Monument record MDR9793 - Merebrook Mine, Meerbrook Farm, Wirksworth

Type and Period (1)

  • (Georgian to Victorian - 1800 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status/Designation

  • World Heritage Site Buffer Zone

Full Description

This site is named as a Lead Mine on the 1st ed. 1" Ordnance Survey map of c. 1836. (1) It is shown as 'Merebrook Mine (Lead, Disused)' on the 1st ed. 25" map of c. 1880. (2) 'One of the Furnaces near this Town, for smelting Lead, is converted into a large Coppel, where the Lead is now made, and also a great Quantity of Red-lead: Near this Town are many Lead-mines and Veins of Antimony, and great Quantities of Lime-stone'. (3) One of the names for the sough that powered Richared Arkwright's first mill in 1771 was the Meerbrook Sough, which suggests that the mine may have been in use before the 1830s. <4>

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Map: OS. 1836. OS 1 inch 1st edition, Sheet 71. David & Charles reprint, Sheet 35, Nottingham.. 1 inch.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 1882. OS County Series, 1st edition, scale 1:2500 (c. 25" to one mile). Sheet XXXIV-15.
  • <3> Bibliographic reference: Martin, B. 1765. The Natural History of Derbyshire.



Grid reference Centred SK 3116 5523 (87m by 51m)

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Record last edited

Dec 21 2018 9:27AM

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