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Ironstone Mining In The Lincolnshire Wolds- new book
Posted: 03/05/2018 15:34:18
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Ironstone Mining In The Lincolnshire Wolds, Stewart Squires, sb, 260mm x 210mm, 135pp, with more than 130 maps, plans and photographs - many in colour. Cost £15.00 + p&p

A couple of independent reviews below - Mike www.moorebooks.co.uk

Review 1 Brian Longbone in Lincolnshire Past & Present, No.111, Spring 2018
Within these pages Stewart Squires has related the formation of Wolds ironstone mining and its steady output of later years, dependent upon the parent company’s iron- and steelworks at Scunthorpe.

By the means of maps, plans and layout drawings, the three mines’ development is detailed along with appropriate photographic evidence and record; by combining these with the use of a wide range of available documents, from various sources, the author has spent considerable time gathering and adding to the story, to tell as whole a narrative as possible currently. The included map of the national ironstone deposits highlights the position – geographical and economical – of these Wolds deposits within a larger context. The industrial railway associated with the mines is indeed well covered here, which will delight the locomotive fraternity.

Of not the least interest is the author’s gathering of local community records reflecting work and social aspects of the Mining Companies and their associated communities, and the utilisation of census material highlights the predominance of former Eastern Counties agricultural workers at Claxby – a process seen later in the Scunthorpe & Frodingham ironstone area, and with echoes in other trades and industries mopping up surplus and low paid rural workers.

External factors which lead from the 1950s to the demise of local mining include the declining global shipping rates on commodities such as ore and coal, instigated by expanding overseas economies. Local mining of much smaller tonnages, coupled with changing practices of making iron, all served to eliminate the minor concerns under discussion here.

Squires does a valiant job promoting the positive case on this Wolds ironstone mining. He concludes with the progress of the community keeping active the memories and lives of Nettleton Mines. As a document of recent industrial practice and employment in the assumed green fields of Lincolnshire, this volume is indispensable to the local and national ironstone mining records.

Review 2: Yusuf Sayed in Lincolnshire Life, April 2018

The foreword to this new book by Stewart Squires was written by former Lincolnshire Life editor and book reviewer, David N Robinson OBE, who sadly passed away last year. In it he confirms that the author’s research interest was in fact spurred by an article in this magazine in 1971.

Focusing in the main on the history of the ironstone mines at Claxby and Nettleton (with a final chapter on attempts to mine at Walesby), with textbook clarity Squires pulls together a wealth of archival material – written, diagrammatic, journalistic and photographic – to tell the story of how areas suitable for this type of mining were identified in the county, before being excavated and worked over the years between 1867 and 1969.

With accompanying reproductions of geological particulars, geographical planning maps and personal archival materials, Squires explains the development and the processes of mining in the county in as much detail as the available sources allow him. This covers specialist techniques, such as calcining; structural problems; economic considerations that affected the fortunes of the mines; the changes to the landscape and surrounding communities by the operations; and the influx of incoming workers – as well as the perils faced by them in their daily work.

Tours in recent years show an ongoing interest in this subject, but Squires accepts that many of today’s residents will have little idea of the mining that went on. For those who have connections or wishing to get a sense of the makeup of the land that made Lincolnshire a viable spot for such mining, Squires’ book will no doubt take its place as the key text on our county’s part in this industrial heritage.



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Ironstone Mining In The Lincolnshire Wolds- new book
Posted: 03/05/2018 19:08:27
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Many years ago Stewart Squires produced a very good book "The Lincolnshire potato railways"; a must for fans of obscure narrow gauge railways. IP: 86.134.158.18
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Ironstone Mining In The Lincolnshire Wolds- new book
Posted: 03/05/2018 19:22:28
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Agree completely - Lincolnshire Potato Railways was published by The Oakwood Press, and I picked up my copy because of an interest in Allied WW1 battlefield railways. The Nocton system was constructed from surplus WW1 materials and rolling stock, I seem to recall. Highly recommended.

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Ironstone Mining In The Lincolnshire Wolds- new book
Posted: 03/05/2018 22:36:46
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A picked up a copy of this directly from the Society of Lincolnshire History and Archaeology (sorry Mike Crying ) earlier in the year.

I guess the definitive work on the Ironstone mines and quarries is Eric Tonks mammoth and superb nine volume "The Ironstone Quarries of the Midlands" This volume concentrates on the mining and social history of the mines at Claxby and Nettleton (and the trial at Walesby). It is really well illustrated and expands greatly on Tonks coverage of the two mines. An excellent publication which I would recommend to anyone interested in Midland mining Smile
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