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Pete Forster's Logbook
'Notes on Lead Mines'



When articles are submitted to the Pegasus Website for possible inclusion occasionally a real ‘Gem’ turns-up and the following is certainly considered to be in that category.

A personal 60 page ‘Log book’, 9” x 7” in size, compiled over a period of years during the late 1960’s and early 70’s by Pete Forster of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire who was a founder member of the ‘North Staffs Mining Club’ and took-up the exploration of abandoned mines in the mid-1960’s, in predominantly Derbyshire and Staffordshire.

Each page displays various written information and annotated hand-coloured sketches such as, surface positions of mine shafts, associated buildings, direction of underground workings (Rakes); along with cross-sectional drawings of the direction of underground passages and water courses.

The records are of particular historical interest as some of the surface workings most probably no longer visibly exist and the mines beneath not re-explored since Pete Forster made his guidance notes about them over 50 years ago.

Therefore, this article not only makes fascinating reading but should also be of immense interest to anyone researching old mine workings in these particular county areas.

The front-cover of the ‘Log’ and the 60 individual pages are reproduced as they appear along with a preceding title and an occasional brief descriptive caption which has been added by the Pegasus Website editor to aid location of the sites.


Logbook Front Cover

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Page 1
Odin Mine, Castleton


NGR  SK 13295 83460

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Page 2

Water Grove Sough

The 40 foot pitch is known as 'Well Shaft' situated at NGR SK 20926 75923

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Page 3

Chadwick Engine Shaft, Ecton


Page 4

Ecton Copper Mines Surface Plan


This should be viewed as two separate surface plans, 'Hamnook Area' and 'Goodhope Area'

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Page 5

New Shaft On Dutchman


Refers to 'Climbing Shaft 20' dangerous unstable ginging' shown on page 4

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Page 6

2nd Exploration of Dutchman ( New Entrance )

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Page 7

Ecton Copper Mines Surface Plan

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Page 8

Wakebridge Mine, Crich, 1st Trip

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Page 9

Carsington Pastures Surface Plan

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Page 10

Remains of Cornish Engine House (Bob Wall ) Old End Mine Crich

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Page 11

Soughs Adjacent To River Derwent, Matlock to Cromford Area

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Page 12

Wakebridge Mine Area Surface Plan, Crich

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Page 13

Bacchus Pipe Shaft & Wakebridge Mine

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Page 14

Bacchus Pipe Shaft & Wakebridge Mine Underground Survey

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Page 15

Slayley Adit, Dunsley Spring Level & Bonsall Leys Level

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Page 16

Mixon Copper Mine

Situated near Onecote, Staffordshire Moorlands.  NGR SK 04595 57461

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Page 17

Mixon Copper Mine Area Surface Plan

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Page 18

10 to 100 Mine, Northern Dale


10 to 100 refers to the depths of the two shafts, it's original name is not known.

Northern Dale area is centred at SK 2692 6048 in Wensley & Snitterton Parish.

A conversation with Doug Nash of Op Mole resulted in the exploration of this mine.

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Page 19

Old Millclose Mine

At the time of this descent the powered winch was still under construction but the cable had

been purchased. The illustration shows how the cable was rigged to allow a straight

descent down the shaft by driving the Land Rover up and down the track.

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Page 20

Old Millclose Mine, Descent


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Page 21

Topographical View of Mill Close Mine (Old)


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Page 22

Turkey Dick Mine

The shaft marked as TD (Turkey Dick) is in all probability not the correct name for this

shaft as Turkey Dick mine is situated to the south east of the Old Millclose Mine

at SK 260 617. A probable descent of this shaft is recorded by Nellie Kirkham

in her article 'Old Millclose Lead Mine, Derbyshire'. PDMHS bulletin Vol. 2 Pt. 2.

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Page 23

Wass's Engine House


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Page 24

Old Millclose Mine, Wass's Shaft / Harveys Engine Shaft


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Page 25

Old Millclose Mine, Wass's Shaft / Harveys Engine Shaft

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Page 26

Descent of Mandale Deep Forefield Shaft


Cromford Sough, First Exploration

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Page 27

Cromford Sough Exploration (Cont'd.)

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Page 28

Cromford Sough,  Rough Sketch Plan


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Page 29

Wapping Mine, Ball Eye Mine, Wapping & Cumberland Mines,

Meerbrook Sough Surface Shafts, Mandale Deep Forefield Shaft

Knotlow Mine & Water Icicle Close Mine

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Page 30

Mandale Deep Forefield Shaft, Exploration


Shaft situated in field 176 in Over Hadden Parish at SK 1909 6637

A note on the 'Peak District Caving' site (2023) reports 'Shaft top

sealed and access refused by owner'.

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Page 31

Mandale Deep Forefield Shaft


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Page 32

Mandale Deep Forefield Shaft, Mandale Rake


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Page 33

Hamnook Mine

Ecton Hill

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Page 34

Hamnook Mine

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Page 35

Placket  & Yatestoop Mine Depth Calculations?


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Page 36
Winster Elton District Map



Page 37

Exploration In The Winster Area


Refers to 'Westhills Portaway Shaft' situated in field 212   NGR SK 23316 60436

A full exploration report and survey can be seen by clicking   Here 

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Page 38

Exploration In The Winster Area (Cont'd.)


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Page 39

Explanatory Sketch Of The Winch Configuration


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Page 40

Winster 1st Exploration Shaft 270' Deep

Refers to 'Westhills Portaway Shaft' situated in field 212   NGR SK 23316 60436


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Page 41

Winster 1st Exploration Shaft 270' Deep (Cont'd)

Refers to 'Westhills Portaway Shaft' situated in field 212   NGR SK 23316 60436

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Page 42

Winster 1st Exploration Shaft 270' Deep (Cont'd)


Refers to 'Westhills Portaway Shaft' situated in field 212   NGR SK 23316 60436

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Page 43

Notes on Mines & Soughs in the Elton Winster Area


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Page 44

Notes on Mines & Soughs in the Elton & Winster Area (Cont'd)


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Page 45

Plackett Mines Surface Plan

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Page 46

Black Hole Mine, Eyam


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Page 47

Viens In The Area Of Placket Mine, Winster


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Page 48

1st Exploration Of Placket Mine, Winster

Plantation Shaft


Plantation Shaft is situated at NGR SK 23927 60858

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Page 49

1st Exploration Of Placket Mine, Winster

Plantation Shaft  (Cont'd)

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Page 50

Placket Mine Survey Data

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Page 51

Placket Mine Survey Data  (Cont'd)

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Page 52

Placket Mine Survey Data  (Cont'd)

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Page 53

Placket Mine Survey Data  (Cont'd)

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Page 54

Placket Mine Main Shaft & Sump Shaft


Placket Main Shaft is situated at NGR SK 23827 61067


Page 55

Placket Mine (Sump Shaft)

Descent Of Shaft On Raised Mound

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Page 56

Winch Trips For Future Reference

Gang Mine, Hamnook Mine, Hubberdale Mine, Mandale Deep Forefield,

Wakebridge Mine, Millclose Watts Shaft, Portaway Mine, Stoop Mine,

Ecton Drawing Mine, Placket Mines & Buckdale Mine


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Page 57

Fieldgrove Mine & Wyatts Shaft


Wyatts Shaft (Wyatts Fieldgrove Mine, PDMHS Vol.6 No. 2) SK 16966 69493

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Page 58

Wheel Shaft & Bacchus Pipe Founder Shaft

Wheel Shaft and the Bob Pit are located at SK 22808 64848

A full report and drawings of this site are available by clicking   Here 

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Page 59

Bacchus Pipe Founder Shaft, Wakebridge,

Shinning Sough & Wheel Shaft

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Page 60

Sections of Shining Sough


In the article 'Mines and Soughs of Alport, Derbyshire' by E. L. Hurt, there are

photographs that relate directly to the sections illustrated below.   See Here 

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Logbook Ends


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