Our village was built on coal

Castle Colliery

It can be truly said that Troedyrhiw was ‘built on coal’. The image shows Ash Road and Castle Colliery, Troedyrhiw. The pit was sunk in 1866 by the Crawshay (Cyfartha) Company and stopped production in 1935. At its peak in 1923 1,594 men were employed here. At 12.30 am on 10th July 1895 an explosion killed Daniel Sullivan 23, Robert Bodger 29 and Samuel Thomas 18.


About davidjcollier

Originally from South Wales I have lived in Nottinghamshire for over forty years. I am married and have three grown up children and two grandchildren. Having worked in education for 43 years I will retire in July 2012. My interests include history (general, local and family), rugby union, swimming, photography, bird watching and gardening. For the benefit of anyone who may actually read this (extremely unlikely, I admit) please do not confuse 'interests' with knowledge or skill. My involvement in a community project which aims to rescue a graveyard from the effects of almost 30 years of neglect. also keeps me quite busy. View all posts by davidjcollier

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