On this day: the Springwell Pit disaster

On the 6th of December, 1872, a disaster occurred at a coal mining pit near Dawley in Shropshire, England.

Eight miners fell to their deaths when the chain they held to be raised from the mine snapped. The chain, estimated to weigh one tonne, landed on top of them.

The victims were all aged between fifteen and twenty-two.

An illustration of the chain used by the miners.



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