On the night of January 2nd 1810, the Meadow Pit caught fire, with 13 men and 8 ponies underground, all managed to surface without injury from a depth of 1,000 feet.

The following morning 4 men decended to assess the damage below, but were suffocated by sulphor fumes. The tragedy was one of Shropshire Mining's most horrific, 4 wives and 19 children were left to face the future without their beloved bread winner.

A local character calling himself "OLD BROADSHEET" penned a verse or two about the event, which was sadly one of many to occur localy. one is re-published on the left.

These words make us all think, as such the gardens are tended in the knowledge of what happened all those years ago. It is hoped to purchase additional land from the Telford & Wrekin Council, to enable the gardens to prosper from the subsequent construction of a greenhouse and potting shed.


Meadow Pit, whilst the highest on the landscape during it's operation between 1808 and 1920, was also the deepest in Madeley, with it's seams worked below most of the Town. Sister mines' included the nearby Brick Kiln Leasow Pit, where another horrific mining tragedy occured on Tuesday, September 27th 1864.

Nine men and boys lost their lives when a "Kibble" (hoist) broke free whilst surfacing from their toils to extract Ironstone. Known as the Madeley Nine,they are buried in St Michaels Church Cemetary, their lead shrouded tomb will hopefully undergo much needed renovation.

William Onions was just a boy aged 12 years. Francis Cookson was 13 years old and lived opposite the Meadow Colliery, at Park Lane, Madeley.John Farr & John Jones were both 14 years old, it is believed they all attended "The Green School".