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Steam power, Charwelton, Northamptonshire a97_05431

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Filename: aa97_05431.jpg

Size: 5099 x 3697 (6.0MB)

Date: 29th January 2010

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

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Steam power, Charwelton, Northamptonshire a97_05431

Workers at Charwelton, Northamptonshire. Construction workers on Great Central Railway. The workers have a large steam engine for power and a small makeshift hut for shelter at the ironstone quarry near the village. Photographed by Alfred Newton and Son in 1900

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> Transport > Railways

> The way we were > Work


EDITORS COMMENTS
This evocative photograph, titled "Workers at Charwelton, Northamptonshire," captures a moment in time from the Victorian era when steam power ruled the industrial landscape. The image, taken by Alfred Newton and Son in the year 1900, portrays a group of hardworking men toiling away at an ironstone quarry near the picturesque village of Charwelton. The men are seen huddled around a large, powerful steam engine, their faces etched with determination and focus. The engine, a testament to the technological advancements of the time, dominates the scene, its billowing steam and hissing pipes a reminder of the raw energy and power it possesses. The workers have made do with a small, makeshift hut for shelter, its rudimentary design a stark contrast to the impressive machinery that powers their labor. The quarry, with its mounds of ironstone and the Great Central Railway in the background, adds to the sense of industry and progress that permeates the scene. The photograph offers a glimpse into the harsh realities of labor during the Victorian era, a time when the demand for raw materials fueled the growth of industries and the expansion of railways. The workers, dressed in their heavy clothing and protective gear, are a reminder of the physical demands and hazards of the job. Despite the challenging conditions, the men in this photograph appear united in their purpose, their shared focus on the task at hand a testament to their resilience and determination. The image serves as a poignant reminder of the human spirit and the ingenuity that drove the Industrial Revolution forward, fueled by the seemingly limitless power of steam.

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