This extract is from the 1842 Royal Commission Report into Children's Employment (Mines). Interview with Ann Stevenson, a drawer at the Bridgewater Colliery, Worsley, 6 May 1841: (Ann's answers are in italics)
What age are you?
– I am 23 years old.
How long have you been employed at Worsley?
– I have been at work twelve years.
What are you?
– I am a drawer.
What hours do you work?
– I come down at seven in the morning and go out a five in the afternoon, sometimes six or eight, just as there is work. I have done now [one o’clock] for today. Work is very slack.
How much can you earn per week?
– I can earn 7s. 6d. a-week on average.
Have you ever met with any accidents?
– I have had my ankle put out and a small bone broken in my leg by the roof falling in.
What number of girls are employed in this pit?
– There are about 25 girls and women in this pit.
Should you prefer other work out of the pit, or do you like your present occupation?
– I should like to work on the top better than in the pit if I could get enough to live on, but I should have to work such long hours at weaving to make the same wages, that I would rather work in the pit.
Have you a helper?
– Yes, my brother thrutches for me.
What wages does he get?
– 5s. a week.
Do you ever trash him?
– Yes, I thrash him sometimes when he does not behave himself; I sometimes hit him with my hand, and sometimes with my foot.
What distance do you draw your tubs?
– I have to draw 150 yards up brow with the empty and 150 yards down with the full ones - 300 yards. I have to go eight up and eight times down, and sometimes ten or more [that is 6000 yards].
Have you regular hours for your food?
– No, we never stop at any regular time; we eat when we have time.
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