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Coal mine in England, 1850s

Removing coal in the Bradley mine, Staffordshire, England, 1850s.
Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th century illustration

North Wind Picture Archives brings history to life with stock images and hand-colored illustrations

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1850s Animal Power Boys Britain British British Isles Business Cart Child Child Labor Coal Commerce Danger Energy England English Europe European Fossil Fuel Great Britain Horse Industrial Revolution Industry Labor Labour Manual Mine Mineral Mining Pony Power Safety Tunnel Under Ground Unsafe Working Conditions Work Worker Bradley Child Labour Hazard Staffordshire


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This hand-colored woodcut takes us back to the bustling coal mines of England in the 1850s. The image showcases the dangerous yet vital work being carried out in the Bradley mine, located in Staffordshire, England. As we delve into this snapshot of history, we witness a scene filled with elements that defined an era. The tunnel stretches deep into the ground, revealing the underbelly of Britain's industrial revolution and its heavy reliance on fossil fuels. A group of laborers can be seen manually removing coal from carts pulled by sturdy ponies and horses – animal power at its finest. Amongst them are young boys who were unfortunately subjected to hazardous working conditions during this time. This illustration serves as a reminder of both the immense energy demands and perilous nature of mining operations during this period. It encapsulates a significant chapter in British history when industry thrived but at great cost to those involved. As we gaze upon this vintage artwork, it is impossible not to appreciate how far we have come regarding job safety and worker rights since then. This piece transports us back to an era where commerce was driven by manual labor and highlights our progress towards safer working environments today. Let this image serve as a testament to our collective journey towards better standards for workers across industries worldwide while acknowledging the historical significance these mines held for Great Britain's development as an industrial powerhouse.

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