AditNow... the site for mine explorers and mining historians Mine explorer and mining history videos on YouTube Connect with other mine explorers on Facebook
AditNow Mine Exploration
Tip: do not include 'mine' or 'quarry', search by name e.g. 'cwmorthin', use 'Sounds like search' if unsure of spelling

Advanced Search
'Sounds like search'
Quick a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z
Tip: narrow down your search by typing more than one word and selecting 'Search for all words' or 'Exact search'



Tip: narrow down your search by typing more than one word and selecting 'Search for all words' or 'Exact search'



Home > Mines, Quarries & Sites > Smallcleugh Lead Mine

Smallcleugh Lead Mine (United Kingdom)


Smallcleugh Mine, Nenthead, Cumbria, OS Ref: NY788430.

Smallcleugh Mine started in around 1770, looking for the continuation of Hanginshaw's West of Nent Vein, but this was soon abandoned. In 1787 the work was restarted by an agent for the London Lead Company along the Smallcleugh Cross Vein which produced an immense quantity of ore. There where also many other rich veins worked from Smallcleugh - Middlecleugh (and 1st and 2nd Sun Veins), Longcleugh, and Great Cross. The mine over the years was also worked by the Nenthead and Tynedale Lead and Zinc Company and Vieille Montagne Zinc Company. Most of the operations in Smallcleugh had come to an end around the 1900's. In 1963 the mine was briefly reopened in pursuit of new ore reserves, but little large scale mining took place. A famous occurrence at the mine was the dinner party held down it. On September 2nd 1901, 28 members of the local Masonic branch held a dinner down the mine in a large stope know today as the Ballroom Flat.

It is often assumed that Smallcleugh Mine extends all the way to Bogg Shaft and beyond, as these are reached via the Smallcleugh portal, however Smallcleugh originally only went as far as the Longcleugh Vein past the Ballroom, and the beginnings of the Middlecleugh Vein and Middlecleugh Second Sun Vein. The area past this which covers Carr's Cross Vein, Cow Hill Cross Vein, Barron's Sump Chamber and beyond are is in fact a separate mine called Longcleugh Mine, which was originally worked by shafts.

Photos of Smallcleugh Lead Mine

Historic Photographs Of Smallcleugh
Historic Photographs Of Smallcleugh (31 photos)
Last updated February 5th by Jim MacPherson
Photographs Of Smallcleugh
Photographs Of Smallcleugh (252 photos)
Last updated November 7th 2018 by Paul Binney
Smallcleugh 30/09/2007
Smallcleugh 30/09/2007 (30 photos)
Last updated August 27th 2011 by SimonRL

Google Earth Map of Smallcleugh Lead Mine

To view the location details and the Google Map please sign in or register an account.


Documents for Smallcleugh Lead Mine

Click below to download documents, plans, surveys etc. for Smallcleugh Lead Mine.

Major Mining Region

Smallcleugh Lead Mine belongs to the Alston Moor region.

See also:

Smallcleugh Lead Mine was served by:

Nenthead Mill

See more:

All lead mines in United Kingdom (NY)
All lead mines in United Kingdom
Wisdom Miners Lamp Sale Starless River - Caving Store Moore Books: Specialist BooksI.A. Recordings: Mining and Industrial History DVDs
Disclaimer: Mine exploring can be quite dangerous, but then again it can be alright, it all depends on the weather. Please read the proper disclaimer.
© 2005 to 2019 AditNow.co.uk
Back to Top