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A Deputy Inspecting A New Heading, Dudley

This image shows a deputy (or foreman) inspecting a new heading undergound. It clearly shows the cramped conditions that the miners had to work in. Only a wooden pit prop is temporarily holding up the ceiling. Note they are using Davy lamps as opposed to candles for lighting, and are carrying them around their necks to free their hands for other activities. The reason for why the deputy is holding…