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Posted: 30/03/2019 00:01:39
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An interesting little snippet of info I came across whilst looking for other mining related material. Hopefully someone will benefit from it: -

Red Soil Mine, Derbyshire - The Derbyshire Courier announces the death of three men in the Red Soil Mine, at Sheldon, through the miners, in a rival concern, burning sulphur to drive out their opponents. The Duke of Devonshire has subscribed 100 guineas for the relief of the widows and orphans of the men who were sacrificed in the dispute between the proprietors.
Bristol Mercury - Saturday 14th September 1833.

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Posted: 30/03/2019 07:10:18
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Thanks for posting that, it relates to the "Magpie Murders" where three miners in Redsoil mine were overcome by fumes from the fires lit by Magpie miners after the two mines broke through into each others workings. The Magpie men were tried for murder but acquitted, there's a good contemporary account of the trial at http://www.wirksworth.org.uk/REDSOIL.htm

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Posted: 30/03/2019 07:49:32
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Many thanks for your reply AR. Thought someone would've known about it... I concentrate on Devon's mining history.

I did visit Magpie Mine and stayed over one night some years ago with Les, Sue and son Ben. A very interesting site although we didn't get the chance of an underground visit.

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Posted: 30/03/2019 09:35:48
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Tin Miner wrote:

Many thanks for your reply AR. Thought someone would've known about it... I concentrate on Devon's mining history.

I did visit Magpie Mine and stayed over one night some years ago with Les, Sue and son Ben. A very interesting site although we didn't get the chance of an underground visit.

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If staying at Magpie with young children this can be combined with a ghost story to make certain they remain suitably terrified for the whole stay, thus ensuring no-one gets any sleep. If you are lucky and conditions are right steam condensing from the air rising from the shaft in the morning adds credence to the story Thumbs Up
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