Dalton-in-Furness, Mediaeval Capital to Mining Community, by Rock Battye
Book published by the Cumbrian Railway Association in 2006, 64 pages. Large A4 size softback (N7286)
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From the introduction: I was born and brought up in Dalton, in a house which looked across the town to the railway station, a brisk five-minute walk away. The 'tang, tang' of hammer on anvil in the blacksmith's smithy nearby, the deep-throated 'ruff, ruff' of the Fowler-designed goods engines as they lifted a heavy freight up the bank, these are two of the sounds that have remained in my memory of those early years spent in the town.
There were happy childhood wanderings around Mouzell and Elliscales, where I could see the formation of the old railway lines that had served the iron mines in those areas. 'Stainton Bobby' still pushed its load of empty wagons up the hill to the limestone quarries in Stainton. There were many in Dalton who remembered the old times, and you could hear some fascinating tales being recounted by the 'old stagers' as they whiled away their days sitting on the seats at the 'Weint' corner.
Standing in the middle of Greystone Lane (as you could then, without fear of injury), it was interesting to note the line of the old road, leading past the cottages and over the railway line into Railway Terrace. And again, when the line left Dalton, it seemed to be heading for the coal drops at Crooklands before veering sharply right and making for Undal Tunnel. The OS maps confirmed both of these sightings, but I was curious to know why. This curiosity partly explains the writing of this book. Chapters include:
Ancient Capital of Furness
Industry before the Railway Age
The Railway in Furness
The Boom Years
Years of Decline
Dalton and its RailwayToday
Acknowledgements & Bibliography