The Society is pleased to announce that one of the Heritage Open Day events in the Derbyshire Peak District will be held at the Magpie lead mine, near Sheldon, on 11th September 2016.
This free event will take place between 11.00am and 5.00pm. No booking required - just turn up on the day.
The day's events will include:
- free guided tours of the buildings and other surface features of the mine (lasting about 1 hour)
- hands on demonstrations of using traditional lime mortar (as has recently been employed for the repairs to the mine's Square Chimney)
- light refreshments including tea and coffee
PDMHS members can also combine a visit to the Magpie Mine in the afternoon with an underground trip into Holmebank chert mine at Bakewell in the morning. More details of the underground trip can be found here.
The Magpie Mine is the best preserved example of a 19th century lead mine anywhere in Britain, and was in use from at least 1650 until 1958 - the last working lead mine in Derbyshire. It is now a Scheduled Monument, and is looked after by the Peak District Mines Historical Society. You can read more about the history of Magpie Mine here.
There is no vehicle access to the mine site itself, but cars can be left on the road close to the mine. A short walk along a track leads to the mine buildings, which are situated near the village of Sheldon in the Peak District, not far from Bakewell. The event will be signposted from the A6 at Ashford-in-the-Water and other roads which lead to the site. Use postcode DE45 1QU to find it on sat-nav.
Sturdy footwear is advised because parts of the site are quite rough. The site at over 1000ft above sea level on the limestone plateau is quite exposed, so a wind- and waterproof jacket is advisable. There is no access to the underground workings of the mine.
This event is not suitable for children under the age of 5.