Noted in 1672 as 'Ye shack pit', an open swallet hole, and in the 1750s as 'a remarkable cleft' and likened to Eldon Hole. Either these are exaggerations or this natural cavity has been filled in considerably. There were Barmote Court disputes over this site in the past. It is not known if there is underground access to Long Rake. Currently about 30m deep, it opens into phreatic vein cavities that extend down to 150m. (1)
Long Rake Founder and Shack Pit have been identified as a high priority site. The hillocks have mostly been removed but there is still some ecological interest. A lidded shaft in a disturbed hillock gives access to deep and extensive stopes and natural caverns which reach a total depth of 150m. Shack Pit, about 30m along the vein to the south-west and now more commonly known as Batham Pot, is an impressive natural 15m deep pothole with mining at one end, once much deeper but used by miners to dump deads. (2)
Personal Observation: Rieuwerts, J. 1990. Pers. Comm..
Bibliographic reference: Barnatt, J. 2004. An Inventory of Regionally & Nationally Important Lead Mining Sites in the Peak District. Vol. 2: Corpus of Sites. Site 19, pp 34-35.
Photograph: Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA). Slide Collection. 1989: 2248.1-2.
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