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Black Country Chain Maker

By dflory  
The Black Country was renowned for it's chain making – whether enormous chains for anchors for ships, to smaller chains used in factories and in business. These chains were often made by women and children in cramped dangerous hot conditions.
Heavy and medium chains were made by men in factories – the anchor and chain for the ill-fated Titanic were made in this way – but lighter chains were made by women and children, typically in dark, cramped outhouses behind their homes, for very little pay. Smiths were paid by weight, and the men working typically 40 hours a week could make around a pound a week. The women made lighter chains, and worked longer, but would only be paid 25 pence a week.

Taken last week at The Black Country Living Museum. Version in monochrome.

Tags: General Staffordshire Industry Black country living museum Metalwork Cradley Heath Chainmaking

Voters: doverpic, PhilT2, RonDM and 25 more

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25 Apr 2022 11:10AM
Excellent, almost timeless images from the BCLM, David.
It's only 4 miles from where I live and a place I should visit more often!!

TrevBatWCC Plus
14 13 19 England
25 Apr 2022 11:31AM
A fine capture, Alan, suits mono, but it loses that colourful glow of hot metal seen in colour 😃👍🏻 I remember some documentary on TV a while back (can't remember where it was from), and it told of chains being made, lighter ones being made by women and they got paid by weight, so women earned less.
Trev 😀
25 Apr 2022 3:55PM
Excellent set Lin
25 Apr 2022 6:33PM
I like both colour and mono. A wonderful scene. Debs
dales Plus
6 13 Australia
26 Apr 2022 1:25AM
Excellent documentation with these impressive images , interesting history

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