The Employment Commission report of 1842 on Children in Mines and Factories
This extract was contributed by Steve Keates
- Some of the evidence is given by adults
- The listing for a child will give their age.
- Where given, colliery employment numbers are included.
- In some cases these are only an abstract.
DINAS COLLIERY, parish of Yshadgvodog (sic) [Ystradyfodwg]. Glamorganshire.
Walter Coffin, Esq. Proprietor.
Water and steam power
- Adults; 301
- Under 18 years; 32
- Under 13 years; 81
- David Morgan, aged 13, collier.
- Thomas Slaththethral, aged11, collier.
- Philip Davies, aged 10, haulier.
- Philip Jones, aged 13, coal-cutter.
- John Roland, aged 12, coal-cutter.
- James Rogers, aged 13, coal-cutter.
- William Thomas, aged 14, coal-cutter.
- William Morgan, aged 10, door-keeper
- William Isaac, aged 11 years, air-door keeper.
- Llewellyn Powell, aged 14, collier.
- Mathew Lewis, aged 11, collier.
- David Watkins, aged 15, collier.
CWNRHONDDA COLLIERY, parish of Llantrissant, Glamorganshire.
Messrs. D. W. Davies and Co. Occupiers.
Male persons employed:-
- Adults; 35
- Under 18; 7
- Under 13; 5
- William David, Forman
- David Davies, aged 13, haulier.
- William Maggs, aged 11, haulier.
- Edwin John, aged 12, collier.
- William Richards, aged 12, coal-cutter.
- John Richards (father of William), collier.
IRW (sic) [EIRW] COLLIERY, parish of Llantwert (sic) [Llanwonno],Glamorganshire.
William Crawshay, Esq., Proprietor.
- Adults; 25
- Under 18; 5
- Forman, Henry Thomas from Treforest.
- Arnold Butler, Colliery Smith
- William Evans, aged 10, air-boy.
FOREST FACH COLLIERY, parish of Llantwitfardre, Galmorganshire..
Mr John Edmunds Proprietor, Newbridge.
Males employed :-
- Adults; 22
- Between 13 and 18 years of age
No children listed here but evidence is given by
- William Williams agent,
- William Macfarlane, schoolmaster.
GELLIGAER COLLIERY, parish of Gelligear, Glamorganshire.
Messrs Powell and Co., Occupiers.
Number of persons employed:-
- Adults; 127
- Under 18 years of age; 13
- Under 13 years of age; 10
Winding-engine of 12-horse power for pumping water; coal brought from workings to level by horses, 16 in number; boys employed as horse-drivers, and air-door keepers, and filling coal; main-roads six feet high, present working-seam five feet thick.
- William Jenkins, clerk and under agent to Gelligear Colliery.
- William Rees, aged 15, coal-cutter.
- Rees Stephens, aged 15 haulier.
- James Tudor, aged 9, air-door boy
- Thomas Jones, schoolmaster, Gelligear.
- Mrs Hannah Jenkins [mother of David, a boy in the pit aged nine]
- The Rev. Thomas Stacey, rector, parish of Gelligear.
GILFACH FARGOED COLLIERY, parish of Gelligear, Glamorganshire.
Joshua Fletcher Hanson, Esq. Proprietor; David Davies, Contractor.
Number of persons employed :-
- Adults; 50
- Under 18 years of age; 7
- Under 13 years of age; 12
- Jabez Williams, aged 15, hitcher.
- Ellis Loydd, aged 7 collier.
- Morgan Kenneth, aged 8, collier.
- Edward William, aged 11, collier,
- William Davies, aged 12, collier.
- Joseph Neath and John Neath twin brothers aged 11, assisting their father,
- Eleazor Phlips, aged 17, collier.
- Michael Maccarthy, aged 16, haulier.
- Daniel Edwards, aged 16, haulier.
- William Richards, aged 9 collier.
- Edward Rowland, aged 16, collier.
- Edmund Williams, Esq., magistrate of Maes-y-Ryddo, in the parish of Bedwelty. Monmouthshire.
- Evan Edwards Esq., M.D., Caerphilly.
I am amazed at the huge quantity of names in this report and I am only sorry to pass on such a limited number.
Steve Keates Oct 2000
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