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In April, I posted a distant picture of Magpie Mine, just south of Sheldon in the Peak District, with a fleeting moment of sunlight on an otherwise overcast day. Last week, the sun shone, and I had a walk into the mine to see it close up. Many parts of the Peak District are effectively industrial wasteland, historical remnants of extensive past mining, quarrying and manufacturing activities. The extract below, copied from my April post, was originally quoted from www.peakdistrictinformation.com 'The Magpie Mine was one of the most famous lead mines in the Peak District and is the only one with a significant part of its building still standing, having been taken into the care of the Peak District Mines Historical Society in 1962. The mine buildings can be seen from the Bakewell - Chelmorton road. The mine is at the junction of the Magpie vein, the Bole vein and the Butts vein, and was only one of several mines exploiting these veins - the Red Soil Mine and the Maypitts mine lay within only a few hundred metres of the Magpie. The mine is first recorded in 1795, though the workings are probably much older. It finally ceased operations in 1958, though the working in the 1950s mined little actual lead. The heyday of the mine was in the mid 19th Century.'
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