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Slate Mining in the Lake District

An Illustrated History

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Author: Alastair Cameron

The remnants of slate mining and quarrying form as much a part of the Lakeland historic landscape as the stone walls, heathered moorlands and Lakeland farms do. A significant number of local families currently living in Lake District villages has had some connections with the slate industry in the past, and a few are still involved in the industry today.

Although many believe that slate was worked during the Roman era, the present ‘style’ of slate-working started shortly after the Norman Conquest to help build the Norman castles, abbeys and priories in Britain. The Normans were familiar with slate; it had been worked for centuries earlier at sites in the Ardennes and in the Loire valley. By 1280 there are references to slate being worked at Longsleddale and by the fifteenth century the industry was well established throughout the district.

Using historic detail, photographs and captions, Slate Mining in the Lake District: An Illustrated History explores the history of the industry in the Lake District. Considering slate mining’s key role in the heritage of this iconic national park, Alastair Cameron also details its present-day operations.

Book ISBN 9781445651309

Book Format Paperback

pages 96 pages

Publication Date 15 Mar 2016

Height 234

Width 165

Illustrations 180


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Delightful insight on Lakeland History Review by Mark
This delightful book provides glorious historical insights, with personal touches on the individual miners involved and a brief explaination of the geology of the different coloured slate bands that flow across the National Park. The author's admiration of the people who worked these mines and the part they played in the economy, community and history of the area, shines through.

This book thoroughly deserves a place on the shelves of everyone who loves the Lakes and can see beyond the mountain tops to the history and labours of men who for centuries have made their living in this harsh but stunningly beautiful landscape. (Posted on 27/03/2016)

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