|Lundhill Explosion, Barnsley, Yorkshire - 1857
I grew up in Newcastle, NSW, Australia; Coal mining is as much a part of my heritage as my ancestors.
The Storyteller was started in 2010 by Lynn Gumb, an experienced writer and teacher in Western Australia.
Just by chance I found your website. My Great Grandfather, Thomas Wilkinson, age 32, and his brother
Thanks for your website.
Hi! Thanks for your web-site! I would like to contact the Ron Hutchinson who has posted on your site. I am sure we are related and would like to exchange information with him.
My Hutchinson family has ties to the Wilkinson family mentioned in the list of those killed.
Larry M. HutchinsonGilbert, Arizona
The attached was in the local Star. Do you know anything about it. Contact with the Wombwell Heritage Group would be very useful if you have access to an address?
All the best
A MEMORIAL dedicated to those who lost their lives in a tragic South Yorkshire mining disaster has been unveiled exactly 150 years later.
Lundhill Memorial Project
The aim of this project is to raise awareness and understanding of the industrial heritage of the town of Wombwell, with particular focus on a mining disaster which occurred at Lundhill Colliery in February 1857.
The group will work with the wider community to develop an appreciation of the role mining has played in the development of the town. A community artist will consult widely through six public consultation workshops, six interviews and two workshops with primary school children to design, build and install a public art memorial which will reflect the Lundhill Pit disaster and celerate the miners who lost their lives. The memorial will be situated on the previous site of the colliery (landowner's permission obtained) which has public access.
An exhibition of local mining history will be researched and collated to raise awareness of the disaster, the exhibition will include contributions from local schools and material produced through the consultation and design stages of the memorial.
The Nationwide Building Society Award will be used to target and involve young people in video interviews, the video recording of the project and to design and produce an interpretative leaflet.
Wombwell High School staff and pupils will develop a despoke drama production based on the event which will be staged for the anniversary of the disaster.
A dedication event will be held to celebrate completion of the memorial and commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Lundhill Colliery disaster.
Hi First of all may I congratulate you on your web site.
My great, great grandfather, Edward Garbutt, was killed alongside his two sons, in the Lundhill Pit disaster of 1857. I was, therefore interested to read the piece about the Wilkinson family - especially when it said that his widow returned to Wigan - that is where my great, great grandfather had come from! I have often wondered why he went down to the Barnsley area for work as there was still work in Wigan. Incidentally his widow returned to Wigan - I wonder if they were neighbours.....!
Could I ask you to forward my email address to Mr Wilkinson and perhaps we can find some explanation.
Thanking you in anticipation,
08 January 2012
My grandmother's family - the Garbutts - 3 of whom died in the Lundhill pit disaster originally came from Wigan and had only lived in Wombwell a few years I have often wondered what the connection between the two places was - apart from the fact they were both coal mining areas.
Anyway I notice you had another email - after mine - from Walter Sharp, who said he would like to get in touch with me. So if you could forward him my email address I would be very grateful.
Cheers - glad the site is still up and running !
Nice site, dropped on it by accident yesterday and I thought I’d fill in a little more detail to this thread that has emerged doing my family tree.
One of the dead from the explosion was a Charles Ludrick of Wigan who was Thomas Wilkinson’s brother in law. i.e Martha Wilkinson was nee Martha Ludrick, sister to Charles. (I am not descended from either of these but their sister Ellen was my GG Grandmother, hence my following this up)
It was to Charles Ludrick (senior) in Wigan that she retreated (as stated in the articles) when she had the triple whammy of losing her husband, brother and brother in law on the same day. Incidentally, it appears from her children shown in the 1861 census that she may have been in the early stages of yet another pregnancy when the explosion happened in 1857. She named him Charles.
I would very much like to correspond with Ron Hutchinson and Pat Gray if at all possible, especially since, if Thomas Wilkinson was his Great grandfather, then we share common ancestors in the person of Charles Ludrick (snr) and his wife Ellen.
If you can let me know their e mails, or forward mine to them I would be very grateful.
Incidentally, although I never went down the pit, my father was a miner from age 14 and (so far) so were the four preceding generations of Sharps so I am pleased to see sites like yours help to keep alive the memories of the mining communities. As a (to me) spooky ending to this e mail – while the family comes from Wigan my father settled in a Barnsley village previously unknown to him called Blacker Hill when he was de-mobbed in 1947. This village is no more than 2 miles from the Lundhill site and it is where I was born.