Lincolnshire's Industrial Heritage - A Guide, edited by Neil Wright

Lincolnshire's Industrial Heritage - A Guide, edited by Neil Wright

Book published by the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology in 2004, 106 pages. Paperback (N7353X1)

A comprehensive guide to the county's mills, railways, canals, bridges, factories and other important industrial remains. Over 400 entries - descriptive and historical information plus scores of photographs - arranged in a pocket-sized book.

From the introduction: The county of Lincolnshire is second only to Yorkshire in size and extends nearly a hundred miles from the Isle ofAxholme to the Norfolk border. Yet it is still largely unknown territory to many people. Its reputation for flatness mainly applies to the fens. Elsewhere the county has areas of higher land sloping gently down from west to east before meeting low wide valleys and then a steeper scarp slope. Along the western edge of the county are the Trent and upper Witham valleys, facing the scarp of the Lincoln Edge. Then to the east are the higher lands of the Heath sloping down to the Ancholme Valley, the lower Witham valley and the Fens, and east of those river valleys are the Lincolnshire Wolds, rising in places up to 500 ft, and beyond them the coastal Marsh which curves round to join the Fens at Wainfleet.

Lincolnshire's main role in the industrial revolution was as a supplier of food and raw materials, grown on the county's rich acres, to the industrial areas which could be reached by sea, river or by land. But its industrial archaeology extends beyond that to include the means of better producing food and crops, processing some of it, moving it, and meeting the needs of the coun­ty's own people. A number of Victorian engineering firms produced agricultural machinery and grew to be of world significance. In the 19th century, iron ore was rediscovered at Scunthorpe, and a number of other sites near Lincoln, Grantham and Caistor. The fens occupy the south-east corner of the county and in these and other low lying areas such as the Coastal Marsh, the Ancholme valley and the Isle ofAxholme there are extensive systems of wide and deep "drains" and pumping stations to keep the-land free from flooding...

Condition of the booklet is generally very good. The cover has one or two very minor scuffs but is clean and bright, the staple spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.