Killed in a Coalpit - Lives of the Kingswood Colliers

December 05 2016

AUTHOR and historian DP Lindegaard has published an updated version of her book Killed in a Coalpit – Lives of the Kingswood Collieers.

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AUTHOR and historian DP Lindegaard has published an updated version of her book Killed in a Coalpit – Lives of the Kingswood Collieers.

The 272-page hardback is the result of more than 40 years of research and is sponsored by the South Gloucestershire Mines Research Group.

Mrs Lindegaard, nee Doreen Pillinger, told an audience of more than 30 people at Kingswood Heritage Museum for the book's launch that her interest had been sparked by her great, great grandfather Stephen Pillinger, 1808 to 1899, who was a coalminer before becoming a hatter and then a local preacher.

Stephen's brother Jacob, 1798 to 1838, was killed in an accident at Easton pit with another man and three boys and is buried in Kingswood churchyard.

Mrs Lindegaar  has scoured newspaper reports, church and coroner's records to find out more about some of the names whose deaths are recorded alongside the single line “killed in a coalpit”.

She published the book initially in the 1980s and found out so much more as a result that she brought out a supplement in 1991.

The latest version, which costs £15, includes many more stories and photographs.