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Strontian Lead Mines
Posted: 16/11/2018 11:07:58
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The following have just been released with the Memoirs having a coal mining bias

The Lead Mines of Strontian, byStephen Moreton and David I. Green, A5, Sb, 98pp price £12

This account of the lead mines of Strontian is an exhaustive history from their first recorded exploitation in 1714 to the baryte mining of Strontian Minerals Ltd in 1991. The research includes information from the documents of Sir Andrew Murray, the Mackenzie of Delvine papers and the archives of Minworth Ltd, who carried on the last of the mining.

The geology of the area is described as are the complications resulting from the Murray’s support for the Jacobite cause, when the mines’ gunpowder was the subject of government investigations. The dodgy dealings of the York Building Co. (1730-1737) were one of the most outrageous scams ever perpetrated. The mines’ situation on the West Coast of Scotland ensured their involvement in the aftermath of the 1745 rebellion. Even in 1748, the mine lessee, Luke Walker was ‘relieved to have a party of troops boarding with him’ – feelings not normally expressed by inhabitants of the Scottish Highlands. However, the mines were immortalised by the discovery of the mineral strontianite in 1791 and of the element strontium by Sir Humphrey Davy in 1808.

A succession of lead mining companies worked here until 1983 when Strontian Minerals Ltd changed the landscape by mining baryte on a massive scale. A detailed analysis explains why this operation nearly succeeded but, in the end after eight years, failed like so many mining ventures.

British Mining no 106 - Memoirs 2018 A5, sb, 95pp - £10

Articles/ papers are as follows
A history of the Pooley Hall Colliery (Nigel A. Chapman)
A day in the life of the Selby Coalfield complex Wednesday 29 May 1996 (Neil Rowley)
The Clifton Hall Colliery explosion 1885, Messrs. Andrew Knowles & Sons and the Staffordshire miners connection (Peter Cutler)
Between the Rock and a Hard Place, attempts at High Explosive manufacture on the Isle of Man (Pete Joseph)
Further notes on the Mid-Cumberland Coalfield (Graham Brooks)
The New California Mine – Cefn Côch and Berth-Lwyd gold mines revisited (R.M. Callender)
Limestone quarrying from the glacial deposits of Trawden Forest – a forgotten industry (Phillip J. Murphy)
Arcall’s Jigger. Cwmbyr Mines, Machynlleth, Wales (Nigel A. Chapman)
The far NW of the Central Wales Orefield:Melyn Llyn Pair, Corbet Dyfi and Tyddyn Briddell (David M.D. James)


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Strontian Lead Mines
Posted: 18/11/2018 20:43:07
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Members who read my blogs, will remember I outlined the fact, that Dr Moreton was in fact writing this excellent monograph.
Worth reading!
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Strontian Lead Mines
Posted: 22/11/2018 15:12:26
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Just got my copy, excellent read especially the historical context.
Pity with the BM monographs that the plans are so small - restricted by page size. The book really clarifies the names of each individualine, made much harder now to identify as the more modern Barytes open cast & mining has affected a lot of the older mines
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