21 March 2006

Magpie Mine

This well-known lead mining complex is located near Sheldon, over 300m above sea level. We arrived at the end of the day on Sunday, as the clouds were gathering overhead and darkness was settling on this bleak landscape. The history of the site goes back to the 1740s, and the mine is supposedly haunted as the result of a curse put on the place by miners' widows in the 1830s.

The engine house and winding gear

The reluctant mining expert (the result of English Heritage training)





When we first got there it was still quite bright. But during the half-hour or so of our visit the temperature dropped by several degrees, and the light grew dim...

Disappointing placement of puddles on this site for reflective photos...

Time to go now, getting very dark!









I last visited the Magpie Mine almost exactly 10 years ago when I was doing my MA in Historical Archaeology at Sheffield. Then we were shown round by Lynn Willies of the Peak District Mines Historical Society. Not much has changed here since then.

2 comments:

Kpagesmith said...

Paul has failed to mention here the Widow's curse that was placed on the mine. This and the bleak desolation of the place caused us not to stay for too long! However if anyone is interested there is some accommodation there.

Anonymous said...

I haven't failed to mention it at all it's all in the first paragraph. You are just skimming through to look at the pictures!

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