Magnesite Works at Harrington

Robert Dunn and John Smailes, both ex Steetley employees, have spent many years researching the Steetley Company's operations in the north of England . They desired to document Steetley's local history before the business became just another local industry which disappeared without leaving much of a trace. The authors must be commended for their efforts which have produced two books to date with a third volume being written.

STEETLEY Dolomite and Sea Water Operations in the North of England


(384 pages excluding indexes)

Following on from their first book, the authors Robert Dunn and John Smailes describe the early development of sea water magnesia as the most interesting part of Steetley's local history.

From a Cumbrian perspective there is a large appendix specially about the Harrington Magnesite Works which covers 45 pages with many photos, some in colour.
This dovetails nicely with Steetley's development of refractory materials produced from sea water magnesia.

Most readers will find the WWII interaction between Government and Steetley of interest and then come to realise how vital Harrington was to meet the wartime demand for magnesium metal.

£15 (plus £5 pp)

£10 (plus £4 pp)

STEETLEY Dolomite and Sea Water
Operations in the North of England

(270 pages excluding indexes)

  The Steetley Company was built on a foundation of dolomite and this volume traces the Company from 1885 to its eventual arrival at Coxhoe in County Durham in 1906. Once established in the north of England it supplied furnace lining products manufactured from dolomite to the surrounding steel industries.

This book, containing a wealth of photographs and newspaper articles, takes the reader on a journey covering the Company's expansion through two World Wars which culminated in the development of an innovative sea water magnesia process at Hartlepool and duplicated at Harrington. There are several mentions of the Harrington Magnesite Works.

Not only is Steetley's business history documented but it is interspersed with local stories relating to the quarry and employees and should therefore appeal to a wide audience.

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