'Guardian' is the largest mining memorial in Wales which commemorates the 1960 Six Bells mining disaster in which 45 men and boys lost their lives in an underground gas and coal dust explosion.
On June 28th 2010, the 50th anniversary of the mining disaster, the memorial was unveiled at a commemorative service led by the Arch Bishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams and attended by 7,500 people including around 400 relatives of the victims who came from across the U.K and wider world.
Costing over £200,000 the memorial is a 12.6 meter high statue of a miner, constructed from over 20,000 individual slices of 10mm thick CorTen steel, a ‘weathering’ steel that allows a protective rust patina to form on its surface.
The statue weighs around 8 tones and stands on a 7.4 meter high sandstone plinth. The names, ages and home towns of each of the 45 victim of the disaster are laser cut into the Cor-Ten steel plates that surround the plinth. Guardian now towers over 20 meters above the former Six Bells colliery site; scene of the tragedy some fifty years earlier and is dedicated to all mining communities.
Public Transport Directions
For all public transport information, please visit www.travelinecymru.info - Enter postcode NP13 2ND.
We are 16 mins from the Heads of the Valleys road (A465). Take exit A467 and continue along this road until you reach Six Bells. Turn left onto Six Bells road and follow the road down to the bottom of the hill and the car park is located on the right directly after Bethany Baptist Chapel.