wiganworld home page
Home Photos of Wigan Stuff News What's on Classifieds Forum Communicate Guestbook Links
 Search    In association with  The Wigan Courier
  Thomas Woodcock VC
  Ancient and Loyal
  Wigan facts
  Famous Wiganers
  Wigan dialect
  Wigan speyk!
  Black & White
  Local art
  Local poetry
  I remember...
  My collection
  Pubs of the Past
  Wigan quizzes
  Picture quizzes
  Jigsaws II
  Wigan Cemetery Index
  Gidlow Cemetery Index
  Hindley Cemetery Index
  Ince Cemetery Index
  Westwood Cemetery Index
  Howe Bridge Cemetery Index
  Roll of Honour
  Reading Room
  Reading Room 2
  Spitfire Crash
  Street History
  Wigan Streets, 1890
  Wigan Streets, 1903
  Wigan Streets, 1909
  Wigan Streets, 1933
  Wigan Yards
  On this day in...
  Court Leet Rolls
  Wigan Past
  Wigan Crest
  Old news
  1825 Directory
  1869 Directory
  1881 Directory
  Hindley Directory
  Ince Directory
  Upholland residents
  1889 Yearbook
  Wigan Views, 1908
  Old Borough Guide
  Picture Post, 1939
  Recipes, 1925
  Your Letters
Picture Post 1939.

Our camerman photographed these Wiganers standing outside a Labour Exchange. The authorities asked to have all pictures left with them to be checked up. When the batch was forwarded on to us, this and other pictures on these pages were missing. They were considered unsuitable. We made new prints of some of those missing pictures.

     The result is that the pumps have been stopped and the mines allowed to flood. The cost of pumping out water to reopen them is excessive. The possibility is that they will never produce coal again. What is to happen to the surplus labour?
     The solution would appear to be the transfer of unemployed miners to new industries. The Corporation have made strenuous and not altogether unsuccessful efforts to attract new industries to the town. There are psychological difficulties, however.
The Men Who Dream About Coal - Click for larger picture
The Men Who Dream About Coal
Francis Dwyer (left) is nursing the youngest of his nine children. His eldest son, in the corner, is a collier just home from the pit. Father Dwyer used to be a miner, too; but when he fell out of work, he became a bill distributor. The room is the parlour of one of the new Council houses.
     It is customary to regard a miner's life as the hardest, the most dangerous and the most unpleasant in industry. That is probably correct. But it is also true that for that very reason, the pits wield a fascination over the majority of men who serve them. It is difficult to tempt miners - even ex-miners - to forswear them completely, though they are very adaptable.
     The miners work in three 7-hour shifts from 7a.m. to 2.30p.m., from 2.30p.m. to 10p.m., from 11.30p.m. to 7a.m. Colliers earn about 12s. to 14s. a shift; datallers, a Lancashire term meaning 'men', earn about 10s. a shift. Datallers look after the roofing. They do five or six turns a week.
     Mill girls work from 7.45a.m. to 5.30p.m., with an hour for lunch; they carry their lunch to the mill in baskets and billy cans. They are employed on piece-work and average about 35s. a week.
     In the streets of Wigan, you may recognise the mill girls by the cotton fluff which catches in their hair. The miners' faces are veined like cheese, where the coal dust has worked into old cuts and injuries, and tattoed their chins. The miners are as proud of those marks as German students of their duelling scars.

Page: [Contents]  [1]  [2]  [3]  [4]  [5]  [6]  [7]  [8]  [9]
 © 2019 wiganworld
Click here to read the privacy policy, disclaimer and copyright information.
Please contact us with your ideas, suggestions, moans or questions.