carrying peat baskets

There are several pictures of people, almost invariably women, carrying large wicker baskets on their backs in Wales. There were normally used for carrying dry peat to market. Images of these baskets are also found in Scotland and some English coastal areas (possibly for carrying fish), and in Europe.

‘Welsh Market woman returning from Aberystwith over Constitution Hill’ Print from magazine or guide book, 1880s, NLW P1741

The woman in the foreground is walking up Constitution on her way back to Borth after a day at market selling peat. She has used the top her basket to carry home some purchases. The basket is supported by leather straps around her forehead. Below her are a number of women in Welsh hats with their empty market baskets.