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The Ironstone Quarries of the Midlands: History Operation and Railways - Part 7 Rutland

The Ironstone Quarries of the Midlands: History Operation and Railways - Part 7 Rutland

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The ironstone quarries of Rutland obtruded very little on this quiet countryside and today the few scars are hidden in the folds of the hills; but the county made a signficant contribution to the iron and steel industry of Scunthorpe, the North East and the Midlands, and today offers a centre of efforts to preserve material relating to this now defunct industry.

While there were no very early quarries in Rutland, those at Cottesmore date from the 19th century, methods associated with which it carried well into the 20th. On the other hand, the post-World War II operations at Market Overton and Exton Park were on the massive scale of the period. The histories of all these workings are described in detail, with special attention to transport methods and to the quarry machines that worked at all the quarries. The involved history of the preservation movement is fully documented, and for the benefit of industrial archaeologists descriptions of present day remains, with grid references, are given.

Maps specially drawn by Ian Lloyd indicate the extent of quarrying, with dates where known, and tramway layouts at different periods. The work is well illustrated with photographs from official and amateur sources. To relate the quarries described to the ironstone industry as a whole, the reader should refer to Part I of this series

Hardback with dust jacket, 168 pages, black & white photographs

Condition: Good/Very Good with past owner's signature inside front cover and some sunfading to spine

ISBN: 9781870754071

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