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Mines and Miners of Cornwall and Devon (Paperback)

The Tin and Copper Industries

Local History British History P&S History Photographic Books Mining & Miners England

By Anthony Burton
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 176
Illustrations: 20 colour and b/w illustrations
ISBN: 9781526773388
Published: 17th August 2020
Last Released: 26th April 2021

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Tin mining has existed in Cornwall and parts of Devon from before the Romans arrived in Britain, this volume which is Anthony Burton's one hundredth book, marks a milestone in the authors writing career.

The book takes the story of Tin mining from its earliest period through to the present day, looking at how the industry developed from basic primitive pick and shovel operation, to the later use of explosives and steam to extract the valuable ore.

The book also looks at the politics, economics and technology available at different periods of the history of the tin mining industry.

The volume has many new illustrations and has been thoroughly researched, to produce a new insight into this interesting old industry.

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 Anthony Burton

About Anthony Burton

Anthony Burton is a professional author, who has been writing about the history of technology, including the textile industries for the past forty years.


He wrote and presented the B B C-T V series The Rise of King Cotton and also wrote the accompanying  book.


Recently he has been the advisor to Discovery Channels programmes Industrial Revolutions and Industrial Revolutions Europe, which included visiting silk mills and museums in Britain and Lyon in France.


He is a founder member and former chair of the Stroud Water Textile Trust, that preserves and demonstrates machinery of the West of England woollen industry.

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