Paperback by Mary Mills


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The photographs in this book, the second volume in The Way We Were series, depict how working life in England used to be. They show people at work in a wide range of occupations from Victorian times to the recent past. Many recall a time when work meant long hours of toil in field or factory, when ploughs were pulled by horses and the harvest gathered by hand.

Spanning a period of over 150 years they show industries such as mining, shipbuilding and fishing, which have all but disappeared from these shores. There are also glimpses of some of the trades and traditional crafts now almost lost to us - coppicing, thatching and the art of the blacksmith.

The unique images are all from the National Monuments Record, one of the country's most important photographic archives.


  • Introduction
  • Manufacturing
  • Maintenance, Mining and Construction
  • Agriculture and Fishing
  • Office
  • Retail
  • Uniformed Services
  • Transport
  • War Work
  • Domestic Work

Additional Information

  • Printed Price: £9.99
  • Series: Illustrated History
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Format: Paperback
  • Physical Size: 210 x 210 mm
  • Pages: 176
  • Illustrations: 150, black and white
  • ISBN: 9781850749875


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