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Life in the Mine

Anthony Burton

Pitkin

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Price: £6.00

Publication date: 14 February 2013

ISBN: 0752494414

ASIN: B00APDX8NS

Price: £2.99

Publication date: 14 February 2013

Category: Heritage

Over 4,000 years of history lie in the seams of British mines, beginning all the way back in the New Stone Age.

Large-scale coal mining in Britain developed during the Industrial Revolution, providing energy for industry and transportation in industrial areas from the 18th century to the 1950s. This classic Pitkin guide provides a history of mining in Britain as well as of the hard lives of those who worked in them.

Child labour was a normal part of Victorian life, so women and children were found in the dangerous deep pits until 1842, while male miners relied on safety lamps and canaries to avoid mining disasters. Fascinating photographs accompany this guide’s history of these people’s lives, including their time outside of the mines, their homes and hobbies.

Whole villages grew up around mines, with close comradeship and tightly knit mining communities emerging. Here is the story of what that life was like for so many, up until British mining’s decline in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Includes a list of mines, museums and heritage centres to visit.

ABOUT THE Author

Anthony Burton is an author and broadcaster who specialises mostly in industrial and transport history since his first book in the area, The Canal Builders, was published in 1972. As well as canals, railways and other forms of transport, his interests also include the countryside and landscape history.

As a broadcaster, Anthony Burton has worked with the BBC, Discovery and Channel 5 as on-screen presenter, writer and historical adviser.

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