Mynydd & Môr Books

Forthcoming Autumn 2020:

Coal, Catastrophe & Courage

Allen Blethyn & Lynne Rees

Foreword by Stephen Kinnock 
MP for Aberavon

Morfa Colliery, Port Talbot, was operational from 1849 and 1913. These years were punctuated by cruel multiple losses of life in the explosions of 1858, 1863, 1870 and 1890, as well as individual deaths on a day to day basis. Whilst it is true that no single disaster occurred to compare to the heart and soul-breaking tragedy at Senghenydd in 1913 that killed 439 miners and one rescuer, Morfa’s record is still a shocking one. The repeated misery, grief and hardship, experienced by the people of Taibach over the decades is probably unparalleled in the history of any mining community.