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Any naming convention or other category guidelines here? I would like to create a category for Ince Moss Colliery Explosion 1871, profile Thomas Finch (abt.1848-1871).
posted by Matt McNabb
Hi Matt,

We have a page that outlines the category structures:

Also, if you create a free space page, feel free to add it to the Lancashire page:

Hope this helps :)

OK. I see the other existing disaster under Lancashire used CategoryInfoBox MiningDisasters, but the help page says that this template should not be used (and mixes up this box with the Cemetery one). Any advice there?
posted by Matt McNabb
Yes, you're right: the CIB is not ready for use yet. The guidance on the FSP does not refer to a CIB. I'll set up the category for you.

Stephen (England Project Coordinator for Categories)

posted by Stephen Heathcote

We do have CIB on most mining disaster categories. The were agreed when Nat was leading the project. See Category: Lundhill Colliery, Barnsley, Yorkshire, 1857.

At least that is what I understand we should be using.


posted by Joan (Williams) Whitaker
edited by Joan (Williams) Whitaker

Yes, I see that the CIB template is widely used and seems to work. However, the instructions page for it which Matt pointed out says that it should not be used; the text refers to it being a cemetery template, not a disasters one. Someone from the Templates Project needs to review that page - perhaps it just needs some final editing.


posted by Stephen Heathcote
edited by Stephen Heathcote
Yes you are right, that page needs to be updated, I will have have look into it. Here is one of the Category pages that Nat actually created. Category: Lawson Mine, Black Diamond, Washington, 1902

The CIBs were agreed. I can see where the confusion has come from. Joan

I can now see where the confusion is coming from. The template page has not been updated. I have messaged Steve Harris about it. Here is a CIB box that Nat created after it was first agreed Category: Lawson Mine, Black Diamond, Washington, 1902


I agree, a coroner's inquest would be helpful. I'm guessing it wasn't a "major" disaster, because there seems to be nothing about it online, anywhere.
One of my great grandparents died in a mining accident in Gloucestershire still trying to research the details.
posted by Steve Davies
Hi Stephen, I suggest contacting Fran Weidman - who would is passionate about documenting the lives of miners and mining communities in England. She may be able to help you. Olivia
posted by Susie MacLeod
edited by Susie MacLeod
Hi Stephen,

I decided to have a look to see if I could find anything for you. I cannot find a primary source online. One unsourced tree on ancestry says "26 Jun 1907 • New Pit, Lydbrook Colliery East Dean, England Inquest gave a verdict of 'Accidental Death'. Died from suffocation following a roof fall at a new pit. It took 2 hours to remove the debris from on top of him. William Ward aged 48 years old, left a widow and 9 children." I suggest you try to get a report of the inquest. You could try contacting