Another snippet of Britain’s glorious past

Thomas Chapel was owned by Thomas Stokes and Company in 1842. The Royal Commission into the working of women and children underground found at this pit, amongst others, James Davies, aged 8 years and his brother aged 11 years who worked eight hour shifts as trammers for 2 shillings a week. Mary Davies was aged 11 years, and also a trammer, she had worked 8 to 10 hour shifts for two years and had to drag seven hundredweight loads along roadways that were “ never less than 36 inches high. ” She earned 3 shillings a week.

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