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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing (30 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1445639637
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445639635
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 24.4 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 446,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ken Wain spent 38 years working underground in the Sheffield area and has amassed one of the best collections of images of the coal mines of South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire. He was instrumental in the creation of a memorial to the 106 men of Markham Colliery who lost their lives in three separate disasters, the last in 1973.

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The Coal Mining Industry
of Sheffield and North East Derbyshire
Ken Wain.

I have many books on my shelves of the history of Sheffield and its suburbs which are an excellent reference source. This volume is one of two, written and researched by Ken and it is obvious from the onset that he has the knowledge and passion for the industry. There are many areas in the history of mining that I had no idea about and found very interesting reading. He dedicated his working life to the industry in this area and also to the research of this book, which he says started back in 1974.
He has been diligent in collecting information and photographs to illustrate the book. Once I started to read, I had to finish a chapter, as the writing encourages you to want to know the full story.
This is more than a reference book, it is an insight into history, and will sit proudly on my book shelf with the others and I will refer to it in future years I am sure. So I now await the next volume to be published.
Retired University of Sheffield Technical Teacher
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The book provides a unique insight into the coal mining industry in and around Sheffield. The author draws from his personal experience, gained from a lifetime spent in the coal industry, and also from the experiences of others in the various communities. He describes working conditions that we would find totally unacceptable today, often exacerbated by the difficulties of surviving day-to-day life above-ground. An ever-present likelihood of underground tragedy prevailed in these times, and graphic examples of this are described. The histories of a significant number of collieries are presented and supported by an extensive set of photographs. The final chapter reviews aspects of the 1984/85 miners’ strike and provides much food for thought.
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This has the makings of a very good book. Ken Wain has obviously assembled a vast amount of information and pictures over many years but he has been badly let down by his editor/publisher. Much of the book reads more like a loosely assembled set of notes and many of the pictures are inadequately captioned (and some are bizarrely irrelevant - Stephenson's Rocket!! ). Unfortunately this book is typical of many of the productions of such publishers as Amberley (they are not alone) - produced with as little effort as possible and sold at an unreasonably high price. The inadequate editorial input shortchanges both the author and the reader - for goodness sake there isn't even a simple map showing the locations of the mines!!
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I have just purchased and read these two books and I strongly recommend them to anyone interested in the history of coal mining.They graphically explain the terrible price paid by miners and their families. They cover the period from the sixteenth century upto present day. these books will be of special interest to those who have worked in the industry and will serve ideally as reference for students and scholars.
It is no surprise to learn that the author spent over forty years in researching, collating and writing these books.
Well Done Ken.
F. A. Loukes IENG.FIMMM.
Ex Senior Electrical Engineer.
British Coal Headquarters
Eastwood Hall
Nottinghamshire
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