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Killhope Lead Mining Centre

Tuesday February 05, 2008

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Killhope mine is situated in the head waters of Weardale (NY 8258-4308). It is now a world class museum, giving visitors an insight to the work and past-times of the North Pennine lead miner and their families. It is funded by several organisations and a dedicated group of volunteers (The friends of Killhope of which I'm a proud member from its inception many years back) The museum has recreated the work place for the lead miner right from getting the ore to the crushing, separating and "working conditions" (health and safety were not high on the lead mine owners list). It is a place well worth visiting if you are in the area, an entrance fee is requires though.

The miners were the men of the family, boy's usually went underground from about the age of 12-13 years. The wives and young boys and girls would work on the dressing floor. Working the ore that the men had won underground. This would generally mean 12 hour days in all weathers. The only time the dressing floor would not be busy with work is if the water supply to the floor was frozen or there was a drought!

Here are some photos to give you a flavour of what the Killhope Lead mining centre has to offer.

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My daughters Emma (right) and Sarah with one of the metal sculptures