The inscription on the ledger slab of the colliery disaster memorial reads :-

"In this grave is deposited the remains of the 12 under-mentioned sufferers, all of whom were killed at Wells Way colliery on the 8th November, 1839, by the snapping of the rope as they were on the point of descending into the pit. The rope was generally supposed to have been maliciously cut."

IN THIS GRAVE
Of Midsomer Norton:
JAMES KEEVIL Aged 41
MARK KEEVIL 15
JAMES KEEVIL Jnr 12
RICHARD LANGFORD 45
FARNHAM LANGFORD 15
ALFRED LANGFORD 13
JAMES PEARCE 17
WILLIAM SUMMERS 24
WILLIAM ADAMS 20

Of Radstock:
LEONARD HOOPER DOWNING Aged 13
AMOS DANDO 12
JOHN BARNETT 41

St. John the Baptist's Church Photos by
John Wilkes of Cam near Dursley, Gloucestershire
The Gloucestershire Photo Library

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