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ISBN: 9780857101327
AUTHOR: Bruce Boulton
Dartmoor Tin Mining
Dartmoor Tin Mining
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This book looks at early mining activity on Dartmoor from the twelfth century, when Stannary Law in Devon was first established, through the following centuries when mining remained largely an activity of the individual; the ‘Old Men’ toiling either alone or in small groups.

This was before the era of industrialised mining by which time the miners largely ceased working for themselves and became employees of corporate mining operations.

Tin mining on Dartmoor has left an indelible mark on the moorland landscape, from the early tin streaming activity through to the later underground workings. Remains of blowing houses, wheel pits and tinners’ burrows are there in abundance, although those walking on the moor may not recognise them for what they are.

This book will enhance the reader’s understanding of the moor’s history by bringing the early story of miners and mining to life, not least through over 250 photographs included, dating from the earliest years of photography through to pictures taken today.

Together with the informative text and illustrations, these photographs exemplify the importance of the Dartmoor Trust Archive in being able to evidence changes that have taken place on the moor in the past 150 years or so, along with capturing what can be seen in the landscape today.

As interest in our industrial heritage has become more to the fore, a final chapter has been included containing photographs of the last years of mining operations on Dartmoor and from Kelly Mine, Lustleigh, where work is continuing to preserve and restore a former mine site, the last of its kind on Dartmoor.

Bruce Boulton is a member of the Kelly Mine Preservation Society, although his interest in underground exploration stems from his boyhood at Rock House, Chudleigh – formerly well known as Rock Nursery Garden, Caves and Café. Bruce’s back garden comprised the massive redundant limestone quarry, an overgrown Victorian jungle with 80ft cliffs and a labyrinthine system of caves.

Before the age of ten he became assistant to the pioneer bat researchers, John and Win Hooper, studying Greater Horseshoe bats, a cause necessitating scrambling through subterranean darkness in order to record and ring them. This in turn led to visits to many former mines and a lifelong interest in that subject; a passion shared by Mary and Jessica Walmesley whose original text forms the core of this book. Now retired, Bruce continues his love of gardening and, when he has time, makes pottery.

Imprint: PiXZ. ISBN 978 0 85710 132 7, hardback, 148x210mm, 144 pages. Published August 2021.

Railways Round DartmoorRailways Round Dartmoor - £9.99
Bernard Mills provides a detailed history of Dartmoor's railways. Of particular interest are the many photographs from the author’s collection taken when the lines were in use, or in the throes of being dismantled, comparing them with photographs of the same scene today. These, combined with historic photographs from the Dartmoor Trust Archive and other sources, create a book that will prove fascinating not only to the railway enthusiast but also to the general reader.
Legendary Dartmoor Pubs & InnsLegendary Dartmoor Pubs & Inns - £9.99
In this book Simon Butler follow in the footsteps of the Sherlock Holmes as he tracks the deadly hound around the moor, taking in the real places visited by the author and playing the role of sleuth in identifying the locations that provided his inspiration. To add enjoyment to the ‘chase’ the book traces the origins of The Hound story to Dartmoor’s own legendary places, and links each to the moor’s historic public houses and inns.
The Perambulation: Dartmoor's Greatest Long Distance WalkThe Perambulation: Dartmoor's Greatest Long Distance Walk - £19.99
This sumptuously illustrated book by Roland Ebdon provides the reader with the comprehensive story of how Dartmoor’s Greatest Long Distance Walk came into being. It also gives details of sixteen excursions that modern-day walkers may undertake to retrace the route of the twelve medieval knights who first undertook this historic ‘perambulation’.
Discover Prehistoric DartmoorDiscover Prehistoric Dartmoor - £19.99
Over 600 superb illustrations supporting William Lethbridge's text make this book an essential companion for anyone with an interest in Dartmoor. It also provides a vital visual record of hundreds of prehistoric sites and artefacts, many little known and difficult to discover, that future generations will have in their care.
Edwardian Mining in Old PhotographsEdwardian Mining in Old Photographs - £9.99
The Edwardian postcard was the text message of its day and just about every colliery in Britain appeared was featured. Many of the images in this richly illustrated book by John Hannavy have never been published before, bringing the life of the Edwardian miner to a new audience.
Wheal Jane: The Final Mining YearsWheal Jane: The Final Mining Years - £16.99
In 1992 pumps at Wheal Jane were switched off once again and all that remains are the memories of those who once worked there and these unique and remarkable photographs by John Peck, vital documents recording its last years and its mining legacy.
A Boot Up Mining Walks in Cornwall & W DevonA Boot Up Mining Walks in Cornwall & W Devon - £4.99
In journeys through the Westcountry we are often confronted by tantalising glimpses of the industrial past in the form of evocative engine houses, chimney stacks, canals and harbours. Peter Hancock aims to help the inquisitive walker delve deeper into this rich legacy by providing ten diverse walks throughout Cornwall and West Devon.
A Boot Up Dartmoor's Sites of Magic & MysteryA Boot Up Dartmoor's Sites of Magic & Mystery - £4.99
This book of ten walks of varying length takes the reader along pathways to some of Dartmoor’s most intriguing places. With his intimate knowledge of the moor, John Earle has combined exhilarating walks and superb views with numerous sites associated with ghosts, apparitions, evil spirits, phantoms and fairies.
Spirit of Dartmoor PoniesSpirit of Dartmoor Ponies - £4.99
With over sixty fascinating and heart-warming images, Spirit of Dartmoor Ponies by the Dartmoor Pony Society captures the essence of these beautiful creatures, the living heart of the Dartmoor landscape.
Panoramic DartmoorPanoramic Dartmoor - £19.99
A landscape on a large scale demands a book of similar proportions and here, spread across double pages of lavish proportions, are some of the most glorious images that nature can provide. From renowned Devon photographer Adrian Oakes.
A Boot Up Dartmoor RiversA Boot Up Dartmoor Rivers - £4.99
This book of 10 walks of varying length takes the reader along Dartmoor’s beautiful river valleys, leading them alongside their tumbling waters, often providing tranquil settings of breathtaking beauty.
A Boot Up Ten Dartmoor TorsA Boot Up Ten Dartmoor Tors - £4.99
This book of 10 short walks by John Earle takes the reader up Dartmoor’s famous high spots – known as tors for those who don’t know – making the most of the breathtaking views on offer while offering information about the landscape and something of the history of surrounding area. The tors explored are chosen for the variety of walk they offer and the exciting scenery.
The Spirit of DartmoorThe Spirit of Dartmoor - £4.99
The essence of Dartmoor is captured through the superb photographs of Peter White. From familiar scenes of Dartmoor ponies on the open moor to delightful out-of-the- way places that only a seasoned explorer of the moor would know, this little book will delight all who see it.
Perfect DartmoorPerfect Dartmoor - £14.99
Dartmoor is not huge but is easily large enough to get lost in.Those who know the moor well will delight in the wonderful photographs this book contains, appreciating the endless patience of the photographer who has waited for that precise shot that encapsulates a particular fall of sunlight, the shadow across a hillside, and the bright flash of water tumbling in a stream. For those yet to discover the delights of Dartmoor, this book will provide inspiration to explore.
Web Price: £9.99
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