Remembering the pit sinkers

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THE mining industry of Northumberland will be revisited in a new book.

The Pit Sinkers of Northumberland and Durham details the essential role sinkers played in the development of canals, railways and coal mining during the industrial revolution, as well as delving into the lives of miners and their families.

Author Peter Ford Mason, who is descended from three generations of miners, also looks at transportation and accommodation, colliery disasters, celebrations and holidays, and miners’ habits.

There is a section on the family of railway pioneer George Stephenson and there are 60 black and white photographs, many previously unpublished.

The book will be published on Monday, August 20, priced £12.99.