Pit-brow girls, Wigan, 1893

These pit-brow girls were photographed at Wigan Junction Colliery. They would push wagons from the mineshaft to a stock heap, stack the coal and rake out any stones. The dress of the pit-brow girls and women gave them a distinctive look. They wore a pair of trousers covered with a skirt, a headscarf to protect their hair from coal dust, and a flannel jacket. Most of them were the daughters or widows of colliers.
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/412 Part 2 (June 1893)
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