CORNISH MINING AT SURFACE by J.A. Buckley, 1990. Following the general scenes are photographs to show the stages of processing tin, from the rough ore hoisted from underground to the final dressed concentrate of “black tin.” 32 pages, excellent photos, softcover.
by Charles Thurlow
Traditional mining methods in Cornwall, as they related to china clay operations. Many photos date to late 1890’s and early 20th century.
Lead & Lead Mining
by Lynn Willies
A brief look at the history of lead mining and smelting. This book is full of excellent Cornish mining scenes.
COPPER AND COPPER MINING by R.L. Atkinson, 1987. Two areas dominated copper production during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries: Devon and Cornwall. 32 pages, photos, softcover.
Cornwall’s Engine Houses by D.B. Barton, 1999
Engine houses are enduring monuments to the days when mining in Cornwall was of the first importance and Cornwall was a name reckoned amongst the foremost in the whole mining world. Great photos , both color and black and white, soft cover.
The St. Ives Mining District Volume II
by Cyril Noall, 1993
Spanning the entire period from the eighteenth-century to the yeasts after the Second World War, this book charts the rise and fall of numerous mining ventures in the St. Ives Mining District. 157 pages, soft cover, photographs.
East Wheal Rose
by H.L. Douch, 1979
The history of Cornwall’s greatest lead mine, located in the Newlyn – Newquay area. You will read about the methods used to extract the great riches underground as well as the terrible mine disaster that happened in 1846. 88 pages, photos, soft cover.
MINING IN CORNWALL VOLUME ONE: THE CENTRAL DISTRICT
by J.H. Trounson and L.J. Bullen, 2001
Lying amid the granite hills of Carn Brea, Carn Marth and Carn Entral, this mineralized zone is about 3 ½ miles wide and 4 miles long. Started as copper workings these mines soon found that the copper gave way to Cornwall’s oldest, most valuable commodity: tin. Great photos-many never published before, enriched by detailed, informed commentary. 128 pages, soft cover. Highly recommended.
A Glossary of Mining Terms edited by W.G. Orchard, 1991 Many new books on Cornish mining and its history have been written in the last twenty years of so. This book containing terms relevant to old and modern mining practice seems to fill a need in this respect. Provides excellent information! 42 pages, soft cover.
A History of Copper Mining in Cornwall and Devon
by D.B. Barton, 1978
This, the first book devoted solely to the history of the copper mines of the West of England, traces the development of the industry from its pioneer Elizabethan days through the years of greatness, from 1750 to 1850, when Cornwall dominated the world’s copper market. Soft cover, 96 pages, photos, map.
TALES OF THE CORNISH MINERS by John Vivian, 1993. 32 pages, photos, softcover.
The British Lead Mining Industry
by Roger Burt, 1984
The development of non-ferrous metal mining and manufacturing industries in the U.K. has long been one of the most neglected areas of modern economic history. This is the definitive work on the subject! 344 pages, hard cover, dust jacket, index.
On The Steam Engines in Cornwall
by Thomas Lean, 1969
“Lean;s Engine Reporter” was a publication unique in the annals of steam engineering history. For over a century from 1811, it charted the performance and efficiency, month by month, of many of the first-rate pumping engines of the Cornish Mines. This reprint of a rare and little known classic will be welcomed by all who are interested in the history of steam engineering and of the Cornish beam engine in particular. 152 pages, hard cover, dust jacket. An Excellent book!
THE CORNISH MINING INDUSTRY: A BRIEF HISTORY
by J. A. Buckley, 2012
48 pages, photos, illustrations, index, softcover.
MINING IN CORNWALL TODAY
by Cornish Chamber of Mines, 1977
This book seeks to describe the activities of the various companies that are members of the Cornish Chamber of Mines. Pages are not numbered, color and black & white photos, softcover.
WHITE GOLD FROM CORNWALL & DEVON by Charles Thurlow, 1992. This book shows how china clay is prepared, using tools such as rippers, centrifuges and tube presses. 33 pages, photos, softcover
South Crofty Old Workings by Deakin, Buckley and Riekstins, 1999
The workings of South Crofty Mine extend over an area of nearly two square miles. 32 pages. Interesting old underground photos, both color and black & white, softcover
by Cyrill Noall, 1999
This book was first published in 1972. This classic account of Botallack by Cyrill Noall is re-issued with new illustrations and a reset text. This book remains the only detailed history of Botallack. Situated only a few miles from the Land’s End, its engine houses cling precariously to the sides of rugged cliffs against which the Atlantic surges in rough weather with tremendous violence, making the solid rock quiver with fury. 126 pages, photographs, index, soft cover. A really interesting book!
Cornish Pioneers in South Africa
by Richard D. Dawe, 1998
This is the story of Cornish men and women who went to South Africa in the nineteenth century. Most went to the copper, diamond, or gold mines and went on to play an important part in the development of Kimberly and the Rand. Many Cornishmen were involved in the Zulu and Boer wars before the Union of South Africa was formed. 331 pages, photos, soft cover.
SOUTH CROFTY UNDERGROUND by Deakin, Buckley & Riekstins, 1995. The photos in this book cover almost every aspect of mining at South Crofty. 32 pages, color and black & white photos, softcover.
Cornwall’s Central Mines: The Northern District 1810 – 1895
by T.A. Morrison, 1980
Cornwall’s central mining district, concentrated around Camborne and Redruth, was the core of the industry. This book is the result of years of meticulous research. This book covers 100 or so mines such as the Cook’s Kitchen, East Pool, and the Carn Brea mine. 392 pages, photos, index, hard cover, dust jacket.
South Crofty Mine: A History by J.A. Buckley, 1997
South Crofty is the sole surviving tin mine in Cornwall. Every change in the conditions and fortunes of the mining industry has been reflected in the history of the South Crofty over the past three hundred years. South Crofty’s survival is due to the skill and tenacity of its workforce and the strength and persistence of its lodes. 208 pages, great photos, both color and black and white, soft cover. Great Book!
Essays in Cornish Mining Volume II
by D.B. Barton, 1971
The author examines in detail some facets of the industrial history of this far south-western corner of England. Essays include, “Some Characters in Cornish Mining”, “The Arsenic Production In West Cornwall”, “Pestronguet Creek Tin Works, 1871-1879”, etc. 176 pages, photos, index, hard cover, dust jacket.
The Pasty Book
by Hettie Merrick, 1999
This is a very popular book as there has always been a great deal of interest in the tasty Cornish pasty. Miners have always had a special and strong association with the pasty. A neat book with Cornish pasty recipes, history of the pasty, etc. Soft cover.
Cornwall’s Mining Heritage
by Peter Stanier, 1997
The history of metal mining in Cornwall is a long one, with copper, iron, lead, tin and other minerals having been mined over the centuries. The legacy is a unique landscape studded with empty engine houses and a reminder that many parts of rural county were once bustling with mining. Great photos, maps, soft cover. An excellent publication!
The Cornish Mineral Industry 1937 – 1951
by J.H. Trounson, 1989
This book commemorates the work of Jack Trounson who was one of the leading twentieth – century authorities on Cornish mining and the greatest exponent of its future potential. He had an unparalleled ability to marshal a wealth of detail on the past working of mines and use it to point to places where minerals might still be worked at a profit. This book provides information on a lot of different mines and mining areas. 197 pages, photos, maps, soft cover.
Cornwall’s Future Mines
by J.H. Trounson, 1993
This book is destined to become a standard work of reference. It contains full and updated grid references for each location and it is copiously illustrated with photographs from a unique private collection, many of which have never before been published. 163 pages, photos, list of mines and grid references, soft cover. A neat book!
Devon and Somerset Mines
by Burt, Waite, and Burnley, 1993
Devon and Somerset mines are less well known mines than their Cornish neighbors, but they had a continuous history lasting two thousand years and included some of the world’s biggest producers. Lots of information on each mine. 136 pages, soft cover.
The Mines & Mining Men of Menheniot
by Stephen Bartlett, 1994
In 1843, lead was discovered in Menheniot. Menheniot’s population was to double as hundreds of working miners arrived from western Cornwall and the St. Austell area. Soon massive engine houses dominated the skyline and a new lead mining district was born. The mining story is told here, in full, for the first time with the complete histories of all sixteen parish mines, both large and small, forming the core of the book. 144 pages, photos, hard cover, dust jacket, index. A really interesting book!
THE HENSBARROW GRANITE DISTRICT: A GEOLOGICAL DESCRIPTION AND A TRADE HISTORY
by J.H. Collins. First published 1878. Reprinted 1992
58 pages, illustrated with five plates and a map, index, softcover.
MINES OF THE SIXTIES: A SELECTION FROM THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE TRURO CORRESPONDENT TO THE MINING JOURNAL BETWEEN 1860 & 1864
by G. W. Hall, 2000
The contents give us brief glimpses of many facets of a once mighty industry. 283 pages, excellent photos, maps, hardcover, dust jacket.
MINING ACCIDENTS IN THE ST. JUST DISTRICT 1831-1914 by Peter Joseph, 1999
72 pages, photos, illustrations, softcover.