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Pits - A Mining Pictorial History (Hardback)

P&S History > Social History > Mining & Miners World History

By John Threlkeld
Imprint: Wharncliffe Books
Series: Mining Heritage
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781903425503
Published: 17th October 2003
Last Released: 1st August 2007



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Pits 1 and 2 have been out of print for a number of years, but due to continued demand, we are now producing a compendium of both volumes which tells the complete story of the growth and development of mining in the nineteenth and twentieth century. Included are chapters covering the evolution, boom and war, strife and hope nationalisation, and victory and decline of the mining industry. Through the use of first class accounts, hundreds of photographs and illustrations, this compendium reveals how mining played such a dominant part in the lives of many people from the Yorkshire area. Covered is the disastrous 1984/1985 Miners' Strike and subsequent pit closure programme, and looks at the effects that the strike had. Above all. this book is a tribute to coal miners and their families.

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About John Threlkeld

John worked on newspapers in Barnsley for 50 years, retiring as deputy editor of the Barnsley Chronicle in 2010. He was born at Wombwell and started work on the Chronicle in 1960, moving to the Sheffield Morning Telegraph’s Barnsley office in 1969. He returned to the Chronicle in 1975 to take over the Wombwell and Hoyland editions and was appointed news editor four years later. He became an assistant editor in 1986 and deputy editor in 1989. In 1987, to mark the 100th Yorkshire miners’ galas, he published Pits, a book on the history of mining in the Barnsley coalfield. The hardback version was published in 2004.

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