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Monument record MDR12723 - Lead mining remains, Soggs Wood, Wirksworth

Type and Period (1)

  • (Georgian to Victorian - 1800 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

At SK 3228 5528 two mine shaft caps cover shafts that were part of the Merebrook mines. (1) Nothing is shown at the site on the 1st ed. 25" OS map of c. 1880. The 2nd edition of c. 1900 shows earthwork symbols and a single shaft marked 'Old Coal Shaft' [presumably 'coal' is a mistake]. The 3rd edition shows both shafts, marked 'Old Shafts'. (2-4) Two cairn-capped shafts are nearby on Meerbrook Sough (SMR 15547) which may be associated. Conspicuous remains of a small enclave of former industrial activity in the eastern extremity of Wirksworth parish. (5) 'One of the Furnaces near this Town, for smelting Lead, is converted into a large Coppel, where the Lead is now made, and also a great Quantity of Red-lead: Near this Town are many Lead-mines and Veins of Antimony, and great Quantities of Lime-stone'. (6)

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Unpublished document: County Treasure Recording Form. 11.1B, with photo.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 1882. OS County Series, 1st edition, scale 1:2500 (c. 25" to one mile).
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 1896-1900. OS County Series, 2nd edition (1st revision), scale 1:2500 (c. 25" to one mile).
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 1912-1921. OS County Series, 3rd edition (Second Revision), scale 1:2500 (25" to one mile).
  • <5> Bibliographic reference: Fowkes, D (ed.). 1997. Derbyshire Industrial Archaeology. A Gazetteer of Sites. Part IV. Derbyshire Dales.
  • <6> Bibliographic reference: Martin, B. 1765. The Natural History of Derbyshire.



Grid reference Centred SK 3229 5527 (41m by 42m)

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Record last edited

Dec 21 2018 9:27AM

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