Markham miners memorial unveiling (29 May 2019)

Eight new life-size steel figures will be unveiled on the 29th May 2019,  as part of a memorial to miners who lost their lives at Markham Colliery. The eight miners being commemorated were all killed in the 1938 disaster

The figures will be unveiled as part of the ‘Walking Together’ memorial – led by Derbyshire County Council – which will eventually feature 106 figures stretching between the village of Duckmanton in Chesterfield and the former pithead.

Each figure is part of a walking trail which symbolises a miner’s journey to the pit and back home again and will represent the 106 men who lost their lives in three disasters at the site.

On 21 January 1937 an underground explosion claimed the lives of nine men and in 1938, 79 miners lost their lives and 40 were seriously injured in a second explosion.

Eighteen miners died and 11 others suffered serious injury in the third disaster at the colliery when the mechanical brake on a lift carrying them to the coalface failed on 30 July, 1973.

The former colliery site has now been reclaimed by the county council and Henry Boot Developments and is home to the Markham Vale regeneration scheme which is working to create 4,100 jobs for local people.


The eight miners being commemorated on the 29th May 2019 are

Allen, James, 25, Contractor

Bradford, John Henry, 46, Ripper

Davidson, George, 51, Contractor

Gee-Pemberton, Colin, 30, Belt Hand

Jacklin, Lawrence, 28, Contractor

Keller, Leonard, 26, Belt Turner

Lodge, Stanley, 40, Belt Erector

Taylor, Harry, 33, Belt Erector


The Walking Together memorial has been designed by Cheshire-based Artist Stephen Broadbent.

Please note capacity for the unveiling event is limited and therefore attendance is by invitation only. If you are interested in attending please make an enquiry. 

Anyone interested in sponsoring a figure can contact Head of Markham Vale, Peter Storey by emailing or by calling 01629 535417 for more information.