Mining in Cornwall and Devon

Mines and Men

Roger Burt, Raymond Burnley, Michael Gill, and Alasdair Neill

Mining in Cornwall and Devon

Roger Burt, Raymond Burnley, Michael Gill, and Alasdair Neill

Distributed for University of Exeter Press

272 pages | 1 compact disc, 15 halftones | 6 x 9
Paper w/CD $45.00 ISBN: 9780859898898 Published December 2014 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Mining in Cornwall and Devon brings together material from a variety of hard-to-find sources on the detailed history of the thousands of mines that operated in Cornwall and Devon from the late 1790s to the present day. It presents information about what and when these mines produced; who owned and managed each mine; and how many men, women, and children each mine employed. Illustrated throughout and accompanied by an interactive CD, Mining in Cornwall and Devon is an eloquent overview of the structure and progress of an industry that became a crucible of innovation during Britain’s industrial revolution.

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
General Introduction

Section 1 - The Mineral Statistics c. 1850-1920
(i) Introduction
(ii) Mining in Cornwall
(iii) Mining in Devonshire
(iv) An Overview of the Two Counties
(v) Tables

Section 2 - Output Data before and after the Mineral Statistics: Stannary, Ticketing and Aggregate Returns
(i) The Eighteenth Century
(ii) The Twentieth Century
(iii) The Future
(iv) Tables

Section 3 - The Duchy of Cornwall Returns
(i) Introduction
(ii) Evolution
(iii) The Duchy's Role in South West Mining
(iv) Reform of the Coinage
(v) Income from Mining and Minerals
(vi) The Duchy as Mineral Owner
(vii) Clay and Stone Quarrying
(viii) Coal Mining
(ix) Conclusion
(x) Tables

Section 4 - Mining Companies and their Personnel c. 1850-1920
(i) Sources of the Data
(ii) Investigation of the Data


A1 The General State of the Copper Mines in Cornwall for Seven Years ending 31 December 1789
A2 Mining Material Costs and Copper Ore Prices 1791-1798
A3 The Financial Condition of the Cornish Copper Mines 1792-1798
A4 Biographical Notes on Mine Managers

Bibliography of mine-related books and articles
The CD: Description of the Contents and User's Manual
Index of Mine Names

Review Quotes
Devon Archaeological Society Newsletter
“A very impressive compilation containing valuable overviews and insights into an economically, socially and archaeologically significant part of Devon (and Cornwall's) heritage.”
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