1.2 Lead & Barytes Mining

This project aims to improve access, interpretation and conservation of local mining heritage sites in the Scheme area.

Improving and explaining up to seven mining sites (lead & barytes) with:

  • Repairs and small improvements, for example improving all-ability access at Snailbeach
  • Telling the big story alongside 1.1, from the smallest signs to a possible big community play


  • Discovering and improving local historic mining sites
  • Researching and telling the very local and bigger story
  • Help create new stories, poems, pictures and shape the professional interpretation materials like signs, leaflets and social media app

For more information please contact Joe Penfold.


Project Update

Cothercott Barytes Mill

At Cothercott, the aim has been to promote understanding of the barytes mining industry by increasing public access to this key site and by interpreting some of the visible archaeology.  With much help from the Shropshire Caving and Mining Club, we have been able to reveal the origin and function of various relic features including the curious, and rather large concrete block that stands alongside the Pulverbatch-Bridges road.

A number of millstones have been excavated.  Originally, they were used to grind the barytes ore into a fine powder.  As you can see from the photograph, they have also made excellent mounts for new interpretive panels.  Many of the other, nearby barytes mines are visible from Cothercott so it is well worth a visit.  The viewpoint on the upper reaches of the site provide extensive and spectacular views across much of the eastern side of the Scheme area.

A new Permissive Path has enabled us to create a circular, self-guided walk.  Click here to download a copy of the walking leaflet Medieval mottes, barytes mining and ancient lanes, a 5-mile circular from Pulverbatch to Cothercott.


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Much of the restoration work has been completed here.  Repairs have been made to the Cornish engine house and chimney on Resting Hill.  Vegetation has been used as soft capping for the walls of the engine house, which is hidden in the woodland.

Restoration work has also focused on the buddles, round sediment pools which lead ore and other materials settled in – follow this link to view the restored buddles. Repairs have also been made to the compressor house and many of the stone walls on the site.

Working closely with Shropshire Mines Trust, new interpretation, including audio, panels and a new map of the Snailbeach railway, have been installed at the site.


Tankerville Mine

Annual task days, led by the Shropshire Mines Trust, have helped to tidy up this site.  Three new interpretation panel helps visitors to understand the mining heritage of this area.  Thanks to Shropshire Mines Trust,  a permissive path has been agreed to create a footpath through the mine site.  Waymarkers guide you up past Tankerville Pottery, to the main Tankerville Mine site.  If parking, please get permission from Tankerville Pottery.  The weekend Shropshire Hills Shuttle Bus stops at Tankerville.