Ranked as the 10th worst disaster the Oaks Pit Disaster, (Barnsley, Yorkshire), of December 12th 1866 resulted in 361 deaths during two separate explosions. For nearly half a century this rated as the worst pit disaster in UK history, this unwanted title eventually being claimed by the Universal Senghenydd Colliery disaster in 1913. [url]http://www.users.waitrose.com/~philipclifford/The_Oaks,_Barnsley,_1866.htm[/url]
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Oaks Coal Mine belongs to the South Yorkshire region.