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Llanidloes National School 10
Moving south in search of work

  Stoppage of the mines
It is often possible to gain a useful insight into the economic health of local communities from the comments noted in School Log Books.
The first extract shown below refers to the Van Mines, which, like other lead and other mineral mines in Wales experienced varying fortunes over the years.
National School
Log Book
School log book entry 
  Written on 5th August 1884, this entry reads:
"Holiday on Monday Aug 4th it being Bank holiday. Some of children leaving for South Wales owing to Stoppage of Van Mines. Attendance irregular and low all the week".
The miners from the Llanidloes district who lost their jobs in the local mineral mines often moved with their families to the coalfields of the south in search of more secure employment.
County Archives
School log book entry 

A continuing exodus is indicated in the above entry from the following year:
"1885 June 15 - Several children left last week owing to their families removing to South Wales to join the Fathers who had gone there for work".

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