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Report - Good Luck Mine - March 2015 - Middleton

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by Caz Lh, Mar 29, 2015.

  1. Caz Lh

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    Goodluck Mine is a typical 19th century Derbyshire lead mine. It is located in a dry valley of the Peak District karst area. The dry valley is named Via Gellia after the road which was built through in 1790. And the road was named after Phillip Eyre Gell, who was responsible for building the road. The Gells claimed Roman descent, which may be a reason why the name of the road was latinized. The road was built to connect the lead-mines of the Gell family around Wirksworth with a new smelter at Cromford. At this time the route had probably already been used for 70 years. Today the route is still frequented by heavy lorries but also by weekenders, especially motorcyclists, who enjoy the narrow curves. It got the reputation to be a dangerous road due to its high casualty rate.

    The Via Gellia is a dry valley, a typical feature of a karst area, where the former river now drains underground through caves. Nevertheless this place is not a cave, but a mine. The limestone is full of lead bearing veins, which are the result of hydrothermal activity caused by volcanism. Another remains of the volcanism are layers of basalt, cooled lava flows covering the limestone called the Lower Matlock Lava Bed. Tha basalt is impermeable, the groundwater is not able to flow into the limestone except where the valley cut through the basalt and where the miners dug shafts through.

    The ore bearing veins consist of the Goodluck Vein and various smaller veins running parallel and other smaller veins and scrins intersecting them in a north-west to south-east direction. The secondary veins are probably a result of the Gulph Fault, which has displacement of 176m, and is easily visible various times in the mine. One part of the fault is a large open natural rift, partly filled with decomposed basalt from the Matlock Lava bed above. The mineralisation within the veins consists mainly of galena, but also barytes, calcite, and - at the north-easterly end - some fluorspar.
    If you are thinking of coming here wear a hard hit there are some very low tunnels including some were you need to go on your hands and knees. Theres quite abit of water in there but only ankle deep.

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  2. wellingtonian

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    Looks alright that. Cheers :thumb
     
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    Looks a good wander :)
     
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    Interesting :thumb
     
  5. Els

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    Looks good mate. Can we edit in a location and a date on the title?
     
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    Looks a good place to visit :thumb That leprechaun looks a little freaky
    Cheers for sharing :thumb
     
  7. The Kwan

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    Fascinating report mate, loving the old stone engraving, thanks for sharing it with us :)
     
  8. FaZy_UK

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    Nice report mate.

    I've had my eye on this one for a few years, wasn't it a tourist mine at some point?

    Andy
     
  9. paulpowers

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    Nice.

    The door was locked last time I looked in on this one :thumb
     
  10. Morgan Ross

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    The troll would have made me jump! Good pics :)
     
  11. Paradox

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    Nice one :thumb
     
  12. Miss Mayhem

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    Very nice, looks interesting :thumb
     
  13. troglodyte

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    Had my eye on this for a while might actually get round to checking it out now. Thanks for sharing.
     
  14. ledgehammer

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    Think its open on a set sunday of each month, unless you know someone e.t.c, some nice potholes around this area, not to mention Middleton mine too...
     
  15. paulpowers

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    I live pretty close and I've been in a lot of the mines :)
     
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