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Shropshire, October 1858

Shropshire, October 1858

 

Colliery Guardian, 9th October 1858
FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT AT BROSELEY
Fatal Accident in a Coal pit

ON Monday morning last an accident occurred at a small shaft on Lord Forester’s estate, near Willey Park, by which a man named Lawrence Lloyd was killed, and another named John Hill, severely injured.

The shaft is one of a number sunk to reach some inferior coal that lies near the surface, and it is customary when the pit is about to be abandoned and filled up, to abstract the trees or timber from the workings. The men were so employed when the accident occurred, a quantity of earth falling upon them.


Submitted by Steve Dewhirst

Note: 'Monday morning last' would have been the 4th October. "Trees" is the mining term for the pit-props.

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