Some history of Pensax
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Related Newspaper Articles
"On Wednesday Mr. W. P. Hughes, deputy coroner, held an inquest at the New Inn, Pensax, touching the death of James Evans, a coal getter,
who met his death through injuries sustained by falling down the shaft of the Poole House Colliery, where he was employed, on the 1st August 1883. Mr. W. B. Scott,
H.M. Inspector of Mines, watched the proceedings on behalf of the Home Office. James Horncastle, coal proprietor and lessee of the Pool House Colliery, stated that
the deceased was in his employ, and lived at Pensax. On the previous Wednesday he was engaged in Pit 11 getting coal. On Wednesday afternoon witness heard a peculiar
jerking noise proceed from the windlass used for drawing up coal from the colliery and letting down and drawing up the "skips" by which the men employed in
No.11 Pit came up and down. Hearing from John Instone, the winder, that the men in the skip had fallen down the pit, witness, who had been unwell, was so shocked as
to become incapable of descending the pit himself, and he then directed the foreman, Yarnold, to do so, and Yarnold descended by the opposite rope to that by which
the men were being brought up. A few minutes afterwards Sidney Tolley, a man employed in the pit, and the deceased, were brought up badly injured. They were soon
afterwards taken home. Witness examined the rope which was attached to the skip by which the deceased and Tolley were being drawn up, after the accident. It was not
broken, but he found that one knot had slipped over another, the pressure of the link of the chain having induced it to do so. William Stallard, collier, who was
working with the deceased, deposed that before he went down he saw deceased tying the first knot of the rope to the skip and another man named James Lawley tie a
second one; and a man whose name he did not know, a third. Witness thought it the duty of the banksman to tie these knots or to see they were properly tied, but
sometimes the men themselves tied them. When witness and deceased finished work they gave a signal to be drawn up, the skip being then down in the shaft, which was
about 48 yards deep. Deceased and Tolley were drawn up first, and after they had gone up the shaft out of sight from the bottom he heard something fall, and
immediately deceased and Tolley fell down the shaft near where he was, the skips falling at the same time. Both men were badly hurt and unable to speak. He assisted
in their removal. Sampson Yarnold, of Pensax, foreman of the colliery, proved having on the 1st inst. examined the ropes and headgears of the pits at the colliery,
and found them in proper working order with the exception of the rope at Pit No.2. This was taken off for fresh knots to be tied in it. It was not witness's
duty to tie the knots. That was done by the men themselves working in the pit where the rope was used. The knots tied by Lawley seemed to have been properly done,
and witness heard deceased say they were "fit to hold anything." About two o'clock on Wednesday afternoon, the rope which slipped seemed quite safe and
ran freely. In answer to Mr. Scott, the witness said he saw the knots directly after they were tied, and they were tied as they usually are. Mr. J. Gabb, surgeon,
Bewdley, stated that the deceased died on Saturday night, at twelve o'clock. Witness last saw him on Saturday afternoon. He was then sinking. He had received
severe scalp wounds with concussion of the brain, a compound fracture of the ankle, and a fracture of the sternum. It appeared that no blame was attached to anyone
in connection with deceased's death, and a verdict that it was caused accidentally was returned."
"Fatal Colliery Accident at Pensax"
Worcester Journal : August 11th 1883 Page 3