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In pictures: Broadband goes underground
Old versus new

The contrast between modern technology and the conditions miners used to have to endure could not be more stark.

While broadband works hard to make lives easier, mining was extremely dangerous.

Just as broadband has created its own economy for the 21st Century, so mining brought prosperity to Cumbria two centuries earlier.

The website is still in its infancy but some of the records showing what life was like for miners could go online soon.

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