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Garswood Hall Colliery


Garswood Hall, pit brow girls.
Garswood Hall, pit brow girls.
Photo: Keith Beckett
Views: 3,153
Item #: 30741
From the Betty Shaw collection and taken in 1941
Betty's mother is on the left.

Comment by: Carolaen on 8th September 2018 at 11:34

Pit Brow"Lasses" surely ?

Comment by: ashton on 8th September 2018 at 13:21


Comment by: Janet on 10th September 2018 at 02:35

Keith, I remember seeing , I'm sure on WW, a pic of Garswood Hall, of Pit Brow Lasses, one of them a 'Lomax'.. Have you seen it ?.. I've looked, but couldn't find it..I'll have to look again when I have more time...

Comment by: Philip G. on 10th September 2018 at 15:27

Janet. Try Item#: 25163.

Comment by: Mac on 10th September 2018 at 17:36

Huge smiles, but these lasses grinded like hell ! It was what you ‘had’ to do in those days , now , it’s what you ‘choose ‘ to do . Women like this gave us , put that on your iPhone! We owe! God bless you !,

Comment by: Albert. on 11th September 2018 at 09:28

Salt of the Earth. Worked with the pit brow ladies at the Maypole 1949-50, before going to Low Hall, for under ground training.

Comment by: Jarvo on 12th September 2018 at 05:40

Sorry, but I find nothing heroic about photographs of these poor women. What a life they must have had. At the pit head in all weathers dressed in those dreadful shawls and clogs. Thank God those days are well behind us even though they made the best of it. Women today wouldn't put up with the drudgery that those poor girls must have endured...

Comment by: Joan Wright nee Whittle on 27th September 2018 at 22:09

My man was a Pit Brow lass. She loved it. She was Margaret Markland who at that time lived in Ince, she travelled to Platt Bridge to her Pit. She wanted to return but due to having 2 children after her wedding she wasn't able.

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