In message <356EE317.8E1565BD(a)ndirect.co.uk>, Mike LONGWORTH
TO all those who requested further details of the Childrens Report:
Sorry - cant reply re individuals - the dialogue often too lengthy!
It's the Report of the Childrens Employment Commision headed by John L
Kennedy and was instrumental in lowering the age of youngsters working
down the mines. It appears that the Salford Arts and Leisure Dept and
Ian Winstanley ( Weep Mothers Weep fame" got together and have reprinted
the evidence. Good Introduction as to the working practices, and hours
holiday meals and of course ( this is 1842) morals, and then the
evidence is presented as sometimes quite lengthy verbatim diaglogue.
Appendix A is a list of proprietors, works and the breakdown of
employees by age.
Appendix B a register of accidents concerning people conected with the
Bridgewater Trust, from 1838 - 1841, and details names ages and
injuries. The main body of the book concerns the dialogue - question
and answer. Facinating read. eg "Peggy Lowe has the neatest house in
I got my copy from the Wigan History Shop.
The Reports full title is "Children in the Mines. The Childrens
Employment Commision of 1842. The Evidence. The Lancashire Coalfield.
83 Greendfields Crescent
Ashton in Makerfield
Oh Yes - cost 6.95 sterling.
Gill Hamilton,Southport Lancs -Looking for Boon, Turton, Atherton,
Pemberton, Gaskell, Davies, Woodward, Grimshaw, Newton & Lane in S W Lancs