SOURCES and ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS.
1850 saw the publication of the first Mines Inspectors Reports and as an appendix to each area report there appeared a tabulated list of mining victims. Mathias Dunn, the Inspector
for the North East, for some unknown reason, refused to include the list of victims so
incidents in Northumberland and Durham have been gleaned from a variety of sources.
The tabulated lists were published in the Inspectors Reports up to 1914 and these are the
main source for these lists.
I am eternally grateful to those numerous individuals who have offered their own family
research for inclusion. There are many mining deaths that have come to light from death
certificates and local newspaper articles that were not in the official records. Several
interested groups and societies have so freely shared their findings from cataloguing
gravestones and detailed and systematic searches of local papers and sources and their
contribution to the project have been invaluable.
I am well aware that this a work that will never be complete and I would like to include
any new material that comes to light. I take full responsibility for inaccuracies and
mistakes and will look forward to being corrected. I can be contacted through my web
site, The Coal Mining History Resource Centre <www.cmhrc.co.uk>
Ian Winstanley 2004