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The Cambridge Fossil Diggings By Bernard O'Connor
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An investigation into the social, economic and archaeological impact of the 19th century coprolite industry in Cambridge. The Corn Exchange, old Addenbrookes Hospital, Fulbourn Hospital and many... More > University buildings were paid for from the many thousands of pounds realised by having land dug for what were thought to be fossilised dinosaur droppings.< Less
The Barton Fossil Diggings By Bernard O'Connor
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In the 1840s a bed of 'coprolites', thought by some to be fossilised dinosaur droppings, was discovered in the Cambridgeshire fens. By the 1860s it was being dug up across much of the county. This... More > book investigates the social, economic and archaeological impact of the fossil diggings in Barton, a small rural village west of Cambridge.< Less
The Barrington Fossil Diggings By Bernard O'Connor
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In the 1840s a bed of 'coprolites', thought by some to be fossilised dinosaur droppings, was discovered in the Cambridgeshire fens. By the 1860s it was being dug up across much of the county. This... More > book investigates the social, economic and archaeological impact of the fossil diggings in Barrington, a small rural village southwest of Cambridge.< Less
The Suffolk Fossil Diggings By Bernard O'Connor
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In the first half of the 19th century a deposit of coprolite, thought to be fossilised droppings, started to be dug up in Felixstowe. These phosphate-rich fossils were converted into superphosphate -... More > the world's first artificial chemical fertiliser. Over fifty years an unusual branch of agricultural mining spread over much of south-east Suffolk bringing social and economic changes for many.< Less
The Norfolk Fossil Diggings By Bernard O'Connor
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An investigation of the social, economic and archaeological impact of the 19th century coprolite industry in Norfolk. Thought by many to be fossilised dinosaur droppings, the phosphatic deposit dug... More > up in this unusual branch of agricultural mining was much in demand by the nation's manure manufacturers prompting a small-scale 'coprolite rush'.< Less
The Wimpole Fossil Diggings By Bernard O'Connor
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An investigation of the social, economic and archaeological impact of the 19th century coprolite diggings on the parishes around the Wimpole estate in southwest Cambridgeshire.
The Bedfordshire Fossil Diggings By Bernard O'Connor
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An investigation of the social, economic and archaeological impact of the 19th century coprolite industry on parishes across Bedfordshire. Thought by many to be fossilised dinosaur droppings, the... More > phosphatic deposit dug up in this unusual branch of agricultural mining was much in demand by the nation's manure manufacturers prompting a 'coprolite rush' for almost forty years.< Less
Charles Bovill By Bernard O'Connor
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Charles Bovill, after leaving Bedford School in the 1920s, studied radio communication in France, worked for Marconi, was transferred to Air Ministry during World War Two and helped with... More > ground-to-air radio communications for the TOP SECRET Special Duties Squadrons at RAF Tempsford in Bedfordshire. Introduced after the war as ‘Q’, the gadget quartermaster in Ian Fleming’s James Bond books, Charles was well-known for his electronic counter surveillance technology.< Less
Who took the Dinosaur * * * * out of the Fens? By Bernard O'Connor
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In the 1840s a new industry started in the Cambridgeshire fens, that of coprolite mining. Thought by many to be fossilised dinosaur droppings, the deposit was exploited for conversion into... More > superphosphate - the world's first artificial chemical fertiliser. Although many hundreds of local people were employed, the diggings attracted gangs of labourers from elsewhere. Bernard O’Connor’s book investigates the social, economic and archaeological impact of this unusual 19th industry in the fens.< Less
Mawddach Crescent, Arthog, North Wales By Bernard O'Connor
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Mawddach Crescent is an isolated row of eight three-storey, Victorian houses situated in a secluded cove with glorious views across the Mawddach estuary, North Wales. Very few are aware of its... More > existence. Not on a main road, it is only seen by walkers or cyclists on the Mawddach Trail, those travelling from Dolgellau to Barmouth on the north side of the estuary, or by people using the river. Those who stay or visit this beautiful spot in North Wales will not fail to be surprised. Having visited the Crescent for over twenty years, I have enjoyed researching its history and the lives of some of its former residents.< Less