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About mike

Moore Books was set up by Mike Moore in 1995 as a natural extension of his hobby of many years. Mike has been a member of the Shropshire Caving and Mining Club for over 30 years and is also a Director of the Shropshire Mines’ Trust. Mike first started caving in his mid-teens and has not stopped since.

New books

I have taken in a few new titles in the last 10 days

  • British Mining No 98 Memoirs 2014*, SB, A5 112pp £10.00 + P&P
  • Stone to Build London – Portland’s Legacy, *Gill Hackman, HB, 250mm x 250mm, 320pp £24.95 + P&P
  • Mining in Cornwall and Devon Mines and Men *Roger Burt with Raymond Burley, Mike Gill, Alasdair Neill, SB, 227mm x 150mm, 272pp, plus CD rom £25 + P&P
  • A Grey past and Blacker Future – Reminiscences of a Cardiganshire Miner in the Early 1900’s *Editor Megan Waring, SB, A5, 180pp £9.50 + P&P

Snailbeach Mine open days 8/9 September

Snailbeach Lead Mine 12 Miles South West of Shrewsbury will be open to all visitors during the Heritage weekend. The Village Hall ladies will provide refreshments, there will be a walk up to the Miners cottages at Blakemoorgate on the Stiperstones Hills, there will be guided visits to Tankerville Mine and will be pre booked underground visits into Roberts / Perkins Level. Visitors will need to bring their wellies as the water in the level is above normal boot depth,. It is always great fun

New BookJarrit Smith’s 1751 Newcomen Engine

Steve Grudgings, A4, 56pp
This book was launched at the recent NAMHO and was very sought after -
Jarrit Smith’s 1751 Newcomen Engine at Coalpit Heath, South Gloucestershire. Previously unreported, a full set of Suppliers’ bills have been researched to give the basis for this book which is over 60 pages, including photographs and diagrams. This book is a fascinating insight into a very early “atmospheric” pumping engine and, as such, it should appeal to everyone interested in stationary engines. £9.99 + postage & packing
I do wish publishers would stop treating us as naive shoppers though why not simply a straight £10.00

Adventure underground Visits 10th June 2012

The Shropshire Mines Trust offer adventure trips into Snailbeach Mine nr Shrewsbury. The next date is set for 10th June 2012, you need to book these visits in advance .I'm the coordinator for these trips you can contact me via my website where all my contact details are available.
The visit doesn't involve any crawling or big drops , but does require a a pair of wellingtons as there is water and mud in the entrance series, the trust provides lamps and helmets you will be underground for 45 minutes and you will also have the opportunity to visit Day Level which is 100yardslong and is dry

The Brendon Hills Iron Mines and the West Somerset Mineral Railway

I missed this book that was released in 2011, its a fully illustrated, well reserached and pra quality production
M H Jones, HB, 275x210mm, Printed on gloss art paper, casebound with colour dustjacket.
(publishers description) The industrial history of Great Britain records numerous enterprises which failed to fulfil expectations and have since vanished almost without trace. Few can have involved so much expenditure, for so little reward, as the opening and development of the iron mines on the Brendon Hills in West Somerset and the construction of the standard gauge West Somerset Mineral Railway to carry the ore to Watchet harbour for shipment to Newport. The 1 in 4 incline, more than a kilometre in length, which carried the line to the summit of the Brendon Hills was perhaps the most significant standard gauge incline in the country and makes this little railway unique. Today, traces of mineshafts and adits, of miners’ housing and chapels are evident, and through the upland landscape winds the trackbed of the former railway, uniting the eastern portion of Exmoor National Park to the coastal plain. Much of this hidden heritage has been revealed not only through documentary research and analysis but also by measured surveys of almost all the extant remains of the mines, both on the surface and underground, and of the railway’s infrastructure, including locomotives and rolling stock. Also included herein are many historic photographs and examples of contemporary ephemera, as well as an extensive and accomplished description of the lives of the men who lived and worked within and alongside the mines, and on the railway. Michael Jones, with the considerable help of the late Roger Sellick and the late John Hamilton, has here produced a definitive, fully documented, highly readable account of this 19th century failed enterprise, which nevertheless lingered on into the 20th century, when attempts to revive the mines failed in a similar manner. Mining and railway historians, railway modellers, students of Somerset history and the people of West Somerset will all find much of interest and value within these pages. This publication has been produced in conjunction with the Exmoor National Park Authority and has been made possible by grants from both the Heritage Lottery Fund and from the West Somerset Village History SocietyPrice is £24.95 + P&P



The Donnington Wood Canal and Inclined Plane – Walk 11th June

Dqavid Adams will be leading his 24th Annual Walk along the Marquis of Staffords Donningron Wood Canal and Inclined Plane from Lilleshall Abbey via the site of the Incline to Wilmoor Lane and includes a tour of the the Abbey ruins from 7.00pm  on 11th June, meet in the Abbey Car Park . Walking time is 3 hours and the cost is £3.00 this is free to Shropshire Caving and Mining Club  members
The walk is one of a series of 4 all described in David's Book The History of Limestone Mining & Early Canals in Church Aston & Lilleshall (Shropshire) 

NAMHO 2012

I'm just wondering who will be there this year?

I will have a bookstand as usual but nowhere near the full selection of books.

I'm offering 15% discount on books which are  pre ordered, paid and collected in person (delegate badge as proof)


Mineral Collecting a very interesting New Book

It is called  – Collecting the new, rare and curious: Letters selected from the Correspondence of the Cornish Mineralogists Philip Rashleigh, John Hawkins and William Gregor

. Edited with an introduction by R.J. Cleevely, SB,246pp
There are 246pp of letters preceded by 95pp of introduction, notes and chronological list of correspondence 1755-1822. 8pp colour illustrations.By any measure this is a wonderful addition to the mineralogical literature, a compilation which provides a window into the mid 18th to early 19th century world that was rapidly changing and becoming vibrant with discovery, invention and industry.
Cost is £20.00 + P&P