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Back to the Slate Mines. Reviving the Collyweston Slate Industry

Joshua Parfitt

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Ref. 111813   Edition. First Edition

Published By: Summertime Publishing 2022 (London)

The sleepy village of Collyweston was once home to a thriving industry that crowned England's most treasured buildings with slate roofs. From Roman times until the 1960s, this limestone rock was hauled from 40ft below ground to top churches, universities and even the ancient heart of England - London's Guildhall. Today, only locals and heritage lovers might spot the difference between a Collyweston slate and a mass-produced concrete tile - but local slaters used to guard the secret with their lives. To ward off pre-modern cowboy builders, they cloaked their trade in a mysterious lexicon where mumford meant a 7-inch slate and their apprentices had to spend all night in a mid-winter field. Were it not for extensive trials by English Heritage and specialist Collyweston-based restoration firm Messenger, these flashes of genius could have been lost forever. Following successful trials in 2012, Collyweston mines are open for the first time in 50 years. Captured within these pages are the stories, in the very words of slaters, of how the trade used to be - and how hard the industry fought to resurrect it. Brand new book by a local author.

Book Condition: New

Size: 8vo

Binding: Softback

Book Type: Book

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