Earth Colours by Marie Clarke, Neville Gregory and Alan Gray
Earth Colours provides an historical record of ochre mining and the use of ochre on Mendip from the Roman times until the mid 20th century.
Neville concentrated on the technical and historical aspects of the industry and Marie looked at what the impact of ochre mining was on the towns, villages and people – her anecdotes of characters and life of the times give a human aspect to this book and some unexpected insights – not least of which being lies, theft and murder!
Tony Jarratt reviewed this book and stated that it will put an entirely different emphasis on mining on Mendip whereas it was thought that the majority of mining was for lead the balance will now be restored with half the mining being for lead and the other half being for ochre.
Alan Gray sourced the photographs and redrew all the maps and diagrams and wrote part of Chapter 12 which brings the research from the 1980's to 2011.
Other factors –
This book was researched during the 1970’s and was not published. Unfortunately Marie passed away and during 2007 I was contacted by Josyanne Clarke (Marie’s daughter) who wished to publish the book as a tribute to her mother.
The book is the same size as the Swildon's and Wookey books so it is a must buy.
Statistics – 292 pages long, hardback in full colour.
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42, Maynard Terrace
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|Delivery Method||Price Per Copy|
|By post UK||£26|
|By Airmail Europe||£29|
|By Surface Mail Rest of World**||£30|
|By Airmail Rest of World||£36|
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In the weeks leading up to his death, Tony Jarratt very generously donated his remaining stock of the fourth edition of “Mendip Underground” and Herbert Balch's classic “Mendip - Its Swallet Caves and Rock Shelters” to the Mendip Cave Registry and Archive. It was Tony's wish that the books be sold by the MCRA to raise funds for the publication of a fifth edition of “Mendip Underground”. The MCRA will fulfil Tony's wish in the next 2 to 3 years and will dedicate the new book to both Tony and Dave Irwin, his co-author for the third and fourth editions.
The sale price for both books has been fixed at £5 each, with £4 going to the fifth edition fund, and £1 going to Tony's chosen cancer charity, the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. The two books can be bought together (while stocks last) for a discounted price of £9, but in this case £2 will still be given to the cancer charity. The books will be on sale at many future caving events or can be obtained through the post from Tony Boycott at 14 Walton Rise, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, BS9 3EW (Tel: 0117 950 7336 Email: tony.boycott [at] btopenworld.com).