Coal Mining in Britain

Coal Mining in Britain

by Richard Hayman


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Coal Mining in Britain by Richard Hayman

Coal heated the homes, fuelled the furnaces and powered the engines of the Industrial Revolution. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries the coalfields – distinct landscapes of colliery winding frames, slag heaps and mining villages – made up Britain's industrial heartlands. Coal was known as 'black gold' but it was only brought to the surface with skill and at considerable risk, with flooding, rock falls and gas explosions a constant danger. Coal miners became a recognised force in British political life, forming a vociferous and often militant lobby for better working conditions and a decent standard of living. This beautifully illustrated guide to Britain's industrial heritage covers not just the mines, but the lives of the workers away from the pits, with a focus on the cultural and religious life of mining communities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781784421205
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 01/24/2017
Series: Shire Library Series
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Richard Hayman is an architectural historian who has for many years been involved with the listing of historic buildings in Wales and England. He is the author of the Shire books Wrought Iron, The Green Man, The Tudor Reformation and The Iron Industry.

Table of Contents

Black Gold

Bell Pits and Horse Whims

Deep Mining

Going Underground

The Pit Village

Places to Visit

Further Reading


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