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The Anatomy of a Disaster

1999

May 1st, 1999

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The worst disaster of the North Wales coalfield – one of the worst in the history of the British mining industry – occurred in 1934, killing 256 men and devastating a small community. Stanley Williamson’s account draws on his own interviews with the bereaved and those involved in the rescue, as well as the reports of the subsequent inquiry and the records of the North Wales Miners’ Association. Williamson covers the inquiry, and the important issues it raised, in detail and charts the way in which Sir Stafford Cripps, representing the North Wales miners, launched an attack on the whole social and industrial system of which the industry was a part.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
Contents17
Acknowledgements18
1: The Disaster19
2: The Village29
3: The Coalfield32
4: The Industry45
5: The Colliery58
6: The Aftermath65
7: Sir Stafford Cripps79
8: The Working Mine93
9: The Inquiry105
10: The Management117
11: The Firemen137
12: The Inspectorate156
13: The Miners173
14: The Union191
15: The Reports199
16: The Last Rites221
Epilogue228
Appendix A: Nationalisation231
Appendix B: The Davy Lamp236
Appendix C: Butties238
Appendix D: Owners243
Bibliography247
Index255