Though this bible in inscribed first to William Matthew of Cassop Colliery in 1873, it is mainly the bible that records the family events of the Hardy family, at least four of whose members appear to have died in Trimdon and Wingate collieries. At least one of these, Joseph Hardy, was in a pit disaster that made national news in 1903. The bible itself is in good condition, and is about 8 inches by 12 inches and three inches thick. It has a small amount of damage to the spine cover. There are seven pages of entries, most pages fully covered. It also includes one sone who was killed in France in World War 1, having won the military medal for bravery. It also records a marriage in Old Elvet Methodist Church, where I did my Local Preacher studies, and records one man being "received onto full plan" for the Primitive Methodist Chapel. I am going to try and see if a mining museum in Durham has any interest in this bible. Meanwhile it is on sale on this website.