Barrow Steelworks – The Open Hearth Years 1860-1959

by Stan Henderson & Ken Royall

The 1880s were a decade of change for Barrow works with some of the main players departing the scene. The arrival of the basic method of steelmaking, developed by ‘amateur’ metallurgist Sidney Gilchrist Thomas, took away the lucrative position held by the directors and shareholders who had drained the coffers leaving virtually nothing for re-investment. After the Great War the once monster-iron-mining-smelting company was limping along. Following a reconstruction initiative during the 1920s it started an asset disposal programme in the early 1930s selling-off the collieries and by-products plant at Worsboro’ near Barnsley. As the decade faded closure loomed. And then a sudden and dramatic turning point! The evacuation of Dunkirk at the start of World War Two together with the blocking of special steels from Scandinavia produced a demand for the kind of steel the making of which Barrow was a past master. Coming under the management of the United Steels combine Barrow works entered a Renaissance period and a phase of secure employment ensued – and even an apprentice intake followed. Under United Steel’s banner Barrow would see security of employment for a new generation.

This book covers the open hearth years, the actual process as worked at Barrow and the main changes the works underwent together with some of the personnel involved in taking the works forward into the middle of the 20th century.

Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Pixel Tweaks Publications (17 Feb. 2017)
Language: English
Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 0.2 x 20.3 cm

Henry’s Christmas

by Holly Withers

A beautifully illustrated children’s book telling the story of Henry the friendly hedgehog, whose prickles scare people away. Despite this he still tries to make friends with the other animals in the forest and is overwhelmed by the spirit of Christmas.

Paperback: 28 pages
Publisher: Pixel Tweaks Publications (4 Dec. 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0995619042
ISBN-13: 978-0995619043
Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 0.2 x 20.3 cm
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The Mystery of the Golden Tower

by Elaine Newman

Pixie Newton has just moved to a new home, a new town and a new school – however, she barely has time to unpack her things when she embarks on a quest. A mysterious key is found on the beach – what is it for? what treasures will it unlock? Join Pixie, Bruno her bouncy Boxer and her new friends Billie and Mellor as they go in search of adventure, treasure and Mystery!

Paperback: 100 pages
Publisher: Pixel Tweaks Publications (2 Dec. 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0995619026
ISBN-13: 978-0995619029
Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.6 x 20.3 cm
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Lucky, a Dog’s Tale

by Dave Lodge (and Lucky the dog!)

The story of a remarkable dog, whose loyalty and love for those in his life may have been equalled but never surpassed. From the moment he came into our lives, abandoned and dishevelled on the Mancunian Way, he was an amazing and unexpected addition to our family.

A Newfoundland, Labrador cross, he grew to be a gentle giant who surprised us every day of his life.

Paperback: 80 pages
Publisher: Pixel Tweaks Publications (22 Nov. 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0995619034
ISBN-13: 978-0995619036
Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 0.5 x 21 cm
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Mary’s Animal Friends

by John Stoke with illustrations by Sophie Holme

Mary loves to visit her Granny and Pa who live in an old house in the Lake District with their little tortoiseshell cat called Flora (because the fur on the side of her head is in the shape of a flower). Here, in the first in a series of stories, Mary wonders whether any of her animal friends will say hello to her – but only one of them agrees and becomes Mary’s ‘favourite animal in all the world’.

Paperback: 20 pages
Publisher: Pixel Tweaks Publications (2 Sept 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0995619018
ISBN-13: 978-0995619012
Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 0.1 x 20.3 cm
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In places where they sit: A social history of the church pew in Wales

by Roger L Brown

In Places where they Sit is a revised and much-enlarged edition of a monograph published in 1998, Pews, Benches and Seats. People were seated according to their social rank, but over the course of time pews became appropriated to families with the result that they felt able to prevent others from making use of their pew. As a consequence the accommodation in churches could be technically full but in reality was half empty. The poorer people were excluded or placed in out-of-the-way places, while others, unable to find accommodation, found their way to Nonconformity. This study shows how the Church endeavoured to address this issue by erecting galleries, repewing or even building a daughter church, and suggests that many churches were rebuilt or restored, not because they were in poor repair, but in a desire by their clergy to end this system of the appropriated pew. It also looks at the legal issues involved and the disputes which were caused by this system, and the renting of pews, in many cases illegally. Although the study is of churches in Wales, with an appendix noting those churches which still contain their earlier pews, it is also applicable to England.

Paperback: 188 pages
Publisher: Pixel Tweaks Publications (2 Sept 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0993467997
ISBN-13: 978-0995619005
Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1 x 21 cm
About the Author:

Roger L Brown retired as vicar of Welshpool, Powys, in 2007, and is well known as an authority on the ecclesiastical history of Wales, having written numerous books, monographs and articles on this subject. A fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, he holds the degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of Wales. The book can be obtained from the author directly.

Hartbarrow – A Golden Treasury in Verse

From an idea by Mr P. Stewart

A delightful compilation of verses, stories, sketches & watercolours offering a rare insight into life in the rural community of Hartbarrow & Cartmel Fell in the 1930s. Preserved in its original format and at actual size with transcriptions of the original text for future generations to delight in.

  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Pixel Tweaks Publications (Aug. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9780993467981
  • Product Dimensions: 21.0 x 29.6 cm
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The History of RAF Millom and the genesis of RAF Mountain Rescue

by John Nixon

Covering the airfields’ wartime service from 1941 and brief reoccupation of the station in 1953 to its eventual conversion into HMP Haverigg. Extensively illustrated with over 260 photographs and including over 50 first-hand accounts of life at RAF Millom, Cumbria, England. This extremely accessible history will engage a broad readership and provide a historical treasure for future generations. The units’ primary purpose was the training of aircrew for Bomber Command and those airmen who passed through the station went on to have many and varied experiences of aerial warfare. At the heart of them all lies a small and windblown airfield which served Sovereign and country through the dark days of WWII and beyond. Drawing on extensive historical, official and anecdotal material in this, his fourth and final book recording the history of the South Cumbrian airfields, the author has without doubt produced his finest and most comprehensive work to date.

  • Hardcover: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Pixel Tweaks Publications (22 July 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0993467997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0993467998
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 2.2 x 24.4 cm
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 About the Author:

John Nixon at a book signing

John Nixon at a book signing

John Nixon was born in Ulverston, South Lakes, in 1953 and attended High Newton Primary School. Later, on leaving Cartmel Church of England School in 1968, he made his living in varied ways until he joined Her Majesty’s Prison Service in 1974. After 32 years service, he is now retired and a self-employed writer. John is also the author of ‘Wings over Sands’ the history of RAF Cark & RAF Grange-over-Sands, and ‘Warbirds of Walney’ the history of RAF Walney Airfield which was shortlisted for the 2014 Lakeland Book of the Year. You can view more details on his website here – JohnNixonAuthor

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The Druid of Skells

by Anthea Jackson

Miles Hardisty, riding homeward from his errand at the Big House, suddenly drew rein. What a strangely-twisted dead tree that was, outlined against the fading orange horizon. He turned the horse for a better look. Yes – it was no tree but a tall gaunt figure against the skyline, a loose robe flapping against it in the sharp wind. It stood quite still, fists raised as if in threat, while twilight thickened behind it. After a while, Miles could no longer make it out with any certainty. He rode on, quickly. He would take good care not to be caught by twilight at Skells again.

Paperback: 252 pages
Publisher: Pixel Tweaks Publications (Jun. 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0993467962
ISBN-13: 978-0993467967
Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.6 x 20.3 cm


Aphrodite’s Curse

A Yorkshire tale of Seduction and Murder by Naomi Hudson

1975 … Student Ben Yorke met Heather Dobson on a beach in Crete, and fell for Aphrodite’s charms. Their passion ignited, they continued their relationship when they returned to Yorkshire, but circumstances forced them to part.

Twenty years later, the pair met again by chance in Robin Hoods Bay and, though now married with families, they began an affair.

A seductive woman, a captivated lover, and a jealous husband  – we have the perfect ingredients for murder.

Inspector Don Bentley thought he had a straightforward case on his hands, but the dramatic twists and turns in Naomi Hudson’s second novel soon had his murder team chasing its tail, until the killer is finally revealed in a thrilling climax.

  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Pixel Tweaks Publications (2 Jun. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0993467954
  • ISBN-13: 978-0993467950
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.6 x 20.3 cm
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