The National Coal Board, Owners of Thornley, Ludworth and Wheatley Hill Collieries 1947-1955
Paperback, 492 pages (N5451X1CH)
From the introduction: This book shows how the villages of Thomley, Ludworth and Wheatley Hill continued to develop after 1947 and Nationalisation of the pits. This was an optimistic time for the villages - rationing and food shortages were over and despite an overall decline of the coal industry, Thomley and Wheatley Hill pits continued to provide most male employment throughout the villages.
The book is full of what life had to offer people living in the villages in the late 1940's and early 1950's. The pit was still the major employer, and employed most men in the village. Most women still stayed at horne and looked after her husband and family. However times were changing. Factories were beginning to develop in the local area of Hartlepool, Peterlee and Durham and pit work was not the only option open to boys leaving secondary school - the new town of Peterlee was becoming a reality and named after miners leader, Peter Lee, it offered many opportunities for people from the colliery villages.
The content of this book will be within the living memory of many of our readers and provide a nostalgic look at their own past....
The condition of the book is generally very good. The covers have one or two very minor scuffs but 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