Work ter coalmines wasgoed both hard and dangerous. Coal seams varied ter thickness from eighteen inches ter Durham to about seven feet ter Yorkshire. Narrow seams meant the miners worked te very restrained spaces. Where possible, pit ponies were used to carry the coal. However, te narrow seams, women and children had the job of carrying the coal while crawling on their arms and knees. ",Children were chained, belted, harnessed like dogs te a go-cart, black, saturated with humid, and more than half-naked – crawling upon their mitts and feet, and dragging their intense geysers behind them – they present an appearance indescribably abominable and unnatural.", (1)

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