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Report - Magpie Lead Mine, Derpy Derbyshire - March 2013

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Shatners, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. Shatners

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    Not seen this on here before so thought I'd share my sunny meander around Magpie Lead Mine deep in the heart of Derbyshire.

    Litteraly abandoned int he middle of nowhere with lots of bits left to see, I have tried to give a bit of an overview below based on what I have read on various sites. Theres lots of gated mine shafts in the area, we found four just wandering around, and the slough which I fancy a look at once it gets a bit drier.

    Also some facinating history attached to the site, in particular a long running battle with another local mine in the mid 1800's which lead to various attacks and saboutage ending with three miners at Magpie being killed when the opposing workers started a fire below ground.

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    To the left the old managers cottages, followed by the square smoke stack origionaly built for an older winding house now long gone and subsiquently attached to the newer winding house (pictured centre with the winding wheel still attached) by extending the underground flu.

    Right is the iron headstock with the cable running into the most recent winder house. Behind that is the steam pumphouse building used to pump water from the mine.

    This was later scaled down after a slough was built over a period of 8 years taking the mine water a mile out to a local river.

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    The powder (explosives) store building


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    One of the many gated shafts


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    Finaly... I thought the site was derelict so was quite suprised to see these little guys beavering away :laugh

    (My daughter brought them along with her, off her train set... she thought it was most amusing) :)


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    Ta for looking :thumb
     
    #1 Shatners, Mar 2, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2013

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