Monument record MDR11341 - Lead Mining Remains, Dene Quarry, Cromford

Type and Period (1)

  • (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status/Designation

  • World Heritage Site Buffer Zone

Full Description

Two trenches were excavated in November 2002 to examine earthworks associated with lead extraction. Mining upcast was identified, with ceramics indicating an 18th/19th century date. (1) Machine stripping prior to an extension of quarrying revealed three mine shafts two of which opened below the surface into linear passages. No ginging (drystone lining of shafts) was present and the shafts were shallow. The depth of bedrock in some areas was less than 0.50m below the ground surface, which would have negated the need for ginging, allowing shafts to be rock cut. The shafts probably represented worked veins near the surface or a walking entrance to deeper workings. No secure dating evidence was retrieved; however pottery from the topsoil and subsoil was exclusively 18th to 19th century. (2, 3)

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Allen, T (ARCUS). 2003. Archaeological Field Evaluation of land at Dene Quarry, Cromford, Derbyshire. SMR Doc. No. 769.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Alexander, D (ARCUS). 2006. Archaeological Watching Brief, Dene Quarry, Cromford, Derbyshire. SMR Doc. No. 911.
  • <3> Article in serial: Alexander, D (ARCUS). 2007. 'Fieldwork in Derbyshire during 2005 by ARCUS: Cromford, Dene Quarry', Derbyshire Archaeological Journal. Volume 127, pp 104-105.



Grid reference Centred SK 2852 5662 (187m by 142m)

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Events/Activities (2)

  • EDR1806
  • EDR1962

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Record last edited

Jan 17 2022 11:12AM

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