Media: Blue ink on paper
Size: 20 x 28.5 cm
Norman Cornish – Behind the Scenes page 38
Norman Cornish was set on (employed) at the Pit in 1933 (Boxing Day) as a datal lad paid at a daily rate as a Pony Putter - sitting on the limbers and bent over to avoid decapitation and sometimes ‘pushing the coal tubs’. This drawing records a job which has passed into history. The putting road was just tub height. Limbers are the wooden shafts connecting the pit pony to the coal tub.
Dean & Chapter Colliery was referred to as the ‘Butchers Shop’. One hundred and seventy-seven fatalities occurred over time. 2,135 men working underground, 3,000 tons of coal produced each day, two thirds hand hewn.