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Narrow Windows, Narrow Lives

By Sue Wilkes

9780752442532

ISBN: 9780752442532

Published: 21-01-2008


Narrow Windows, Narrow Lives

By Sue Wilkes

ISBN: 9780752442532

Published: 21-01-2008

About This Book

Working families in Victorian Lancashire had few choices. Work; starve; or face the workhouse and the break up of their family. Narrow Windows, Narrow Lives recreates everyday life for textile workers, canal boat families, coalminers, metal workers navvies and glassblowers using contemporary eyewitness accounts and interviews. It depicts the dire state of towns and the dreadful hazards workers faced on a daily basis. Who was the ‘knocker-upper’? Why did families eat ‘tommyrot’? Why couldn’t ‘Lump Lad’ sleep soundly in his bed? Men, women and children endured incredibly long working hours in appalling conditions – but their toil helped make Britain ‘Great.’

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