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Lindsay Greenbank R.I.P. (1941-2017)

Posted by Roy Starkey  
Roy Starkey October 13, 2017 10:15AM
Sad news received this morning.

Long-time mineral collector and dealer, Lindsay Greenbank of Kendal, England passed away yesterday.

His lifelong interest in minerals and collecting is documented in Classic Minerals of Northern England - see

This special supplement to the January-February 2010 issue of Mineralogical Record is devoted to the mines and minerals of northern England, a region containing many famous localities.

Illustrated in colour with over 100 superb specimens from the comprehensive and well-documented collection of Lindsay and Patricia Greenbank, this publication includes much detailed background, history and mineralogical information.

Localities covered include:

The Caldbeck Fells District (Dry Gill, Roughton Gill, etc.)
The Force Crag Mine
The Boulby Mine (boracite crystals)
The Alston Moor District
The Weardale District (many classic fluorite occurrences)
The Fallowfield Mine (witherite)
The Hilton Mine (yellow fluorite)
The West Cumbrian Orefield (Biggrig, Frizington, etc.)
The Stank Mine (classic calcite specimens)

Interesting biographical notes are included on 22 prominent collectors and dealers who had previously handled specimens, later assimilated into the Greenbank collection.

(You can view a low-res version of Classic Minerals of Northern England here - see p141-144 for biographical notes on Lindsay)

A biographical profile of Lindsay can be found here

The funeral has been arranged for Monday 23rd October 2017 at 12 noon at St. Georges Church, Castle Street, Kendal, LA9 7AS. Refreshments afterwards at Riverside Hotel, opposite the church.

Meanwhile our thoughts and condolences are with Lindsay's wife Patricia.

Roy Starkey

Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 10/18/2017 11:46AM by Roy Starkey.
Paul De Bondt October 13, 2017 12:47PM
Sad news indeed.

He will live on in the specimens I have from him.

My sincere condolences to Patricia and family.
Colleen Thomson October 13, 2017 05:38PM
Another huge loss to the mineral world.
Sad news indeed.
My condolences to Patricia and all Lindsays’family and friends.
I know many people who collected with Lindsay in all the classic British localities mentioned in the literature.
There will be plenty a pint drunk in Bakewell in his memory over this weekend!
michael mc mullen (2) October 14, 2017 08:37AM
Such sad news. I have many a fond memory of visiting Lindsay and Patricia in their wonderful home in Kendal. Standing in their basement, the engine room of their dealership, surrounded by the most spectacular mineral specimens many of which have been illustrated in numerous publications. Lindasy was a tremendous raconteur regaling me with stories of collecting in the mines of the North of England in the heyday when you could collect underground in such places as Roughton Gill. Fortunately his memories and collection have been preserved for us all.
My thoughts are with you Patricia.
Colin Robinson October 14, 2017 11:00AM
Very sad news indeed for those of us who honed our collecting skills in the North Pennines and Caldbeck Fells. Lindsay was in my mind THE great collector of the later years of the late twentieth century and he taught me many things, perhaps the greatest being: the best tool in any collector's armoury is research! Condolences to Patricia and family.
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