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"Rouse, Ye Women": The Cradley Heath Chain Makers' Strike, 1910

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These notes include information on the approximate number of employers and employed chain makers (male and female) in the area, the attitudes of local employers to the Trade Boards, information about possible competition elsewhere, the question of mechanisation and the prospects of minimum rates fixed by a Trade Board. It also suggests that the inclusion of the whole trade, rather than just the outworkers, would "deprive Miss Gore Booth, and people like her, of any ground for interference" - a likely reference to the suffragist Eva Gore-Booth.


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Date: 1910

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Archive: MSS.292C/239.08/3

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Academic comment ...

"During the 19th century the Black Country, in particular the Cradley Heath area, became the centre for chain making in Britain. Heavy to medium chains were produced by men in factories, however the smaller chains were often hand-worked by women or children in small cramped forges in outbuildings next to the home. The work was hot, physically demanding and poorly paid." read more...