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Coal Miners.

benny1982

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Have any of you been researching coal mining ancestors? nearly all of my Durham lot worked in the collieries. There were several roles in mining including putter, shifter, hewer and overman. I bet every day the workers wondered if they'd come out alive whilst being hoisted down the huge mine shafts to the pits below?

I think coal mining was a horrendous and strenuous job with littlew or no sfaety equipment. Many people suffered arthiritis and lung disease due to it. Some miners were no doubt dismissed in their 60s and 70s due to the challenges of the job. Every miner had to wear an identity necklace so their names would be known in case of an accident.

Nottingham, Durham, Wales, Cumbria and Northumberland were famous for their mines. Inbetween 1875 and 1885, about 100'000 deaths occured in coal mines.

Ben
 

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