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Thread #157256 Message #3710328
Posted By: r.padgett
20-May-15 - 01:27 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: Miner's water bottle
Subject: RE: Miner's water bottle
As there were no canteen facilities underground miners ate their "snap" near to where they were working.
Miners carried food in a metal snap tin attached to their belt. This tin was shaped like a slice of bread so it was just the right size for sandwiches; it had rounded corners and was strong enough to take bumps and knocks, although its main purpose was to protect the miner's food from vermin.
A miner's diet usually consisted of bread and dripping (mucky fat) or bread and jam. Other types of food were either too expensive or went off quickly in the hot conditions underground.
Snap is Bait in the North East of England, no idea why called Dudley [the water bottle]