From the collection of John Taylor of Kidderminster, the postcard shows views of the house, also named Wassell Grove that was the home of coalmaster
Job Garratt, who served two terms as mayor of Dudley between 1881 and 1883.
My first record of ownership goes back to about 1820 when Peter Unger Williams, born in Devon but practising as a lawyer in the City of London, became coalmaster
Song of the Earth by Alexander Cordell (Hodder & Stoughton, PS8.99) Mostyn Evan and his family, miners turned bargees, wage a glorious but hopeless struggle against rapacious coalmasters
, Irish navvies, the ravages of cholera, and the bullying illegal unions.
W Kirby suggest a less favorable assessment of entrepreneurial performance in the interwar British coal industry 5 Following tbe lead of the Report of the Royal Commission on the Coal Industry (1925) and the Report of the Technical Advisory Committee (1945) of the Ministry of Fuel and Power, Kirby emphasized the coalmasters' inability to overcome the fragmented structure of their industry, either through their own actions or with the aid of state intervention.
Unfortunately the evidence that Buxton brought forth to buttress bis defense of tbe organizational achievements of interwar British coalmasters is rather limited and not entirely to the point.
The work of Elbaum and Lazonick on the steel and cotton industries suggests one plausible answer: namely, that British coalmasters failed to create the corporate hierarchies necessary for the efficient production and sale of coal.
Second, the available evidence about the distribution of output in British coalmining suggests that the coalmasters had overcome the fragmented structure of the industry by the 1930s and that large-scale producers were raising the bulk of the country's tonnage.