Beneath the towering ramparts of Force Crag, at the head of Coledale, a remote Cumbrian valley, nestles Lakeland's last surviving metal mine. Four-hundred years ago the valley lay untouched by human hands: now it harbours a labyrinth of dark, twisting passages, a network of tunnels and shafts where generations of miners toiled to win the glittering lead ore, black zinc, silver, and pure white barytes.
Ian Tyler traces Force Crag's changing fortunes from the advent of the Elizabethan miners to the mechanised years of the 20th century. This is the story of a hardy breed of men, of their courage, ingenuity, determination and tragedy. It is the history - rich in detail - of a traditional Lakeland industry, an industry where success and failure are governed by the savage mountain gales and the deep snows of winter.
The book is in very good condition, with only light markings present on the front and back covers; the spine appears to have faded due to sunning. Inside, pages are bright and there are numerous b/w photographs and drawings. Signed by the author on the half-title page.