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Monument record MDR3132 - Owlett Hole Mine and Victoria Cavern, Upperwood, Matlock Bath

Type and Period (4)

  • (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • (Mid 20th Century to Late 20th Century - 1960 AD to 1970 AD)

Protected Status/Designation

  • World Heritage Site Buffer Zone

Full Description

Owlet Hole Mine and Sough - SK 292 580. Small mine (possibly mid 18th century) formerly used as a show cave, the 'Victoria Cavern', in the mid to late 19th century. Mined for fluorspar in the 1960s. (1, 2) Though sometimes described as a pipe, Victoria Mine is on a NW-SE scrin with fluorspar replacements immediately on top of the Lower Lava on the up-dip western side. (3) Owlet Hole is a small mine with both vein and pipe workings, the latter worked for fluorspar in the 20th century. Older workings include powder work in small levels and stopes, and a fine example of a small level driven by firesetting with coal. (4)

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Unpublished document: County Treasure Recording Form. 11.21, with photo.
  • <2> Index: Council for British Archaeology (CBA). CBA Industrial Archaeology Report Card. Owlet Hole Mine & sough.
  • <3> Article in serial: Peak District Mines Historical Society (PDMHS). 2001. Peak District Mines Historical Society, Volume 14, No. 6. vol. 14, no. 6. p 26.
  • <4> Bibliographic reference: Barnatt, J. 2004. An Inventory of Regionally & Nationally Important Lead Mining Sites in the Peak District. Vol. 2: Corpus of Sites. p 206, site no. U32.



Grid reference Centred SK 2919 5805 (92m by 68m)

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Record last edited

Dec 21 2018 9:27AM

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