The last 150 years has been the most tumultuous in the industrial history of South Yorkshire, and at the heart of this has always been mining and its allied industries. South Yorkshire Pits takes us from the beginnings of the industry, where land ownership brought wealth from what lay beneath it. Here, we have a concise record of the sinking, operating and eventual closure of the pits which, in January 1947, were taken over by the National Coal Board. There is also a clear record of the social and employment conditions under which the mines were operated, including child and female labour and the legislation abolishing them. This is an indispensable reference work for all interested in South Yorkshire's mining industry.
Warwick Taylor was born at Harrow, Middlesex in August 1926 and was educated in Harrow and at Watford Grammar School. After leaving school he worked as a junior Clerk until conscripted for National Service during WWII. Having completed 3 1/2 years cadet training in the Air Training Corps, he expected to go into the Royal Air Force but was conscripted by ballot as a Bevin Boy to work in the coal mines in South Wales. After two years in mining he was able to transfer into the R.A.F to complete his National Service. Forty years in civilian life were spent working at Heathrow Airport with B.O.A.C/British Airways and finally with Customs & Excise. in retirement he is currently Vice President, Archivist and Public Relations Officer of the Bevin Boys Association and was awarded the M.B.E in 2000 for services to the Association. Warwick is a dedicated student of the history of mining and has written a previous book "The Forgotten Conscript" (A History of the Bevin Boy) as well as numerous articles concerning the industry. His work includes many Radio and TV interviews and regular talks to groups on the subject of the Bevin Boys and coal mining industry. Warwick is now remarried to Sheila having lost his first wife in 1986 having had two children by his first marriage.