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The Granite Men
The Granite Men

The Granite Men

A History of the Granite Industries of Aberdeen and North East Scotland

HISTORY

336 Pages, 7.48 x 9.65

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $34.95 (US $34.95) (CA $46.95)

Publication Date: June 2019

ISBN 9780750990011

Rights: US & CA

The History Press (Jun 2019)

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Overview

The great granite quarries of the North East are silent now, as are virtually all of the 100 granite yards that existed in Aberdeen around the year 1900. Granite is the most unyielding of building materials but from the mid-18th century the granite men of the North East hewed this material from the bowels of the earth and used it to fashion buildings; paved the streets and embankments of London with it; built bridges over the Thames with it, created monuments for kings and commoners not only in Britain but all over the world. This is the story of those granite men and their industry.

Author Biography

JIM FIDDES went to Aberdeen Grammar School and received an Honours Degree in History from Aberdeen University. He started his career as a librarian, and spent 29 years at The Robert Gordon University, mostly as librarian for the School of Architecture and Construction, and the School of Art. He retired early and spent five seasons as a guide for the National Trust for Scotland at the iconic fairytale castle of Craigievar. He lives in Abderdeenshire.