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A mine of information

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Aston Fields author and mineralogist Roy Starkey has produced a beautifully-illustrated book exploring important mineral deposits in the surrounding area.

Aimed at the general reader as well as the more specialist collector, Minerals of the English Midlands was launched at the UK’s largest mineral show at Bakewell in Derbyshire.

The book, running to more than 400 pages, is the culmination of four years’ research and has seen Roy delving deep into museum stores and drawers across the nation.

Lavishly illustrated with more than 900 images, the book includes a detailed history of the formerly important Droitwich and Stoke Prior salt industry, and features a wonderful selection of brightly-coloured agates from Marlbrook Quarry (left).

Roy explains, “Many local people don’t realise that it was the unique combination of readily-available coal, iron ore and limestone in the Midlands which powered the Industrial Revolution”.

Economically important mineral deposits in Shropshire and Derbyshire have produced an amazing treasure trove of stunning mineral specimens.

Decorative stones such as Blue John, Ashford Black Marble and Alabaster are known around the world and put the Midlands firmly on the map of geological collectibles.

Minerals of the English Midlands is available from Roy by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or via

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