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Thread #101128   Message #2036405
Posted By: synbyn
26-Apr-07 - 12:57 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Coal Not Dole (Kay Sutcliffe)
Subject: RE: who wrote coal not dole?
hey, that was quick! thanks!
I'm researching the Kent coalfield at the moment, for no reason other than that's where my interest's taken me, and can't find much in the way of local material- I suspect the miners, coming from other parts of the country as Kent had no expertise in this area, brought their traditions with them and I guess took them when they moved on. The CHIK website is a new local historical initiative which takes a step back from the emotive view more prevelant in the 1980s- emotive because real people were losing jobs, but the Kent mines were always marginal & the NCB apparently planned to close them as early as 1960. An engineman at Tonbridge shed told me that Tilmanstone coal congealed into a blob on the fireman's pricker (sic) like burning plastic, and that Tonbridge residents who stole steam coal couldn't get it to burn on their home fires, so it seems that even then it was being mined too early. Maybe the nodding donkeys will come.
Thanks again, countess!