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Monument record MDR11283 - Lead Mining Remains, Dunsley Mill Meadows, Cromford

Type and Period (5)

Protected Status/Designation

  • World Heritage Site Buffer Zone

Full Description

'Old Lead Shafts' are recorded on the land to the west of Dunsley Mill on late 19th century OS maps. (1, 2) The lead shafts lie within an area identified as a high priority lead mining site, the Via Gellia Mines and Soughs. The northernmost of the lead shafts (at SK 2483 5737) may be, or lie adjacent to, a possible level or collapsed smeltworks flue. (3) Lead mining remains and associated structures were identified within the area of Dunsley Mill Meadows during survey in 2008. A lead mining earthwork with associated spoil heaps was identified at SK 2841 5733. The earthwork measures 55m in length and consists of an open funnel-shaped entrance into a larger, deeper, hollowed out bowl-shaped area, measuring 20m at the widest with sides c. 45m long, which ends at a steep cliff of limestone and soil measuring 3.5m high. The debris and spoil heaps surrounding the earthwork indicate some processing was carried out in the area. Structures associated with the earthwork, consisting of poorly built stone walls and a platform, were identified at SK 2840 5733, located to the west of the earthwork near the southern end. The southern wall is of two or three stone courses, measuring 0.8m high and 3.5m long. The western wall is of two stone courses, measuring 4.2m long. The eastern wall is barely discernable and the flattened platform is poorly preserved. (4)

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 1882. OS County Series, 1st edition, scale 1:2500 (c. 25" to one mile). XXXIV-6.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 1896-1900. OS County Series, 2nd edition (1st revision), scale 1:2500 (c. 25" to one mile). XXXIV-6, 1899.
  • <3> Bibliographic reference: Barnatt, J. 2004. An Inventory of Regionally & Nationally Important Lead Mining Sites in the Peak District. Vol. 2: Corpus of Sites. Site 112, pp 155-158; Fig 112 (East) - feature G.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Jurecki, K (ARCUS). 2008. Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Landscape Project: Cromford and Belper Survey Transects. Level 1 Survey.. C4/1, C4/2.



Grid reference Centred SK 2841 5731 (86m by 157m)

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Related Events/Activities (1)

  • EDR3959

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Record last edited

Dec 21 2018 9:27AM

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