Book reviews — August 1998
'PARIS: A PRELIMINARY INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY SITE GUIDE', by Susan J Hayton
The book is obtainable by post (£5.00 inc. p&p: cheques payable to D.H.W. Hayton) from D.H.W. Hayton, 31, The High Street, Farnborough Village, Orpington, Kent, BR6 7BQ.
A handlist of 250 sites of interest to the Industrial Archaeologist or the traveller of more eclectic taste. An introductory section gives a history of the major features of the City, transport, public utilities and bridges. The sites which include two churches (of structural interest), are arranged by district.
'THE ROYAL SMALL ARMS FACTORY AND ITS WORKERS', by David Pam
Available from David Pam, 44 Chase Green Avenue, Enfield, EN2 8EB at £14.
This is the story of the Royal Small Arms Factory from its origins around the end of the Napoleonic Wars through the Crimea, the Boer War, two World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, the Falklands and the Gulf War. It is also the story of the working class community which grew up around the factory at Enfield Lock; their skills, their efforts for self-improvement, their pleasures, sufferings, politics and religion.
'MINES OF CORNWALL AND DEVON', by Peter Stanier
Available from Twelveheads Press, Chy Mengleth, Twelveheads, Truro, Cornwall, TR4 8SN, price £15.000.
An historic photographic record selected from the historic collections of the British Geological Survey which brings to life the ghosts of Cornwall and Devon's once great mining industry.
'STEAM ENGINE BUILDERS OF LINCOLNSHIRE', by Ronald H. Clark
Given enough subscribers at £8.95 the book will be published in October, after which it will sell at £10.95. cheques to The Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology at Jews' Court, Steep Hill, Lincoln LN12 1LS.
A projected reprint of Ronald Clark's 1955 well-illustrated study of a major local industry containing brief histories of the 30 companies that produced steam engines in the county. BILL FIRTH
'CENTRAL STEPNEY HISTORY WALK', by Tom Ridge
Produced by Central Stepney Regeneration Board, price £1. It is available at the Guildhall, Museum of London, Bancroft Library, the Ragged School Museum and St.Dunstan's church.
Illustrated with many early photographs and printed on 60 A4 size pages. The large map in the centre has 129 numbered positions which are referred to in the text, giving a brief history of each place. This is an interesting walk of about 3 miles within an area bounded by Mile End Road, Burdett Road, Commercial Road and Sidney Street. It is an excellent and comprehensive booklet of the district. CHARLIE THURSTON
'A GUIDE TO THE INDUSTRIAL HISTORY OF THE BOROUGH OF ELMBRIDGE', by Peter Tarplee
It is available from John Mills, 35 Trotsworth Avenue, Virginia Water, Surrey, GU25 4AN, at £6.95 post free. Cheques payable to SIHG.
This is the latest Surrey Industrial History Group District Guide.
© GLIAS, 1998