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the 1st deep shafts sunk at Atherton have been by means of John Fletcher. The relatives enterprise of Fletcher, Burrows & Co. sank various shafts within the neighborhood of the village of Atherton together with Gibfield, Howe Bridge and Hindsford. Nationalized in 1947, the collieries have been operated by means of the nationwide Coal Board until eventually the closure of Chanters Colliery in 1966. Howe Bridge used to be the most important and longest-operated of the neighborhood pits and lasted for 109 years, from 1850-1959. Gibfield has a outstanding declare to repute in that it contained the first actual miners' pithead baths however it used to be the catastrophe at Pretoria Colliery that made the small coalfield notorious. 4 days prior to Christmas, in 1910, 344 males and boys misplaced their lives as a result of a gasoline explosion underground. there have been yet 3 survivors of the catastrophe. Alan Davies, a neighborhood mining specialist, and writer of The Wigan Coalfield, tells the tale in phrases and images of the Atherton collieries.

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