Book published by Fiducia Press, 64 pages. Paperback (N4507)
This book provides a fascinating insight into the social history of the South Bristol coalfield, and is illustrated throughout with several black and white photographs. Compiled by Ken Griffiths and the men and women of the CLASS group (Continue Learning at South Street), and first publishe din 1986, the book begins with a short account of the origins and development of the South Bristol coalfield, with the vast majority of the book then taken up with the actual memories, anecdotes and reminiscences of miners themselves.
From the rear side cover: The first pit of any note in the South Bristol Coalfield was sunk in the 1740's although it is likely that coal was being mined on a small scale many years before. This was the beginning of the coal industry in the Ashton and Bedminster districts that lasted until 1925, and as the title suggests, this book contains the experiences of former miners of the coalfield (with additional material from their families). These accounts bring into stark relief the hardships and dangers the miners endured and the effects this had on their families.
At one time half the male population of working age in Ashton and Bedminster were employed in the pits of the district. There is now little physical evidence of this once vibrant and dangerous industry which is why the memories recorded here are so vital to our local history.
Condition of the book is generally excellent. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover