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1950s building site


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When this photograph was taken, in the early 1950s, a construction worker’s pay was 12 ½ p per day (half a crown, or two shillings and sixpence, or two and six). Rain on the heavy clay-based soil made working conditions hard and unpleasant. Clay in this area used to be called “three-horse clay”, indicating the number of horses needed to pull a plough through it. Note how construction-site workers’ clothes have changed: nobody is wearing a hard hat or a “hi-vis” jacket.

Why has work clothing changed since 1950? Find some examples.

26th Sep 2008


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Basildon, local history, building

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