|TitleOfWork:||Oaks Colliery Disaster Memorial|
|Dimensions:||memorial: 360cm high|
|Medium:||red sandstone; marble|
|Country:||UK - England|
|ImageCopyright:||Sheffield Hallam University|
|Location: In the churchyard of Christ Church, Ardsley, Barnsley|
Description: A sandstone pedestal with four marble faces, each inscribed, surmounted by a small obelisk, and with a marble pillar at each corner. Some floral decoration. The whole on two steps, which have been pointed around their base. There may have been a small decorative feature on teh top of the monument, if so this is now missing.
Dimensions: memorial: 360cm high
pedestal: 65cm square; base: 102cm square
4 columns: 41cm high x 7cm diameter
4 plaques: 52cm high x 34cm wide
Condition: Surface - Corrosion beneath upper cornice. Some cracks in carved stone around marble plaques. Lichen on base and obelisk.
Structural - Cornice of base broken beneath south side plaque; base of pillar broken;
Inscriptions: ERECTED / BY / PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION / TO COMMEMORATE THE / DEATHS OF 354 MEN AND / BOYS, WHO LOST THEIR / LIVES IN THE EXPLOSION / AT THE OAKS COLLIERY ON / DECR 12TH AND 13TH 1866, / OF WHOM 35 ARE / INTERRED HERE.
"IT IS A FEARFUL THING TO / FALL INTO THE HANDS OF / THE LIVING GOD HEB. VER. 10 CHAP. 31"
"WATCH THEREFORE FOR YE / KNOW NEITHER THE DAY / NOR THE HOUR WHEREIN / THE SON OF MAN COMETH / MATT. CHAP. 25. VER. 13"
"BOAST NOT THYSELF OF / TO MORROW FOR THOU / KNOWEST NOT WHAT A / DAY MAY BRING FORTH / PROV. CHAP. 27. VER. 1"
The source details at the end of these inscriptions are virtually indecipherable.
Commission: Public subscription.
Comment: Several miners' graves can be seen in the churchyard adjacent to this monument.