Dr Peter Claughton
Hon. University Fellow -
Peter Frederick Claughton, born
Served in the Royal Air Force 1963-1986 as an electronics technician. Last posting - RAF Brawdy, Pembrokeshire, as Unit Test Equipment Engineer.
Since leaving the RAF runs a small business retailing parts for Land-Rover / Range-Rover / Discovery vehicles; advising customers on maintenance and servicing of those vehicles.
Consultant in mining history and archaeology. Currently directing the development of a Research Framework for the Archaeology of the Extractive Industries (Mining and Quarrying) in England for the National Association of Mining History Organisations - go to the Research pages at www.namho.org
Over 25 years experience in researching the history and archaeology of the extractive industries.
Particularly interested in the mining and smelting of silver-lead ores,
A honorary research fellow (University Fellow) with the College of Humanities at the
Awarded a PhD. in Economic and Social History for work on 'Silver Mining in England and Wales, 1066-1500.'
Co-owner of the
Conservation Officer and Member of Council for the National Association of Mining History Organisations (NAMHO); a member of the management committee of the mining interest group with TICCIH (the International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage); past member of council for the Historical Metallurgy Society; and recently (2004 - 2009) appointed to the UK working group of the European COST (Co-operation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research) Action A27 “Understanding pre-industrial structures in rural and mining landscapes (LANDMARKS)”.
Mineral Resources, in A Social History of England, 900-1200, eds J. Crick and E. van Houts (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011)
‘Les mines d’argent du roi anglais et le paysage historique de Devon : le Projet Bere Ferrers’, ArcheoSciences, revue d’archéométrie, 34 (2010), 299-306
With Stephen Rippon and Chris Smart, Mining in a Medieval Landscape: the Royal Silver Mines of the Tamar Valley (Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2009)
‘Silver and the demand for lead: assessing production levels in late medieval England and Wales’, in P. Hubry (ed.) Stribrna Jihlava 2007 (Jihlava: Archaia Brno, 2008)
Coal, Ore and Metals: Coastal Mining Landscapes of South-West Britain, in Landmarks: Profiling Europe’s Historic Landscapes, eds Bartels, Ruiz del Árbol, van Londen and Orejas, (Bochum: Deutsches Bergbau-Museum, 2008)
'Mining law in England and Wales: understanding boundaries in the landscape,’ in Sfruttamento, tutela e valorizzazione territorio. Dal diritto romano alla regolamentazione europea e internazionale, ed. F. Reduzzi, (Napoli: Ed. Jovene, 2007)
techniques, new sources: The British steel industry and its ore supply,
1850-1950", Proceedings of the 1st International
Conference of Paleosiderurgy, (Donostia /
The Combe Martin Mines, (Combe Martin Local History Group, updated 2nd edn 2004) - originally published in Out of the World and into Combe Martin in 1989 and reprinted as separate booklet in 1992.
"Production and economic impact: Northern Pennine (English)
silver in the 12th century", Proceedings of the 6th International
Mining History Congress, (
Lead Smelting Waste from the 2001-2002 Excavations at Combe Martin, Devon, with Sarah Paynter and Trevor Dunkerley, English Heritage, Centre for Archaeology, Report 79/2003.
"English Mining Entrepreneurs in the Late Medieval
Period", in Proceedings of the 5th International Mining
"North Devon and Exmoor. Methodology for mining history
research; identifying and maintaining the integrity of a fragile mining
landscape" in R. Cole (ed), NAMHO 2000: Proceedings of the
international NAMHO conference, (
'Mining History and the Internet', paper presented to the National Association of Mining History Organisations (NAMHO) meeting in the Forest of Dean, September 1999, and published in Mining History, the Bulletin of the Peak District Mines Historical Society, Vol.14, No.6 (Winter 2001), pp.50-53.
A contribution, on silver-lead mining and steam power applied to mining in The Industrial Archaeology of Exmoor, ed. M. Atkinson, (Tiverton: Exmoor Books, 1997).
"The Lumburn Leat - evidence for new pumping technology at Bere Ferrers in the 15th century" in The Archaeology of Mining in South-West Britain, ed. Phillip Newman, Mining History: Bulletin PDMHS., Vol. 13, No. 2, 1996, pp. 35-40.
"Notes on the development of bole smelting," British Mining No. 55 (1995), 127-138.
"Carmarthen United: An example of under-capitalisation in a mid 19th century lead venture" British Mining, No.50 (1994), 149-157.
"Silver-Lead: Technical Choice in the
"The Medieval Silver Lead Miner" Bulletin of the Peak District Mines Historical Society, Vol.12 No.2 (Winter 1993), 28-30.
"Medieval Silver-Lead Smelting in
"The Mining Parishes of
Water Power in Mining, papers presented at the National Association of Mining History Organisations' conference at Aberystwyth, 5-8 July 2002, (Matlock Bath: PDMHS Mining History 15, 4/5, 2004).
"Mining history and archaeology in
Silver sources in the late 10th century. a paper read to the Vikings '97 conference in Tavistock, April 1997.
Silver mining and the English Crown: direct working of the Devon mines, 1292 to 1350. paper presented to the IVth International Mining History Congress, Guanajuato, Nov. 1998.
Peter Claughton / College of Humanities