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|TitleOfWork:||Houghton Main Accident Memorial|
|DescriptionOfPhoto:||overview of memorial|
|Location:||All Saints' Churchyard|
|ImageCopyright:||Sheffield Hallam University|
|Description: A granite cross mounted on a plinth in front of an rectangular area which was originally surrounded by railings.
Inscription: On lower portion of the cross:
"THIS/ MONUMENT / WAS ERECTED / IN / AFFECTIONATE / REMEMBRANCE / BY THE WORKMEN / AND FRIENDS OF / THE TEN MEN / WHO LOST THEIR / LIVES AT THE / HOUGHTON MAIN / COLLIERY ON / DECEMBER 30, 1886"
On the plinth is a list of the men's names and ages:
" JOSEPH WALKER, AGED 48 YEARS
SAMUEL WALKER 20
CHARLES WALKER 19
JOSEPH PEARSON 47
JOSEPH PEARSON 20
JAMES HARDCASTLE 49
ALVIN HARDCASTLE 18
WILLIAM BARTON 18
EDWARD BAXTER 29
WILLIAM MANNION 42"
On the base of the monument is the inscription:
" "IN THE MIDST OF LIFE WE ARE IN DEATH" "
Comment: There appear to be three fathers and four of their sons/nephews killed in this one accident.
Questions: What are the details of this accident?
Who commissioned and raised the money for this memorial?
When was it made and installed?
Who designed and made it?