new Book – Celestine, One of the Old Mineral Industries of Yate nr Bristol

Harry Lane and David Hardwick, A4, 26pp – £5.00 + P&P

This book documents the history of Celestine Mining in South
Gloucestershire. Although this industry was only “small scale”
(a maximum of about 25 workers), at one time it was providing
over 95% of the world’s Celestine (Strontium Sulphate).
Harry Lane’s research which was intended as a chapter in a
book about the Yate Mineral industry has been updated and
added to by David Hardwick, giving details from the start to the
end of this mining. In addition to colour front and rear
covers. Inside there are photos, maps and letters showing the
extent and history of the workings

Research Assessments -Your Comments Please

Progress on the Archaeological Research Framework for the Extractive
Industries (England) has taken a step forward this week with the completion
of several draft assessment documents which have now been posted on the
NAMHO website for your comment and criticism. The list of draft assessments
now includes the metals of IRON, LEAD/SILVER/ZINC,TIN, COPPER, GOLD, GANGUE
MINERALS and COBALT. Also, COAL, SALT and CLAY. Other assessments include

You can find these assessment on the NAMHO website at:

Some of these are revised 2nd drafts, which have benefited from comments by
various contributors but others, including gold, archaeological science,
copper, clay and underground archaeology have been added in the past few
weeks. There are several more to follow.

These assessment undoubtedly still have room for improvement and it is
highly likely that relevant information has escaped our attention,
particularly in the case of unpublished archaeological work and 'grey'
literature sitting un-noticed on library shelves, HER site folders and in
personal collections.

Please send your comments, criticisms and additions by email to the Project
Officer at

If you wish to draw our attention to any material that has been overlooked,
please provide as much detail as possible and if unpublished, include a note
on where and if it is accessible.

Thanks and regards

Phil Newman (Project Officer)

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Alderley Edge Mines – new book

I'm pleased to advise the new book on the Alderley Edges Mines by Nigel Dibben and Chris Carlon, has just arrived. Its in full colour with most most of the modern photos provided by Paul Deakin is the UK's  leading underground Photographer. There are mines plans and with one exception are also in colour which allows the reader to understand the various levels and layers of the mines.
Anyone who has visited the mines on recent sub brit events I'm sure will want to obtain a copy The Alderley Edge Mines , A5, 184 printed Pages, is available at £12.00 per copy

British Mining No 93 Memoirs 2012 and No 94 Coal A chronology for Britain

These volumes are issued free to members of Northern Mines Research Society, however, you don't have to be a member and these can be obtained from myself and other similar outlets
 No 94 Coal A Chronology For Britain – Alan Hill, SB , A5,  272pp £12.00 + P&P

This monograph contains a short introduction explaining the properties and classification of coal, together with a description of the weights and measures used in the past; sections on the geology and coalfields of England, Scotland and Wales follow.

The main part of the work is a 188 page history of coal in Britain from the Roman occupation to the present day documenting the principal technological and political milestones associated with coal mining.

The monograph includes many tables and 70 illustrations together with comprehensive production data and an index. Although intended as a work of reference, this should provide an interesting read for those interested in all aspects of mining.

No 93 Memoirs 2012 – A5, SB.  112pp £10 + P&P
The following are chapter titles
•Coal Mining at Samson Colliery, Oldbury in the nineteenth century (Nigel A. Chapman)
•19th century photography at Walsall Wood Colliery (John Goodchild and Ron Callender)
•The Dolaucothi Roman drainage wheel (Stefan W Meier)
•Haltcliffe Lead Smelting Mill, Cumbria (Richard Smith and Sam Murphy)
•William Stewart and the Lundhill Colliery (John Goodchild)
•The arsenic industry at Botallack Mine, Cornwall and its archaeology: a story of early 20th century adaptive re-use (Peter Joseph)
•Mines, trials and lodes of the Glandyfi Tract, Ceredigion, Wales (David M.D. James)
•Further notes on North Pennine iron ore mines (Graham Brooks)

Alderley Edge Mines – advance notice

Chris J Carlon and Nigel Dibben, SB, 184 PP, 65 Illustrations, includes six extracts from Surveys by Paul Deakin
As announced at this years NAMHO Conference  this second edition of completely rewritten book on these mines which is now packed full of new information and plans will be available by the end of this month if not sooner. I'm taking advance orders  for the publisher.
Price £12.00 + P&P

New book – Railways before George Stephenson – A Study of Waggonways in the Great Northern Coalfield 1605 – 1830

Railways before George Stephenson – A Study of Waggonways in the Great Northern Coalfield 1605 – 1830

(publshers Description)

Many believe that railways began in 1825 with the opening of the Stockton and Darlington line; but “Railways Before George Stephenson” reveals a different version of history. This book traces the development of the world’s first network of railways; the lines which served the Great Northern Coalfield during the two hundred years before Stephenson drove ‘Locomotion’ through Darlington. It is a valuable piece of research into an area of railway history of international importance and is essential reading for all railway enthusiasts. There is also much within these pages for those with a general interest in the history of the North East of England for the development of the railway and the locomotive were amongst the region’s finest achievements.

The book is richly illustrated with rear archive materials from the Institute and private archives. The book comprises 200 pages with detailed maps of the waggonways, including a transposition of these onto modern mapping for the first time. Les Turnbull is a graduate of Durham University and Newcastle University. He is a Member of the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers. Published by Chapman Research Publishing of Oxford in conjunction with the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers.
£17.50 + P&P

Peerless Powell Duffryn – New Book

This is a very well produced book which is 240 pages. 275x215mm. Printed on gloss art paper with colour laminated board covers – £24.99 + P&P
 Powell Duffryn’s growth as Britain’s foremost coal company is a remarkable aspect of the nation’s mining heritage. After 1935, Powell Duffryn Associated Collieries employed over 30,000 miners, operated around sixty collieries, and produced nearly forty per cent of the South Wales Coalfield’s output.
Sir George Elliot founded Powell Duffryn Steam Coal Company in 1864 by raising capital to buy steam coal collieries from the sons of Thomas Powell. PD then mined coal that was the first choice in quality for fuelling steam ships. Sir George ran the company in a style that gave rise to controversy amongst the company’s shareholders.
Providently, in 1883 Elliot put Edmund Mills Hann, a County Durham mining engineer, in charge of the company’s collieries. Hann helped steer the company away from the edge of bankruptcy by harnessing engineering to ensure that the company’s collieries in the Cynon and Rhymney Valleys became models of efficiency. Progress was impeded at times by industrial conflict and natural disasters. Nevertheless, by 1914, PD was a byword for Welsh steam coal around the globe. Then, in 1935, Edmund Lawrence Hann led the merger of PD with Welsh Associated Collieries to create the most powerful company in British coal mining.