Coal mining was a dangerous occupation and this page records the names of some of the miners who either lost their lives or were injured in the course of their work in the Bredbury coal mines.
The men listed were all coal miners, that is, hewers of coal unless stated otherwise, and this selection is representative of a larger number.
In the case of fatalities, the references for Stockport (SRO) or Tameside (TRO) Register Offices are shown in brackets.
- In Memoriam
- 30 August 1852: Samuel BRADSHAW, aged 35 years. Explosion of firedamp in the Black Mine.
(SRO, Stockport 1st Sub-District, ST1/24/98, 1852)
- 22 February 1853: Thomas CHEETHAM, aged 24 years. Carter. Coal was tipped onto him while he was on his cart.
(TRO, Hyde Sub-District, HYD/14/77, 1853)
- 25 September 1856: Benjamin HOPWOOD, aged 12 years. Fall of roof.
(SRO, Stockport 1st Sub District, ST1/31/78, 1856)
- 18 December 1858: Samuel SAVAGE, aged 42 years. Hooker-on working in the Black Mine. Falling tub caused by engine starting without signal (Newspaper Report).
(TRO, Hyde Sub-District, HYD/19/92, 1858)
- 18 December 1858: Edward TURNER, aged 18 years. Hooker-on working in the Black Mine. Falling tub caused by engine starting without signal.
(TRO, Hyde Sub-District, HYD/19/93, 1858)
- 25 April 1864: James CLAYTON, aged 36 years. Explosion of firedamp.
(TRO, Denton Sub-District, DEN/9/22, 1864)
- 17 Jan 1870: John McNEIL, aged 19 years. Fall of roof.
(TRO, Hyde Sub-District, HYD/30/25, 1870)
- 12 November 1872: Thomas BAILEY, aged 27 years. Explosion of firedamp.
(SRO, Stockport 1st Sub-District, ST1/58/74, 1872)
- 3 July 1873: Jesse SMITH, aged 40 years. Fall of roof.
(TRO, Hyde Sub-District, HYD/33/86, 1873)
- 23 August 1873: Joseph LUCAS, aged 32 years. Some rock rolled down a brow and onto him.
(SRO, Stockport 1st Sub-District, SK1/59/99, 1873)
- 12 January 1874: Charles WERNER, aged 28 years. Shaft Sinker. Bowk upset in ascending not being properly fastened. A bowk is an iron tub in which debris from a sinking shaft is raised to the surface.
(TRO, Hyde Sub-District, HYD/34/38, 1874)
- 19 March 1877: William WILKINSON, aged 40 years. Fall of roof.
(TRO, Hyde Sub-District, HYD/38/7, 1877)
- 3 August 1885: William WILD, aged 64 years. Crushed under stone against a coal face.
(SRO, Stockport 1st, ST1/82/24, 1885)
- 1 July 1890: John William SLATE, aged 17 years. Waggoner. Fall of roof in a new mine (seam).
(SRO, Stockport 1st Sub District, ST1/91/95, 1890)
- 3 August 1891: James COOPER, aged 41 years. Fireman. Fall of roof while preparing to make a stopping in Peacock Mine.
(TRO, Hyde Sub-District, HYD/54/12, 1891)
- 1 September 1911: John HARRISON, aged 30 years. Taker-off. Two tubs caught at the meeting of a bypass on a jig (self-acting incline) and when Harrison was liberating them the jig-wheel prop gave way,
allowing the tubs to run back. Harrison was killed on the spot by one of the tubs. The bottom of the jig-wheel prop had been sunk 10 inches into a bench of fireclay,
but this proved insufficient.
(SRO, Bredbury Sub-District, BRE/2/49, 1911)
- 31 May 1913: Ambrose WHALLEY, aged 50 years. Dataller (man working underground and paid by the day). The deceased was engaged in building a waste pack,
and was supposed to have been liberating the head of a prop before withdrawing it, when a fall or roof occurred that inflicted injuries from which he died on the same day.
The stone that fell measured 8 feet by 3 feet by 3 feet and it came away from between two slips roughly parallel with the coal face.
(SRO, Stockport 2nd Sub-District, SK2/11/75, 1913)
- 30 July 1914: Joseph ARROWSMITH, aged 18 years. Hooker-on. The deceased and two other persons were engaged on the night shift cleaning up and filling dirt into tubs in the haulage down brow, where the gradient was 1 in 2.
After a journey (train) of full tubs had been hauled up the brow the man in charge at the top proceeded to make arrangements for sending down seven empty tubs attached to the rope.
As soon as he had pushed the journey (train) onto the top of the brow, the last five empty tubs ran down the brow and fatally injured the deceased before he could reach a refuge hole.
The tubs had evidently not been properly coupled together.
(SRO, Bredbury Sub-District, BRE/3/13, 1914)
- 1 May 1924: Frederick (aka Frank?) HANRATTY, aged 25 years. Waggoner. Severe abdominal injury caused by runaway tubs.
(SRO, Stockport 2nd Sub-District, ST2/23/100, 1924)
- 13 May 1927: Roger SNAPE, aged 40 years. Brakesman. Fell from a platform onto a railway siding.
(SRO, Stockport 2nd Sub-District, SK2/27/29, 1927)
- 1 July 1927: Josiah (aka Jesse?) MARSLAND, aged 48 years. Died from scepticemia caused by a fractured leg resulting from a fall of stone on the 26 November 1926.
(SRO, Hazel Grove Sub-District, HAZ/1/59, 1927)
- Mining Injuries
- 19 September 1894: Alfred COOPER, aged 39 years. Crushed by a tub while lifting it onto the rails on a jig brow. He was told not to lift the tub because the brake handle was jammed.
- 17 February 1914: John WILLIAMSON, aged 50 years. Hand and leg crushed by a fall of top coal.
- 17 July 1915: Moses MARSLAND, aged 35 years. Dragged down by a tub that crushed his leg.
- 16 May 1916: Harry JOHNSON, aged 25 years. Injuries to his back and leg caused by a roof fall.
- 24 June 1918: George COLLIER, aged 41 years. Injured by a fall of coal.
- 3 November 1921: Edward BRYAN, aged 27 years. Fractured skull caused by a fall of dirt.
- 30 October 1924: David ARNOLD, aged 38 years. Injuries to shoulder caused by a fall of coal.
- 5 February 1926: John MITCHELL, aged 37 years. Hand crushed by a fall of stone.
- 25 February 1925: James MOSS, aged 49 years. Injured by a fall of dirt.
- 30 August 1926: James BOOTH, aged 43 years. Deputy. Head caught in a gear wheel and broken arms
- 8 November 1926: Arthur BOOTH, aged 21 years. Hand trapped by a fall of stone.