Mining UK Cumbria [USED] Seathwaite Wad and the Mines of the Borrowdale Valley

[USED] Seathwaite Wad and the Mines of the Borrowdale Valley

[USED] Seathwaite Wad and the Mines of the Borrowdale Valley
SKU 409237
Weight 0.61 kg
 
£15.00
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Ian Tyler PB 220pp

Here is the story of the hidden treasure of Seathwaite, where vagabonds and thieves dared all to steal the Wad (graphite),more precious than gold, and who created the first black market in the dives and murky alehouses of Keswick where the illicit goods were sold to Jewish merchants.
We also read of the monks of Furness Abbey and of the brilliant Hechstetter family who did so much for Cumbrian mining. And of the enormously wealthy Bankes family who owned the mine for so long.
Ian Tyler tells us of the beginning of a unique industry in Keswick, that of pencil making, and then he takes us to the western shores of Derwentwater where the 16th century copper mines lie - the roots of Cumbrian mining
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