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|The pit owners provided many miners with houses.|
Miners were expected to pay rent for their house. If a miner lost their job in
the pit, they could also lose their house. Often housing was of a poor standard
with one or two rooms and no toilet or running water. The houses were usually
one or two storey buildings made from cheap brick.
The houses were joined
together in rows to save money. Sometimes the front door of miners' rows would
open directly on to the street. Although living conditions were poor, there was
a strong sense of community spirit amongst the miners and their families.
There are two sources in this section.
|Source 4A is a photograph
of the inside of a miner's house at East End, Redding, Stirlingshire. It was taken
about 1930 to record slum housing in the area.|
Click to enlarge the image,
then answer the following questions.
- Describe the living conditions in this miner's house.
reliable is Source 4A as evidence of living conditions for miners in the 1930s?
|Source 4B is a picture of
miners' rows at Standburn about 1930. It was taken as evidence of improvements
to slum housing.|
Click to enlarge the image, then answer the following
- Describe the housing
conditions shown by this picture.
- Does Source 4B support the evidence
about housing conditions shown in Source 4A? Give reasons for your answer.