GREAT BRITAIN: Unanimously Decided

Creswell is a grimy Derbyshire coal-mining town, but the folk of nearby villages called it "happy Creswell." It boasts a model village housing development, a crack shooting team, a brass band famed for miles around. Its mine, reputed to be one of Britain's safest, is equipped with up-to-date conveyor and ventilation systems. Output per man-shift is two tons, nearly double the national average of 1.05.

In Creswell's mine at 4 a.m. one day last week a fire broke out 1,000 ft. below ground on one of the newly installed rubber conveyor belts. Of 99 miners in the area, 19 crawled...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!