Within Coalpit Wood (SK 365 809) are the remains of old coal or iron workings. The coal bassets here, so that it must have been worked in a thin seam near the surface. Documents relating to the Selioke family of Haselbarrow Hall, which lay less than half a mile to the north, show that the minerals found in the neighbourhood were regarded as valuable in the 13th and 14th centuries, while a will made in 1515 shows that one of the Seliokes was engaged in making knives or other iron goods at that time. (1-2)
A desk-top and walkover survey of Moss Valley Nature Reserve was carried out in 2001 and identified numerous shallow sub-circular depressions at the west end of Coalpit Wood, within an area measuring c. 100m long by a maximum of c. 50m wide overall. The depressions are on average c. 5m to 6m in diameter and up to 0.5m deep, with a dished profile. There are no visible remains of spoil or upcast around the depressions, and it they are mining-related features, they are probably surface workings rather than shaft mounds. (3)
Article in serial: Addy, S. 1909. 'Haselbarrow Hall and its owners', Derbyshire Archaeological Journal. Volume 31, pp 1-23. p. 2.
Unpublished document: Ed Dennison Archaeological Services. 2001. Moss Valley Nature Reserve, near Sheffield, Derbyshire, archaeological desk-top survey. HER Doc. No. 611.
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Centred SK 364 808 (116m by 56m) (Centre)
ECKINGTON, NORTH EAST DERBYSHIRE, DERBYSHIRE
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