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

Mine and Mining Photographs - Alderley Edge Copper Mines

The Alderley Edge Copper Mines comprise an extensive series of workings with a number of entrances, notable for the beautifully-coloured and often impressive flowstone cascades that result from the presence of copper, cobalt iron and other metals in the water that forms them. Access to the mines is controlled by the DCC (Derbyshire Caving Club) and consequently both the formations and underground artefacts are in general very well preserved.

The photographs here were taken on a weekend PDMHS meet and thanks are due to the Derbyshire Caving Club members who acted as leaders for the trips into Engine Vein, arguably the most colourfully-decorated of the Alderley Edge copper mines.

Photographs by M&N Adlam-Stiles

 
Engine Vein, Alderley Edge Copper Mines

The evocative surface remains of the Alderley Edge mines, famous for their association with the novels of Alan Garner as well as their possible Bronze Age origins, are now fenced off to protect the general public. This photograph shows Engine Vein.<small>(Photo M&N A-S)</small>
The evocative surface remains of the Alderley Edge mines, famous for their association with the novels of Alan Garner as well as their possible Bronze Age origins, are now fenced off to protect the general public. This photograph shows Engine Vein.(Photo M&N A-S)
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