1) To ‘hurry’ was to move coal from the face of the working to the bottom of the shaft.

1638 about 38 years ago he did hurry coals in the bottom of the pits, Baildon

1719 for hurrying a longer way than usuall, Farnley. Occasionally it was used when earth, stones and other material were being moved: 1704 to Horrie the earth and to Banke the pit, Farnley. The underground task could be carried out by children and women and the word was regularly used in the 1842 report on child labour in mines. Thomas Moorhouse said: I began to hurry when I was 9 years old for William Greenwood: William Dyson of Elland said of Ann Ambler: when she is down she hurries with us in the same way as we do, without shoes or stockings .

dates 1638 1719 1842

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