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Denton Mines Rescue Station

The Denton Mines Rescue Station was built on the south side of Stockport Road, adjoining Top Pit and, according to William Ollerenshaw, Manager of Denton Colliery, this was after the outbreak of war in 1914. It was built to comply with the Coal Mines Act of 1911 that made it compulsory for coal owners to establish rescue stations. These were required to be built at central locations where they could serve surrounding collieries within certain prescribed distances.

Around the time of the oral accounts given below the mine rescue instructor at the Denton Mines Rescue Station was John Thomas Fairhurst who had previously served in the 1/5th Battalion, Manchester Regiment, as a Company Serjeant Major (Warrant Officer Class 2) with Service No. 200028 late 337.

An oral account of the training of rescue teams at Denton in c.1920-22

An oral account of the training of a rescue team at Denton in c.1926-27