Agecroft Colliery

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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

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The IVMP team would like to thank everyone who attended the unveiling at the former colliery site on Lums Lane, It was a fantastic day. The site of the tragic explosion of June 1885 is now marked and commemorates the great loss of life which occurred and devastated the whole community. A special thanks to all our speakers for there fine contributions Billy Kelly Lancashire president of the national union of mineworkers and Rebecca Long Bailey M.P. Also a thank you to George Tapp, Ivor Kelly, Adeeb Ahmed, and Gail Skelly of Ordsall community arts. To the children who planted the flowers in the memorial garden. You all made it a veryspecial day. In the near future we will be putting up a noticeboard with the names of all the victims who perished, so future generations will know of the devastation which took place at the site all those years ago.

The IVMP team would like to inform any visitors to the memorial garden the reason we could not provide a bench or seating area at the site. We did intend to locate a bench near the monument, however, during the initial planning stage our idea was opposed by some businesses on the Agecroft Trading Estate and by local residents who were worried that a seating area would become a focal point for anti-social behaviour. We were told a bench had to be removed previously because people had gathered to drink alcohol, leaving rubbish and making noise. The local police informed the IVMP not to place any seating or bench at the site as they would not allow it. Obviously in the face of such objections and the reasons for, we are obliged to respect the wishes of the local community in this matter.

St Augustine's church and the IVMP team would like to thank Ann Tapp for her wonderful restoration work on the Clifton Hall colliery disaster monument and the maintenance of the garden. Also a big thank you to the children of St Augustine's primary school who help us to build the garden.