Understanding Dale Mine, Warslow

by The SWP Landscape Partnership in Warslow, England, United Kingdom

Understanding Dale Mine, Warslow

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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by October 16th 2019 at 11:14am

Save the remains of the 19th Century 'ore bin' structure at Dale Mine and understand more about this important historical mine site.

by The SWP Landscape Partnership in Warslow, England, United Kingdom

I am Catherine Parker Heath, the South West Peak Cultural Heritage Officer working for the South West Peak Landscape Partnership Scheme, a partnership of 14 partners led by the Peak District National Park and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. I work with volunteers who care passionately about saving and understanding more about our past.

This particular project is about Dale Mine, an historically important 18th and 19th century lead and zinc mine, and a key archaeological site within the Peak District National Park's Warslow Moors Estate, with a range of unusual features. 

One of these unusual features is a set of visually impressive 'ore bins'. Once interpreted as a series of limekilns, the ore bins are an unusual feature that has no known parallel elsewhere at a mine site in Britain. They are the focus of this project alongside the site of one of the engine houses that once stood here.

SWP volunteers will be working with Dr John Barnatt and Mark Womersley to consolidate the ore bin structure, excavate in front of it and the tanks behind to understand more as well as opening a small trench on the site of one of the engine houses.

Dale Mine is in an impressive location, standing high above the Manifold Valley and opposite Ecton Hill, site of the renowned copper mines of the Dukes of Devonshire.

From here you can begin to appreciate how the countryside we see today has been created through the interplay of natural and human forces, and begin to understand how a landscape can change. Alongside evidence of medieval lynchets and field boundaries of various ages, the remnant lumps and bumps of earlier mining are testament to what was once a busy, noisy, industrial landscape and which is now one of rural calm.

We are crowdfunding to raise money to help support this work, after which a dedicated group of us will adopt the structure to ensure its care and survival for years to come as part of the SWP's Small Heritage Adoption Project.

Field work begins on Tuesday 20th August for 4 weeks with an Open Day on Tuesday 10th September when you will be more than welcome to come along, meet us and see what we are doing. But please, do pledge some money first - there are plenty of great rewards to  persuade you!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

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Family Ticket to Poole's Cavern Buxton

Take a Journey beneath the earth with expert guides, explore the vast limestone caverns see how crystal stalactites have lined the chambers over millions of years! This family ticket to Poole's Cavern is for 2 adults and up to 3 children on a date and at a time of your choosing - simply book in advance to secure your places. Poole’s Cavern is open all year round. Go to https://poolescavern.co.uk/ for details and opening times.

£5 or more

2 of 10 claimed

Resting in Peace: St Luke's Sheen

This is a book about the graveyard survey at St Luke's Church, Sheen which was carried out by a group of volunteers who called themselves "the Graveyard Gang"! The book is an account of the survey, of the gravestones in the old part of the churchyard and the methodology involved. The book includes contributions written by members of the team and a faithful transcript of all the verses. A beautiful and touching publication.

£5 or more

2 of 2 claimed

A Walking Guide to Buxton’s Coal Mines

A Walking Guide to Buxton’s Coal Mines is published by Buxton Civic Association. Use this guide to visit and learn about what was once a busy industrial landscape.

£5 or more

2 of 2 claimed

A Walking Guide to Quarries and Kilns

A Walking Guide to Quarries and Kilns is published by Buxton Civic Association. Use this guide to visit and learn all about lime quarries and lime burning, once a key industry in this part of the Peak.

£8 or more

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Fire and Ice on the Roaches - Weekend Guided Walk

Experience the high drama of the Roaches and join the South West Peak Landscape Partnership for a guided walk and talk along the iconic Roaches on Saturday 26th October. This exclusive walk starts at 10:30am until 1:30pm. Meet at the parking area to the west of the Don Whillans Memorial Hut. Suitable for all but be aware of some steep and muddy tracks on the ascent and descent. Wear appropriate dress for the weather.

£8 or more

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Fire and Ice on the Roaches - Weekday Guided Walk

Experience the high drama of the Roaches and join the South West Peak Landscape Partnership for a guided walk and talk along the iconic Roaches on Wednesday 30th October. This exclusive walk starts at 10:30am until 1:30pm. Meet at the parking area to the west of the Don Whillans Memorial Hut. Suitable for all but be aware of some steep and muddy tracks on the ascent and descent. Wear appropriate dress for the weather.

£10 or more

10% off Womersley's products

Womersley's supply advice and materials for historic building refurbishment and more sustainable new build. This reward gets you 10% off products bought from their online shop https://www.womersleys.co.uk/shop, excluding VAT and carriage. You will receive a code that you can then use.

£12 or more

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Derbyshire Archaeological Journal

The Derbyshire Archaeological Society, founded in 1878 to encourage interest in the County’s history and archaeology, publish the annual Derbyshire Archaeological Journal. Dates available 1998, 1999, 2000, 2005 to 2009 inclusive. Choose the year you would like. Please add a tip to help cover cost of postage, or they will be available to pick up from Aldern House, Bakewell.

£12 or more

0 of 8 claimed

Derbyshire Archaeological Journal

The Derbyshire Archaeological Society, founded in 1878 to encourage interest in the County’s history and archaeology, publish the annual Derbyshire Archaeological Journal. Dates available 2011 - 2018 inclusive. Choose the year you would like. Please add a tip to help cover cost of postage, or they will be available to pick up from Aldern House, Bakewell.

£20 or more

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£25 Meal Voucher for the Manifold Inn

The Manifold Inn is a delightful 200 year old coaching inn and restaurant that offers warm hospitality and quality home cooked food for locals and visitors to the beautiful Peak District. Open all year round and all day most of the year they offer guests a range of Ales, Lager, Cider, Wines and Soft Drinks, a Lunch Menu, a Summer Snack Menu and a full Dinner Menu which can be served in their Bar, Conservatory, Snug or Restaurant.


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