Great Rutland Cavern and Nestus Mine - Heights of Abraham, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree
N 53° 07.404 W 001° 33.871
30U E 596058 N 5886960
Quick Description: The Rutland Cavern can be explored through the Heights of Abraham on a ticket which includes a ride on a cable car with entry here and into the Great Masson Caverns. This cavern was mined for its Fluorspar and Lead.
Location: East Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 3/24/2013 10:14:08 AM
Waymark Code: WMGNGK
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache
Views: 3

Long Description:
On a guided tour you can see the rocks, miner's snot and chambers. Various depictions can be seen on the rockface and mineral deposits shine in the torchlight. An interesting presentation is given by a model of a miner who describes real life in the cave with his son. Men married often in their lifetime as their wives often died of lead poisoning at a young age.

The caverns are natural and were mined for their Fluorspar deposits and lead. Miners followed the veins into the caves. Nowadays very little minerals remain but the caverns are impressive and well cared for to allow future generations to view their secrets.

The soot marks from candles, pick marks from tools and narrow shafts show how miners once worked in these caverns. We enjoyed an informative tour round. More information can be seen here visit link and an 1836 historic account of a visit can be read here visit link

Mine Type: Tourist Mine

Mineral Collecting: No

Material Mined: Non-Precious Metal

Operation: Underground Mine

Surface Features: No

Slippery cave floor and sharp edges to rocks.

Any associated website: [Web Link]

Any Other information: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
Optional photograph welcomed.
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