Bigrigg: Whitehaven, Cleator and Egremont Railway – The Bigrigg Branch & Iron Ore Team by The Bigrigg Research Team. Published by the Cumbrian Railways Association, 2020. Quarto, 48 pages, index, bibliography, illustrated. £7.50 + £2 p&p in the UK. Overseas please email for a quote.
“The book covers a fascinating area of West Cumbria that has had little written about it. Situated between Whitehaven and Egremont few people today will be aware as to how important Bigrigg was during the Industrial Revolution, that its output of minerals was so important to the local economy and expansion of the area. The book delves into the past to bring the present alive and helps our understanding of the current topography of the area. It is amazing to see just how complicated the pits and railways were.
Within the space of little over 1 square mile, there were over 40 pits in Bigrigg, and the vast majority were rail connected. Now, there are very few traces of this once busy scene. The history of this is complicated by the multiplicity of land owners, mineral rights owners, mine owners and mine lessees. This book details the extensive research which has been undertaken to unravel this history and relate the story of this branch and its mines.
The book is 48 pages, with numerous maps, photographs of both the area in its heyday and showing what remains today along with extracts from historical documents.”