Wales [USED] Rhondda Collieries Through Time

[USED] Rhondda Collieries Through Time

[USED] Rhondda Collieries Through Time
SKU SKU150791
Weight 0.32 kg
 
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David Swindenbank & Alun Seward, SB, 234 x 165 mm, 96pp sepia and colour illustrations throughout

Rhondda’ – even now, the name evokes the turbulent times when Rhondda (actually two valleys, the Fawr and Fach) was synonymous with the deep-mining of steam coal. This is a story of pioneering deep-mining and unbridled capitalism: the prospecting of two valleys, unfettered by health and safety, amid divisive industrial relations and scarce health-care. The result fired railways, steam-powered shipping and the engines of the Industrial Revolution across the world.

Using a mixture of historical and modern photographs, coloured by personal testimony and memories, this book reveals the vibrant, turbulent, often tragic record of Rhondda: from pastoral vale via ‘black gold’-rush to grimy industrial prime, followed by the twentieth-century economic slide, the demise of all its fifty-three collieries and today’s valleys – a mainly residential landscape of green hills.
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