Crowds gather at Montagu Colliery in Scotswood, Newcastle in March, 1925
At 9.30 am on n the 25th March 1925 miners at the Montagu View pit in Scotswood Newcastle broke through into the old workings of the Paradise Pit and thirty eight men and boys died in the flood that followed. It was a disaster that shouldn't have happened: the plans to the old mine were kept in the offices of a nearby colliery, but the owners of the Montagu Colliery didn't refer to them when they planned to extend the Montagu workings to the Paradise Barrier. The Montagu wasn't the only disaster in Newcastle caused by flooding from old workings. In 1815 seventy five miners died at Heaton when the pit was flooded from old workings. John Buddle the part owner and manager of Heaton proposed after the disaster that there should be a central repository of the plans of old mines but unfortunately his suggestion was not taken up until after the Montagu disaster.