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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Annfield Plain Morrison Pit Memorial

Summary

Type Other

     Chiselled in imitation of a coal face, a memorial stone of dark grey granite on a granite base. The polished north-west face bears an inscription.
     A local mining historian suggested that a memorial be erected on the fiftieth anniversary of the disaster. The stone, designed by Reverend Geoff Lawes of St. Aidan's Church, was erected in a corner of the churchyard opposite the former colliery. It was dedicated on the 23rd August 1997 in a ceremony attended by descendants of those killed in the explosion.
     County Durham's most fatal mining accident for 38 years occured just after midnight on the 23rd August 1947. Twenty four miners were carrying out routine maintenance work in the North pit when an explosion ripped through the workings. Although rescuers were quick on the scene they found nineteen men dead. The force of the blast had killed them instantly. Of the five miners that were rescued, only two survived.

Inscriptions

Incised in white Roman capitals on north-west face: IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO DIED / THE LOUISA MORRISON COLLIERY DISASTER / AUGUST 23RD 1947 / (22 names) / THE TWO SURVIVORS WERE WH. JOHNSON & J.KILGALLON / THIS STONE WAS DEDICATED ON AUGUST 23RD 1997 / BY THE RT. REVEREND D.E. JENKINS.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Lawes, Geoff Designer
Scott and Sons Sculptors Ltd, William Stonemason

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Whole work Dark grey granite 94cm high x 123cm wide x 17cm deep

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
DUDE10 NE
General condition Good
Surface condition
Structural condition
Vandalism
Road Durham Road
Precise location In grounds of Annfield Plain Parish Church
A-Z ref None
OS ref NZ172512
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1997
Unveiling details Dedicated 23rd August 1997
Commissioned by Louisa Morrison Memorial Fund
Duty of care Not known
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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