Sometimes friends of our's produce good books which we can heartily recommend. Although these books are not available from us we do try to help publicise them.

Mills on the Teign, by Martin Bodman

A gazetteer of 125 water-powered sites including mills and mines on the Teign and the Bovey rivers and their tributaries, in and around Dartmoor, in Devon. With references to over 150 millers, and to bakers, mill owners, miners, ironfounders, millwrights and others, with a further 48 sites listed for the rest of the Teign catchment, including locations in Islington, Newton Abbot and Kingsteignton.

ISBN 978 0 9548758 3 1, Paperback. 156 pages, 197 x 210 mm. Colour cover, black & white contents. 141 photographs etc, 56 maps. £16.00 including postage.
Available from Tor Mark Press, United Downs Industrial Estate, St Day, Redruth TR16 5HY

Mills on the Yeo and the men who worked them, by Martin Bodman

A gazetteer of 88 water-powered sites in south east Somerset and north west Dorset. It focuses on their history in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The volume covers mills on the Yeo and all its tributaries, including the Cam and the Wriggle. Full index, with references to millers, bakers, silk throwsters, sailcloth manufacturers and others.

ISBN 978 0 9548758 2 4, Paperback. 120 pages, 197 x 210mm. Colour cover, black & white contents. 61 photographs, 54 maps. £12.60 including postage.
Available from: Somerset & Dorset Family History Society, Book Sales, P O Box 4502, Sherborne Dorset DT9 6YL

Painting a Mine with Light, by John Peck

This is a unique book about mining, and Wheal Jane. Over a 20-year period the author has photographed the mine. The book contains photographs, which provide insights into shaft sinking, raise boring and many other aspects of mining. Some of these photographs have rarely been photographed before. The photographs show the hostile environment in which both miner and photographer were often working.

ISBN 0 9552557 0 8, 64 pages, 86 illustrations, 27 in colour, paperback £6.95 plus £1.00 p&p.
Contact the author on for ordering details.

JOHN PENN and SONS of GREENWICH by Richard Hartree

This book tells the story of a three-generation family firm of the Victorian era within its historical context. Founded in 1799 by John Penn I, a millwright from Somerset, it quickly became one of the major engineering firms in the London area. Under John Penn II it became a leading supplier of marine steam engines for both paddle and screw ships, the major supplier of engines to the Royal Navy (including the revolutionary ironclad HMS Warrior) and made important contributions to the development of steam navigation. John Penn II became a Fellow of the Royal Society and was twice President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. John Penn III became MP for Lewisham.

ISBN 978 1 84306 411 4, 128 pages,75 black and white and 8 colour illustrations, paperback £14.95 plus £1.50 p&p UK, £3.50 p&p Europe, £6.50 rest of world
Copies available from Richard Hartree, Stables Cottage, Sibford Ferris, Banbury, OX15 5RE, UK. Payments - £ Cheque; PayPal or Credit Card by e-mail:

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