Coal Picking at a South Shields Pit

This activity took place at every coal mine across Britain. The coal has been brought to the surface and is then examined and sorted, to remove unwanted debris and size it for different markets / purposes. Those who did this job were often miners who had had an accident or were too old to cope with the hard, physical conditions underground. Notice the ‘overseer’, keeping an eye on the pickers to ensure they aren’t slacking.

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