was a coal mine that had been in operation since the late 18th century, and like many mines of the time, it was notorious for its dangerous working conditions. The coal industry was a major contributor to the regional economy, but it came at a great cost to the lives and health of the miners. The cause of the explosion is not known for certain, but it is believed to have been caused by a build-up of methane gas in the mine. The explosion occurred during the early morning shift, trapping and killing miners who were working deep underground. The news of the tragedy spread quickly, and soon the local community had gathered at the mine to offer their support and assistance. The image shows a group of men standing at the edge of the mine shaft, looking down into the darkness below. Smoke and debris rise from the entrance, and the ground around the mine is littered with debris and the remnants of machinery. In the foreground, a man in a top hat and overcoat speaks urgently to another man, while a young boy looks on in fear. This poignant photograph serves as a reminder of the human cost of the coal industry during the 19th century, and the sacrifices made by the miners and their families. The explosion at Talke-on-the-Hill Mine was a tragic event that left a lasting impact on the local community and the mining industry as a whole.

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