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Cadeby Main Pit Wheel Memorial.

Cadeby Main Pit Wheel Memorial.

Proud to finish the oil gilding of Cadeby Main Pit Wheel in South Yorkshire.
On one side of the wheel is the makers mark stamped into the cast steel including a monogram, all of which was gilded in 23c loose gold leaf.
The opposite side - the side that faced the entrance to where the pit once stood had the name of the pit including opening and closure dates gilded again in 23c loose gold leaf.
It was an honour to work on this memorial and to have the sig writing proudly on show for the local community to pay respect to those who lost their lives working at Cadeby Main pit.
The history of it's disaster:
In the early hours of 9 July 1912, a huge explosion ripped through Cadeby Main Colliery near Doncaster, killing 35 of the 37 miners working in that section of the pit.
Hours later at the height of the rescue operation a second, more violent blast resulted in the deaths of another 53 men. Three other miners died later, bringing the total death toll to 91.
However, the scale of the tragedy would have been much worse had it not been for the fact that the explosion occurred a day after the local community had turned out for a major royal visit.
On Monday 8 July 1912, King George V and Queen Mary had visited nearby Conisbrough Castle, an event attended by hundreds of miners from Denaby and Cadeby Main Collieries and their families.
Many of the miners took an unofficial day's holiday for the royal visit, which meant only 117 reported for work on the Monday night shift. The previous week, 450 miners had clocked on.

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Cadeby Main, South Yorkshire.


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