On Wednesday 12 December 1866, 340 men and boys were working in the Oaks Colliery in Barnsley. With less than an hour of the shift remaining, a huge explosion ripped through the workings. A party of foremen started a rescue operation until well into the night
The next morning, 27 rescuers went down the pit but another huge explosion occurred killing all the rescuers. The blast was powerful enough to rush up all three shafts at the colliery. A third explosion took place a few hours later, again affecting all three shafts.
In total the explosions killed 361 miners and 27 rescuers. Among the many dead were the pit ponies and their boy handlers.
Approximate Size: 54 x 83. cm - 21 x 33 inch
These extra-large prints have been previously exhibited and bear pin holes where they were hung, these marks do not affect the quality of the print.
extra-large prints will not be mounted and will be packaged for delivery in a secure cardboard tube.