I was researching an assembly for my school when I noticed a minor (pardon the pun) correction needed
PS I am Deputy Head Teacher of The Thomas Hepburn Community School in Felling (named after Thomas Hepburn the first man to organise the Miners into the forerunner of a union). Brandling Primary School, built near the site of the original pits is one of our feeder primaries. Each year students from our school take part in the Thomas Hepburn Memorial which is held in Heworth Cemetery.
(Spelling corrected, thank you Ian)
The Thomas Hepburn Community School Badge designed by a pupil of the school.
The middle of the badge show a miners pick.
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Thomas Hepburn Memorial Service, St. Mary's Church, Heworth, 1983
A memorial service was held in Honour of Thomas Hepburn, in Heworth Cemetery, on 16th July 1983, in the Durham Miners’ Gala Centenary year.
Thanks to Ian Tempest For Bringing This To My Attention
My name is Tim Deveaux. I live in Rowlands Gill, Tyne and Wear and I am doing some research into the Felling Mining disaster, 1812, and I hope you will be able to help me.
The account of the disaster by Rev John Hodgson also includes an account of the fund to assist families of the dead and injured. In it there are two recommendations in it. One to request the miners to allow deductions from their wages to go to setting up a hospital to treat injured miners and help destitute widows and children of dead miners. Do you know whether this was done and is it one of the first recorded suggestions of what is now National insurance?
The second was to set up a hospital for treating injured miners and the aged widows of dead miners. Do you know whether the hospital was set up? And if it was do you know its name?
Thanks for your help in advance.
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So far as I know The hospital suggested by the Rev. John Hodgson never materialised, miners were not well paid and could ill afford to give up part of their wages for this scheme BUT The disaster led to the formation of the Sunderland Society for the Prevention of Accidents, at the instigation of Rev. John Hodgson, who was the Vicar of Jarrow and Heworth at the time. Within 3 years, safety lamps were introduced, having been developed independently by Humphrey Davy and George Stephenson.
The Felling disaster was a disaster of historic importance, for its aftermath marked the earliest attempt of any properly
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