Pit brow girls, Rose Bridge Pits, Wigan c 1865
Pit brow girl, Wigan, Lancashire, 1900
Wigan Pit Brow Workers c 1900
A royal commission of 1842 led to the prevention of women working underground in mines in the uk many then took work as pit brow workers a very hard dangerous and difficult job they were also paid much less than their male
Wigan Junction Colliery, Abram, near Wigan, Lancashire, 1900
Pit girl brow workers at work on the surface.
The Coal Mines Act was passed in 1842 as result of Lord Shaftesbury’s report into the employment of women and young children in coal mines. The law stopped all females and children under 18 years of age from underground working. From 1843 the act was extended so that all women had to stop working underground. For many mining families the loss of income from these working women was a disaster. However, the Mines Act did not forbid girls and women working on the surface on the mine and they became to be known in Lancashire as Pit Brow Lasses. They worked at various jobs ranging from loading wagons to sorting coal.
Pit Brow Workers at Park Colliery, Garswood, Ashton, Wigan c 1900