Cawley, F.B. & Wattleworth D.R. June 1956. The History & Practice of the Acid Bessemer Steelmaking Process in West Cumberland. : Journal of the Iron & Steel Institute.         O.O.P

Gale, W.K.V. 1967. The British Iron & Steel Industry  : David & Charles.               O.O.P

Gale, W.K.V. 1977. Iron & Steel : Moorland Publishing Co.  0 903485 24 9             O.O.P.

Lancaster, J. Y. & Wattleworth D. R. 1977. The Iron and Steel Industry of West Cumberland. : British Steel Corporation.   ISBN 0 9505929 00      O.O.P.

Jackson, A. 1964. Oxygen Steelmaking for Steelmakers. :  George Newnes Ltd.            O.O.P.

Hector Cole. 1983 Moss Bay means Rails : Ian Allan

Phil Baggley. 1998 Yorkshiremen in Cumberland : British Railway Modelling. June 1998

This VHS PAL video is a classic piece of British film making directed by Humphrey Jennings, and whilst it isn't directly concerned with Iron & Steel making, it is an interesting story about the reversal in fortunes of the West Cumberland Coal industry. The Cumberland Story is a true account of the modernistaion of the mines in the 1940s. It includes a dramatic reconstruction of the Lady Pit disaster of 1837, when callous mine-owners neglected safety and 36 men died as workings beneath the Irish Sea were flooded.

Lady Pit was situated on the shoreline roughly opposite where today a viewpoint is situated on the summit of Derwent Howe. Derwent Howe is the local name for the landscaped former slag bank that dominates the town.

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If you know of any other magasine articles, books, or papers that feature Iron and Steelmaking at Workington please email me.

I am aware of the publications produced by Richard Byers but I will not endorse or recommend anything produced by him..

Phil Baggley

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