Voices from the Dressing Floors of the Cornish Mines and Quarries 1773-1950, by Lynne Mayers
Published by Blaize Bailey Books in 2015, 112 pages. Paperback (N6109)
Brand New Book - has small price sticker on rear side cover
From the rear side cover: This book.... is a collection of first hand accounts of working at surface... we read of the direct experiences of philosopher Samuel Drew, preacher Billy Bray and poet John Harris, alongside those whose lives would have been lost to history, had it not been for a chance interview or conversation. These include the men; women and children who featured in a Royal Commission in 1842, the late 19th century Troon bal maidens interviewed for a scrapbook competition in 1951, women who worked at a Glass Mine in the First World War, and newspaper interviews with two ex-bal maidens in their old age. In addition, we have autobiographies from a terminally ill bal maiden, a Delabole slate agent, and two workers at Geevor Tin Mine during the Second World War. All remind us of the important part played by these unsung heroes of the mining and quarrying industries of Cornwall.
The book is illustrated throughout with several small black and white photographs.