Evidence record card

Date: 1930s
Living conditions in the Rhondda: a familiar picture

Since houses were built as close as possible to the pits, women had to be careful which way the wind was blowing before putting out their washing. And if husband and sons were working different shifts, much of woman’s day could be taken up with boiling water to fill tin baths in front of a warm fire – a form of slavery for those who had to endure it.