Mining in Cornwall and Devon

Mines and Men

Roger Burt author Michael Gill author Raymond Burnley author Alasdair Neill author


Publisher:University of Exeter Press

Published:26th Sep '14

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Mining in Cornwall and Devon is an economic history of mines, mineral ownership, and mine management in the South West of England.

The work brings together material from a variety of hard-to-find sources on the thousands of mines that operated in Cornwall and Devon from the late 1790s to the present day. It presents information on what they produced and when they produced it; who the owners and managers were and how many men, women and children were employed. For the mine owners, managers and engineers, it also offers a guide to their careers outside  the South West, in other mining districts across Britain and the world. A long section on the Duchy of Cornwall provides details of the Duchy's role as the largest mineral owner in the South West, and of the modernisation and changing administration of the Stannaries.

The printed book provides a guide to the sources, their interpretation and how they illustrate the long-term development and decline of the industry; the composite mine-by-mine tables are presented on an interactive CD included free with the book.

'[...] a very impressive compliation containing valuable overviews and insights into an economically, socially and archaeologically significant part of Devon (and Cornwall's) heritage.'
Devon Archaeological Society Newsletter September 2015

‘The CD and book provide a very useful resource for anyone interested in the history of the extractive industries in Cornwall and Devon’
(Louise Hollick, Landscape History Vol 36, No 2 (2015)

‘[…] the CD… represents a very considerable compilation of mining history data, much of it available in this format for the first time. The interactive aspects are easy to operate and the structure is a model of clarity, particularly if reference is made to the appropriate explanatory text in the book.’
‘[…] this work is likely to prove valuable to those researching in mining and economic history’ (R.C. Scrivener, Mineralogical Magazine 79, 2015)

‘Roger Burt and his supporters are to be congratulated on having put together the definitive work on Cornish and Devon mining Statistics in modern times.’ (James Whetter, The Cornish Banner, Issue 158, November 2014)

ISBN: 9780859898898

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272 pages