Magpie Mine - an ancient lead mine and agents cottage, now used as the PDMHS field centre.

Mining History Resources and Mine Exploring Equipment

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There is a colossal amount of information available about mining history - within PDMHS official archives and publications, within archives held by both PDMHS members and other individuals.

Barmasters records, resources on the Internet, and resources from a multitude of other sources, including other mining related clubs and societies. To produce an exhaustive archive here would be a full time job!

We present here just some of the resources available to help you with your research, and for the active mine explorer, there are links on the left to suppliers of suitable caving/mine exploring equipment.

Wirksworth Mines Research Group - exploration and preservation of local mines

Based at Bage Mine, Bolehill nr Wirksworth in the Peak District, WMRG exist to promote the exploration and preservation of local mines, the vast majority of which were involved in the extraction of lead.
To visit the Wirksworth Mines Research Group web site, click here.


AditNow - mine exploration and mining history

AditNow is a mine exploration and mining history web site and discussion forum. Includes a searchable worldwide database of mines and quarries, and tens of thousands of photographs and documents.
To visit the AditNow web site, click here.


Duplicate maps from the Mining Institute library

Two sets of (duplicate) maps are now available to purchase for a small cost from the Mining Institute library (North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers). These have been listed with notes on condition etc and the list can be downloaded via this link.


Strutt's North Mill, Belper
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Strutt's North Mill, Belper is the forerunner of the modern skyscraper and is part of Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.
A fascinating piece of industrial heritage, close to the Peak District, it is well worth a visit. Guided tours of both this site and other buildings of historical interest around Belper are available - please visit the website for further details including dates of special events and information for schools.

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Strutt's North Mill, Belper

Peak District Mining Laws & Customs
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The recorded history of Peak District mining laws and customs goes back as far as 1288, when a Royal inquisition held at Ashbourne accepted that 14 customs had been used in the High Peak beyond living memory. In 1644, the lawyer George Hopkinson wrote a treatise on the customary mining laws of Wirksworth wapentake in which he investigated these and concluded that they did have legal force. Although no original copy of this is known to exist, an 18th century manuscript copy is in the Sheffield Archives and this was used in 1948 by William Allen-Potter for a private reprinting of it, which is reproduced here:
A link to George Hopkinson's 1644 treatise on the mining laws of Wirksworth Wapentake

The Low Peak laws were given in verse in 1653 by Barmote court steward Edward Manlove, and the text of this poem is reproduced in Arthur Stokes' article on lead mining in Derbyshire and Jim Rieuwert's 1988 booklet which celebrated the 800th anniversary of the Ashbourne inquisition. Copies of both are available from the Mining Museum.

The customary laws were finally brought into statute law in 1851 for the High Peak liberties and 1852 for the Low Peak and most of the private liberties. Both acts are now available online, links are below:
High Peak Mining Customs and Mineral Courts Act 1851
Derbyshire Mining Customs and Mineral Courts Act 1852

There were a number of legal disputes in the late 19th century to establish whose responsibility it was to ensure that old mine workings were made safe. A transcript of one of these is reproduced here, where Arthur Stokes (Mines Inspector for the Midlands) took a Mr. Arkwright to court over some unsecured shafts on his land near Cromford, and established that a landowner had a responsibility to ensure the public could not inadvertently fall into or access old mine workings on their land.
Follow this link to read the Stokes-Arkwright case.

Shaft capping is still an issue today, and this guide produced by Derbyshire County Council in association with the Peak District National Park Association and the Derbyshire Caving Association explains current best practice.

A link to a pdf version of Derbyshire County Council shaft capping guidelines

Mining History Journal search
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An interactive search engine that allows the user to search, via keyword, through 15 volumes of the PDMHS Mining History Bulletin plus Transactions and Memoirs of the Northern Cave and Mine Research Society and the Memoirs (British Mining) and Monographs of its successor the Northern Mine Research Society .

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On-line versions of Derbyshire Mining Acts
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Derbyshire Mining Act - 1851 High Peak
High Peak Mining Customs and Mineral Courts Act 1851
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Derbyshire Mining Act - 1852 Low Peak
Derbyshire Mining Customs and Mineral Courts Act 1852
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Derbyshire Mining Acts

Geevor Tin Mine
Description:

A new museum, Hard Rock, will be opening in August 2008 at Geevor Tin Mine. The museum will tell the story of Geevor, hard rock mining and Cornwall's mining heritage.

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Geevor Tin Mine

Mines Index 1896
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An extensive list of mines recorded as active in 1896, classified by geographical region.

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Mines index 1896

Census Records
Description:

A comprehensive list of Derbyshire miners derived from Census records from 1841 through to 1871 - a valuable resource for both researchers of mining history and geneologists.

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Census Records of Miners

The Lead Legacy report
Description:

John Barnatt and Rebecca Penny present here a carefully researched and impressively comprehensive report highlighting the ongoing losses of important lead mining remains in the Peak District and suggest ways in which landscapes might best be managed to preserve these historically and archaeologically significant sites for future generations.

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The Lead Legacy

Photo Gallery - Various Mines
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Within the society are numerous photographers - and between them a valuable record of underground sites has been amassed. We present here some examples of the photographic work undertaken by society members.

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Click here to visit the photo gallery.

Goodluck Mine
Description:

A traditional Derbyshire lead mine maintained by a small team of enthusiasts, assisted by a grant from PDMHS.
Guided visits by arrangement with the Goodluck Mine Preservation Club.

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