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    Magpie Mine is a lead mine south of the village of Sheldon in Derbyshire. The mine was taken over and is run by the Peak District Mines Historical Society in 1962.

    The mine is at the junction of the Magpie vein, the Bole vein and the Butts vein, and was only one of several mines exploiting these veins; the Red Soil Mine and the Maypitts mine lay within only a few hundred metres of the Magpie. The mine is first recorded in 1740, though the workings are probably much older. The miners had difficulty in keeping the workings free from water, but by 1824, a Newcomen type pumping engine had been erected on the Main Shaft. This led to the production of 800 tons of lead being mined in 1827, a record that remained unbroken until 1871. It finally ceased operations in 1958, though the working in the 1950s mined little actual lead. The heyday of the mine was in the mid 19th Century.



















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    Magpie is a truly fascinating mine. The history is great when you look into it. I have a plan of the mine somewhere, will have a look for it.

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    Ah memories, I walked here from Thornbridge Hall during a stay in 1984!

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    Excellent pics mate, I loved going here. Me and TnM took my 4 year old (Fairy Girl lol) to have a look at this. Her second explore lol. She loved it too.

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    Oh, excellent! Glad you posted this one up, Neosea...love seeing photos of this mine. I see you've got an admirer in pic 6. ;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxylady View Post
    I see you've got an admirer in pic 6. ;)
    Yes she was quite taken by me, well, I hope it's a she, I didn't check out the udders so who knows
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