The House of Abraham Phillips
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The House of Abraham Phillips is a fictitious interpretation of the 1875 Lan Mine disaster in Gwaelod y Garth, South Wales. It is told through the mouth of Phillip Phillips, Abraham’s second son. Haunted by his father’s action, steeped in memories and the words of the Old Testament, Phillip Phillips, seeks resolution to his anguish.
All of the characters in this story lived. The main incidents are part of recorded history. It is a story of stoical people, facing hard work and poverty. Against the backdrop of the beautiful Garth Mountain, they live with the hell of Victorian industry devastating the valley floor.
The 1875 disaster was named as the worst mining disaster of the year. This story is a memorial to those who lost their lives in the winning of coal.