The Miners Club is a rare and unique example of the lasting legacy of the industrialisation of Moston.
Originally it was the Moston Colliery Pithead Baths, where the coal miners from the nearby Moston Colliery would scrub themselves clean from the dirt and grime from their back breaking toils down Moston Pit. It would later became a social club and social hub for the pit men to settle down to a well deserved pint or two, a game of crib and cards and good old bit of banter.
In later years after the decline and subsequent closure of the Moston Pit, the Miners Club remained firmly at the heart of the community throughout the 1980s, hosting many social events until in finally closed and was left to rot for many years before artist Louis Beckett had a vision to breath new life into the building and create a community arts centre, the results of which was the Miners Community Arts and Music Centre, born from the altruistic spirit, hard work and determination of local lad, Louis Beckett and a band of very willing helpers.
The Moston Pit was closed in June 1950 by the N.C.B (The National Coal Board), although the miners still maintained the venting shaft which connected it to Bradford Colliery (roughly where Manchester Velodrome is today) site until 1968. After the final closure houses were built for the pit crews and their families and became known has it continues to do so today, as the Miners Estates.
Thank you to L. Ludd for the invaluable help I received in writing this post.
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