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Updated Feb 23

– a range of reading to give background or follow up specific or local interest

Chris Evans, Slave Wales, The Welsh and Atlantic Slavery 1660-1850 (University of Wales Press Cardiff 2010) ISBN 978-0-7083-2303-8  e-ISBN 978-0-7083-2304-5

A great book that covers the general background, with specific information about the wool trade. Prof Chris Evans is our lead advisor.

James Walvin, The Slave Trade (Thames & Hudson 2011) ISBN 978-0-500-28917-4

There are many books that explore the TransAtlantic Slave Trade – this is just one example of many

Charlotte Williams, Sugar and Slate (Planet 2002) ISBN 0-9540881-0-7

An interesting personal story from Welsh born Charlotte Williams – another advisor taking an active interest in our project

J. Geraint Jenkins, The Welsh Wool Industry (National Museum of Wales1969) It doesn’t appear to have an ISBN

The most detailed and comprehensive book researched and written about the history of the Welsh woollen Industry. Sadly Geraint Jenkins died a few years ago.

J. Geraint Jenkins, The Flannel Makers A Brief History of the Welsh Wool Industry (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch 2005) ISBN 0-86381-963-X

The summary of the book above – but easier to get hold of, check the map in the front as the key is incorrect. The dates in the key on the map for the woollen industry in South and Mid Wales need to be swapped round

Books with a local focus
– worth checking what’s written about your local area and often interesting to see the way our story is not told

Merfyn Wyn Tomos, Diwydiant a Masnach, Dolgellau 3, Industry & Commerce (Nereus, Y Bala 2018)  ISBN 978-0-9956556-3-8

Merfyn's new book follows a series of 3 well illustrated and fascinating books that Merfyn Wyn Tomos has written on Dolgellau as the past local archivist and active local history researcher

Nigel J Hinton M.A., The Shrewsbury Drapers Company,1462-2017 The Legacy (YouCaxton 2017) ISBN 978-191117-58-03

a recent publication that says little about our story – but Nigel is on the case and writing us a special history.

Kathleen A. Staples  and Madelyn Shaw, Clothing Through American History, The British Colonial Era (Greenwood ABC-CLIO,LLC 2013) ISBN 978-0-313-33593-8   e-ISBN 978-0-313-08460-7

Fascinating, but expensive – we have a copy if you want to borrow it.

Wayne Smith, The Drovers' Roads of the Middle Marches, their history and how to find them today, including sixteen circular walks (Logaston Press 2013) ISBN 978-1-90-6663-74-2

There are lots of books about drovers but we have found very little about the mny journeys of packhorses

Gerald Morgan, A Brief History of Wales (Y Lolfa 2008) ISBN 978-84771-018-5

Again there are so many books on Welsh History, but if you need to get a better idea of Welsh History then these little books are a great start.


Other books we have in the Project Collection

Donald Gregory, Wales After 1536 (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch 2018) ISBN 978-1-84524-212-1

Penny Walsh, Spinning,Dyeing and Weaving (IMM Lifestyle Books 2016) ISBN 978-1-5048-0038-9

Nigel Sadler, The Slave Trade (Shire Publications 2009) ISBN 978-0-74780-708-7

Mark Rees, The Little Book Of Welsh culture (History Press 2016) ISBN 978-0-7509-6774-7

J. Graham Jones, The History Of Wales (Cardiff University of Wales Press 20140
                ISBN 978-1-78316-168-3

Suzanne Schwarz Edited with an introduction by, Slave Captain, The Career of James Irving in the Liverpool Slave Trade (Bridge Books 1995) ISBN 1-872424-42-2

National Museum Wales Books, From Fleece to Fabric (National Museum of Wales 2009)
ISBN 978-0-7200-0602-5

Liz Pitman, Pigsties and Paradise, Lady Diarists and the Tour of Wales 1795-1860
(Gwasg Carreg Gwalch 2009) ISBN 978-1-84527-249-4

Hedd Wyn(Ellis Evans 1887-1917), The Shepherd War Poet (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch 2017)
ISBN 978-1-84527-594-5

Twm Elias, On the trail of the Welsh Drovers (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch 2018)
ISBN 978-1-84524-282-4

Helen Ramage, Portraits Of An Island, Eighteenth Century Anglesey (The Anglesey Antiquarian Society 2201)
ISBN 0-9500199-8-4

Jonathan Brown, Shepherds and Shepherding (Shire Publications 2013) I
SBN 978-0-74781-226-5

Simon McNeill-Ritchie, Bristol, Unique Images From The Archives Of Historic England (Amberley 2018) ISBN 978-1-4456-8037-8  e-ISBN 978-14456-8038-5

British Wool Marketing Board, British Sheep & Wool, a guide to British sheep breeds and their unique wool
(B.S.M.B 2010) ISBN 978-904969-10-8

Chrissy Meleady, Racism and Enslavement (Early Years Equality 2008)
ISBN 978-0-9545305-3-2

Books for younger people – or those of us who like a quick read!


Nigel Hinton, Baa Baa Blodwyn A Story of Wool and the Drapers of Shrewsbury (Nigel Hinton 2011) ISBN 978-0-9550343-2-9

D. J. Thorp, A Boy To Drive The Beasts (Gwasg Pantycelyn 2002) ISBN 1-903314-51-8

This is a children’s book but like much Historical Fiction it helps you to get a feel of the time – this is about workhouses and droving and is later than our project dates, but was fun to read.

C D Rom 

Bettina Harden, Bittersweet: Sugar, Tea & Slavery, A Story of Wales & Slavery (The Gateway Gardens Trust 2009)

We have free copies of these for anyone who wants one. Just ask via Contact Us 


Other books:


Peter Fryer: Staying Power: The History of Black People in Britain (Get Political) 


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