A drainage sough begun in c. 1720-22 and heading west towards the east range of Hucklow Edge vein, through gritstone and shale. By 1732 the sough had reached the Stoke Engine shaft, a distance of some 3,500 ft. By 1736 the sough had reached the shale/limestone contact at 5000 ft. It is estimated that by the year 1738 the cost of the sough lay at £11-12000.
The sough was dammed up in 1738-47, when it was reopened it had a north branch to Ladybower possessions by 1755, along the old Edge vein.
The sough reached Ladywash north cast vein via the Stoke New Engine Mine by 1770. The sough was then continued to the Broadlow mine where it terminated. There were several small branches. All work ceased on the sough by 1804, at a total cost of £35000, according to Fevey. (1)
There is a well preserved entrance to the sough, constructed of dressed gritstone dated c. 1722, the sough is accessable for a great distance, and there are few sough arches left in the country as a whole. The sough tail and adjacent bathhouse was refurbished by PPJPB 1989.
Photographic record. (5)
Stoke Sough is an arched sough entered via a short bolt entrance and leading to one of the major soughs of the region; a long section is open, but contains bad air. Above there are two large ventilation shaft hillocks. (6)
Article in monograph: Rieuwerts, J. 1987. History & Gazetteer of the Lead Mine Soughs of Derbyshire.
Index: Rieuwerts, J. 1988. Peak Park Treasures C107. C107.
Bibliographic reference: Bagshawe. Manuscript in Sheffield City Library.
Bibliographic reference: MS : Chatsworth House.
Photograph: Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA). Slide Collection. 13215.1.
Bibliographic reference: Barnatt, J. 2004. An Inventory of Regionally & Nationally Important Lead Mining Sites in the Peak District. Vol. 2: Corpus of Sites. p 55, site no. 38.
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