John Davies, a young Welsh miner 1897-1963 The photograph above was taken on the first day that he went to work down the mine at Ferndale Number 1 pit, in the Rhondda Valley, South Wales. He was 12 years old at the time, looking at how much coal dust he's covered in, it must have been quite a hard shift.

John Davies, a young Welsh miner The photograph above was taken on the first day that he went to work down the mine at Ferndale Number 1 pit, in the Rhondda Valley, South Wales. He was 12 years old

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Some guy in Wales created a national costume -- fairly recently in that country's history. Why he chose to stick women in stovepipe hats is beyond me.

Boys from the Coal mines in the Welsh valleys. THEY WERE NOT EMPLOYED BUT ENSLAVED BY THE SAME GREED WHICH SEEKS TO ENSLAVE US ALL!!! JUST THINK ABOUT IT, WHAT ARE YOU IN THE UK WORKING TOWARDS-I'LL TELL YOU-TO MAKE THE RICH RICHER AND MORE POWERFULL-WHAT ARE THEY GIVING US IN RETURN-THEY ARE STRIPPING US OF OUR RIGHTS AND FREEDOM WHICH IS ALL WE WILL EVER GET FROM THEM AND NOW THEY HAVE DRAGGED US INTO ANOTHER WAR-LIKE IT OR NOT THIS IS THE REALITY OF LIFE IN THE UK!!!

Shorpy and His Friends. December "Shorpy Higginbotham, an oiler on the tipple at Bessie Mine" -- near Birmingham in Jefferson County, Alabama. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

Welsh Valley Town during the great depression

South Wales, unemployed workers protests by Edith Tudor-Hart.

(Mostly) 2oth Century mines/poems

Photographs and a brief historical account of more than 200 Welsh coal mines, plus stories poems and a list of colliery disasters.

Female worker/s from the Tredegar ironworks in ragged clothing with protective headwear and tools, by W Clayton of Tredegar, Wales, 1865. | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Female worker/s from the Tredegar ironworks in ragged clothing with protective headwear and tools, by W Clayton of Tredegar, Wales,

rescuers prepare to go down the blast-shattered pit at Tonypandy, Wales, May 1965

rescuers prepare to go down the blast-shattered pit at Tonypandy, Wales, May 1965

The Knap Lido, Barry

The Knap Lido, Barry

A Welsh miner and a pit-pony, 'Pivot', standing with the colliery wheelhouse behind them, June 1931.

Image of a welsh miner and a pit-pony, 'pivot', standing with the colliery wheelhouse behind them, june by Science & Society Picture Library

Barry Island 1967.  I was there!

Barry Island I was there! and worked in Butlins holiday camp summers of

Holiday Makers in Barry Island 1938, Miners Fortnight x

Miners Fortnight recalled: I remember Barry Island on that last week in July!

In the last week of July and first week of August, miners flocked to Barry and Porthcawl for Miners Fortnight. These pictures remember those days and the summer heydays of South Wales' beach resorts

beaufort ebbw vale - Google Search

beaufort ebbw vale - Google Search

Cold Knap, Barry . Looking across the pool towards the lake and the beach.

The Knap Lido Barry: Sunny memories of Barry's outdoor swimming pool over the years

Hafodyrynys Colliery.

Hafodyrynys Colliery.

The horse drawn railway at Dyffryn Nantlle before its closure in 1959

This is what life in Wales was like in the 1950s

mudwerks: “The horse drawn railway at Dyffryn Nantlle before its closure in 1959 (by LlGC ~ NLW) ”

Ebbw Vale in 1966

The unbearable sadness of the valleys

Many parts of the UK have suffered from the decline of heavy industry, but the Welsh valleys are a grim emblem of the despair that lack of work can create, writes Mark Easton for The Editors, a programme which sets out to ask challenging questions.

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