Amble and District
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The Amble and District Mining Memorial

Acklington Broomhill Hauxley Longframlington
Newburgh Newton Radcliffe Shilbottle
Togston Whittle Other Collieries  

EDGAR John 1856
SMITH James 1893

John Edgar 

Died 30 December 1855

Aged 55 years, of Longframlington.
 Buried St Michael & All Angels, Felton, 2 January 1856 “killed by falling down a coal pit.”

   At the 1851 census, John, a widower, born at Warkworth, is a farmer of 36 acres, living with his two sons and a daughter, at Scroggs, Felton.

Newcastle Guardian and Tyne Mercury, 12 January 1856
    “An inquest was held on the 2nd inst., and by adjournment on the 7th, at the house of Mr Gray, New Framlington, on the body of John Edgar, aged fifty-five years. Deceased was employed at the Long Framlington Colliery, and on Sunday evening, the 30th ult., was at the pit for the purpose of letting two workmen down the shaft, by a sack roller, which was occasionally used instead of the engine, and while assisting in placing the jack in its seat, having incautiously got near the edge of the shaft, slipped his foot and fell down the pit, and when found, his body was severely crushed and quite dead. The jury returned a verdict of “accidental death,” but recommended the discontinuance of the jack roller.”


James Smith 

 Died 22 December 1893

Aged 67 years, of Framlington.
 Buried St Mary the Virgin, Longframlington, 25 December.
Morpeth Herald, 30 December 1893
“Dr G. Clark Burman, deputy coroner for North Northumberland, held an inquiry at Long Framlington, on Saturday night, into the circumstances attending the death of James Smith, 67 years of age, who was killed on Friday by being run over by a rolley. Deceased was driving three horses attached to a rolley, upon which was a colliery driving wheel weighing between three and four tons. On ascending the hill near the village he accidentally slipped his hold and fell off the trace, the rolley going over his body and causing instantaneous death. The jury returned a verdict of “Accidentally killed.””