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Monument record MDR12392 - Via Gellia Mines and Soughs, Via Gellia, Middleton

Type and Period (1)

  • (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status/Designation

  • World Heritage Site

Full Description

The steep slopes of the Via Gellia contain a large number of small lead mines. At surface the evidence largely comprises a scattering of shafts and levels with associated hillocks, some with belland yards, coes and stone-lined buddles, including a fine large coe at Jacobs Dream Mine and restored coes at Goodluck Mine. Underground workings include important pipe workings at Ball Eye Mine and Houghton Pipe. There are also small pipe workings at Hollow Phinnis to the west, and on the south side of the valley at Cow Hole. In addition, there are important and extensive workings in small veins at a number of sites. Features include levels, coffin levels, stopes, shafts, winzes, sledways, tramways, stone stemples and miners' inscriptions. The whole area was identified as being of archaeological importance in an inventory of regionally and nationally important lead mining sites. (1) Individual sites may have separate SMR numbers.

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> 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.



Grid reference Centred SK 2801 5707 (2449m by 1498m)
World Heritage Site Derwent Valley Mills

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Record last edited

Mar 12 2024 10:35AM

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