Iron Miners
It is currently Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:09 am

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 1 post ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Connell's march on Oxford
PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 2:48 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sat Oct 29, 2005 8:32 pm
Posts: 788
Image

I came across this advertisment in a book from 1900, that was in a box of papers I received. Interesting story. In February 1920 # 9 school was rocked by a subsidence, while students were in it. Because of that ,a court order was issued that " pillar robbing" was NOT to take place. The mayor with a contingent of police entered the mine suspecting it was still being performed. The coal company received prior notice of the inspection, and tried to deceive the inspection team. Even going to the extent of erecting " paper" pillars, painted black. One of the policemen leaned against it and fell through !! The team was routed from the mine and the mayor and the team had to enter through a slope over a mile away ( cork and bottle) . Because ,upon returning to the mine with a larger contingent of police , the hoist ooperators sent the cages to the bottom of the shaft at full speed.They had to make the three hour journey underground through mud up to there waists. After finally gaining access to the lowered cages, a fist fight ensued. The police prevailed, and the Oxford mine was shut down permanently. Never to reopen again . In an ironic twist, 40 years later( 1960) the area was again plagued by a large squeeze, over Oxford workings. A squeeze that has expaneded even to the present day !!! Longest running subsidence ever. Just Thursday a water main ruptured because of the mines settling.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 1 post ] 

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
cron
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group