The Story of a Lead Mining Family

The Thompsons of The Bell, Newbiggin, Teesdale

by Norma L Smith


Softback, 80-pages

Published by Mosaic (Teesdale) Ltd

ISBN 0-953074-96-X

A history of the Thompson family who lived in both Teesdale and Weardale, including information about the much better-known Readshaw family, ho are related to the Thompsons.


The book is a valuable record of the history of local families, but also of the lead mining industry in the North Pennines.


Building on personal recollection, Norma Smith carried out extensive research from local sources and supplemented this with information from June Thompson, a descendent of the ‘Teesdale Thompsons’ who was born and bred, and still lives in Australia.


Norma writes: “These people lived a hard life and, although stories like theirs have been told many times before, I find it fascinating to have known the last generation of my mother's family involved in the lead mining industry.”


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