April 2016 - I'm very
pleased to announce the release of a new collaborative book by Dr.
Jim Rieuwerts and myself covering the history of mining in
The Castleton Mines - A Descriptive and Visual
History (ISBN: 978-0-9563473-6-7), the limited edition book
details the various mines and mining enterprises in the Castleton
Liberty from the 16th to late 19th Centuries, with research culled from Barmaster's records and numerous archive
sources. Both lead and Blue John mining are covered in this
fascinating volume, and the project has received support from the
Duchy of Lancaster.
The book, mainly written by Dr. Rieuwerts but
including contributions from myself, is
richly illustrated with my underground photographs of all the major
mine sites in the area, and with particular
attention given to the varied and previously under-documented workings in
Speedwell Mine. The book also features many
other illustrations, maps and
diagrams and rare historical photographs of great interest. The book
also received a citation in the
2016 Tratman Award,
our second as collaborators.
The book is full-colour
throughout, is 132 pages, and has been designed and
published by Peter Miles at Hucklow Publishing. The book was produced in a limited edition of 500
copies and has now sadly sold out.