Cleveland The Loftus Mines, Skinningrove

The Loftus Mines, Skinningrove

SKU 409117
Weight 0.15 kg


Simon Chapman A5 100pp

The working of ironstone in the vicinity of Loftus began with beach workings on the coast near to the little bay of Skinningrove. Sometime in the 1830's loose ironstone was gathered from the beach and put into ships and taken to be used in the iron industry near the banks of the river Tyne. Systematic exploration by John Vaughan lead to the opening of the first true ironstone mine in Skinningrove in 1848. This mine was to inspire Vaughan to look for the same seam nearer to the then small town of Middlesbrough where he had a works. Ultimately he found the stone and went on to be joint head of the largest company at that time in the world. Skinningrove mine fell into different hands, finally closing in 1958, and a life of 110 years, the longest lived of all the Cleveland ironstone mines. Simon documents its history in graphic detail. His book is well illustrated and shows how the fortunes of the mine rose and fell. The former mine is now the site of the Tom Leonard Mining Museum.
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