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Ironstone miner’s bait tin

A bait tin (sometimes called a ‘snap’ tin by miners in different parts of the country) was used by a miner to carry his lunch, to keep him going during his long shift. It would probably contain bread and dripping (bread dipped in beef or pig fat) or bread and jam. Miners kept their food in metal tins like this to keep it safe from mice and rats.

Ironstone miner’s bait tin

Image courtesy of Redcar and Cleveland Council Cultural Service