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the 1st deep shafts sunk at Atherton have been via John Fletcher. The family members enterprise of Fletcher, Burrows & Co. sank a number of shafts within the region of the village of Atherton together with Gibfield, Howe Bridge and Hindsford. Nationalized in 1947, the collieries have been operated through the nationwide Coal Board till the closure of Chanters Colliery in 1966. Howe Bridge was once the most important and longest-operated of the neighborhood pits and lasted for 109 years, from 1850-1959. Gibfield has a extraordinary declare to popularity in that it contained the first actual miners' pithead baths however it was once the catastrophe at Pretoria Colliery that made the small coalfield notorious. 4 days earlier than Christmas, in 1910, 344 males and boys misplaced their lives as a result of a fuel 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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