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Welsh women road builders, South Wales

A group of twenty Welsh women road builders in Pembrokeshire, Dyfed, South Wales, holding their spades. They built the road to Hook in 1903-4 to facilitate transport to the colliery. They also worked at the colliery itself and gathered boughs which were used as pit props, for which they were paid ninepence per hundredweight "

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Builder Builders Caps Colliery Conditions Dyfed Employment Gathered Heavy Hook Labour Manual Mine Mines Mining Muddy Ninepence Paid Payment Pembrokeshire Pence Pennies Prop Props Shawl Shawls Spade Spades Tool Tools Twenty Wages Weight


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This evocative photograph captures a group of twenty determined Welsh women in Pembrokeshire, Dyfed, South Wales, who built the road to Hook in 1903-1904. Amidst the muddy conditions, they proudly hold their heavy spades, their faces adorned with caps and shawls. These women were not only responsible for constructing the road to facilitate transport to the local colliery but also worked at the mine itself. They gathered boughs, which were used as pit props, for which they were paid ninepence per hundredweight. The women's working conditions were far from easy, and this image offers a glimpse into the harsh realities of manual labor during the Edwardian era. Their clothes are mud-splattered, their faces weathered, yet their spirits remain unbroken. The women's employment in the mining industry was a significant contribution to the region's economy, and their labor was essential to the success of the colliery. The photograph is a testament to the resilience and hard work of these Welsh women, who played a pivotal role in the transportation and mining industries during the early 1900s. Their story is a reminder of the important historical contributions made by women in the workforce, long before the concept of equal pay and opportunities became a societal norm.

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