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The Dartmoor Tin Miner 1860-1940
Photographs & Memory
by Tom Greeves


This book is the product of two core elements - first, photographs taken between 1860 and 1940 of the last days of Dartmoor's high moorland tin industry and, secondly, recollection of those days from the people of Dartmoor themselves. Both components have been gathered by Tom Greeves since about 1970, involving countless conversations, correspondence and journeys, even to America. Three important mines are the focus of this book - Hexworthy, Vitifer and Golden Dagger. Unique images of people and machinery bring to life the sites that have now been reclaimed by the moor, and the voices of those once involved in Dartmoor's pre-eminent industry are heard again.

ISBN 978 0 906294 87 1. 160 pages, 166 illustrations. Hardback with dustwrapper. 16.00

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Dartmoor's Earliest Photographs
Landscape & Place 1860 - 1880
by Tom Greeves


By the mid-19th century the new discipline of photography was attracting many skilled practitioners. Presented here are some 125 images of Dartmoor in the 1860s and 1870s. Most have never been previously published in book form. They are the earliest precise record we have of the Dartmoor landscape - familiar, yet different to today, with some remarkable changes in vegetation and buildings. Fascinating subjects include popular landmarks, but also archaeological sites, bridges, churches, farmland, houses, military training, mills, mines, towns, viaducts and woods, giving a unique view of Victorian Dartmoor, often with people giving scale and context. The nationally renowned photographer Francis Bedford is well represented, as are many local photographers, such as William Merrifield of Tavistock and William Spreat of Exeter.

ISBN 978 0 906294 80 2. 124 pages, 135 illustrations. Full colour hard back. 18.00

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The Three Hares
A Curiosity Worth Regarding
Tom Greeves - Sue Andrew - Chris Chapman


From fifteenth-century rural churches in deepest Devon to sixth-century cave temples on the edge of the Gobi desert in China, this book follows its three authors - Tom Greeves, Sue Andrew and Chris Chapman - over a period of twenty-five years or more, on the tantalising trail of a mysterious medieval motif. The motif - three hares running in a circle sharing three ears which form a triangle at the centre of the design - is a paradox, for although only three ears are depicted each beast has two.
Along the way, a modern Devon myth is exposed, and the Three Hares in the sacred art of Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism are explored, and tentatively explained, before the trail leads into the Islamic world, and the great Mongol Empire. The creative spirit which gave form to the Three Hares in the medieval period, and which survived conflict and conquest, manifests itself in modern times and the inspirational work of contemporary craftspeople is presented.
Contributions from specialist authors on puzzles, geometry, and number bring the book full circle. The book is richly illustrated with photographs of people and place, and of exquisite, rare and precious artefacts held in private collections. Unusually, the book also gives a valuable insight into the photographic method.
Peter Beacham OBE, former Director of Heritage Protection for English Heritage says:
This book is a revelation. What begins as a personal quest of the three authors to discover more about a curious motif found in the medieval roofs of some modest Devon churches develops into an unexpected odyssey, sustained over decades, which takes them across continents and into many different cultures and faiths. Exploring beyond ever widening horizons as they pursue the extraordinarily diverse manifestations of this humble yet haunting image, their tale is rich in human encounter and cultural discovery, diligently researched, thoughtfully and engagingly told, and beautifully illustrated.

ISBN: 978-0-9931039-2-6 Price 30.00

Hardback 250 x 245mm, 368 pages, 326 illustrations, full colour throughout, full colour dustjacket.


Available from Skerryvore/Chris Chapman - tel: 01647 231508;
mobile: 07796 977675; email: chapman88@btinternet.com

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The Warren House Inn - Dartmoor
by Tom Greeves and Elisabeth Stanbrook


Dartmoor's most famous public house, with its cosy fire reputed to have never gone out since 1845, is located at 1425 ft above sea-level, and is surrounded by heather moorland and ancient tinworks. Its rich human story is the subject of a new edition of the book The Warren House Inn - Dartmoor by Tom Greeves and Elisabeth Stanbrook.
First published in 2001, this new edition is brought right up-to-date with additional text and three new historic images - of a wonderful horse-drawn carriage bringing visitors to the inn in about 1900, of a group of sixteen men outside the inn with publican Arthur Hurn in about 1950, and of the interior newly refurbished in the mid-1960s.
Read about Jonas Coaker the famous 19th-century landlord, the 'salting in of a corpse', tales of severe weather, and much else.
Priced at 4.95 and 64 pages long, this well- illustrated and carefully documented book explores the social history of the pub and its predecessor on the other side of the road. It is available from the Warren House Inn itself, and good bookshops.
The authors are both well-known writers and researchers about Dartmoor.

ISBN 1 870083 40 7 Price 4.95


Available direct from the Warren House Inn or from bookshops.


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Longships Lighthouse
by Elisabeth Stanbrook


Just 2km beyond Land's End stands the iconic Longships lighthouse, the vision of the ill-fated Lieut Henry Smith. Since 1795, the lighthouse has undergone many changes including the purchase by Trinity House and a complete rebuild. Construction problems, keepers' trials and tribulations and the skills of the relief boatmen all feature, as does the full fury of the Atlantic Ocean. Strong links were also forged with nearby Sennen from where the lighthouse was serviced.
A wealth of information, and images, has been revealed by the author's extensive work with original sources.

ISBN 978 0 906294 86 4. 64 pages, 77 illustrations. A5 Soft back. 6.50

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Bishop Rock Lighthouse
by Elisabeth Stanbrook


Bishop Rock lighthouse, exposed to the full force of the Atlantic Ocean, is at the very edge of the dramatic Western Rocks off the Isles of Scilly, and stands as a tribute to an amazing feat of Victorian engineering. This book tells of its construction and modifications from the 1840s onwards by a workforce of great skill and courage in often dangerous conditions, and of lighthouse keepers isolated in the tower, and the relief boatmen who provided a vital link with the shore.
The author draws extensively on original sources, revealing a wealth of information and images.

ISBN 978 0 906294 85 7. 64 pages, 81 illustrations. A5 Soft back. 6.50

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