chapter  4
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Rural industries

Children would also be employed in brick fields - they would run barefoot up and down the clay until it was like a paste and thus ready for brickmaking. Tuggers’ feet’ were so sensitive after a time that they could feel even the smallest lump sub­ merged in the clay. Brickmaking was often family work, with

the men and women moulding the clay, and the children providing the clay paste.130 Family work at brickmaking had not disappeared by the early years of the twentieth century: Mrs Quick, who was born in 1889, went to work in a brick field when she was fourteen.131