"Ironstone Mining in the Lincolnshire Wolds" - Book Launch.

8th December 2017

Local heritage enthusiast Stewart Squires has completed his illustrated book that documents the relatively unknown mining history of both Nettleton and Claxby mines.  The production of the book was supported by the Lincolnshire Wolds Small Grant's Scheme and also utilised the oral histories that were produced through the work of the Down Your Wold community heritage project.

The book was successfully launched at the Caistor Arts and Heritage Centre on Sunday 5th December, with over 25 volunteers attending to thank Stewart for his hard work and dedication in researching and compiling this very impressive publication.
Stewart thanked the many volunteers, local landowners, miners and their families who had all helped in the research and evidence gathering to help tell this largely untold story.  The first mine opened in 1868 at Claxby, with the last workings at Nettleton finally closing in 1968; life was challenging, conditions were tough and sadly lives were lost; but many friendships clearly gained…

The book is a great legacy for the ironstone mining heritage that has helped undeniably to shape the western escarpment of the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB.  The book has been published by The Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology and copies are available to purchase at Jews' Court, 2-3 Steep Hill, Lincoln. info@slha.org.uk

They are priced at £15 each – but with an introductory offer of £12 running until 31st December '17.

Stewart Squires with Nigel Burn, SLHA Chairman in the background; Rod Ambler, SLHA President on the right copyright Ken Redmore

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