1925 The Montagu View Pit Disaster
When the Montagu View was flooded on March 30th, 1925, 38 men and boys died and the community was left devastated by the aftermath.
The disaster happened on the morning of March 30, 1925, at the site which is now under the A1 Western Bypass and the B&Q store. There were 107 men and 41 boys in the pit at the time, many of whom were from Scotswood.
Two men drilled and placed charges, which bridged the thin gap between the old flooded Brockwell seam and the View pit. Suddenly there was a bang, a smell of black damp, methane gas as millions of gallons of water and gas escaped into the Montagu Pit.
It took months to pump out the pit, and some loved ones were not brought out until January 1926. Many of the miners were so affected by the disaster that they never ventured underground again.