Women workers outside Doncaster works, South Yorkshire, c 1905.
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Women were employed in a variety of roles at Doncaster works, including polishing, sewing and cooking for the other workers. Doncaster works, known as the 'Plant Works' opened in 1853, making and repairing locomotives and rolling stock for the Great Northern Railway. At this time the works employed around 3500 workers.