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

Mine and Mining Photographs - Harrybecca Mine

The unusually named "Harrybecca" mine has recently been the subject of a detailed study into firesetting in Derbyshire Mines by John Barnatt& Terry Worthington. Their findings are published in "Mining History" Volume 16, No. 3

Harrybecca Mine was originally worked for lead, and later re-worked for fluorspar. As unusual as the name, there are sections of the mine that were not modified by the fluorspar workings, and evidence of the old techniques of firesetting are still there to be found by the careful observer.

Photographs by Martin Long & Mat & Niki Adlam-Stiles

Web Editors note:
Much of the area is very unstable and potentially dangerous!

 
Harrybecca Mine - Derbyshire

Careful negotiation of a ladder near the entrance to the South end of the main stope. <small>(Photo M.L.)</small>
Careful negotiation of a ladder near the entrance to the South end of the main stope. (Photo M.L.)
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