The Story of the Maypole Pit Disaster.

At a little after five on the evening of Tuesday August 18th 1908, a sudden massive explosion was heard from the Seven Foot Mine. Large sections of the pit-head gear were blown away. The cage was dislodged from its' fixings and crashed down the shaft. The roof of the fan house was blown off.

Seventy five men had died or were soon to die in the choked and poisonous galleries.
Twenty-one of them came from Saint Patrick's

The grief of the bereaved was shared by all the parish. On the Sunday following the disaster, Canon Sommer sang a solemn Requiem Mass for the dead, which was attended by people from all the Ctholic churches in Wigan. A choir picked from all the churches sang at the mass and Dr. O'Donaghue of Saint Mary's preached the sermon.

As you walk into Saint Patricks today, you will see a memorial to the dead of this disaster. Descendants of the victims still live in the parish today as does those of one of the survivors - Mr Edward Farrell.

THE MAYPOLE VICTIMS

J. McGrath17 Wall Street (Scholes)Left a wife and eight children.
M. Gallagher17 Wall Street (Scholes)
Pat Carroll9 Teck Street
Pat Sloyan9 Teck Street
J. Moran30 Cambridge Street.
T. Groark20 Cambridge StreetLeft a wife and child.
J. Geohegan16 Rupert Street
M. Guckein18 Rupert Street
Wm. McCabe28 Stewart StreetLeft a wife and child.
M. Cafferty8 Upper Morris StreetLeft a wife and child.
E. Cafferty8 Upper Morris Street
P. Duffy8 Upper Morris Street
M. House33 St. Patrick Street
M. Molloy35 Vauxhaul RoadLeft a wife and child.
P. Mulligan39 Anderton Street
J. Bennett15 Belvoir StreetLeft a wife and seven children.
P. McGowan15 Higham Street
Pat Cullen11 Holland Street
J. Doyle4 Warrington Lane
James Conway321 Warrington Road

May they rest in peace.


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