Coniston Copper Mines: A field guide to the mines in the copper ore field at Coniston in the English Lake District

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Cicerone Press, Sep 9, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 120 pages
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This is a field guide to the relics of copper mining in the fells above Coniston, at Tilberthwaite, Greenburn and at Seathwaite Tarn above the Duddon Valley. Because of opportunities these old mines present for the study of industrial archaeology, for adventure, mineral collecting and geology there is an ever-increasing awareness of them among widely varying sections of the public. One could say a new sport has come into being as more and more people of all age groups, not contenting themselves solely with surface exploration and fossicking in old dumps, are going below ground. Mining did not cease completely in the region until 1942, having commenced at Coniston in or around 1599. Evidence of working from the earliest times right through to the 1950s are to be seen at Coniston, thus creating a unique memorial to the immense endeavour which has taken place both on and under these fells.

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Eric's interest in caves and mining go back to when he was active with the Red Rose Cave and Pothole Club in the early development of the now famous Easegill/ Lancaster Hole series of caverns. Eric Holland was Editorial Assistant with the journal Mine and Quarry Engineering, a quarry manager, offered an explosive service and did the occasional job on a steam roller. His 'Underground in Furness' series of books are well known in mining/ Caving circles. Together with like minded colleagues he formed the Cumbria Amenity Trust, a mining historical society carrying out active exploration and concerning itself with preservation and access. He was a voluntary National Park Warden. Eric died in 2003.

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