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Eddie legge

A poem

Because of an abundance of raw materials the industrial revolution came to Nantyglo and Blaina in the late seventeenth century
I believe my family came with it
Great great grand parents married in Aberystruth Nantyglo  1824  John Legg and Mary legg ne Williams
1841 census Mary legg widow born Mary Williams localy in 1801 was living in
Nantyglo Iron Works houses with 6 children
The youngest Lewis Legg was then 2 year old
John Legg missing not accounted for and it has been suggested by those in the know  that he might have been John the Roller who  marched with the Chartist in 1839 and was sadly killed in Newport
1861 census John legge who was  10 year old when his father disapeared was married to Ruth Legge nee Williams living with wife and 3 children in address 4 Station Road either Nantyglo or Blaina he was employed as a Iron Baller  
My family like countless others lived and worked localy they made this nation great with their blood sweat toil and tears
And because of the dangerous unhealthy working conditions forced upon men women and children grew the necessity for protest solidarity became the watchword of the day
The very shop where  Bailey kept them anchored to a debt infested life
is still standing today
The Irish in my family great grand parents Lawrence and Ellen Kelly nee Dalton were married Cathlolic church Brynmawr 1873 members of the Kelly family my grand parents lived for a time in Abertillery and some of their children were Baptised in St Mary's Cathlolic church Abertillery
My grandmothers sister Mary Ann Kelly married into the Lewis family and are living in Abertillery today
As an amateur poet not in Rocke class I wrote a poem for members of my family past and their neighbours
Blood sweat toil and tears
Darkness dust and pain
A shovel pick and candle
Dont ever dare complain
This recipe for work was found
In the eighteenth century
In a coal miner who lay dieing
Worn out age forty three
He had given work his all
In the devils galleries of grime
He didnt want to fade away
God said now is the time
His family might suffer now
From poverty grief and shame
We pray his children's children
Shall never endure the same

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