Great Penrhyn Quarry Strike tea towel

100% Organic Cotton
Made in the UK
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  • Sturdy half panama unbleached US cotton (48cm x 70cm)
  • Our special inks mean that colours last in the wash
  • Includes hanging loop
  • Designed and manufactured in the UK
  • Delivery with Royal Mail, free on orders over £35
  • 100-day money back guarantee if you change your mind

The Penrhyn Quarry in Bethesda, North Wales, was once the largest slate quarry in the world, worked by nearly 3000 quarrymen. And in November 1900, Penrhyn Quarry workers went on a three-year strike for union rights, better pay and improved conditions. The longest dispute in British industrial history, the strike became known as The Great Strike of Penrhyn. 

Dissatisfied workers had formed the North Wales Quarrymen’s Union, but Lord Penrhyn – the owner of the quarry – tried everything he could to stifle the union’s power. But the workers stood their ground, and on the 22nd of November, 2000 quarrymen walked out. The Great Strike had begun. Then, after several months of industrial action, four hundred of the strikers returned to work with the promise of better pay and conditions. The community was divided, and strikers put posters in their front windows saying "Nid oes bradwr yn y tŷ hwn" or "There is no traitor in this house". 

This tea towel celebrates the unity and bravery of the striking quarrymen, who put their lives on the line for one another. Solidarity!

Half Panama unbleached organic cotton (heavy weight, textured finish). Stitched on all four sides. Includes hanging loop. Measures approximately 48cm x 70cm. Machine wash at 40 degrees centigrade max. We recommend that before you use your tea towel for the first time you wash it at least once to soften up the material and make it more absorbent for drying dishes. Please note size can vary slightly.