This book tells the tale of a cluster of Lothian mining villages from the coal worked by monks at Newbattle Abbey to the massive Victoria Pit sunk in 1890. Pits photographed include Victoria Pit and the Emily Pit, the latter named after the proprietor's wife. Alternative industries featured include the Catcune flour mill, the Newbattle Paper Mills and the Gorebridge gunpowder works. Interesting stories include the battle between 'Cocky' John Romans and the Marquis and the origins of Dean Tavern, the local Gothenburg pub. Newtongrange Brass Band appear in all their glory while the opening ceremony of the Newtongrange Co-op branch illustrates the strong sense of community in the village. Newbyres Tower harks back to Gorebridge's ancient past, as does Arnieston House. Rosewell is represented by old photographs of the Post Office, the Miner's Institute, Rosewell Primary and a fascinating picture of German gypsies taken in the village around 1910.