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.