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Steam Engine Literature

[1] 'Cornish Pumping Engines, And Rotative Beam Engines'

An Illustrated Survey, Cornish Engines Preservation Society 1953,
reprinted by The Trevithick Society, 1985 and 1991, ISBN 0-904040-25 -9

The booklet describs all Cornish Engines being preserved up to 1953. All engines are described, accompanied by some pictures each. Most interesting are the valve gear pictures.

[2] 'The Power Of Steam'

An Illustrated History of the World's Steam Age, by Asa Briggs,
1982 Sheldrake Publishing Limited, ISBN 1-871487-50-1.

An easy to read history book with many pictures, a good introduction of where steam engines come from.

[3] 'Geschichte der Dampfmaschine: ihre kulturelle Bedeutung, techn. Entwicklung u. ihre grossen Maenner'

Conrad Matschoss, Reprographie der deutschen Ausgabe Berlin 1901,
Gerstenberg Verlag, Hildesheim 1987, ISBN 3-8067-0720-0

Many construction sketches of early Watt machines, many explanations of how it all works.

[4] 'The Cornish Beam Engine'

D. B. Barton, Cornwall Books 1989, ISBN 1-871060-04-4

Historic facts and details on Cornish Beam engines, their dury in the last century, their
manufacturers and much more. With many pictures and photographs.

[5] 'Cornwall's Engine Houses'

D. B. Barton, Tor Mark Press 1989, ISBN 0-85025-312-8

Many construction sketches of early Watt machines, many explanations of how it all works.

[6] 'Cornish Engines & The Men Who Handeled Them'

J.H. Trounson, The Trevithick Society, 1992, ISBN 0-904040-26-7

No pictures, but a whole lot of stories , some very funny, some quite sad.

[7] 'Illustrated Catalogue of Pumping and Winding Engines,
   And other Plant used for Mining Purposes, ...
   Williams' Perran Foundy Co.'

from the 1870's, Reprinted by The Trevithick Society 1989, ISBN 0-904040-02-X

The catalog looks as if you could order today! There wasn't anything like
photographs in those days, so the pictures are all copper plate prints.

[8] 'Power from steam'

A history of the stationary steam engine, Richard L. Hills, Cambridge UniversityPress 1989, ISBN 0-512-45834-X

Giving a thourough overview of the evolution of the steam engine, it lacks a chapter on the cornish engine. But with many pictures and interesting technical facts and citations, it is a valuable book. (The ISBN number is for the paperback)

[9] 'Historic Industrial Scenes Series: The Steam Engine In Industry - Mining and Metal Trades'

 George Watkins, Moorland Publishing 1979 (paperpack edn 1994), ISBN 086190 544 X

Photographic survey made by the author before so many of the machines pictured were scrapped!  Chapters on
winding, pumping ventalation engines used in the mines as well as steam machinery in other industries.  There is a
complete section on Cornish beam engines including a rare photograph of the 70' engine at Hodbarrow Iron Mine,
Cumbria, built 1878, the last surviving example of a Cornish beam engine made by the Perran Foundry.

There is also another volume in the same series The Steam Engine in Industry - Public Services a
photographic survey covering steam engines used in public services such as water supply, sewage disposal etc.
Out of print, I think.

[10] 'A Guide to Stationary Steam Engines'

G Hayes, Moorland Publishing 1981ISBN 086190 020 0 (paperback)
ISBN 0 86190 026 X (hardback)

LIstings of preserved sites with public access on a regular basis, engines in museums (public and private) or on
public display, on site preservation (access on open days) and on site opreservation (access by arrangement only).
Engine histories are included together with addresses of the many locations worth visiting in the British Isles.  Many
photographs and glossary.

 [11] 'Steam Engines and Waterwheels - a pictorial study of some early mining machinery'

Frank Woodall, Fraser Stewart 1991 (originally published in 1975)
ISBN 0 903485 35 4

The book has sections on Cornish pumping engines, rotary engines, winding engines and Cornish engines outside
Cornwall.  Illustrated with many photographs from the author's own collection.  Mr Woodall is a veteran model
maker who has studied the technical aspects of Cornish engines in minute detail (he includes an explanation of the
Cornish engine cycle, for example).  The photographs reproduced in the book are unique as the author began his
photography in the 1930s when many engines were still at work, especially in the St Austell china clay district.

The book's title is slightly misleading: there is not much about waterwheels!

[Mining Literature

[40] 'Cornish Mining-Underground'

J.A. Buckley, Tor Mark Press 1989, ISBN 0-85025-316-0

The pictures in this small book give a good impression of the pitworks in Cornwall. It is very impressive to see, how the working conditions were in the last century. The most shocking sentence to me was the last one of the book, under a picture of a huge cave with some men having candels on their hats: 'The brief illumination for Burrow's photograph would have been the only time these men saw the great cave they had created.'. So they had steam to pump, candels to give light, cornish pastries for lunch, and only their hands and some hammers to work.

[41] 'Cornish Mining-at Surface'

J.A. Buckley, Tor Mark Press 1990, ISBN 0-85025-325-X

Besides the steam engines, there were many other things on the surface of a mine to process the ore, in order to receive tin or copper in the end.

[42] 'The Cornish Mining Industry'

J.A. Buckley, Tor Mark Press 1988, ISBN 0-85025-305-5

[43] 'East Pool & Agar - A Cornish Mining Legend'

Philip Hefner, Dyllansow Truran1985, ISBN 1-85022-005-0

The story of one mine, where the engine I modelled was working.

[44] 'Tales of the Cornish Miners'

John Vivian, Tor Mark Press 1993, ISBN 0-85025-318-7

Some stories.

[45] 'Cornish Mining Heritage'

Peter Stanier, Twelveheads Press 1994, ISBN 0-906294-14-2

General overview of mining in Cornwall, from geological aspects to engines and miners. With a list of remaining buildings.

Other Books of related Topics

[100] 'Ironworking'

W.K.V. Gale,Shire Album No64, Shire Publications Ltd 1994, ISBN 0-85263-546-X

Somewhere, the iron for the huge steam engines had to come from, so this book illustrates, how the iron was developed.

[101] 'Blaenavon Ironworks'

Jeremy K. Knight, Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments1992, ISBN 0-948329-89-0

This is not the actual place the iron for the steam engines came from, but it might well be. Furthe r more, a very early Boulton&Watt was serving as an air pump to the blast furnaces. So, without iron - no steam engine, without steam engines - not enough iron to build more steam engines!

Last edited: 26. August1996

Roland Wagener , Ortsmuehle 3 , D-44227 Dortmund , Germany