Book published by Hayloft, 255 pages. Large Softback - c.25cm by 19cm (N4494)
Whitehaven is a small town and port on the Cumbrian coast, and coal mining has been an important industry in the area for centuries. In 1947 there was a terrible explosion at one of the local mines - William Pit, and 104 men were killed in the disaster. This book records the history of those events, as well as remembering each of the men killed (each man is listed, with an account of their life, as well as memories, anecdotes and reminiscences from their families and people who knew them).
Illustrated throughout with lots of black and white photographs, the book thus provides not only a detailed account of the disaster itself, but also an important social history of the men who worked in the mining industry during that period.
Condition of the book is generally very good. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.