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Dyserth - A Widow's Tale 1841

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Talwr Coch Lead Mine, Dyserth Flintshire
June 2nd 1841

Jane Davies, widow
Says she is the mother of four children; two of them are in service, and the other two are boys under the age of 14, and both work at the mines in washing and dressing lead ore.

She says they were at a small day school, in the neighbourhood of Talwr Goch Mine, before they went to work; that they were beginning to read when she got them into work; that they were about 10 years old; that each of them has been nearly two years at work, and get 3s. a-week; they work about 10 hours a-day, and sometimes more, for which they get extra pay; they are quite healthy, and never appear to be tired or to think the work too much; they come home about seven o’clock, and in summer after they eat they go into the field to weed and hoe the potatoes, and they do other little jobs about the house; in winter evenings they go to bed early.

She is supported by their wages, and some little that her eldest son allows her out of his wages for his board and lodging. She says, she and her boys go regularly to the Sunday service in the chapel, and the boys go to Sunday-school, where they are being taught to read. She would like them to go to school very much, but if they had less wages, or were obliged to pay for being taught, she should not be able to support them; at present they have sufficient food, but it consists of bread and potatoes chiefly; they have tolerable clothes, and are very well conducted; her cottage, consisting of two rooms, is clean, and neatly though scantily furnished.

Information provided by the late Mr Harry Parker of Dyserth