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100 Guineas Reward [Crime and Coal Mining Handbill].
Publisher: Akenheads, Newcastle;
Date of Publication: 1821
Stock Code: 7764
Handbill approximately 22 x 19 cm. Single sheet with titles printed in bold type with title underlined. Clean, crisp and uncreased: a Near Fine copy.
Appeal for information leading to the apprehension of arsonists who destroyed the house and machinery and Street Pit in Lamesley, Co. Durham on 31st March 1821. In 1821 a series of strikes were taken by miners demanding better pay and safer working conditions underground; the substantial reward (£10 from the Treasurers of Lamesley Association and £95 from the Executors of the late William Burdon, the colliery owner) reflects the seriousness with which the attack was viewed. The printer, John Akenhead, was one of the Akenhead dynasty who had their works on Sandhill until the 1840s.
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