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Monument record MDR1397 - Sough Tail, Magpie Mine, Sheldon

Type and Period (2)

  • (Victorian to Mid 20th Century - 1873 AD to 1950 AD)
  • (Victorian to Mid 20th Century - 1873 AD to 1950 AD)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

Magpie Mine sough tail 1873-1881, discharging into the R. Wye through a limestone arch. Part of the Magpie complex, it was the last major mine sough driven in Derbyshire. It saw the first use in Derbyshire of pneumatic drills underground and the first use of nitroglycerine. (1). Photograph collection (3). The arched entrance to the last sough driven in the region. The grilled entrance leads to a fine sough and extensive Magpipe Mine (and other) vein workings of 19th and 20th century date. The sough was used by boats and has the remains of wooden lock gates. Several 20th century tramways on false floors also exist in the workings above. (5).

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Index: NDAT. 1766. 1766.
  • <2> Bibliographic reference: Ford, T & Rieuwerts, J. 1983. Lead Mining in the Peak District, 3rd edition. pp 72-76.
  • <3> Photograph: Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA). Black and white photograph collection. 529.7; 2, 18; 534.19.
  • <4> Index: Council for British Archaeology (CBA). CBA Industrial Archaeology Report Card. Magpie Mine sough tail.
  • <5> Bibliographic reference: Barnatt, J. 2004. An Inventory of Regionally & Nationally Important Lead Mining Sites in the Peak District. Vol. 2: Corpus of Sites. No. B11.



Grid reference Centred SK 179 695 (57m by 65m) (Approximate)

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Record last edited

Jul 30 2013 4:09PM

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