Mudcat Café message #2048047 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #101128   Message #2048047
Posted By: synbyn
10-May-07 - 10:34 AM
Thread Name: Origin: Coal Not Dole (Kay Sutcliffe)
Subject: RE: info/ADD: who wrote Coal Not Dole?
More info on the Kent fields from the grandson of the 'strongest miner in Betteshanger': the last thing miners wanted was for their children to follow them down the pit, it was dreadful work- very hot, very deep and very dangerous, especially for the rippers. The estates built for miners on the outskirts of Ramsgate & Deal were of good solid houses (don't know about Aylesham, Elvington & Hersham)and were far better than most agricultural workers could aspire to. I'm told the local power station was built to use Betteshanger coal but this proved not possible & it went over to oil almost immediately. Any further info or anecdotes gratefully received- though I guess on this site there are plenty of other songwriters also gathering!
Thanks for the leads- and I'll try & catch up with guest Gadaffi asap!