Dave Williams

It is with great sadness that we must announce that
former PDMHS Chairman and Hon. Recorder, and
long standing Society member, Dave Williams passed
away peacefully in the afternoon of Tuesday the 20th of
November in the Burton Closes Care Home in Bakewell.
Dave’s many contributions to the study of mining history
are immense, and he will be greatly missed.
We extend our sincerest condolences and heartfelt
sympathy to Dave’s family and his very many friends in
the mining history community, and beyond.

A full obituary will be published in the April Newsletter.

Mike Luff and Steve Thompson

Observations & Discoveries

The quarterly newsletter usually carries a section: Observations & Discoveries.  Adam Russell constructed an index which Rob has converted to a database which can be seen in the Members section of the web-site. Each site in the database has links to both Ordnance Survey and Google maps in order to benefit from the unique features of each. This is now enhanced with Google and OS maps showing all indexed sites on a single map with clickable links to the relevant newsletters.  It is hoped that this will encourage more members to lead heritage walks by helping identify sites to visit and providing easy access to the often extensive O&D notes about those sites.

A demonstration of that is below in a short video, the image quality is compromised in order to reduce the file size and make the video load faster. You can change the settings to HD for a better image and click the bottom-right icon to make it full screen. 

The database and interactive maps can be found in the members only section of the web site.

Stoney Middleton Mining Heritage Walk Report

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

Museum Heritage Events

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).

Derbyshire Heritage Event - The Poisonous History of Lead Mining and SmeltingNovember 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!!

Limestone quarries in Wirksworth DerbyshireDecember 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.

Hazards of lead mining in DerbyshireJanuary 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.

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