The Anatomy of a Disaster

Stanley Williamson

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ISBN: 9780853239024

Publication: May 1, 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.

Acknowledgements 1 The Disaster 2 The Village 3 The Coalfield 4 The Industry 5 The Colliery 6 The Aftermath 7 Sir Stafford Cripps 8 The Working Mine 9 The Inquiry 10 The Management 11 The Firemen 12 The Inspectorate 14 The Miners 14 The Union 15 The Reports 16 The Last Rites Epilogue Appendix A: Nationalisation Appendix B: The Davy Lamp Appendix C: Butties Appendix D: Owners Bibliography Index

An intelligent and well-informed documentary narrative of the disaster and the official inquiry.
  The Economic History Review

Format: Paperback

Size: 234 x 156 mm

224 Pages

ISBN: 9780853239024

Publication: May 1, 1999

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