Red Banner, Green Rosette, by David John Douglass, subtitled Tyneside and the Northern Coalfield'

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Red Banner, Green Rosette, by David John Douglass, subtitled Tyneside and the Northern Coalfield'

Published by the Follonsby Miners Lodge Community Heritage Association in 2017, 234 pages. Large A4 size paperback (N6835)

From the introduction: This book explores the history of Tyneside mines, in the days when south of the river was classed as County Durham and those collieries lay in the domain of the Durham Miners' Association while those on the other side belonged to the Northumberland Miners' Association.

It looks in close detail at those early mines, their location and inter-relationships. It explores the identity of the 'Geordie' miners, or more accurately the 'Northumbria' mining communities, their ethnicity and culture. (I use the collective historic term Northumbria as reference to the traditional 'Northern Counties' of Northumberland, Durham, Westmorland and Cumberland).

Secondly it attempts to highlight the ethnicity of the Northern Counties and the strong undercurrent of 'autonomism', which has shaped the self-identity of the region. It seeks also to draw attention to the role of Irish miners and their influence in the miners' union and general radical political struggles of the nineteenth and twentieth-century Tyneside. These overlapping areas of history, ethnicity and culture are perhaps embodied in the famous Follonsby (Wardley) miners' lodge banner, probably the most radical post-Chartist union banner in Britain and the green rosette which was the election badge of Tyneside Labour candidates until 1986 and heavily influenced by the Irish and Tyneside Irish constituencies....
The book is illustrated throughout with lots of black and white photographs, drawings and maps
The 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 price printed and a small price sticker, both on the rear side cover