Third Edition - 2014 UPDATE
This edition includes the latest news about a survey carried out in the Spring of 2013, which confirmed that gold was found in commercial quantities, just as I had said there would be. But then, just as a mining license was about to be signed, there was an extraordinary twist in the tail that nobody had foreseen. What was that? You will need to read the book to find out.
"A mineralogical thriller!"
What you are about to read is an extraordinary detective story about the gold mines of North Molton, where one hundred and fifty years ago extensive mining operations took place and where hundreds of people were employed.
During our investigation we will meet incredible people whose parents and grand-parents were involved in the mines and who tell extraordinary stories of what happened there. Conspiracies, intrigue, fraud and gold fever - it is all here and more. But what about the gold? Was gold ever found at the mines or were the tales of nuggets and reports of gold discoveries all part of an elaborate scheme designed to entice would-be investors to part with their money on false hopes of rich rewards. And if the stories of gold are true, what about today? Can we still find gold there now? A four day survey was carried out in 2013 and confirmed that commercial quantities of gold existed in the spoil heaps of the mines, but then...
The FOREWORD is written by Peter Stucley, the youngest son of Sir Hugh
Stucley and the Great grandson of George Wentworth Warwick Bampfylde, 4th Baron Poltimore (1882-1965).
Upon first reading my book he wrote and said, "You have done a really
marvellous job! It was a fascinating read. Over the last 30 years or so I have
gleaned various snippets of information from the family archives, but this is
the first time (that I am aware of) where somebody has pulled everything together in such a detailed and concise manner. It is a mineralogical thriller!"