Publications for Sale

Publications can be ordered by clicking on the shop page.

What follows gives a few details of the items available.


A Guide to Ripley's Heritage by Frank ManseyRipley Heritage Guide 2Ripley Heritage Guide 3

A Guide to Ripley’s Heritage Parts 1,2 and 3

Frank Mansey’s three books, first written in 1998 but updated in 2007, provide a series of guided walks around the district, with an immensely knowledgeable commentary on the history of the places and the people who lived in them.


The Lives of Tommy Dod“The Lives of Tommy Dod”.

Frank Mansey’s booklet details the story of Ripley’s own brand of rock, and the families who made it.



Butterley Foundry
Butterley Foundry 1900 – 1986

Tim Castledine’s illustrated history of the casting department of the Butterley Company details the many projects carried out and tells the story of the people who worked there.          


Butterley Ironworks

Butterley Ironworks and Codnor Park Forge 1790-1986

“Tim Book Two” provides a comprehensive history of the two most important sites of the Butterley Company’s ironworkings, from their inception to their closure. Meticulous research combined with first-hand knowledge provides a detailed account of the area’s most significant industry.

Recollections : Degge Bates

Recollections an interivew with Arthur Degge Bates

The first Oral History DVD we have produced, this film records the memories of 101-year old Arthur “Degge” Bates, just before his death. He remembers his early life , work at Butterley and a variety of later jobs in an informative and touching narrative.

Ripley’s Past in Pictures

RIpley's Past in Pictures

Originally made on VHS in 1996 but now transferred to DVD, Roger Cragg’s commentary accompanies pictures of old Ripley which will bring back memories to anyone who has lived here, or has any interest in the area’s history.

Ripley at War


Prepared jointly with Ripley U3A’s Family History Group, this book lists all the 202 men from the First World War who appear on the Ripley War Memorial, with brief details of their family history and military career, as much as can be discovered.

Butterley Company Railway Memories

Bill Nelson’s  short book telling some of the stories of the men who worked on the Butterley Company’s own railways.

The Butterley Company DVD

The product of over 2 years work, this lavishly illustrated DVD by Mike Frost and Tim Castledine tells the story of the Butterley Company from its founding in 1791 to 2009.

It shows the company’s achievements, from the roof of St Pancras station to the Falkirk Wheel, and details the lives of its founders and of the Wright family who owned it for over a century. Finally it describes its sad decline, exacerbated by mergers and asset-stripping, leading to its closure.