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Author Denys Bradford Barton
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Denys Bradford Barton
Posted: 03/01/2018 16:16:56
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Well Rick, we should all get in the studies library/record office and private archives ourselves.

I most certainly am/do!
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Posted: 03/01/2018 17:24:50
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The Fresh Prince of Portreath wrote:

Well Rick, we should all get in the studies library/record office and private archives ourselves.

I most certainly am/do!


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Posted: 03/01/2018 18:11:35
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We will be able to go from one to another when they all move to the new site. What a delightful amount of info will be available then to the intrepid mining enthusiast. IP: 213.205.194.185
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Posted: 03/01/2018 21:15:56
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I tend to support the view print and be dammed , most books have their critics. Barton did produce a lot of interesting titles and can be basic guide.

I'm sad to report I purchased books from him when I first started in the morning book business. He had failing health and I am afraid some form of dementia. Tor mark took over his remaining stock and I suspect he and his wife probably sold up to be near family.someone earlier suggested the lakes.

Hope this clarifies questions people raised

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Posted: 03/01/2018 21:36:25
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Well, it was a long shot. Do you have anything to add about his character, etc. IP: 104.238.169.100
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Posted: 03/01/2018 21:42:55
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The Fresh Prince of Portreath wrote:

Well, it was a long shot. Do you have anything to add about his character, etc.


Auto change should read Mining book business. Unfortunately only spoke to him in the first couple of years of business and his mental health deteriorated and never really got to know him. I was younger and nervous in the venture

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Posted: 04/01/2018 12:41:12
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Without any doubt at all, DBB fired my own enthusiasm for exploring and investigating the then slightly more intact remains of industrial archaeology in East Cornwall and West Devon.

Whatever the drawbacks of his initial work, I owe him (and Frank Booker) a considerable debt. If we can now improve upon the accuracy and reach of their work with access to enhanced resources, then so be it.

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Posted: 04/01/2018 13:42:33
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Alec wrote:

Without any doubt at all, DBB fired my own enthusiasm for exploring and investigating the then slightly more intact remains of industrial archaeology in East Cornwall and West Devon.

Whatever the drawbacks of his initial work, I owe him (and Frank Booker) a considerable debt. If we can now improve upon the accuracy and reach of their work with access to enhanced resources, then so be it.


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I'm a big fan of Pelican Books (the old blue ones). All of the authors seemed to have a style which is rare these days, like a particular clarity and the ability to get ideas across without resorting to jargon or specialist knowledge, but at the same time, not compromising what they are writing.

Many of these have a few paragraphs about the author and they range from the mild to the wild. I am a big fan of having an insight into what people's values are and what makes them tick and whether they are a bellend or not. It's a shame that despite the odd interview here and there (like Trounson), the old mining history/geology books do not tend to do this. The thing being they are clearly written by people, unlike later textbooks.

Had we have had a time machine, I imagine we would have considered many of these chaps/chapesses as among our peers, perhaps they were irritating, controlling finicky types, perhaps they were renegades. I suppose as one gets older, one contemplates one's legacy and perhaps there is a bit of value in a little bit of one's character being slightly immortal!

I've got pretty much every book concerning IA/History/Geology regarding mining in the SW behind me and although many are good, there are a few where the author's exuberance shines through their work. I like this and it's what DBB did well. Funnily enough, when I know people, like Tony Bennett, or Rick (vaguely-ish) it makes their work a lot more readable in a bizarre way.

Seeing an interview with Jack Trounson on an old film reel the other day was surprising and it's most certainly put a slant on his work. I had expected him to be slightly different and less formal, perhaps more of a yokel, even.

These days, it seems there is a correct and formal way of writing these sorts of books and although factually correct, it almost always lacks the individuality and flair of certain old writers. It's almost like the acceptable vocabulary was much larger and allowed a bit of individuality.

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