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This 2005 publication by Michael Sagar Fenton with Stuart B Smith is the first book on the history of Serpentine to be published for many years, if ever at all. Find out more about it by clicking on the menu to the left.

Serpentine ;- At the heart of the Lizard.

Leaflet prepared by Cornwall County Council, County Planning Department, 1993. Redruth Studies Library reference no. 680.942376.

Becky Morris discovers the rich history of the Lizard peninsula.

Article from ‘Leader’ newspaper 22nd September 1990. Redruth Studies Library.

In Search of Serpentine.

Article from ‘The Lady’ magazine 2nd May 1985 by Frieda Stanbury. Redruth Studies Library.

When Serpentine was in Vogue; ruins of a Cornish Factory.

Article from ‘Country Life’ magazine 8th April 1971 by Derek Washingston. Redruth Studies Library reference no. 338.4755240942376

Cornish Corner – The serpentine Worker.

Article from ‘Cornish Life’ magazine Volume 6, number 8, mid August 1979 by Crysten Fudge & J. Austyn Pengilly. Redruth Studies Library.

Boswednack ‘Serpentine Works’, Cornwall.

A report prepared by Joanna Sturgess, Cornwall Archaeological Unit; 2004 for the National Trust. Redruth Studies Library reference no, 338.4755240942375

W.Bradbury & Son.

Visiting card (enlarged to 130%) circa 1875. Morrab Library.

Serpentine Marble Company Ltd.

Visiting card (enlarged to 130%) circa 1865. Morrab Library.

British Industries – No. IV – Manufacture of British Serpentine.

Article from ‘The Art Journal’ bound magazine, pages 258 – 260, by Robert Hunt, 1855. Morrab Library.

The Industries of Penzance and its neighbourhood; No. IX – The manufacture of Serpentine.

Two articles from ‘The Cornishman’ newspaper 7th & 14th June 1883 by E.W.Crofts. Penzance Library (also at Morrab Library & Redruth Studies Library)

The Industries of Penzance – (xi) Serpentine working.

Sub section of the book by Peter Laws, 1978. My own copy.

Class VIII – SILICATES – Serpentine.

Extracted from Collins Photo Guide to Rocks, Minerals and Gemstones, 1992. Available at most public libraries.


A series of articles and recollections compiled in a book ‘The Lizard in Landewednack – A Village Story’ by the Lizard History Society, 1996. Available at local public libraries.

Kellys Directories of Cornwall.

Lists serpentine dealers; manufacturers, workers. Searched various editions in the Redruth Studies Library, Truro Library, Morrab Library, Penzance Library, Cornish Family History Society at Truro.

Mineralogical Notes for use in science classes.

Local booklet prepared 1871 by J.H.Collins.

Collectors Guide to Minerals, Rocks and Gemstones in Cornwall & Devon.

Booklet prepared 1968 by Cedric Rodgers.

Beneath the Skin of the Lizard.

Booklet prepared 1996 & 2000 by Robin Bates & Bill Scolding.

Rutley’s Mineralogy – 23rd Edition

Text book & reference guide prepared 1936 by H.H.Read.

100 Years Around the Lizard

Picture postcards etc by Jean Stubbs 1985.

Cornish Magazine – Volume 4 No.9; January 1962.

Geologists’ Association Guides – No.19 West Cornwall.

Text book & reference guide prepared 1975 by A.Hall.

Geology of the Lizard and Meneage.

Text book & reference guide prepared 1946 by J.S.Flett & J.B.Hill.