Book reviews — August 1991
CATALOGUE OF RECORDS, SCOTTISH INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY SURVEY 1977-85
The Royal Commission op, the Ancient and. Historical Monuments of Scotland. 106 pages A4 size, £2.00 (including postage) ISBN 074 8003053
This excellent list of Scottish Industrial Archaeology sites was compiled principally by Dr. Miles Ogelthorpe from survey work by Graham Douglas. The authors may be known already to GLIAS members for ‘A Survey of Scottish Windpumps’, Industrial archaeology Review vol. 7. no. 1, Autumn 1984, pages 74-84 and ‘Scottish Windpumps and Windmills: New Information’. Industrial Archaeology Review, vol.9, no. 1, Autumn 1986, pages. 82-6.
The main section of this catalogue is arranged topographically and there are two classified indices. In section 1 the topographic list, sites are referred to by grid reference and the parish or burgh is given. Section 2 gives classification under the headings: building and construction, ceramics, chemicals, commercial, engineering, extractive industries, farming & fishing, food & drink processing, marine construction, metal industries, printing & publishing, public services, recreation, residential, textiles, transport & communications, wood working and miscellaneous. There are many entries for brickworks, windpumps, mills and bridges. Section 3 is a list of thematic surveys covering suspension bridges, hand cranes, horizontal watermills, vertical watermills, windmills and wind-engines. One must bear in mind that industrial archaeological remains may no longer be present at all the sites mentioned but nonetheless the lists will be of great use for the visitor.
This is an important work and it can be firmly recommended, to GLIAS members venturing north of the Border. It is available at the very modest cost of £2.00 including postage from RCM3S. 54 Melville Street, Edinburgh SB 7HF, or telephone 031 225 5994. BOB CARR
DISCOVER GREENWICH AND CHARLTON, by Darrell Spurgeon
A comprehensive guide to Central Greenwich, Greenwich Park, West Greenwich, East Greenwich, Westcombe and Charlton. With a special section for day visitors Greenwich. This interesting and just-published guide (GN xxxxxxxxxxx) is packed with facts and runs to 208 pages, containing many illustrations, plus, rotes and index. Available direct from the author at £5.95 to include post and packing. Write to: Darrell Spurgeon, 72 Kidbrooke Grove, London SE3 OLG. Tel: 081 858 5831. MARY MILLS
WILKINSON STUDIES. Vol. 1, 1991.
60pp, Merton Priory Press
Price £3.95. Details from Merton Priory Press, P.O. Box 363, London SW12 3JW. This is the first of a new series that will be devoted to the work, life and times of John Wilkinson (1728-1808), entrepreneur and ironmaster. The series will be based on years of research by modern and earlier writers to present a dramatic and fascinating story of a man who played a vital part in the growth and expansion of the industrial revolution in Britain. BILL FIRTH
THE ART OF GUNFOUNDING. CAREL BE SEER
John Boudriot Publications, Ashley Lodge, Rotherfield, East Sussex, TN6 3QJC. Standard edition £53.00 plus £4.00 post/packing. De Luxe edition £85.00 plus £4.00 post/packing
The raison d’etre of this book is the reproduction of some 50 magnificent watercolours detailing every step of the foundry and machining processes at the Woolwich Foundry in the 1770s, by Jan and Pieter Verbruggen. This father and son were recruited from The Hague by the Board of Ordnance in 1770 to modernise the foundry at Woolwich.
This is a pricey work but will surely be warmly welcomed by gunfounding specialists. BILL FIRTH
© GLIAS, 1991