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Colliery Lasses / Pit Brow Girls


Wigan Pit Girls 1930s
Wigan Pit Girls 1930s
Photo: ricky
Views: 4,436
Item #: 14009
Smiling for the camera

Comment by: Shirley Touhey (nee Sutton) on 13th March 2010 at 11:46

I also have a copy of this photo. My mother (Ann Sutton)was also a Pit Brow Lass. She is not on this photo but two of my Aunties are. Back row, left side is Auntie Bessie Metcalfe and next to her Auntie Agnes Calter. This photo appeared in the Wigan Evening Post on May 15th 1996 when Martin Cruz Smith, best selling author of Gorky Park, visited Wigan to research his book 'Rose' based on Victorian Wigan. My mother Ann and her sister Agnes met Martin Cruz Smith at Wigan Pier where he presented them both with a signed copy of his book.

Comment by: Moz on 13th March 2010 at 20:51

What an ace shot, such happy faces, such a hard job. This is the epitome of Wigan women of the time. These girls went on to be mothers, grandma's. It's very interesting to see cheers!

Comment by: Beryl Edwards nee Wilcock 17th April 2011 on 17th April 2011 at 14:43

My mother is in this picture, centre of the front row. Her name was Evelyne Wilcock, she said those were the happiest days of her life. Hard work but she loved it. She lived to be 85, sadly she passed away 4 years ago. r.i.p.

Comment by: beryl bowker (nee houghton) on 1st April 2012 at 22:35

Bessie Metcalfe was my wonderful mother in law she is on the left on the back row .she went on to have children grandchildren and great grandchildren who all loved her dearly rip granny blue xx

Comment by: Sheila Hinds on 12th February 2017 at 14:13

If any of you here have stories about the your relations who worked as Pit Brow Lasses, I would love to have them. Anything at all would be helpful.
I am involved in a play about the Pit Brow Lasses.

Comment by: Emma Fletcher on 17th February 2019 at 15:31

The lady bottom front is my Grandma Annie Prior new Potter, she had a broken jaw in the photograph. From playing ball games with her friends.
She was beautiful and went on to be a mental
Health nurse at Winwick

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