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The Coal Miners' Address to the Public - A notice from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

So-called 'blackleg' labour has been a controversial feature of industrial tension for generations. Traitors When North Staffordshire's miners formed a trade union in the early 1830s, their masters ...

The Life, Trial, Character & Behaviour of Thomas Oliver - A local tragedy from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

This is the tragic life story of 28-year old former apprentice surgeon Thomas Oliver, once of Stourbridge and Rugby, then of Burslem. "A diligent, regular and humane young man..." The people of ...

The Miner's Manual - Handbill from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

This single-sheet Miner's Manual was published in response to attempts by coal masters to crush the activities of organised labour. The notice probably dates from the early 1830s. "This Act shall not ...

The New Post Office, Station Road, Stoke upon Trent

This view along Station Road from near the Leek Road corner shows the New Post Office, built in 1930. It now forms part of Stoke railway station, the main entrance to which is just beyond. Further along ...

The Red Flag Anthem. Photographed by William Blake.

Lantern slide showing a page containing the lyrics to the song "The Red Flag" written by J. Connel. The song is a famous socialist anthem and one of many clues suggesting Blake's own ideological beliefs. ...

To the Coal Miners of the North Staffordshire District - A notice from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

During 1831 tensions ran high in the North Staffordshire coal industry, as miners threatened to unite against their employers. At this time, early trade unions were barely recognised by employers. ...

To the Colliers in the Parishes of Wrexham and Rhuabon - Pamphlet from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

The colliers of North Staffordshire were not the only mine workers to organise industrial action in 1831. Tensions also arose across England and in Wales, where this bilingual pamphlet was issued. "Violence, ...

To the Gentlemen, Clergy and Freeholders of the County Palatine of Chester - Document from the Enoch Wood scrapbook

Victorious election candidate George Wilbraham celebrates his triumph in Cheshire. He congratulates his opponent Lord Cholmondeley on a hard-fought but unsuccessful campaign, and applauds the "zealous, ...

To the members of the Union and the working classes generally - a notice from the Enoch Wood scrapbook

An address to members of the potters' union, urging them not to be tempted into violence against their opponents. In the early 1800s, times were hard and trade unions were barely recognised. Many employers ...

To the Miners Lately Employed in the Pinnox Colliery - from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

When trade unionists protested about wages or welfare, their employers rarely agreed whole-heartedly. In the Spring of 1831, a notice had appeared in which North Staffordshire miners campaigned for ...

To the People - Document from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

Reform Printed notice advocating the use of non-violent means to achieve reform of the political system. Britains political system was dominated and maintained by aristocratic landowners. The growing ...

Tunstall Life Assurance Society Offices, Wardle Street, Tunstall

The offices of the Tunstall Life Assurance Collecting Society, now part of the Forester's Friendly Society, were on the corner of Wardle Street and the Boulevard. The building also housed the Tunstall ...

Twenty Pounds Reward - A notice from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

Goldenhill colliery owner Robert Williamson, writing from Longport, here finds himself at the centre of an industrial dispute. Combination Miners at his pit have formed a 'combination' in an effort ...

Unlawful Oaths - Document from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

Twenty Pounds Reward Notice from the North Staffordshire Coal Masters offering twenty pounds reward for information leading to the prosecution of anyone breaking the law under the Unlawful Oaths Act. Abstracts ...

Unlawful Oaths - Document from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

A law devised to deter naval mutiny The Unlawful Oaths Act of 1797 was initially enacted during the early period of the Napoleonic Wars to curb mutinous behaviour in the navy. This act was not repealed ...

Whist Drive Invitation, Longton

Souvenir ticket for a "Whist Drive & Social" evening taking place at Longton Library on December 17th 1908. The whist drive was either for Longton Labour Church or the Social Democratic Foundation, organisations ...

Whitehouse Road, Abbey Hulton, Stoke-on-Trent

The junction of Whitehouse Road and Leek Road (A5009) in Abbey Hulton. On the left, on the corner, is a co-op shop, a branch of the Burslem and District Industrial Co-operative Society. Founded in 1901, ...

Women's Society, Burslem - Document from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

'On the basis of charitable principles,' 28 Burslem women announce their plan to bring relief to the town's poor. They include the wife of pottery manufacturer Enoch Wood and local printer J. Tregortha. ...