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"Unyielding Strength: A Glimpse into the Lives of Miners" In this captivating snapshot, we witness Adrian Street, the flamboyant Welsh professional wrestler

Background imageMiners Collection: Adrian Street, Welsh professional wrestler, pictured with his father, a coal miner

Adrian Street, Welsh professional wrestler, pictured with his father, a coal miner, 2nd November 1974. A.k.a. Kid Tarzan Jonathan, The Nature Boy, Hells Angel #1

Background imageMiners Collection: Kinneil Mineworkers protest

Kinneil Mineworkers protest
Workers protest against the proposed closure of Kinneil Pit, Bo'ness, Scotland. Their efforts were in vain as the colliery was closed in 1983 Date: December 1982

Background imageMiners Collection: Dolcoath Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 1893

Dolcoath Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 1893
The Man Engine at 234 fathoms level below adit, in 1893. The man engine went down to the 314 fathom level. Miners can be seen standing on the steps of the engine rod while others stand on solars or

Background imageMiners Collection: Dolcoath Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 1893

Dolcoath Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 1893
The Man Engine at 234 fathoms level below adit, in 1893. The man engine went down to the 314 fathom level. Miners can be seen standing on the steps of the engine rod while others stand on solars or

Background imageMiners Collection: Dolcoath Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 1831

Dolcoath Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 1831
Engraving " Dolcoath Copper Mine" of 1831 from Cornwall Illustrated showing the 76" engine house with capstan alongside, together with a launder and bal maidens

Background imageMiners Collection: View from the Top of Snowdon

View from the Top of Snowdon
View from the top of Snowdon looking down the Miners Track North Wales England. The Miners Track was built to serve the Britannia Copper Mine on Snowdon but it is not the route originally used to

Background imageMiners Collection: Miners working at the coalface, South Wales

Miners working at the coalface, South Wales
Two miners, stripped to the waist, working at the coalface in a coal seam in South Wales

Background imageMiners Collection: Coal miners in shaft lift, South Wales

Coal miners in shaft lift, South Wales
Several coal miners with blackened faces stand in the shaft lift at the end of their shift in a coal mine in South Wales

Background imageMiners Collection: Miner at Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen, Cornwall

Miner at Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen, Cornwall
Miner at work with a drill underground (below the sea) in Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen, Cornwall, which was just about to cease operation. Date: circa 1986

Background imageMiners Collection: East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. Around 1900

East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. Around 1900
Group of miners in the 70 level, including the photographers wife and son. Photographer: John Charles Burrow

Background imageMiners Collection: Miners Coming to Work

Miners Coming to Work
Welsh men and women mineworkers coming to work in the early morning

Background imageMiners Collection: Markham Colliery, Mining

Markham Colliery, Mining
A group of miners at Markham Colliery (Markham no.1/4) near Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England. It was near here, on July 31, 1973

Background imageMiners Collection: National coal strike - demands of miners 1912

National coal strike - demands of miners 1912
National coal strike, to secure a minimum wage that lasted from February to early April 1912. This table shows how the wages differ per day in Great Britain and Ireland during 1910, of boys, youths

Background imageMiners Collection: East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. 1892

East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. 1892
Croust time ; croust is a Cornish term for lunch. The image includes the photographers son, front row, second from left, with nine miners. Photographer: John Charles Burrow

Background imageMiners Collection: Arthur Scargill at home near Barnsley, Yorkshire. One of Arthur

Arthur Scargill at home near Barnsley, Yorkshire. One of Arthurs possessions is a clock with a face made of coal. The painting was done by Margaret Burlton

Background imageMiners Collection: Miner and canary

Miner and canary
Staffordshire coal miner gently holds the last canary to work down a British coal mine. Canaries were used to detect poisonous and dangerous gas in mines Date: 1986

Background imageMiners Collection: Cornish wrestling group, Randfontein, Transvaal, South Africa. Around 1900

Cornish wrestling group, Randfontein, Transvaal, South Africa. Around 1900
Cornish wrestlers, officials, trophies and prizes pictured outside what appears to be the Transvaal miners sports clubhouse

Background imageMiners Collection: East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. 1893

East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. 1893
Working at 180 level. The photograph was taken by John Charles Burrow on the same occasion as a similar view published in Mongst Mines and Miners (1893)

Background imageMiners Collection: East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. 1895

East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. 1895
General surface view with telepherage line carrying hoppers. Photographer: John Charles Burrow

Background imageMiners Collection: Two miners in a narrow coal seam, South Wales

Two miners in a narrow coal seam, South Wales
Two miners, one of them quite young, working in a narrow coal seam in a mine in South Wales

Background imageMiners Collection: Soldiers at Brynkinalt Colliery, 1912

Soldiers at Brynkinalt Colliery, 1912
Men of the 2nd Suffolk Regiment on duty at the Brynkinalt Colliery, Chirk. The soldiers (together with a contingent from the Shropshire Light Infantry and some police)

Background imageMiners Collection: Pednandrea stamps and mine dressing floor at Wheal Sparnon, Redruth, Cornwall. 1865

Pednandrea stamps and mine dressing floor at Wheal Sparnon, Redruth, Cornwall. 1865
The area in the photograph is now covered by Clinton Road, Park Road and Albany Road, Redruth. According to the Ordnance Survey Six Inch map Cornwall LXIII

Background imageMiners Collection: Bedwas Navigation Colliery, Monmouthshire, South Wales

Bedwas Navigation Colliery, Monmouthshire, South Wales
View of Lewis Merthyr Pit, Bedwas Navigation Colliery, Monmouthshire, South Wales. The colliery opened in 1913 and closed in the mid-1980s, after the Miners Strike

Background imageMiners Collection: Coal miner filling truck, South Wales mine

Coal miner filling truck, South Wales mine
A coal miner (Billy Hurland) filling a dram (coal truck) at Baldwins Level (nicknamed Clog and Legging) in a coalmine near Pontypool in South Wales

Background imageMiners Collection: Miner riding drams, Tirpentwys Colliery, South Wales

Miner riding drams, Tirpentwys Colliery, South Wales
A miner riding a journey of drams (coal trucks) at Tirpentwys Colliery near Pontypool in South Wales. Date: 1910

Background imageMiners Collection: Shaft and gear at Vane Tempest Colliery, Seaham

Shaft and gear at Vane Tempest Colliery, Seaham

Background imageMiners Collection: Coal Miners at Whitwick Colliery hwere they smashed the record for the country producing

Coal Miners at Whitwick Colliery hwere they smashed the record for the country producing 258 tons Circa 1960

Background imageMiners Collection: Surface Workers, Dolcoath Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 1890s

Surface Workers, Dolcoath Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 1890s
Dolcoath Mine showing the New East shaft on the right, with bal maidens and overseer. Part of the A.K. Hamilton Jenkin collection. Photographer: Unknown

Background imageMiners Collection: Carn Brea Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. Around 1900

Carn Brea Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. Around 1900
Stoping the lode in the 285 level, pare of 10 miners. Photographer: John Charles Burrow

Background imageMiners Collection: Miners from Fernhill Colliery, Glamorgan, South Wales

Miners from Fernhill Colliery, Glamorgan, South Wales
A black-faced miner, carrying his small daughter, his wife shielding her face, at Fernhill in the Rhondda. He has just emerged from 292 hours underground in a stay-in miners strike at Fernhill

Background imageMiners Collection: Coal miners

Coal miners relaxing after a shift. This is a coal mine in Donetsk, Ukraine. Photographed in May 1987 when Ukraine was still part of the USSR

Background imageMiners Collection: Picking coal from waste tip during 1921 strike, South Wales

Picking coal from waste tip during 1921 strike, South Wales
Three men picking coal from a local colliery waste tip during the 1921 strike, South Wales

Background imageMiners Collection: Riot at Mold in Flintshire

Riot at Mold in Flintshire
A huge mob, assembled at the railway station at Mold in Flintshire, Scotland to protest against the imprisonment of miners, employees of the Leeswood Coal Company

Background imageMiners Collection: Miners in a Lift Shaft

Miners in a Lift Shaft
Miners about to descend for their shift underground at Lynemouth Colliery

Background imageMiners Collection: King Edward VII Mine, South Condurrow, Camborne, Cornwall. 27th November 1903

King Edward VII Mine, South Condurrow, Camborne, Cornwall. 27th November 1903
Students working underground at an unknown depth at King Edward VII mine, South Condurrow, Camborne, Cornwall. Photographer: John Charles Burrow

Background imageMiners Collection: The famous St Hilda Colliery Band

The famous St Hilda Colliery Band, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England - World Champions in 1912, 1920, 1921 and 1924. Date: 1924

Background imageMiners Collection: England, Northumberland, Woodhorn Colliery Mining Museum

England, Northumberland, Woodhorn Colliery Mining Museum. Pit Head Winding Gear at the Woodhorn Colliery Mining Museum near Ashington - Once a former coal pit

Background imageMiners Collection: Grassmoor colliery and training centre, Mining

Grassmoor colliery and training centre, Mining
Grassmoor, North Derbyshire Area Training Centre for miners was opened in 1957. A group of trainees in shorts run across a field, the colliery sits on the hillside above

Background imageMiners Collection: Miners and owner, Hook Colliery, Pembrokeshire, South Wales

Miners and owner, Hook Colliery, Pembrokeshire, South Wales
A group of men at Hook Colliery, near Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, South Wales. They are the current shift of miners plus the owner, standing near a wooden headframe connected to a mineshaft

Background imageMiners Collection: Haulier and assistant, Baldwins Level, South Wales

Haulier and assistant, Baldwins Level, South Wales
A haulier and his assistant, with a pit pony pulling a truck, at Baldwins Clog and Legging Level, near Pontypool, South Wales

Background imageMiners Collection: Miners at the pit bottom, Tirpentwys Colliery, South Wales

Miners at the pit bottom, Tirpentwys Colliery, South Wales
A group of miners at the pit bottom of Tirpentwys Colliery, near Pontypool in South Wales

Background imageMiners Collection: 19th-century tin mine, Cornwall

19th-century tin mine, Cornwall. Artwork of miners and walkways at the Botallack Copper and Tin Mine at St Just, Cornwall, England. This mine, under various names, dates back to 1721

Background imageMiners Collection: Miner working in a coal seam, South Wales

Miner working in a coal seam, South Wales
A miner, stripped to the waist, with a pick resting across his shoulder and a lamp in his hand, in a coal seam in South Wales

Background imageMiners Collection: Poynton and Worth colliers library and reading room

Poynton and Worth colliers library and reading room. Established on the estate of Lord Vernon in Poynton, the library operated on a subsidised subscription basis

Background imageMiners Collection: Winching men up from the coalface - Wales

Winching men up from the coalface - Wales. Note the Davy lamp hanging off the belt of the man in the centre. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageMiners Collection: Glapwell Colliery, Mining

Glapwell Colliery, Mining
Miners from Glapwell Colliery, north east Derbyshire, black and dirty from the pit at the end of their work shift. Some carry miners lamps

Background imageMiners Collection: Glapwell Colliery, Mining

Glapwell Colliery, Mining
A miner from Glapwell Colliery, north east Derbyshire, black and dirty from the pit at the end of his work shift. A group of cleaner looking miners wait, possibly to start their shift

Background imageMiners Collection: View of Tirpentwys Colliery, Pontypool, South Wales

View of Tirpentwys Colliery, Pontypool, South Wales
View of Tirpentwys Colliery near Pontypool in South Wales



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"Unyielding Strength: A Glimpse into the Lives of Miners" In this captivating snapshot, we witness Adrian Street, the flamboyant Welsh professional wrestler, standing proudly beside his father - a coal miner. The stark contrast between their worlds is evident as they pose for the camera in Dolcoath Mine, Camborne, Cornwall in 1893. The image takes us back to a time when mining was at its peak in Cornwall and South Wales. We catch a glimpse descending into the depths of Dolcoath Mine's shaft lift; their faces etched with determination and resilience as they embark on another grueling shift underground. Moving further west to Pendeen, Cornwall, we encounter a miner at Geevor Tin Mine. Covered in dust and sweat, he symbolizes unwavering dedication towards extracting precious minerals from deep within the earth's crust. Venturing southwards to South Wales again, we find ourselves amidst miners working tirelessly at the coalface. Their weathered hands reveal years spent chipping away at black gold that fueled industries across Britain. Amidst these tales of perseverance lies an unexpected connection with nature – a miner accompanied by his trusty canary. This small bird serves as an early warning system against toxic gases lurking in mineshafts; reminding us of both fragility and resilience coexisting underground. As dawn breaks over Snowdon's majestic peaks – offering breathtaking views from its summit – it reminds us that even amidst treacherous conditions below ground level, there is beauty waiting to be discovered above. The photograph also transports us back to Markham Colliery during its heyday. Here we witness miners filling trucks with coal - each shovelful representing countless hours spent battling darkness and danger beneath our feet. Yet not all stories are filled with physical labor alone; history reveals moments like the National Coal Strike of 1912 where demands for better working conditions echoed throughout mining communities.