The original coal mine at Agecroft was open from 1844 to 1932. At that time, it was considered that coal supply from the pit was exhausted.
However, with advancements in technology, the National Coal Board reassessed the situation in the 1950s and decided to reopen the colliery.
During the sinking of new shafts, there was a terrible accident when an underground explosion killed one man and injured twelve.
The pit re-opened properly in 1960 and lasted until 1991.
While there were miners’ strikes in the 1970s, which some of our interviewers recalled, it is the 1984/85 miners’ strike which stands out as a deeply divisive time. The strike began over pit closures that had been announced by the Conservative Government. There was some controversy over the legality of the strike as a national ballot was not held, and only around a third of the workers at Agecroft joined the strike. This led to deep divisions within the local community and even within families, some of which can still be felt today.
The following people we interviewed worked at Agecroft colliery: