Steam in the British Coalfields

Steam in the British Coalfields

The Slate Industry

Series: Britain's Heritage

Publication Date15th July 2019

Book FormatPaperback

pages64

Illustrations80

Height234

Width165

For thousands of years slate has been quarried in Britain, but in Victorian times it became big business, and the legacy of the industry now shapes the landscape of North Wales, especially.
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ISBN
9781445691053
Slate from British quarries roofed the world. For a period in the nineteenth century, ships exported thousands of tons of roofing slate from the UK to an international market. The development of slate as a roofing material drove the business of extraction, but many other slate products have been made as well, including writing slates, electrical installations and even snooker tables.

Slate is synonymous with North Wales, where a bid for World Heritage Site status is being made for the landscape formed by quarrying, but there was also a slate industry in Leicestershire, Cornwall and Cumbria. The enormous physical remains of the quarries themselves have sometimes developed as tourist attractions and at other times have been left as landscape features ripe for exploration and discovery.

This book is part of the Britain’s Heritage series, which provides definitive introductions to the riches of Britain’s past, and is the perfect way to get acquainted with the slate industry in all its variety.
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