- Diglake Colliery
of the Sentinel Supplement produced in February 1895.
The picture to the right shows Boyles Hall shaft, to the
left a view of Diglake Colliery and the centre panel depicts
the rescue party.
The portraits are of men associated with the Colliery.
Diglake Colliery around 1895. The railway line is to the left.
Men at work at Diglake, circa 1895?
or Audley Colliery, presumably shortly after the 1895 disaster.
Diglake or Audley
Colliery, presumably shortly after the 1895 disaster.
A clearer, slightly different view of the above photo.
Was this taken just after the flood? And who are the men in the
This is a close-up view of part of the picture above. Coal waggons
can clearly be seen running on rails, and there are piles of
timber on the left presumably used as roof supports. Some of
the miners are obviously young boys. There is no sign of the
top of the shaft behind the men, presumably it is below ground.
This is a view of Bignall End, at the junction with Boon Hill,
looking east along the Audley Rd. The smaller buildings on
the left may be part of Audley Station. The two sets of pit
headgear can be seen behind the houses, as well as 4 of the
chimneys. This photo was taken from the old railway bridge.
A slightly different view of the scene above. Although the date
is unknown, all visible remains of Diglake Pit are gone from
behind the houses on the left. The road surface seems much
smoother, other than this very little has changed.
Both this image and the one above were kindly supplied by Ernie.
A photo of Boyles Hall shaft, the shaft from which the majority
of men escaped in January 1895. It was formerly a part of
Boyles Hall Colliery which closed in the 1860s following a
Waggons can be seen to the right of the picture.
A close-up of the above photo of Boyles Hall shaft, showing three
men standing by the cage which would have been used to lower
men into the pit. There is also what could be a fourth figure
to the rear of the man on the left, dressed partly in white.
is recovered from the pit in the 1930s. Could the elderly gentleman
to the right of the photo be William (Bill) Sproston?
Another photo from 1933 showing one of the three recovered bodies
"In late August of 1932 in a new mine that formed part of the
Jamage colliery, the skeleton of a minerworker was found. At
the inquest that followed the Pathologist gave the opinion
that the man was between 27 and 32 years of age and had probably
drowned in the Diglake inrush. Between January and March of
1933 a further two skeletons were found. At the reconvened
inquest the coroner was reluctant to give a name to any of
the remains, as he thought it could result in a terrible mistake.
In the above photograph a group of men can be seen with a coffin
used to remove the remains of one of men who perished in the
Diglake disaster." - text and above photo courtesy of North
Many of the same faces appear in both the 1933 photos, but in the
second they are dressed in suits and ties, rather than workclothes.
Colliery in the 1960s. All buildings and other signs of activity
are gone. Only the two capped shafts remain.
The raised embankment on the left of the picture could possibly be
the railway line.