Here’s one that is certain to create debate, comment and further articles. Alerted to it in the last week by both Gareth Thomas (Geographical whizz from Lichfield District Council) and Paul Daniel (data whizz behind the mechanism that keeps local news site The YamYam running so brilliantly), it’s a book scanned and published by that wonderful resource Google Books.
Ladies and Gentleman, I introduce you to ‘The South Staffordshire Coal-Field‘, part of the ‘Memoirs of the Geological Survey of Great Britain and the Museum of Practical Geology‘. The work scanned and presented here is the Second Edition, written by notable geologist J. Beete Jukes, and published in 1859.
I’ve now read it, and shall decline from comment until others have had a look. There is some really interesting stuff in there that will be of interest to those engaged in the study of the mines that peppered Brownhills Common.
Click on the coverpage below to download the book in PDF format. You’ll need Adobe Reader for that, but you’ve probably already got it. As an experiment, you can also view it online from the Google Docs page for this blog.