This book is the product of two core elements – first, photographs taken between 1860 and 1940 of the last days of Dartmoor’s high moorland tin industry and, secondly, recollection
of those days from the people of Dartmoor themselves. Both components have been
gathered by Tom Greeves since about 1970, involving countless conversations,
correspondence and journeys, even to America.
Three important mines are the focus of this book – Hexworthy, Vitifer and Golden Dagger.
Unique images of people and machinery bring to life the sites that have now been
reclaimed by the moor, and the voices of those once involved in Dartmoor’s pre-eminent
industry are heard again.
Tom Greeves MA, PhD, is a cultural environmentalist who is a leading authority on the archaeology and history of Dartmoor. Since 1998 he has been chairman of the Dartmoor Society and he has been President of the Devonshire Association 2015-2016. His varied career has included being Sites & Monuments Officer for Devon and archaeologist for Dartmoor National Park.
This beautifully written and authoritative work is an important contribution to Dartmoor's social history. ... a valuable source of information ... an absolute gem.
Transactions of the Devonshire Association
A very important contribution to the story of Dartmoor's tin industry in its final phase.
Trevithick Society Newsletter
Fascinating book ... the author brings it to life with his life-long interest in the subject.
. . . an amazing amount of new information about the lives and working of the miners . . .
Also by Tom Greeves:
Dartmoor's Earliest Photographs, £18.00
Also about Dartmoor:
The Redlake Tramway