McCutcheon, John Elliot. The Hartley Colliery Disaster, 1862.
Publisher: E McCutcheon, Seaham, Co. Durham;
Date of Publication: 1963
Stock Code: 8042
FIRST EDITION. Octavo, pp. 176. Photographic frontispiece of the Disaster Memorial at Earsdon plus 28 illustrations including double-page List of the Dead from the Memorial. Publishers’ green cloth with gilt titles to spine in unclipped cream pictorial dust-jacket. Gilt titles slightly dull otherwise clean and crisp; no annotation or inscriptions. Jacket lightly surface soiled, and nicked & creased to edge with adhesive tape repairs to reverse to two 1-inch tears. A Near Fine copy in Good jacket.
Published to commemorate the 100th Anniversary. The disaster at Hartley Colliery claimed the lives of over 200 men and boys, trapped in the mine when the beam from the pumping engine broke and blocked their exit ; as a result, the law was changed making it compulsory for every mine to have two shafts to avert any possibility of a recurrence. Scarce.
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