SNAILBEACH LEAD MINE

Snailbeach Lead Mine (NGR SJ374022) was the biggest of the Shropshire Lead mines and thought to have been worked in antiquity (Roman). However the main period was from 1782 and lasted around a century. The present remains date from the 2nd half of the 19th century when the mine was heavily re-equiped and a large Cornish beam pumping engine installed on Lordshill. The mine realised some amazinfg output of 131,913T of lead ore, 4,392T of Zinc. The mine was worked to 552yards depth. On site are the remains of winding and pumping engine house, crusher house, workshops, compressor house and must be the most complete Lead Mining complex in the UK. The site has been well conserved and is managed by the Shropshire mines trust. Access is easy and all buildings can be accessed on the footpaths that criss coss the site, a real must see!

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