**..A sad tale of old Eckington..**

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Inscribed upon the three wooden crosses......in the centre of picture..are the names of 3 children......Esther Ann Riley aged 11.../....her Brother, Percy Riley aged 9..../....and Rebecca Godson aged 9..../....The headstone to the right - is in memory of colliery worker Alfred Williamson aged 24../...All 3 children drowned in icy water at Plumbley colliery and Alfred Williamson died during his lone rescue attempt on March 16th. 1895....Over one thousand villagers gathered at this spot on the day of the burials....At the time, money was not available for memorials to the children...the simple wooden crosses were only recently added in their memory....A fourth youngster..the older 14 year old Louisa Peat - also playing around the colliery pond.. .was saved by not venturing out onto the thin ice....Dj...

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Comments (13)

Rod Reeves on April 22, 2012

A heroic story, Dave, well captured in the photo. Peace, Rod

david g Johnson on April 22, 2012

Thanks...Rod..nice to hear from you..keep good./..Dj.UK.

David Brown Photogra… on April 22, 2012

A nice picture and nice if tragic story, well teld David

Also nice treatment to the picture - adds gravitas.

Cheers - Jethro

david g Johnson on April 23, 2012

Thanks for taking a look see here...Jethro.../...Old Eckington has much history...Have you seen...This photo-story....The actual grave of a girl who emigrated from nearby 'Renishaw' Derbyshire was located by 'Rod Reeves'..(above) in his home town of 'Burlington'..Iowa...Cheers..Dj..UK

CarlStaffanHolmer on April 29, 2012

A beautiful picture for the sad story.


david g Johnson on April 29, 2012

Thanks for the compliment Carl....Deej..UK.

G Lokey on May 5, 2012

Great picture, Dave, and a pretty moving story. Had a look on GE and see it's a stone's throw from Chez Johnson! GL.

david g Johnson on May 6, 2012

Cheers Geoff....yes a short stroll through here ...takes us down to Eckington and the Moss Valley where...today..6/5/12 I photographed the remains of 'Plumbley colliery' where the above tragedy occured....Dj...

fotoditzi on October 7, 2012

Interesting framing, well done!

Greetings, fotoditzi

david g Johnson on October 15, 2012

Thanks...fd......all the best from......Dj..UK.

JackTheWag on January 19, 2014

This is the video story of the tragic event. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxHU4sDx26g

JackTheWag on January 19, 2014

This is the full story of what happened and is a really good read. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.467399863328367.1073741858.225855844149438&type=3

david g Johnson on January 20, 2014

Many thanks.. for the two articles of info'.. and the links....J.T.W....
Cheers from.................D.G.J.

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