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Cleator Moor Revealed

Having spent the best part of last month rewriting my Dad’s old book, and adding new content, I’m pleased to be able to announce that it is now available to buy from Amazon. It is bigger, and better than before. You can GET IT HERE.

  • Cleator Moor Revealed is available worldwide from Amazon.

When my Dad’s book was released in 2003, it was the first to have been written about the former Cumbrian mining town in half a century. A limited print run of 1,000 copies quickly cleared the shelves.

During the first six months of its release, the book was constantly listed in the top 10 books of Cumbria. That accolade highlighted how popular local history and my Dad’s book in particular were. His old book is still proving just as popular today, with some book sellers charging in excess of £250 for second hand copies.

Cleator Moor Revealed will make an ideal addition to the collections of local history buffs; for those wanting to learn more about their roots; or simply as a gift for those that love the town, which is also known as Little Ireland.

Cleator Moor Revealed
Cleator Moor Revealed

Tom Duffy said:

Those that were living at Cleator Moor during the war years, will reminisce over the descriptions and old photographs of the town. The younger generation of today, will marvel at how Cleator Moor used to be one of the richest towns in the world due to incredibly pure iron ore deposits beneath the ground. This is a book for all to enjoy.

This is a fascinating book; combining a potted history with imagery of past times. It is sure to be a big seller once more.


This revised and updated version of Cleator Moor Revealed brings to you more content, and images of past times. Tom Duffy discloses the ‘highs and lows’ of a town which was once at the heart of British Industry, feeding the Industrial Revolution of Great Britain.

Cleator Moor, or Little Ireland, as the local residents affectionately know it, came into being during the 12th Century, with Monks working the land. The town grew from a few farmhouses into an important industrialised centre due to very pure Iron Ore that was held in huge quantities beneath the ground.

From a settlement of 330 in 1688, Cleator Moor grew to house 10,420 souls by 1871 – thirty six percent of whom were Irish. The Irish in Cleator Moor were predominantly Roman Catholic but the general influx into the mines and industry of West Cumbria also brought others of a different persuasion from the same country and with them a particular sectarianism to add to the anti-Catholicism of Victorian England.

For a short period, between 1860 and 1880, West Cumberland haematite held a monopoly control of the market. At that time, Cleator Moor became one of the richest mining areas in the world.

Through the pages of this book, you’ll discover important past events that help to preserve an Irish heritage, which is so important to the people and town of Cleator Moor. From the origins of its name through its development as a prosperous mining town, Tom Duffy has searched out all the kind of details that make this a fascinating read.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Independently published
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1687094950
  • ISBN-13: 978-1687094957
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm


Tom Duffy was born in 1937, raised and educated in Cleator Moor. Like many from the town, he has the obligatory Irish lineage; with a mix of Manx thrown in for good measure.

Following his school years, he worked for a short period of time at Brannons Thermometers, before gaining employment at the Miller shoe factory in nearby Egremont.

In 1955, Tom carried out his National Service with the Border Regiment, and then returned to Millers in 1957. In 1975, during a great depression, he was made redundant.

Tom secured employment with British Nuclear Fuels Ltd in 1976. Then, when he retired in 1999, Tom began to research the history of his home town, and released his first book in June of 2003.

Tom is married to Margaret, has three children and five grandchildren.



    • Thanks Stephen. If it sells 50 copies, I’ll be very pleased. The book itself wasn’t published for gain, but quite personal reasons. Sales will be a plus, but I’m not too fussed about that ☺


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