The Sponsors

Raleys solicitors, based in Barnsley and Wakefield,  was set up in 1883 and has represented miners in Yorkshire ever since, firstly through the Yorkshire Miners Association and later the National Union of Mineworkers (Yorkshire Area).

Raleys presently represent members of the Yorkshire and Lancashire areas of the NUM.

Raleys are also pleased to have a long association with the National Association of Colliery Overmen, Deputies and Shotfirers (NACODS) and currently represent their members nationally.

Raleys have pursued claims for compensation on behalf of many miners who have been killed or seriously injured during their work.. We also represent miners and the Unions in employment disputes.

There are now just 3 working coal mines left in the Yorkshire area but the history of mining has left an indelible effect in the hearts of its people. We believe this site helps to explain why.

We pay tribute to the determination of Lancashire historian, Ian Winstanley in researching the information contained in this site.

It is a memorial to those who paid the ultimate price of coal.