Monthly Archives: December 2010

The Pretoria Pit Disaster

One hundred years ago today, on the 21st December 1910, at ten to eight in the morning, a huge blast ripped apart Hulton Colliery at Westhoughton in Lancashire, known locally as the Pretoria Pit. Deep underground a roof in a … Continue reading

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Reluctant Recluses

Many of you will already know that Henry de Lacy gave land at Whalley for the Cistercian monks to build a new abbey because the site at Stanlaw had proved unsuitable and liable to flooding. After Henry de Lacy’s death … Continue reading

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