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East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. 1893. Group of Cornish miners at rest at the 310 level

East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. 1893. Group of Cornish miners at rest at the 310 level



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East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. 1893. Group of Cornish miners at rest at the 310 level

Cornish miners at Croust time, at the 310 level. Miners enjoying their croust, having performed the first part of the days labour. Some of the holes bored are often blasted before croust, so that the smoke may clear away while the well earned crib and pipe are being enjoyed. The photographers son, Sidney Burrow, who sometimes acted as his fathers assistant, is seated front row, third from left. The group include seven miners holding or smoking pipes. Six men are clearly holding half eaten pasties in string tied cotton or linen bags and others holding the empty bags. One man drinks from a water barrel and another barrel lies on the ground in front of the men on the right of the picture. Some miners have discarded their felt miners hats revealing the cloth scull cap worn beneath their hats. Candles clearly seen being held or secured to hats by lumps of clay, spare ones tied to jackets and some burning on the level wall in the back ground. Large amounts of hob nails can be seen on the soles of the miners boots. Photographer: John Charles Burrow

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TRURI : MIeap.21

Media ID 11420375

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This evocative photograph captures a moment of respite for a group of Cornish miners at the East Pool Mine in Illogan, Cornwall, in 1893. Known as 'Croust time,' this break allowed miners to enjoy their well-earned rest after completing the first part of their labor-intensive daily tasks. Some miners are seen holding or smoking their pipes, while others have discarded their felt miner's hats, revealing the cloth scull caps worn beneath. The presence of candles, held or secured to hats with clay, and burning on the level wall in the background, underscores the dimly lit conditions of the mine. The miners are seen holding half-eaten pasties in string-tied cotton or linen bags, while others hold empty bags. A water barrel is present for the miners to quench their thirst, and another barrel lies on the ground in front of the men on the right of the picture. The large amounts of hob nails on the soles of their boots serve as a reminder of the rugged terrain and harsh working conditions they faced. The photographer, John Charles Burrow, captured this poignant scene with his son, Sidney Burrow, who sometimes acted as his assistant, seated in the front row, third from the left.

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