The construction of the Morley Railway Tunnel showed that there were massive deposits of coal under the town. In particular, three families, the Ackroyds, the Haighs and the Hollidays made profit from this and major pits were set up in Gildersome, Bruntcliffe, near the Morley Low Station and in Ardsley.
Here are some of the main pits in the area:
Morley Main Colliery : Worked 1865-1908
Bruntcliffe Victoria Pit : Worked 1882-1932
Topcliffe Pit : Worked 1888-1932c
East Ardsley Pit : 1888-1967
Accidents in pits were frequent. It was a dangerous job.
We highlight the following :
24-November-1874 : Explosion at Morley Main
34 were killed and this included 7 aged 16 years old or less.
1-May-1882: Accident at the Victoria Colliery
7 men were killed
Further information: Anyone wanting to know more about Coal Mining in Morley should read Jim Thorp’s book ‘Coal Mining in Morley‘, a monograph published by the Northern Mine Research Society in 2009.
You can get a preview of the book here.