Side Mine in Matlock Bath is an unusual mine with some very fine stone stempling. It was open as a
Show Cavern between 1825 and 1845. These photos were taken on a PDMHS trip with permission to
visit given by Rockwood Pigments. For further information, see Mining History (PDMHS) Vol 14, No 6.
The red colour on the walls and roof is not an original feature; it is in fact a residue from the days when excess colour from the colour works was
blown into the mine via ventilation fans.
Photographs by Martin Long
Side Mine - Matlock Bath, Derbyshire
The stone stemples in the roof are beautifully constructed and remarkably well preserved. (Photo ML)
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