Ginger Archaeology



Oakhurst House & Shining Cliff Woods

Located just above the village of Ambergate in the Derbyshire remains the skeletal remains of Oakhurst House. Constructed in 1848 by Francis Hurt; a industrialist who owned the wire works located below. The House and most of the former wireworks have now fallen into disrepair, leaving behind the hollow shell of its former self.

Surrounding the hall we find Shining Cliff Woods, a place riddled with old lead mining shafts that have been reclaimed by the forest. A Truly beautiful surreal place, with an amazing natural pool. GA


Wirksworth Lost Tunnels

Underneath Wirksworth; Derbyshire, is a lost Subterranean network of Tunnels built to bring minerals from quarries down to the mainline station.


Dale Quarry Tunnel

Rway%20010The largest of the tunnels was opened from Dale Quarry, situated 1.1 km west of the station yard. Stone was initially conveyed by horse and cart, but plans for a tramway proved unpopular as it would have passed through the town, however they appear to have been granted. Instead A standard gauge tunnel was built under the town, linking the quarry and the station yard and was opened on 17 November 1877.

The tunnel took only 18 months to complete and was opened in 1877, two years later however the quarry was forced into liquidation as a result of the cost of the tunnel.

The quarry continued in use under a new owner but eventually closing down in the early 1920s. Later it was reopened and worked until 1968. The tunnel was still in use at that time, but the stone was carried to the station yard on lorries, rather than the original trains.


Baileycroft Quarry Tunnel


Baileycroft Quarry is first mentioned in 1871, when land was leased with permission to extract 8400 tons of limestone; The start of a major change in the local area where industry shifted from Lead mining to Limestone Quarrying.

In 1877 an agreement was made to make a tramway tunnel from the quarry to the railway near the Baptist Cemetery. Two short tunnels connected by a cutting was constructed. These ran a 2 foot narrow-gauge track.

The quarry was closed in 1906, and the site was being used as a refuse tip in 1922. It is now the site of Harrison Drive, constructed in an effort to improve traffic flow through the town. Part of the quarry face was removed and the quarry filled in with dust from Dale Quarry including most of the tunnel.

The Maps Bellow Show the extent of the Tunnels, Dale being in Red and Baileycroft in Blue. GA



Images From.

Left Map is from Google Earth and the Right is a 1870-1906 Map



Cyfannedd Slate Mine

I am quite a keen Urban Explorer and this goes hand in hand with mining and quarry industrial heritage a very small neich part of history that I enjoy.

This is the second time I’ve visited the site and as of yet, i have not managed to explore the full extent of the adit inside; Mainly due to the vast amount of water that spills out of it.



Cyfanned Fawr Slate Works are associated with Cyfanned Fawr Lead and Copper Mine which for what i can tell are the same works, The adit was driven in 1842 alongside many of the other mines in the local facility, the mine was working on a slate vein when operations ceased around the pre-1887, this might have been down to a depelted source of material or the fact that the united kingdom was demanding more and more slate for roofs, which saw this industry expload across wales and competitors like Golwen Slate Mine opened in 1860’s might have been one of the reasons why Cyfanned Fawr was ceased.

The resources appear to have been brought out of the Mine via a single track that led onto the spoil heap near the entrance of the Adit, and a vehicle track that runs down the side of the heap would of been the way that the materials would of been brought down.

However in a older map found online at ( There appears to be a triangular shaped track and sidings near the main adit entrance, as well as a possible track running from here to the water wheel and roofless crusher house would make sense as it currently the only way to get the resources down to the Crusher house would of been trucks.



There is some nice reminants of the site including buildings and industrial works – shafts (That i havent discovered yet but looking on maps it apears that there are 3 shafts, 2 verticle and 1 sloped hidden in the woods.), masonry ore slides, a wheelpit, a roofless crusher house, settling pits, Spoil Heap, Main Adit entrance, and a number of other unidentifiable buildings (Probably offices and storage)


Pictures – Click on the image for a description.




Refrances (One of my Favorate Sites)

Its intressting to note however that on the Ordnance Survey County Series maps dated 1889(Merionethshire XXXVI,15) the site is described as a disused slate works (NPRN 413821).


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