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    James T. Tuck(Editor)

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  • PDF | 120 pages
  • James T. Tuck(Editor)
  • Index Books (May 1995)
  • English
  • 2
  • Science & Nature

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  • By Northernwrinkles on 16 October 2016

    Although this book will be of interest to any student of mining in Northumberland it has limitations and some disappointments compared with the Volume 1 of this title. It covers only half the number of collieries that Vol. 1 does despite having a few more pages. There is a sense that the content has been 'padded' with the inclusion of more photographs. Many of these are of underground workings and machinery which give little sense of the individuality of the pits concerned. The book also lacks a map showing the location of the mines discussed although O.S. map grid references are given and owners of Vol. 1 can always refer to the map in shown there. There are also inconsistencies e.g. that sinking dates are not included for some collieries (also true of the first volume).Nevertheless, this and its companion volume are commendable books which provide a great insight and wealth of information about a major element of Northumberland's industrial past for which today there is little physical trace in many cases. Anyone studying the demise of the coal mining industry in the area in the second half of the 20th. Century will certainly welcome the facts/comments concerning the circumstances of the closure of many of the pits. I am also sure the historic details about each pit, including industrial disputes, will be of interest to genealogists researching their family's mining roots. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the subject matter.


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