The Baddesley - Baxterley Pit Explosion

Welcome to The Baddesley Pit Explosion site.  Baddesley Ensor is a small rural village in North Warwickshire, in the heart of England.

Coal mining was carried out here for centuries before the two main shafts of Baddesley /Baxterley Pit or Stratford Pits, as it was originally known, were first sunk in 1850.  It was owned by the Dugdale family of nearby Merevale Hall until nationalisation in 1948.  It closed in 1989.

The disaster of 1882 was the worst in its history when 32 men lost their lives.  I have been researching this disaster for some years as four of the men who died were my ancestors and another, Charles Day, who was my great grandfather, was awarded the Albert Medal for his part in the rescue attempt.  I have written my own account of what happened based on newspaper reports of the time and the Morley report.  Arnold Morley was an MP who carried investigations into the causes of the disaster.  I have also included an account written by my son as his dissertation for his English Studies degree from Huddersfield University in 2001.

Also in the menu you will find a chart prepared by myself giving information about the men who died and their families, plus transcriptions of some original documents.  I hope you will find the site interesting.  If you are descended from any of the men involved then I would love to hear from you.  You can email me here

Finally I would like to dedicate this site to the memory of all the men who died and also the other men who risked their lives in the rescue attempt and who survived.

Celia Parton

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Updated and expanded August 2013.


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Map showing the location of Baddesley Pit.

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