The Trust Shop

Our books and other items

All proceed from sales from our shop are used to fund activities of the Trust, and we appreciate your support in buying from us.

Please note we do not have facility to accept credit or debit cards.

Read our Order process explained for details of how your order will be processed.

Click or tap to download Order enquiry form (requires MS Excel).

Apple users please use this link.

Thread of Iron

The year 2020 is the 40th anniversary of the closure of the Consett Steel Works and it is fitting that we commemorate this milestone with the publication of a new edition of Thread of Iron, written by Douglas Vernon and first published by Able Press in 2003. As the sub-title suggests, the author gives a wonderful “definitive history of Shotley Bridge and Consett and district, County Durham with particular reference to iron and steel making”.

530 pages, A5, coated card cover

ISBN: 978-1-838-1873-0-9


including UK 2nd Class postage

Tales of Derwentdale

The riches of the Land of Oak & Iron lie not only in fertile soil, mineral wealth, invention, industry and a history that goes back to the Romans. Its greatest wealth lies in its people, and people love stories. Teeming with devils, boggles, witches, giants and marauding moss-troopers, the Tales of Derwentdale conjure the magical mysterious past of our farms and villages. In setting down these myths, legends and anecdotes in 1902, James William Fawcett drew on centuries of traditional tales, many of them passed down by word of mouth.

304 pages, A5, coated card cover

ISBN: 978-0-244-49126-0


including UK 2nd Class postage

Men of Iron

We may never know why Sir Ambrose Crowley chose the Derwent Valley as the manufacturing centre for his London-based company, but what we do know, thanks to this masterly account, is how: how he thought, spoke and wrote; how he ran his empire;and importantly, how he created an enlightened welfare system for his workers and their families at the dawn of the industrial revolution.

277 pages, A5, coated card cover

ISBN: 978-0-244-43925-5


including UK 2nd Class postage

Land of Oak & Iron Keyring

Pewter coloured solid metal keyring.

Designed and made in Consett especially for the Land of Oak & Iron Trust.

Diameter 35mm, Weight 20grams. includes 1 ring for keys (keys not included).

Available now


including UK 2nd Class postage


We do not have credit/debit card facilities (we would need to pay for them increasing the cost to you). Payments can be made by Bank Transfer, from you internet banking account, or if you do not use internet banking, by cheque, as explained on our order form. Using these methods of payment minimises the cost to our organisation. It allows us to sell to you at the most attractive prices and include UK 2nd class postage in the recommended retail price. UK 1st class postage or international postage will be charged extra.

Save with book bundles

We offer various books bundles which offer savings on the retail price. There is also an option to add our attractive, specially designed, key ring as part of the bundled package. Details can be found on the order enquiry form (requires MS Excel). Apple users please use this link.

Order process explained

Please show the items you are interested in buying using our order enquiry form (see above) along with your contact details. Download and save a copy of the form to your device including your name in the file name and complete it by adding the number of each item you require. You can also change the delivery option, if required.

Email your completed form to When we receive your form we will check it to ensure that your choices attract the best prices and, in the case of international orders or special instructions, adjust the total order to include additional postage costs. We will issue you with an invoice showing the total price for your order and details of how to pay.

When we receive your payment we will send your goods by UK 2nd class post, normally on the next working day, with your receipt/delivery note. Post office delivery time is 2-3 working days.

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Returns policy

Books are supplied on a non-returnable basis, however, should they arrive with you in a damaged condition we will replace them at no charge to yourselves. We will require photographs of any package that is damaged when delivered to allow us to submit a claim to the carrier.

Key rings may be returned to us in the original unopened packaging. You are responsible for the cost of packing and postage for any returned items.