An excerpt from the book - The Last Pit in the Valley by Paul Kelly - Available to buy from the IVMP store
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Agecroft Colliery stands no more. This coal mine has disappeared from the skyline of Salford.
The former collieries winding wheels, which were enclosed in concrete towers reached a height of 200 feet and covered the number 4 and number 5 shafts. The towers were demolished using explosives in January 1991. The towers which had stood for over 30 years disappeared in seconds.
This signified the end of deep coal mining in the Irwell Valley which had lasted for about 250 years. The colliery buildings were bulldozed and flattened into history. The site was cleared in months without ceremony, to be replaced by warehouses and offices and the area renamed The Agecroft Commercial Park.
No monuments or memorials were erected to the memory of the coal miners who worked at the pit, many of whom paid the ultimate price. All their work and sacrifice was forgotten.
I wrote this book with the hope that it will educate, enlighten and remind people that not so very long ago this area had a thriving mining community. A community that took great pride in the coal mining industry and the work it provided. I hope to remind readers that it was coal which was the source of energy that powered the industrial revolution and made this country great.
This book is dedicated to all the men, women, boys and girls who toiled in the coal mining industry and worked to bring light and warmth for all. Our pits and our way of life may be gone but our memories live on
Paul Kelly, former miner at Agecroft Colliery, 1978-1990
Durham miners gala, Saturday 12th July 2014, Irwell Valley mining project were all there and what a day it was. The sunshine smiled on a proud parade of the North’s heritage as the 130th Durham Miners’ Gala was hailed a triumph. As thousands lined the streets as community stalwarts marched colourful banners down the city’s Old Elvet to the sound of brass bands and bagpipes.
This year’s event marked 30 years since the miners’ strike and, according to organisers, attracted the largest crowd since that fateful year.
Saturday the 5th July, 11 am The St Augustine's summer fair Bolton Road, Pendlebury. The Irwell Valley Mining Project had a stall, with copies of the new book available. Great to see so many familiar faces thanks to all who came.
We have released the new edition of "The Last Pit in The Valley" book, written by former miner Paul Kelly. This book is a history of Agecroft colliery and the pits of Irwell valley. The books was released on the 20th June at the Moston miners community arts and music centre. There is food and refreshments and an excellent turn out, thanks to everyone who came to support us. The book is available to purchase, It can be bought through paypal via the site alternatively the book can be picked up from The Saffron restaurant, The old town hall Cheetam Hill Road.