The new edition reprints the whole of the original text (and all the
illustrations), covering the geology of the Weald (by Bernard
Worssam); prehistoric, Roman and medieval ironmaking; the rise and
fall of the charcoal blast furnace in the Weald; and the archaeology
and technology of the industry during the blast furnace period. The
extensive gazetteers of sites which are an essential feature of the
book have been revised and extended in the light of recent fieldwork
and research, as has the bibliography.
There is also a completely new index, compiled by Ann Hudson, which now includes the gazetteers as well as the main text.
The new edition is a fully bound hardback, with an illustrated dust-
jacket. The text is 20 pages longer than the first edition and is printed
on better paper. Above all, at 24.95 pounds UK, the book is half the
the 1985 edition and is available direct from the publisher,
Merton Priory Press Ltd, 7 Nant Fawr Road, Cardiff CF2 6JQ
Tel. No. [+441 (01222) 761544.