Pit Women: Coal Communities in Northern England in the

early Twentieth Century

Author(s): CARR, Griselda
ISBN13/Barcode: 9780850364958
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Life in pit communities was no bed of roses and women had to learn how to keep their men well fed and their children happy in difficult circumstances. In the years before nationalisation coal miners depended on their wives to help them recuperate from their hard labours underground, with baths, clean clothes, hot meals and rest. It was the women who kept up a routine of washing, cleaning and removing grime from clothes and boots to keep their shift working men productive. Women managed their households bringing up children and taking part in much of the community’s informal social life. In good times there was the danger that some of the earnings might be leached away if miners went to the pub before bringing their wages home. In bad times, with strikes, closures, accidents or deaths there would be little money. Wives and daughters had to manage the family through thick and thin.

This book describes the history and culture of women and men in early twentieth century Northern England. It focuses on family life and on the coal communities of Yorkshire and the North East. It provides interesting perspectives on relations between women and men, on how girls grew up and on the culture of these communities.
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Life in pit communities was no bed of roses and women had to learn how to keep their men well fed and their children happy in difficult circumstances. In the years before nationalisation coal miners depended on their wives to help them recuperate from their hard labours underground, with baths, clean clothes, hot meals and rest. It was the women who kept up a routine of washing, cleaning and removing grime from clothes and boots to keep their shift working men productive. Women managed their households bringing up children and taking part in much of the community’s informal social life. In good times there was the danger that some of the earnings might be leached away if miners went to the pub before bringing their wages home. In bad times, with strikes, closures, accidents or deaths there would be little money. Wives and daughters had to manage the family through thick and thin. This book describes the history and culture of women and men in early twentieth century Northern England. It focuses on family life and on the coal communities of Yorkshire and the North East. It provides interesting perspectives on relations between women and men, on how girls grew up and on the culture of these communities. - A fascinating and engaging story of mining life. - A portrait of domestic routines in a pre-electrical age. - How the lives of women and their families were regulated by the rhythms of pit life. - How men and women kept body and soul together through long strikes 'I eagerly devoured Pit Women, intrigued by its promise of insights into my childhood growing up in the Yorkshire coalfields of Northern England. I was not disappointed. [It] paints a fascinating portrait of the everyday lives of women.' J. Lee, Journal of Marriage and Family. 'An inspiring book. It provokes anger at the treatment meted out to generations of mining families'. North East History.

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ISBN13/Barcode 9780850364958
ISBN10 0850364957
Author CARR, Griselda
Binding Paperback
Date Published 8 Aug 2001
Frequency No
Report Date N/A
Pages 174
Publisher Merlin Press

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