The weather forecasts before our walk on October 13th had been pretty ominous, with rain, high winds and even lightening forecast. But PDMHS walkers are a hardy bunch, and a total of 14 of us turned out to brave the elements at our meeting place at the bottom of Coombs Dale in Stoney Middleton.
This was an all-day circular walk which was packed with features of mining interest. Only a couple of fields from our starting point, we crossed over Peakstone Rake by the site of Wren Park Mine, before entering Coombsdale Wood with its old limestone quarry. The quarry has been used as a tip for domestic waste in the past, and here we found a large shaft covered with scaffolding poles – which we concluded was probably an old lime kiln which has been almost completely buried by the tipping. Continue reading
The Peak District Lead Mining Mueum (part of PDMHS) hosts Derbyshire Heritage Events and offers Guided Heritage Walks in Derbyshire – for dates, times, costs and other details please check the Museum Web Site news page or their Facebook page.
Derbyshire Heritage Talks are hosted at the Museum in Matlock Bath. Talks are on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 and cover a wide range of historical aspects of the area, including the mining heritage but also industrial archaeology, folk-lore and social history in Derbyshire. These heritage events are well attended and tickets should be purchased in advance (at the museum or by phone to 01629 583834) to avoid disappointment. Tickets cost £6 (£5 to PDMHS members and Friends of the Pavilion).
November 6th – The poisonous legacy of lead mining & smelting
Dr Lynn Willies will be explaining why certain parts of Derbyshire and the Peak District have higher lead levels and the impact this can have.
He will give some clues to place names which are linked to smelting sites and will, of course, go into gory detail about the effect of lead on the human body!!
December 4th – The Wirksworth quarries
Explore the last 300 years of limestone quarrying in Wirksworth with speaker Tony Holmes. Tony has a huge collection of drawings, pictures and photographs of the quarries that he has worked in and studied over much of his life.
January 8th 2019 – Mining hazards
A talk by Dr Richard Shaw.
Discover the dangers faced by Derbyshire miners and the dangers that remain long after the work stops.
Derbyshire Dales District Council has recently announced that, to save money, it intends to close the public toilets next to the Lead Mining Museum in Matlock Bath.
The Mining Museum would be particularly badly affected by this move, as it would make it extremely difficult for the Museum to accommodate school visits – which make up a large part of its income. This comes at a time when the Council’s financial support for the Museum’s rent rebate is being reduced year on year, so it is a “double whammy” to the Museum’s ability to survive in the coming years.
Other local businesses in the south end of Matlock Bath would also be affected, as it would mean that the nearest toilets for visitors would be half a mile away.
An online petition has been started to show the Council the strength of local feeling about this issue. Please show your support for the Museum by signing it here.
Despite atrocious weather conditions on the 11th of February, six members of the PDMHS UEG made it to Pikehall for a trip into Mouldridge Mine. It was considerably warmer and drier underground than outside! Continue reading
Former PDMHS Chairman and Recorder Dave Williams needed hospice care for a period last year due to serious health problems, and some of his friends have decided to do a sponsored walk to raise funds for Ashgate Hospice in recognition of the help they gave Dave in his time of need.
Sponsorship/donation can be done online, please go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/davidwilliamsashgate if you wish to contribute to this worthy cause.