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 and to get involved please contact Joe Penfold.
What’s happened so far?
Cothercott barytes mill
Volunteers from Shropshire Caving & Mining Club have uncovered some of the barytes mining remains at Cothercott through minor surface excavations. A floor plan of all known buildings has been revealed and eleven millstones unearthed along with the base of part of the gas-powered production plant. With landowner consent, an access agreement will be put in place and information about the site will be produced to help people explore and understand the importance of Barytes production that went on here.
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, an interpretation plan at Snailbeach has been agreed. This includes audio, panels and a new map of the Snailbeach railway. This will be in place over summer 2017.
Conservation task days with volunteers are planned for winter 2016 at this site. Contact the office if you would like to get involved, 01938 561741 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.