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There were many jobs to be done in and around the pit in the early days by men, boys, women and girls. These are a few of the names given to workers in those times and the date they were in use.
Banksman 01-Aug-2007 of the pit. They unhooked and emptied the coal from the corves into carts or waggons. 1849 a man who pulled full tubs from the cage at the surface and replaced them with empty ones.
Hewers 1825 persons who hewed or cut coal from the seam. 1849 a man who cut coals. Usually aged 21 to 70 years. He worked eight hours a day, 4 or 5 days a week. He was paid about 4 shillings (20p) a day and was given a house and free coal.
Onsetter 1825 hooked corves on and off the chain at the shaft bottom. 1849 put full tubs of coal into the cage and took empty tubs out. They were paid by the score or ton and worked 12 hours for about 20p (4 shillings).
Screeners 825 took small coal from under the iron screen which sorted them by size. 1849 men who passed coal over the screen into the waggons and cleaned them of stone, slate and other rubbish. They worked 12 hours a day for about two shillings and sixpence (12.5p).
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