The way earlier generations lived

Castle Pit & Ash Road 1913

“By 1800 half a million people lived in Wales. then along came the coal mines and the ironworks. People rushed here for work. By 1900 there were two million people struggling to make a living in the filth and the danger.
The owners became rich but the Welsh people stayed as poor as ever.
The mines destroyed the beauty of the valleys and when the mines went the jobs went too. The ordinary Welsh were left poor — as usual. Of course the filthy pit heaps and the black clouds have gone too so the future is brighter — and so is the sky!”
From Horrible Histories, Wales


About davidjcollier

Originally from South Wales I have lived in Nottinghamshire for over forty years. I am married and have three grown up children and two grandchildren. Having worked in education for 43 years I will retire in July 2012. My interests include history (general, local and family), rugby union, swimming, photography, bird watching and gardening. For the benefit of anyone who may actually read this (extremely unlikely, I admit) please do not confuse 'interests' with knowledge or skill. My involvement in a community project which aims to rescue a graveyard from the effects of almost 30 years of neglect. also keeps me quite busy. View all posts by davidjcollier

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