‘Betty’ Clay Candlestick


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“Elizabeth Hockin, 17 years 6 months old (Charlestown Mines, April 1st 1841)

Her work is spalling. She has been here four years. She has been spalling for three years and was recking before. She found spalling much harder work and still finds it hard. She feels pain in her limbs, sometime in her back. She does not always get rid of it on lying down, She stays up till nine or ten and gets up at half past five. She works an hour or an hour and a half overtime about once a month, She gives her mother all the wages and what she can of extra pay. (A strong ruddy girl.)”

Handpainted clay candlestick made by Kate Merry.


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