New Research Identifies 384 Oaks Victims


A cage thrown up into the head gear at the pit mouth of the Oaks Colliery, Barnsley

Article on research by volunteers supported by DVLP and Barnsley Archives, carried out by  volunteers who put in over 3000 hours. Some points about the photographs though – the Oaks memorial in the Ardsley Church yard numbers the victims at 354 but doesn’t name them, which is why a further memorial is believed to be necessary even though the disaster has not been unremembered. The other memorial is not at Stairfoot but on Kendray Hill, quite close to the original Oaks site although almost 50 years later, and commemorates only the rescuers killed on the second day, particularly Parkin Jeffcock.

Yorkshire Post Oaks Disaster

Local people might be interested in three guided walks led by Stephen Miller to reveal aspects of the disaster related to local sites. They begin on May 31st at 6.30 at Dearne Valley Park in Hoyle Mill and follow on June 7th and 14th.

Oaks Walks






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