The Wallsend Explosion
On the morning of Tuesday 23rd October 1821 a dreadful explosion took place.
The report of the explosion having alarmed the people belonging to the collieries in the neighbourhood, hundreds instantly came running to the fatal spot, wishful to ascertain the extent of the calamity.
As soon as possible endeavours were made to render assistance to the sufferers, at least such of them as might have survived the accident. In the pit, out of fifty-six men, it was found only two had escaped unhurt – four men got out alive, but in a very weak state, two of whom are since dead. The rest, to the amount of fifty souls, had all perished."
This is an extract from a newspaper article written shortly after the incident.
The full report can be downloaded from the Activities & Resources section above.