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Maltby Pit Disaster of 1923

Maltby, one of the largest centres of development in the South Yorkshire coalfield, was the scene of a disaster, only less in extent than that which occurred eleven years previous at the neighbouring Cadeby Main Colliery.

Rotherham and District Rescue Station, 1913

Twenty-seven men lost their lives in the Maltby Main Colliery Company's pit, situated in thick woodland about a mile from the village, in consequence of an explosion which occurred in the pit early on 28th July, 1923. Only one body, that of a man named Renshaw, was recovered despite the effort of rescue parties. The rescue was abandoned after 12 hours when all hope of the possibility of any man still in the mine being alive was been given up.

News of the Accident

The Rescue Begins

The King's Message

Those who died

Official Account of the Explosion

A Miners Story

Funeral of Reginald Renshaw 3rd August, 1923

Subscription Fund Opened

The Inquest 19th September

The Inquest Stories of Survivors

The Inquest Condition of the Pit

The Inquest Tribute To Director's Bravery

Official Enquiry Ended



Sinking began about 1910 and on finding coal, a celebration dinner was held at Maltby in July, 1910.

Officially opened in 1911, the colliery has worked a number of seams, including the now exhausted Barnsley seam and the currently exploited Parkgate seam.



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