in the North-East Coal Industry, 1600-1830
Hardback 232pp Illustrated
9781843836322   Product Code: 21209
From the early 17th century to the point in the 19th century where technological advances made them redundant, the 'keel lads o' coaly Tyne', as celebrated in a local folk song, ferried coal down-river to the estuary and loaded it onto ships bound for London. This study charts the keelmen's history, describing their strong labour organization; their struggles against poverty and redundancy; and the impressive solidarity of their close-knit, mutually supportive and highly self-reliant community.