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

1995 West Stanley Colliery Disaster Memorial

Summary

Type Other

     Half a former colliery winding wheel set into a brick base, the front face of which bears black marble plaques. Four plaques list the names and ages of those killed in the disaster, the fifth represents an image of the 'unknown miner' in the form of an engraving. The whole work surrounds a tile mosaic which depicts mining tools and is set in a landscaped area of paving stones, shrubbery and benches.
     The memorial was unveiled 86 years after the disaster (DUDE86, qv) by the Newcastle football manager Kevin Keegan, a grandson of one of the rescuers. Sponsored and erected by Derwentside District Council's Direct Service Organisation from funds raised by a voluntary committee it is one of two memorials to the disaster in the town. Ann Brady, a local artist, designed and constructed the foreground mosaic.(1)
    

Inscriptions

Raised gold lettering in Roman capitals on wheel: WEST STANLEY COLLIERY DISASTER 16TH FEBRUARY 1909. 168 MEN AND BOYS REMEMBERED Incised capitals in Roman lettering, painted gold on black marble plaque beneath centre of wheel: WEST STANLEY COLLIERY / DISASTER MEMORIAL / 16th February 1909 / DURHAM MINER'S ASSOCIATION / WEST STANLEY LODGE / UNVEILED ON 16TH FEBRUARY 1995 / BY KEVIN KEEGAN O.B.E. / GRANDSON OF FRANK KEEGAN ONE OF THE RESCUERS / IN REMEMBRANCE OF THOSE WHO DIED / IN THE PIT DISASTER / In upper case italics: FAREWELL, FAREWELL, NO TONGUE CAN TELL / HOW BRAVE , HOW TRUE, WERE THOSE WHO FELL / WE KNOW YOU DID YOUR DUTY WELL / YOU HEROES OF THE MINE. Small plaque on east wall in gold lettering: THIS MEMORIAL IS ALSO / DEDICATED TO ALL MINERS / AND THEIR COMMUNITIES. Small plaque on west wall, incised in Roman gold lettering: THIS PROJECT WAS / DESIGNED-BUILT BY / DERWENTSIDE DISTRICT COUNCIL / D.S.O. / 1995

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Brady, Ann Artist
Derwentside District Council, None Designer

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Winding wheel Cast iron 140cm radius
Wall Yellow and red brick 132cm high x 576cm long x 320cm wide
Plaques Black marble 66cm high x 120cm wide

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
DUST01 NE
General condition Good
Surface condition
Structural condition
Vandalism
Road High Street
Precise location Near junction of Slaidburn Road
A-Z ref 131 2D
OS ref

Sorry, we have no precise geographical information for this item.

Date of design
Year of unveiling 1995
Unveiling details Unveiled 19th February 1995
Commissioned by Derwentside District Council
Duty of care Derwentside District Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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