This absorbing collection of photographs and ephemera illustrates life as it was for the coal-level miners of Gwent throughout its industrial past. Accompanying the images are detailed and informative captions that allow the reader to fully understand levels mining in the region.
This book begins by examining the coal levels that were operational in the 1980s, including fascinating photographs of men, mines and horses. The second chapter explores the older levels, including their owners, numbers employed, wages and deaths. The final chapter takes a look at the last remaining working levels in Gwent, and reminds us that the current generation may be the last to extract coal using the methods of their forefathers.
Colin Spencer is a retired coal miner with twenty-six years' experience in the industry.
Here he provides an expert insight into levels minding, using rare images to portray the stark realities of the profession to the reader. This book promises to fascinate anyone interested in mining of the Gwent region.