Colliery Offices Destroyed in Avalanche

  20 members of the clerical staff  at the International Coal Company Ltd, at Blaengarw, had a miraculous escape on Tuesday 4th November, when a substantial portion of  the 100 foot high colliery waste tip behind the office came down and fell right on top of the buildings, which were completely destroyed. Mr. Evan Jones,…

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Mines Rescue Men Die in Foul Air Disaster

One hundred years ago this month a tragic set of events unfolded at the Duchy Colliery, Pontyrhyl. March 2nd  1917 It started with what was to be a quarterly training exercise for the men of the Duchy Colliery Mines Rescue Team, at the colliery a request had been made to the colliery manager, Mr. Eli…

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1984 miners’ strike in Blaengarw

BBC production,”Coal Stories”. Chris Corcoran presents a four-part children’s series telling the story of coal and its impact on Welsh life An account of the events of the 1984-1985 coal strike and its impact on Blaengarw as a community. Examines the use of food parcels to provide food to struggling miners and their families, and splits…

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The Garw and Saltley Gate*

In January 1972, the N.U.M. Declared a national strike, over pay and pit closures. This strike led the way to an entirely new way of picketing. Up until then picketing of other workplaces to get support for a strike had been localised, standing outside the main gates of the nearest Power Station or Colliery asking…

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