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  • Wed

    The Leadminer's Daughter - Margaret Manchester

    6:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    A story of love, life and crime.  It is 1872 when Mary Watson leaves her childhood home to work at Springbank Farm. She soon meets a handsome farmer, Joe Milburn, and becomes infatuated with him, but is he the right man for her? What will her future hold? 

    Mary’s story is woven into a background of rural life and crime. What happens in this remote valley leaves the community reeling in shock and seeking justice.  Find yourself in the secluded valley of Weardale, on the wide open moors and in the deep mines of the North Pennines as this intriguing and dramatic story unfolds.


    Margaret Manchester lives in County Durham, England, with her husband and two sons. She was born in Weardale and spent her childhood there.  Her research into family history showed many branches of her family had lived and worked in the area for centuries, and this sparked her interest in local history.  Whilst she studied local history and archaeology, Margaret worked as a guide at Killhope Lead Mining Museum. She was awarded a Masters degree in Archaeology from the University of Durham and then taught archaeology, local history and genealogy. As well as writing, Margaret is managing director of a multiple award-winning business; she is the chair of a charity that supports industrial heritage; and she enjoys spending time in her garden with her dogs. Her first novel 'The Lead Miner's Daughter' was published in 2018.

    Review "An outstanding author whose debut novel The Lead Miner’s Daughter is the most authentic historical novel I’ve read in a long long time." - Phil Mews, Author.