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Postgate, R.W.

The builders’ history.

(No imprint, but published for the Amalgamated Union of Building Trade Workers 1923).

Reference: 8924
Price: £45 [convert currency]

Full Description

Large 8vo. xxx + 487 + (1)pp, 8 photo plates, folding diagram. Publisher’s cloth. A printed inscription at the foot of the title leaf records that “this copy is the property of the Amalgamated Union of Building Trade Workers for branch and office use”.

Excellent and well-researched history of trade unionism in the British building trades from the early nineteenth century onwards. Unions representing masons, bricklayers, carpenters, plumbers and so on were well established by the end of the 1830s, and their leaders included such notable trade unionists as George Potter, Robert Applegarth and Henry Broadhurst (the first trade unionist to serve as a government minister).