Studio carte de visite portrait of Wigan pit brow lasses, 1860-70.
Women were forbidden to go down the mines in Victorian times, but could be employed in equally heavy industry on the pit face. This is one image from over 50 in an album assembled in 1865. Carte de visite 2008-40-9-1-38-001
© John Sturrock, May 1984, Miners Strike 1984/85 Police charge pickets at Orgreave coke works, near Sheffield. The UK miners’ strike of 1984–85 was a major industrial action affecting the British coal...
"A Wigan Colliery Girl"
Postcard with an anonymous so called "pit brow lass" from Wigan, North-West England, non-dated, late 1800s. Source: www.answers.com/topic/wigan-pit-brow-lass-jpg According to Wikipedia at scorpio.cs.usfca.edu/wiki/index.php/Trousers: "The Wigan pit brow girls scandalized Victorian society by wearing trousers for their dangerous work in the coal mines. They wore skirts over their trousers, rolled up to the waist to keep them out of the way."