View Full Version : Magpie Mine, Derbyshire, Sept '09

18-09-2009, 03:00 PM
High on a moor in north Derbyshire are the ruins of
Magpie Mine, a lead mine which last worked in the 1950's.

The mine is said to be cursed by the wives of three miners who lost their lives due to smoke inhalation in 1833. Deep underground, several of the mines joined together, and miners would light bales of straw to smoke out the miners of other mines.

This is a pretty weak snap looking down the main shaft (fnaar fnaar) The tiny light spot at the bottom is water, as the bottom 47 metres of the mine are flooded.

A drainage tunnel was dug in the 1880's, a mile and a quarter in length to drain the upper workings. A Cornish beam engine would have pumped out the lower levels.

There were a number of mines on the site. Here is the horse gin where iron ore would have been raised to the surface by horsepower.

Here is a view looking down another mine shaft. Sorry this photograph is possibly one of the weakest you will ever see. Perhaps I had been struck by the curse of the mine, thus rendering any picture taken to be lame and rubbish.

18-09-2009, 03:08 PM
Nice mate, are those big fuck off holes covered by anything to stop sheep falling in?

18-09-2009, 03:17 PM

Metal grilles that look really strong and safe... and not rusty or fucked at all:)

18-09-2009, 06:46 PM
Looks good. Great pics (even the one possessed by the curse of the lost miners, woooooooo)

18-09-2009, 08:02 PM
Nice, very nice indeed!

presumably you dropped the stones and counted how long it took to hear a splash? :lol:

19-09-2009, 08:08 AM
Whenever I look down mineshafts like these I wonder how folk could merrily descend them every day of their lives.