SCRCA Project: Reference sources

Introduction

This overview of sources has been split into four sections, namely:

  1. Building the line
  2. Historic Structures
  3. Historic Operations
  4. General Settle-Carlisle Railway History

1: Building the line

Publications and other reference sources available on-line

The Ingleborough Archaeology Group (IAG) - Ribblehead, 2007: Over the course of one week at the end of May 2007, the IAG undertook a 'mitigation excavation' of a "stone spread" and "possible building" located within the designated Scheduled Monument area at Ribblehead. The objective of this excavation was to "identify if it was a building, and to try and interpret its external and internal form" as there was evidence that the area had been or was being illegally disturbed. Based on their findings, the IAG interpreted the structure as "an office at the mortared end and a storeroom in the greater part" associated with the construction of the Settle-Carlisle Railway. For a summary of this excavation (with accompanying photographs), see 'SCRCA Primary Reference: Review of IAG Excavation Report for Ribblehead Construction Camp Building n6'.

Books that are out of copyright: Digitised versions of the following copyright-expired publications are available for download in various formats including pdf and Kindle. (Note: The download options are located in the box entitled "View the book", which is located in the left-hand column of the webpage.)

Williams, Frederick Smeeton
"The Midland railway: its rise and progress. A narrative of modern enterprise"
Published by Strahan & Co London in 1876
726 pages (including covers)
Link: http://www.archive.org/details/midlandrailwayit00will
The pdf version is 42Mb, so the download may take a while, even if using a fast broadband connection.

Thomson, J. Radford
"Guide to the district of Craven and the Settle and Carlisle Railway, with illustrations"
Published in London by Simpkin, Marshall, & Co.; and F. Warne & Co.;
and in Settle by H. Gore (1879)
The chapter on the Settle-Carlisle line is Ch 10 which starts on page 79.
Link: http://www.archive.org/details/guidetodistricto00thomiala

Printed publications

Hundreds of books and articles about the Settle-Carlisle Railway have been published over the decades. The following have been identified as being particularly useful as they contain significant quantities of original, well-researched material (i.e. text, plans, historic photographs, etc). Many of the books listed below are out of print, although they do occassionally appear on the second-hand market. Some of those that are still in print may be available from FoSCL's online shop: for a list of the titles currently in stock, see:
http://www.foscl.org.uk/shop/catalog/books

Books

Mitchell, W.R: “How they built the Settle-Carlisle railway”, Castleberg (1989). Note: Extracts from this book (reproduced with the kind permission of Dr Mitchell) are available on the following page:

Contemporary accounts relating to the construction of the Settle-Carlisle Railway

Mitchell, W.R: “Shanty Life on the Settle-Carlisle Railway”, Castleberg (1988)

Mitchell, W.R. & Mussett, N.J.: "Seven Years Hard: Building the Settle - Carlisle Railway", Dalesman Books (1976).

Sullivan, Dick: "Navvyman", Coracle Books (1983) [Note: This book covers all aspects of the life & work of the 'navvy'. Chapter 13 'The Long Drag' covers the construction of the Settle-Carlisle Railway].

Journal / magazine articles, unpublished reports, etc

Cardwell, P., Ronan, D. and Simpson, R.: "An Archaeological Survey of the Ribblehead Navvy Settlements" (2004) - appears in R. F. White and P. R. Wilson (eds.): "Archaeology and Historic Landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales", Yorkshire Archaeological. Society Occassional Paper 2, pp195-202.

Ed Dennison Archaeological Services: "Earthwork Survey: Risehill Tunnel Spoil Heap (No 1 Shaft), Cowgill Wood, North Yorkshire", unpublished report produced for Scottish Woodlands Ltd (1998).


2: Historic Structures

Publications and other reference sources available on-line

The National Heritage List: English Heritage maintains "The National Heritage List" which contains details of all the listed buildings in England which can be accessed at:
http://list.english-heritage.org.uk/
Online searches for specific structures can be frustrating as the structure names and keywords used in the structure entries are not always what one might expect: the best way to find the entry for a specific structure is to use the 'Advanced search' page and to quote the 'List Entry Number'. The 'Advanced search' page can be accessed at:
http://list.english-heritage.org.uk/advancedsearch.aspx

Understanding Historic Buildings: A 2006 English Heritage publication entitled "Understanding Historic Buildings: A guide to good recording practice" (40-pages,downloadable in three sections totalling 4Mb) is available from:
http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/publications/understanding-historic-buildings/

Midland Railway mileposts: An interesting (and easy-to-read) essay by John Gough entitled "Midland Railway Mile Posts" (1998-9) is available to download from the Midland Railway Society's website:
http://www.midlandrailway.org.uk/occasional-papers/midland-mile-posts

 Garsdale Station and Moorcock Cottages : An unpublished fieldwork report produced in 2008 by Ed Dennison Archaeological Services Ltd for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority entitled "Garsdale Station and Moorcock Cottages, Garsdale Head, Garsdale, Cumbria and North Yorkshire: Pennine Bridleway Phase 1 Archaeological Survey" can be downloaded from:
http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/archives/view/greylit/details.cfm?id=7586

Printed publications

Hundreds of books and articles about the Settle-Carlisle Railway have been published over the decades. The following have been identified as being particularly useful as they contain significant quantities of original, well-researched material (i.e. text, plans, historic photographs, etc). Many of the books listed below are out of print, although they do occassionally appear on the second-hand market. Some of those that are still in print may be available from FoSCL's online shop: for a list of the titles currently in stock, see:
http://www.foscl.org.uk/shop/catalog/books

Books

Anderson, V.R. & Fox, G.K.: "Stations & structures of the Settle & Carlisle Railway", Oxford Publishing Company (1986). This seminal work is a vital read for anyone interested in the historic structures of the Settle-Carlisle Railway. [UPDATE: A new paperback edition was published on April 16th 2014 by Oxford Publishing Co. The content of the 2014 edition is identical to the 1986 edition except for the paperback covers (which are illustrated with a pair of full-page colour photographs) and the insertion of 39 full or half-page colour photographs at the rear of the book.]

Binney, Marcus & Pearce, David (Ed.): “Railway Architecture” Orbis Publishing Ltd (1979) and Bloomsbury Books (1985)

Mitchell, W R: “Ribblehead Reborn” Castleberg (1995).

Mitchell, W R & Fox, Peter: “The Story of the Ribblehead Viaduct” Castleberg (1990, revised 2001).

Perriam, Denis & Rammshaw, David: "Carlisle Citadel Station: 150 Years a Railway Centre" P3 Publications (1998).


3: Historic Operations

Publications and other reference sources available on-line

High-resolution map of the Midland Railway's System in 1922: A copy of this, scanned by the Midland Railway Society from the Midland Railway Company's Annual Report and Accounts for 1922, can be downloaded from: http://www.midlandrailway.org.uk/maps/system-map.html.

A comprehensive overview of subject of railway distance markers (mileposts) is available online in "Section 26: Distance Markers" of the "Railway Signs and Signals of Great Britain" website, see:
http://www.railsigns.co.uk/sect26page1/sect26page1.html

The Derby Signalling website is dedicated to the history of mechanical railway signalling in the Derby area, including the signalling practices of - and equipment manufactured and used by – the Midland Railway Company - see: http://www.derby-signalling.org.uk/

Printed publications

Hundreds of books and articles about the Settle-Carlisle Railway have been published over the decades. The following have been identified as being particularly useful as they contain significant quantities of original, well-researched material (i.e. text, plans, historic photographs, etc). Many of the books listed below are out of print, although they do occassionally appear on the second-hand market. Some of those that are still in print may be available from FoSCL's online shop: for a list of the titles currently in stock, see:
http://www.foscl.org.uk/shop/catalog/books

Books

Cumbrian Railways Association, The: “The Midland’s Settle & Carlisle Distance Diagrams”, The Cumbrian Railways Association (1992).

Fawcett, Dick: "Ganger, Guard and Signalman: Working Memories of the Settle and Carlisle", Bradford Barton (1981).

Mitchell, W.R: “Life on the Settle-Carlisle Railway: anecdotes collected from railwaymen and their families”, Dalesman (1984).

Mitchell, W.R: “Men of the Settle-Carlisle - railwaymen talk to W.R. Mitchell”, Dalesman (1985).

Mitchell, W R & Fox, Peter: “Locomotives seen on the Settle-Carlisle, Castleberg (1992).

Swift, John: “British Railways Layout Plans of the 1950s - Volume 12: Carlisle to Leeds and associated branches and joint lines”, Signalling Record Society Publications (1999).


4: General Settle-Carlisle Railway History

Publications and other reference sources available on-line

Digitised versions of the following copyright-expired publications are available for download in various formats including pdf and Kindle. (Note: The download options are located in the box entitled "View the book", which is located in the left-hand column of the webpage.)

  • Williams, Frederick Smeeton
    "The Midland railway: its rise and progress. A narrative of modern enterprise"

    Published by Strahan & Co London in 1876
    726 pages (including covers)
    Link: http://www.archive.org/details/midlandrailwayit00will
    NB: The pdf version is 42Mb, so the download may take a while, even if using a fast broadband connection.
     
  • Stretton, Clement Edwin
    "The history of the Midland railway"

    Published by Methuen & co, London in 1901
    This has a chapter on the Settle-Carlisle Line which starts on page 209.
    Link: http://www.archive.org/details/historyofmidland00strerich
     
  • Thomson, J. Radford
    "Guide to the district of Craven and the Settle and Carlisle Railway, with illustrations"

    Published in London by Simpkin, Marshall, & Co.; and F. Warne & Co.;
    and in Settle by H. Gore (1879)
    The chapter on the Settle-Carlisle line is Ch 10 which starts on page 79.
    Link: http://www.archive.org/details/guidetodistricto00thomiala

Printed publications

Hundreds of books and articles about the Settle-Carlisle Railway have been published over the decades. The following have been identified as being particularly useful as they contain significant quantities of original, well-researched material (i.e. text, plans, historic photographs, etc). Many of the books listed below are out of print, although they do occassionally appear on the second-hand market. Some of those that are still in print may be available from FoSCL's online shop: for a list of the titles currently in stock, see:
http://www.foscl.org.uk/shop/catalog/books

Books

  • Baughan, Peter E.: “North of Leeds: the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle line and its branches”, Roundhouse Books (1966 ), reprinted by David & Charles (1987).
     
  • Binns, Donald: "Historic Railway Photographs - Vol 1. Around Hellifield. Settle-Junction - Long Preston - Hellifield - Bell Busk." Trackside Publications (1999).
     
  • Butt, R.V.J: "The Directory of Railway Stations/Details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present", Patrick Stephens Ltd. (1995).
     
  • Gough, John: "The Midland Railway - A Chronology", The Railway and Canal Historical Society, 2nd edition (1989).
     
  • Jenkinson, David: “Rails in the Fells”, Peco Publications and Publicity Ltd (1973 revised 1980).
     
  • Mitchell, W.R.: "Dent: The Highest Mainline Station in England", Castleberg (1995).
     
  • Mitchell, W.R.: "Garsdale. History and traditions of a junction station (on the Settle-Carlisle Railway)", Castleberg (1999).
     
  • Mitchell, W.R: “The men who made the Settle-Carlisle”, Castleberg (1993).
     
  • Mitchell, W.R. & Fox, P: "Garsdale and Aisgill on the Settle-Carlisle Railway", Castleberg (1991).
     
  • Mitchell, W R & Fox, Peter: Settle and the Railway Castleberg (1991)
     
  • Mitchell, W.R. & Joy, D.: "Settle to Carlisle. A railway over the Pennines.", Dalesman Books (1989).
     
  • Mitchell, W R & Joy, David: “Settle-Carlisle Railway - The Midland's Record-breaking route to Scotland” Dalesman (1966 & 1967).

Societies and other organisations
offering online and offline resources

Repositories of original material (primary sources)

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