Aberfan - At 9.15am on Friday, 21 October 1966, the eyes of the world turned in horror to the tiny coal mining village of Aberfan in Wales where 116 children and 28 adults died. The names of those who died are here, and still, after 47 years, I find myself so moved by the long list of those children who happily went to school that morning. A dear price to pay for coal....

Aberfan - At on Friday, 21 October in a tiny coal mining village of Aberfan in Wales 116 children and 28 adults died. The families got compensation per child (that's about in todays money. What price a life?

On Friday 21 October 1966, a coal tip collapsed sending thousands of tons of mud and colliery waste down Merthyr Mountain near Aberfan in South Wales, destroying a school and about 20 houses and killing 144 -mostly the school children-Aberfan always remembered.

On Friday 21 October a coal tip collapsed sending thousands of tons of mud and colliery waste down Merthyr Mountain near Aberfan in South Wales, destroying a school and about 20 houses and killing 144 -mostly the school children-Aberfan always remembered.

Side view of Cyfarthfa Castle in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, UK  This was my grammar school

Side view of Cyfarthfa Castle in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, UK This was my grammar school

The Aberfan disaster was a catastrophic collapse of a colliery spoil tip in the Welsh village of Aberfan, near Merthyr Tydfil, on 21 October 1966, killing 116 children in the school and 28 adults. It was caused by a build-up of water in the accumulated rock and shale, which suddenly started to slide downhill in the form of slurry

Tragedy: The scene in October 1966 where 116 children and 28 adults died when a slag heap collapsed and enghulfed Pantglas Junior School in Aberfan, Wales, which the Queen referred to in her message that year.

Looking over Merthyr Vale Colliery towards Aberfan Tips

Historical Photographs of Merthyr Vale Colliery (Nixon's Navigation), Merthyr Tydfil.

View of Merthyr Tydfil, showing Cefn Viaduct, oblique aerial view. 5”x4” black and white glass plate negative. | Britain from Above

View of Merthyr Tydfil, showing Cefn Viaduct, oblique aerial view. black and white glass plate negative.

The Coal Arch - Dowlais http://www.alangeorge.co.uk

Historical Photographs of The Coal Arch, Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil.

[WPW032573] View of Merthyr Tydfil, showing Cefn Viaduct, oblique aerial view. 5”x4” black and white glass plate negative.

View of Merthyr Tydfil, showing Cefn Viaduct, oblique aerial view. black and white glass plate negative.


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