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Cloth Hangar

also Cloth Attendant, Bratticeman, Canvasman


Brattice cloth hanging from the roof of the Burngrange No.1 & 2 pits to direct underground ventilation (R10-00594)


A cloth hanger was employed underground in the mines to erect screen cloth for ventilating the workings. The cloths were coated with a compound to make them impervious to gas. Every mine had two openings: one inlet and one outlet. Ventilation wass created artificially by use of a fan powered by steam or electricity. The air wass then moved around the mine by the use of cloths and boards.

Wages & Working Hours

In 1958, an Agreement Between the Scottish Shale Oil Companies and the National Union of Shale Miners & Oil Workers records that cloth hangers earned a minimum of 28s11d per shift. They worked an average of 40.5 hours per week over an 11 day fortnight.

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