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Posted: 05/12/2010 18:12:00
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Was going thru some old work pics and found this one taken in the office at the Railway technical Centre circa 1988... apart from putting on several pounds (No Laughing Wink ) note the books on my drawing board Smile ... Yesterdays Golcondas and both volumes of Cornwalls Central mines beneath... Laugh Somethings never change as these are by myside even now as I write this....
So what are your oldest and favourite books that you always go back to?


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IP: 78.150.173.83 Edited: 05/12/2010 18:14:17 by ICLOK
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Posted: 05/12/2010 20:25:10
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A Gazetteer of the Welsh Slate Industry - Alun John Richards

My slightly mouldy, very dog-eared copy has got to the state where it's sufficiently troubled that I've had to get a second copy for the purposes of actually reading it!

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Posted: 05/12/2010 20:35:17
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Yesterdays Golcondas for me as well. I got hold of a mint copy of Britains Old Metal Mines a while ago as well.

2 classics

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''the stopes soared beyond the range of our caplamps' - David Bick...... How times change
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Posted: 05/12/2010 21:09:21
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My first ever mining book was the Hamilton-Jenkin volume for Wadebridge through to Bude. I can't say I have used it a great deal since - it was first bought as a way to locate interesting mine dumps to look for minerals, and was probably partly responsible for me getting interested in old mines. It was bought on a family holiday to Bude, and I had a history of collecting rocks and fossils and the like whenever we went away.


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Posted: 05/12/2010 21:20:51
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The book that first got me into mine history was Jim Rieuwert's 'Lead Mining in the Peak District. It was backed up by one of Nellie Kirkham's books, the title of which eludes me after 40 years. IP: 81.108.217.215
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Posted: 05/12/2010 22:09:07
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IIRC my first purchase was "The Copper & Lead Mines of Ecton Hill, Staffordshire" by Robey & Porter & I still have it.
Perhaps the most consulted books I have are Boultons 1913 tome in 6 vols "Practical Coal Mining" along with a host of NCB publications - favorite being the 1975 "Practical Shotfiring" that belonged to my Uncle Roy.
Oldest stuff I have in original, are documents relating to Burslems Sneyd Colliery dating from the late 19th & early 20th Cent. They were sent to the blacksmiths shop for destruction by the owners, immediatly prior to nationalisation & my grandfather as foreman blacksmith saved some of the choicer pieces.
I was talking to another blacksmith of the time recently, & the same thing happened at the pit he was at - bit off topic but I thought interesting.

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IP: 91.110.111.241 Edited: 05/12/2010 22:10:14 by Mr.C
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Posted: 05/12/2010 23:01:48
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Britains old metal mines there too...... its odd but for all the wonderful books I have I still seem to fall back to a core of 10 or so..... I think the 3 books seen in the pic lived on my desk for about a year and raised many a strange question from those who chose to quiz me on them........

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Posted: 05/12/2010 23:14:33
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For me it must be David Bick's Old Metal Mines of Mid Wales and Simon Hughes' British Mining Volume The Cwmystwyth Mines.

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Posted: 05/12/2010 23:40:55
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David Bick's "The Old Copper Mines of Snowdonia" for me....and a book I have just about ruined by looking at it so much, "Rhosydd Slate Quarry" by Lewis and Denton. No chance of buying a new one, unfortunately! IP: 213.122.158.13
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Posted: 06/12/2010 08:19:28
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droid wrote:

The book that first got me into mine history was Jim Rieuwert's 'Lead Mining in the Peak District. It was backed up by one of Nellie Kirkham's books, the title of which eludes me after 40 years.


That was one of my first purchases too, and my copy is well-tumbed and dog-eared from having been all over the place in the thigh pocket of a pair of combat trousers! The Nellie Kirkham book is "Derbyshire Lead Mines and Miners", BTW.

Another well-read book of mine is Mke Gill's "The Grassington Mines", which was my standard reference book when I lived up that way, and Eric Holland's "Coniston Copper Mines - a Field Guide" has been around the Old Man and Wetherlam with me quite a bit.....

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Posted: 06/12/2010 11:03:37
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The book that started it for me was JIC Boyd on the Penrhyn.

Books I refer to on a regular basis include Le Neve Forster's text book on ore and stone mining, Dines is also regularly consulted. Although there are problems with it I do find myself coming back to Frank Booker's Industrial Archaeology of the Tamar Valley.
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Posted: 06/12/2010 11:35:19
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Old Copper Mines of Snowdonia (Bick). Had a copy for about 20 years, then got a £5 new Landmark version from a bargain book shop in Llandudno a couple of years ago. I always seem to come across something new when I dip in.

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Posted: 06/12/2010 12:53:01
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BertyBasset wrote:

Old Copper Mines of Snowdonia (Bick). Had a copy for about 20 years, then got a £5 new Landmark version from a bargain book shop in Llandudno a couple of years ago. I always seem to come across something new when I dip in.


The shop (across the road from Holy Trinity Church) still had them in stock for £4.99 yesterday.
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Posted: 06/12/2010 15:18:20
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yep that's where i got my copy a couple of years ago

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