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Mining in Stoke-on-Trent

"Trivia about Stoke-on-Trent

Ellis Smith b.1896 d.1969
Labour  MP for Stoke-on-Trent 1935-50, Stoke South 1950-66. President of Socialist Fellowship 1948-50. Parliamentary secretary at Board of Trade 1945-46.

"We might not be able to prevent some explosions in the future, but we could minimise them by taking all precautions. There have been several royal commissions in recent years, many investigations and committees. We want action now, the miners were entitled to such promises, one of which should be a five day week with a six hour day after the war." speaking at the Hanley town hall after the Sneyd Colliery Explosion of Jan 1st. 1942

Ellis Smith was responsible for getting the 1957 Mining Subsidence Act into law, which opened the way for claims for damage to property from subsidence. This had been a problem for many decades, as the case against Lord Granville in 1844

Diglake Colliery disaster fund.

Paderewski b.1860 d.1941 
Ignacy Jan Paderewski was one of Poland's world renowned pianists and composers - in 1895 he devoted the entire proceeds of his concert in Hanley to the Diglake Colliery disaster fund.  
Diglake Colliery at Bignal End, Audley, flooded on 14th January 1895, with the loss of 77 lives.

Mine workings in unexpected places

Theatre Royal - During the rebuilding of the Theatre Royal in the 1950's there were 19th C mine workings found under the stage.  






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