Magpie Mine – Peak District Lead

Magpie Mine Derbyshire

The remains of Magpie Mine, near Sheldon in Derbyshire, are probably the most complete example of a 19th century lead mine in the UK.  Lead was mined here from c.1740 until final closure in 1954.  The extensive remains include: the Cornish Engine House (in ruins) from 1869; a circular chimney from 1840; a square chimney, also from 1840, with the flue that connected it with the 1869 horizontal winding engine; a replica horse gin, and the steel headgear and cage from the final mining operations in the early 1950’s.  At the entrance to the site are the Agent’s House and Smithy, built in the 1840’s, which is used by those that now care for the remains of Magpie Mine.

Magpie Mine Derbyshire

The site, which is a Scheduled Monument, is under the care of the Peak District Mines Historical Society who also operate the excellent Mining Museum in Matlock Bath. 

Magpie Mine is easily reached with a 5-10 minute walk over one of a number of footpaths running from nearby roads, or from Sheldon village.  The site is 2.5 miles due west from Bakewell, 16 miles southwest of Sheffield, and 22 miles northwest of Derby.  <BIPS © 2008>

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