National Recording Project


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

Mining Disaster Memorial


Type Other , Readymade

     Scaled-down colliery winding frame painted black. Set on brick plinth enclosed by railings.
          The explosion at Universal Colliery, Senghennydd in October 1913 was the worst mining accident in British mining history with the loss of 439 men and boys. 81 men and boys had lost their lives in an explosion at the same pit in 1901.


Bronze plaque set on inclined granite slab underneath memorial. Inscription in English and Welsh states that the memorial commemorates the 439 men who died in the explosion at Universal Colliery, Senghennydd on 14 October 1913 and the 81 men who died in the earlier accident in 1901.

Related works : In June 1894 290 men and boys died in an explosion at the Albion Colliery, Cilfynydd. To commemorate the centenary, a memorial was unveiled at Coedylan Comprehensive Upper School in June 1984.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Known, Not ---

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Memorial Steel 488cm high

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • Other
  • None
Road None
Precise location At gates of Nant-y-Parc Primary School, off Commercial Street
A-Z ref None
OS ref ST117913
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1981
Unveiling details 14th October 1981
Commissioned by None
Duty of care None
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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