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
Projects and news updates
The IVMP are pleased to announce the completion of the Moston colliery miners memorial garden. The garden contain a replica half pit winding wheel donated by the IVMP.
It is a fitting tribute to the coal miners who toiled in the pit and the many men and boys who were injured and died at Moston colliery.
The garden is sited next to the former lamp room and bathhouse the buildings were saved from being demolished by the magnificent effort and hard work of the Becket family Lou Paula, Joe, Ann and Matt plus a whole army of volunteers.
We owe Lou a debt of gratitude in saving the building and our preserving our coal mining history and heritage. The saved building now house the Moston miners community arts centre http://www.theminers.org.uk/ holds a small cinema and music venue which can e hired Please support Moston community arts centre and keep our mining heritage alive.
The whole team enjoyed a fantastic day at the Manchester histories festival.
Photos courtesy of Gail Skelly (Ordsall community arts)
The IVMP will be holding an exhibition at Langworthy Cornerstones 451 Liverpool street, Salford M6.
The exhibition will open on Monday the 11th April - Monday the 18th April from 10am- 6pm.
We will be highlighting the work we are doing concerning the building of a monument on the site of the former Pendleton colliery in Salford. Our book "The last pit in the valley" will be on sale all proceeds go into the project to further memorials and maintenance.
Hope to see you all there.