Stephenson's - Extract from Truck Report 1871
At this colliery there are 40 or 50 men. McKillop, a miner, gave evidence as follows about the place :
Q Do they charge you rent there for your house ? - Yes.
Q Do you live in one of the houses belonging to the works ? - No; I live with my sister. I don't live in any of the company's houses.
Q Do you pay rent all the same? - Yes ; I have to pay rent. You would not get work unless you paid rent.