Miners' Memorial

What Is The Miners Memorial Project?

The Forest of Dean Local History Society felt that there should be some form of memorial to the victims of historic fatal accidents in Forest of Dean mines in much the same way that those who fell in wars are remembered.

Society member Dave Tuffley carried out the original research over a period of ten years by researching local newspapers, coroners records and cemeteries.  As a result he recorded the details of hundreds of accidents in local mines and quarries.  Ian Winstanley of Wigan had concurrently been transcribing the annual reports of the inspectors of mines which were produced from 1851 to 1914.  Ian agreed to an exchange of information which enabled the Society to produce a fuller and more reliable record of accidents, which range in date from 1797 to the present day.

Consequently in 2003, the Forest of Dean Local History Society obtained a grant for £11,737 from the Local Heritage Initiative (a partnership between the Heritage Lottery Fund, Nationwide Building Society and the Countryside Agency). The grant was used to facilitate a number of different elements which made up the Miners Memorial Project.


The Roll of Honour CD

The CD, produced by Ron Beard, contains details of all the fatalities discovered through the original work by Dave Tuffley and Ian Winstanley. The details of the accidents can be viewed by the name of the victim, the date that the accident occurred, or the mine or quarry where the accident happened.   The mines and quarries each have a unique page, containing accident details, photographs, and a brief history of the mine or quarry. 

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The Roll of Honour Memorial Volumes

As another element of the Project, details of the mining fatalities, and the list of Freeminers were recorded in four leather-bound ‘Roll of Honour’ volumes.

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The Mines Trails Walks

In conjunction with the Forest of Dean Group of the Ramblers Association, three ‘Mines Trails’ walks leaflets were produced. The Trails give the opportunity to see some of the industrial history of the Dean whilst enjoying a walk through the Forest.

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The Roll of Honour Sculpture

Colloquially known as ‘The Miners Memorial’, more correctly known as the ‘Roll of Honour Sculpture’

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