The Rhondda Valleys
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Valleys Information and History
Old Photographs of the Coal Mines / Pits / Collieries in Dinas in
Rhondda Valleys, Dinas Middle Colliery 1879
Dinas was the location of the first deep coal mine in the Rhondda Valleys, which was sunk in 1832. In 1879 a terrific explosion ripped through the mine leaving 63 men and boys dead. You can read the report below. Thirty five of them were buried in a mass grave at Llethr-Ddu (Trealaw) Cemetery, fourteen of them were so unrecognisable their names are entered in the burial register as 'UNKNOWN'.
Rhondda Valleys, Dinas Colliery Disaster Names 1879 - courtesy of Michael Clarke
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