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The detailed results of Members research on a particular mine site or topic is occasionally published by the Club in the form of an "Account".

Accounts can range from detailed surveys and histories of particular sites, to write-ups on club explorations, and the results of historical research into, for example, mining accidents in Shropshire.

Club Accounts - still in Print

Aerial Ropeways of Shropshire, Account 28

By Mike Shaw, David Poyner and Robert Evans (2015)

Aerial Ropeways of Shropshire, Account 28 It took quite some time to produce this account - mainly because new material was constantly being found just as it was about to go to print!

The book is divided into 2 sections:

Part 1 - East Shropshire, covers the coal mine ropeways of Catherton Common, Bayton, Billingsley and Alverley plus the ropeway at Cosford Waterworks and some minor ropeways around the county.

Part 2 - West Shropshire, covers the ropeways from the Bog and Huglith mines to Malehurst Mill near Pontesbury. It brings together a lot of the fieldwork and research that Club members have done over the past 10 to 15 years while ‘tracing’ the routes of these ropeways.

It also briefly looks at some ‘imaginary’ Shropshire ropeways.

A4 with soft covers, 68 pages and numerous photographs, both historical and modern, it has proved a big hit with those that have seen it.


50 years of Mine Exploration

Proceedings of the 2011 NAMHO Conference. Various authors (2014)

50 Years of Mine Exploration - NAMHO 2011 proceedings The proceedings of the 2011 National Association of Mining History Organisations Conference at Preston Montford. The conference theme was "50 Years of Mine Exploration" - to coincide with the 50th birthday of the Club.

A high proportion of the papers delivered at the conference are included. Printed as a 'lavish' full colour publication.

A4, soft covers, 128 pages. Plus photographs and illustrations.

Madeley Wood Colliery, Halesfield and Kemberton Pits

Account 26, by Dr Ivor J.Brown (2007)

Account 26 A selection of articles covering the history of the Halesfield and Kemberton pits, from the early 1800s through amalgamation into the Madeley Wood Colliery (Madeley, Shropshire) and ultimate closure in July 1968.

It also includes details of the families who owned and operated the mines along with some of the mining characters of the area. Illustrated with 55 black and white photographs and over 56 maps and drawings explaining locations, developments and techniques.

A4, card covers, 84 pages


The History of Limestone Mining in Church Aston & Lilleshall

Account 25, by David Adams (2007)

Account 25 This extensive account is a fully revised and updated re-edition of Club Account 7, published in 1970, and covers the history of mining in the Lilleshall and Church Aston area (near Newport, Shropshire) from it's recorded beginnings in the 17th Century through to it's demise in the 20th century. It also covers the associated development of local transport routes - notably the Donnington Wood Canal with it's incline plane and numerous wharves.

Chapter 6 is a field guide, with 4 "guided" walks to lead visitors around some of the surviving remains of the area.
In addition to the numerous photographs, illustrations and maps, a couple of A3 fold-out plans are included to provide greater clarity when studying the underground workings.

A4, card covers, 246 pages, 123 B/w plates.

Mining in the Landscape

NAMHO 2006 Conference Proceedings. Various authors (2007)

NAMHO 2006 Conference Proceedings This publication contains the proceedings of the 2006 National Association of Mining History Organisations (NAMHO) conference held at Llangollen and orgranised by the Shropshire Caving & Mining Club and the Shropshire Mines Trust. The theme of the conference was "Mining in the Landscape" and the talks ranged from the local metal mining industry from prehistoric times (at Great Orme) to the large 18th & 19th century complexes at Minera. Barytes, and coal mining were also covered in surrounding areas. While mining landscapes in Cornwall, Arraynes (Spain) and Zloty Stok (Poland) were discussed by lecturers.

A4, 86 pages.

A List of Fatal Accidents in Shropshire Mines, 1850-1979

Account 24, Dr. I.J.Brown (2005)

Account 24 This account is an attempt to produce a list of persons who died as the result of an accident at a Shropshire mine using information given in the mines’ inspectorate reports, local newspapers, results of inquests and other sources.

From the 1850s, under the Coal Mines legislation, owners of ‘coal’ mines had to report accidents and after the passing of the Metalliferous Mines Acts in the 1870s, accidents at other mines had also to be reported, although some mine operators, like those of limestone and slate, claimed that this did not include them, as these were not ‘metals’. Eventually it was accepted that fatalities at these mines had also to be included.

This work, which has taken over 40 years to collate cannot claim to be complete, as new sources of information are constantly being discovered. However it has details of the majority of accidents along with details, newspaper reports, photographs and background information on a variety of incidents.

A4, card covers, 86 pages



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