James Darlington, Colliery Manager, grave in St Marys Churchyard Chirk
Black Park colliery was leased from Chirk Castle estate in the 1800’s. The mine was developed until 1877 when a Lancashire company was formed to purchase it. The company flourished under a succession of general managers, who played an active role in developing the town through the provision of community recreation facilities and improved living conditions for the miners, notably Mr James Darlington. Black Park colliery closed in 1949.
His grave stone was taken from the banks of the River Dee and is said to be the very stone he used to sit on whilst fishing.