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GresfordThe Anatomy of a Disaster$
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Stanley Williamson

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780853238928

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313240

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The Working Mine

The Working Mine

(p.75) Chapter 8 The Working Mine
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This chapter considers the knowledge developed by Sir Stafford Cripps on the technicalities of mining, with which he astonished the inquiry and threw the Gresford management into disarray. His knowledge was presumably put together with his customary dedication and skill in the period between his meeting the miners in Southport and the opening of the proceedings in Wrexham. He was also well briefed by Cyril Jones, the North Wales miners' solicitor; and probably by David Grenfell, the Member for Gower, a miners' agent himself, and a future Secretary for Mines in the wartime coalition government, who sat by his side throughout the inquiry. Among the first things Cripps learned was that, with the exception of major disasters such as Gresford, explosions accounted for just a small part of the total number of accidents in the mines. The chapter also reviews past mining accidents and efforts to prevent these.

Keywords:   Stafford Cripps, coal mining industry, mining accidents, Cyril Jones

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