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Author The Mines of the Shrewsbury Coalfield
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The Mines of the Shrewsbury Coalfield
Posted: 14/07/2017 16:38:33
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New book by Mike Shaw ,, Sb, 175 x 235 , 204pp, £15.00 + £2.70 P&P available from Moorebooks.co.uk

The book covers the history of three small coalfields just east of Shrewsbury west into Powys and south to just outside Church Stretton, The coal was thin, faulted and low grade but was available and affordable , they closed with the coming of the railways although Hanwood didnt close until the 1940's. The coal was used to power the steam engines around south Shropshire including Snailbeach, Tankerville and the Bog. Mike has carried out painstaking research along with numerous site visits where shafts and building remains have been identified, each area is supported by excellent maps drawn by David Adams and will help others exploring these areas find the mines and their remains. In Pontesford at least two of the engine houses have been preserved as dwellings, colour photographs taken by Ken Lock in the late 1960s give a better idea of what they looked like. A third engine house has been preserved recently with lottery monies although access is restricted. This book is an excellent study of the area as you would expect from this author whose previous study on the Lead Copper and Barytes Mines of Shropshire. The book includes Pontesbury, Hanwood, Leebotwood, Dryton and trials in North East Shropshire

Mike
IP: 86.24.94.129 Edited: 15/07/2017 11:34:24 by Moorebooks
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