Coal Mining in Britain (Shire Library)

December 2, 2020
Coal Mining in Britain (Shire Library)

Coal heated the homes, fuelled the furnaces and powered theengines of the Industrial Revolution. In the nineteenth andtwentieth centuries the coalfields – distinct landscapes ofcolliery winding frames, slag heaps and mining villages – made upBritain's industrial heartlands. Coal was known as 'black gold' butit was only brought to the surface with skill and at considerablerisk, with flooding, rock falls and gas explosions a constantdanger. Coal miners became a recognised force in British politicallife, forming a vociferous and often militant lobby for betterworking conditions and a decent standard of living. Thisbeautifully illustrated guide to Britain's industrial heritagecovers not just the mines, but the lives of the workers away fromthe pits, with a focus on the cultural and religious life of miningcommunities.