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Monument record MDR3143 - Lea Close Sough, Snitterton Road, Snitterton, South Darley

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)
  • (Victorian to Late 20th Century - 1900 AD to 2000 AD)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

Sough built pre 1718, 1300ft long drainage/exploratory level to Lea Close mines, still in good condition. Fine examples of hand picking. Intersects 2 lava flows and an unusual colletion of wayboards. (1) In 1974 the sough was used as a water supply. Partially silted in places, otherwise 100% sound. (2) Below the Lee Close Mines there is the open tail of Lee Close/White Hillocks Sough and a possible lower collapsed sough and/or haulage level tail, associated with a fine large coe with wall cupboard, and a large partially reworked hillock with associated buddle dams below. Lee Close/White Hillocks Sough can still be followed for some distance underground and may be the earliest accessible hand-picked level in the orefield. It links with workings above and both have a variety of tramway rails. [see also Oxclose, Lee Wood, Lee Close, and Noon Nick Lead Mines SMR 12762] (5) The workings above Lee Close/White Hillocks Sough [SMR 12702] have several miners' inscriptions. (6)

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Bibliographic reference:
  • <2> Bibliographic reference: Hill, R (PPJPB). 1985. Peak Park Treasures. C71.
  • <3> Article in monograph: Rieuwerts, J. 1987. History & Gazetteer of the Lead Mine Soughs of Derbyshire. p. 83.
  • <4> Index: Council for British Archaeology (CBA). CBA Industrial Archaeology Report Card. Lea Close Sough, Snitterton.
  • <5> Bibliographic reference: Barnatt, J. 2004. An Inventory of Regionally & Nationally Important Lead Mining Sites in the Peak District. Vol. 2: Corpus of Sites. p 135-7, site no. 100.
  • <6> Bibliographic reference: Barnatt, J. 2005. Updated Inventory of Regionally & Nationally Important Lead Mining Sites in the Peak District.. p 4, site no. 100.



Grid reference Centred SK 2717 5998 (77m by 74m) (Approximate)

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Record last edited

Sep 11 2017 3:39PM

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