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Address of the Coal Miners of the North Staffordshire District - A notice from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

This notice invites us to explore the hardships suffered by North Staffordshire's coal miners in 1831 - when their early trade unions were still not widely recognised. Employers often intimidated organised ...

Address to the Workmen in the Parishes of Burslem and Wolstanton - Document from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

The Truck System This was a system whereby the workers were forced to accept goods in lieu of payment. They would be payed in tokens, which could only be spent at the company store or 'Tommy Shop.' The ...

Brother Potters!

The early 1800s brought hard times for potters in Stoke-on-Trent. Costly wars disrupted trade abroad, while poor harvests caused hunger at home. "One word with you, afore yo gon to do any moore mischif..." Government ...

Cases of Distress and Oppression, in the Staffordshire Potteries; By Labourers Wages being paid in Truck - Booklet from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

The Truck System This was system whereby the workers were forced to accept goods in lieu of payment. They would be payed in tokens, which could only be spent at the company store or Tommy Shop. The ...

Coal getting, Longton

Coal getting during the 1926 miners' strike. Photograph taken by J.A.Lovatt on the outskirts of Longton. This photograph was probably taken from the East Vale /Meir Hay area of Longton. It’s the ...

Coal pickers at Wimblebury Colliery, Cannock

Photograph of coal pickers at Wimblebury Colliery, Cannock during the 1921 Coal Miner's Strike. Wimblebury Colliery opened in 1872. In 1892 it was connected to the Cannock & Rugeley Colliery Company's ...

Coal Pickers Strike, West Cannock 2, Hednesford

Local miners, who were on strike, with their families illegally picking coal off the colliery waste tips. The strike lasted for 6 months. West Cannock Colliery Company had 5 sites: No.1 plant (pit) ...

Coal pickers, Wimblebury

Following the Great War (1914-18) the British government returned the coal mines to private ownership on 31 March 1921 having taken direct control of the mines in 1916. The mine owners demanded that miners' ...

Coal Strike 1912. "Coal Getting." Photographed by William Blake.

Photograph of people picking surface coal from a steep quarry edge during the strike of 1912.

Coal Strike, Longton

A temporary tramway during the Coal Strike of 1926.

Coal strike, Longton

Photograph taken during the Coal Strike of 1926, showing a temporary tramway.

Coal Strike, March 1912. "Digging Coal out of Old Pit Mounds". Photographed by William Blake.

"Digging Coal out of Old Pit Mounds". People forage for coal during the strike during March 1912.

Coal Strike, March 1912. "Men Cutting Surface Coal". Photographed by William Blake.

Photograph taken during the national coal strike of 1912. The men are foraging for fuel by cutting surface coal. Taken at Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

Coal Strike, March 1912. Coal Pickers at Florence Colliery, Longton, Stoke-On-Trent. Photographed by William Blake.

View of Florence Colliery, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. People scavenge for bits of coal during the coal strike of 1912. Named after the Duke of Sutherland's daughter, the pit was opened ...

Coal Strike, March 1912. Photographed by William Blake.

Photograph taken during the national coal strike of 1912. The strikers and their supporters are marching through The Strand, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. It was known as Stafford Street ...

Hanley November 11 1793 - Document for the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

Food shortage in the Potteries Hand-written notice calling for pottery workers to gather at Hanley Market Hall. An additional note written in pencil at the top of the page indicates that the notice ...

Huzza!! Kidcrew Again! Kidcrew Again! An appeal for blackleg workers from the Enoch Wood scrapbook

In the early 1830s early trade unions faced a struggle to gain the recognition of employers, and their members were often treated harshly. An appeal for knobsticks A 'gentleman of the pit' in this ...

Josiah Wedgwood II addresses workers at his Etruria factory - 1831 election poster from the Enoch Wood scrapbook

When Josiah Wedgwood II contested an election in Newcastle, he could count on the support of many of his own employees - even if they could not vote for him in practice. In order to vote, men had to ...