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Senghenydd Community Heritage Champions (Rhondda Cynon Taff Digital Archive)
The scale of this event sent shockwaves around the world.
Four hundred and forty miners died at the Universal Pit, Senghenydd, in 1913 in the worst mining disaster to happen in Britain. A hundred years, on the Senghenydd Community Heritage Champions are committed to remembering these mining heroes.
Early in the morning of October 14th 1913 at the Universal Colliery, a massive explosion destroyed the pithead and winding gear above ground and wiped out a generation of miners underground. Over 200 women were widowed.
This disaster was one of the first callouts for the newly founded mines rescue base in the Rhondda. The rescue operation took many weeks and one member of the rescue team, William John, died in a roof fall whilst trying to bring men out of the pit. A month after the explosion 280 bodies had still not been recovered.
The Senghenydd Community Heritage Champions have been working to ensure these men are never forgotten. Their efforts have inspired the creation a national mining monument, honouring all those who lost their lives in mining accidents in this cruellest of industries - not just the miners from Senghenydd who died in the village's two disasters of 1901 and 1913.
Senghenydd disasters' book of remembrance (Visit Wales: Crown Copyright)
Where to Visit?

Senghenydd Heritage Memorial Room to see the Book of Remembrance

Pay your respects at the National Mining Memorial, Senghenydd

Universal Colliery Memorial, Senghenydd

Aber Valley Heritage Trail

A 6 mile walk offering an insight into the rich heritage of this spectacular landscape.

National Mining Memorial, Senghenydd (Caerphilly County Borough Council)
Video Content
BBC Wales reports on the headlines in 1913
Lest we forget Senghenydd Pit Disaster
The Aber Valley Heritage Centre
Senghenydd Community Heritage Champs
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