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Nenthead Lead Mines

Mining History, Compilation No.44

An ore chute in SmallcleughBackground

The area around Nenthead in Cumbria is pockmarked with fascinating old mineshafts, several of which have been explored with the MineCam. Mining probably dates from Roman times, and Nenthead village was built in 1830's by the Quaker London Lead Company. Now the region is seen as one of the richest mining heritage sites in Britain.

This DVD starts with views of many of the buildings, then goes underground. After some MineCam shots, exploration concentrates on Smallcleugh Level and includes an underground horse-whim chamber, various 'Flats' where the lead and zinc ore has been removed and Ballroom Flat, where a candlelit celebration dinner was held in 1901. It also shows some of the magnificent dry-stone arching in the levels, wooden doors and plastered walls to help ventilation; and wooden ore chutes feeding the level from flats above.

Brewery shaft from Rampgill Level

A quick look at Rampgill horse level shows Brewery shaft with its complex hydraulic pipework; and an underground horse-whim drum. A brief visit to Caplecleugh level includes views of some unusual formations.

Last are some highlights of a tour of Carrs Level, which the North Pennines Heritage Trust have recently opened as an excellent show mine for visitors.

Also see the DVD Production A Tour of Carrs Mine, which is an up to date look at the visitor mine, plus areas beyond the public tour, some views inside Smallcleugh and the new outside exhibits.

MineCam Compilation M5 shows remote exploration of eleven Nenthead shafts.

Entering Smallcleugh


  • This compilation has no commentary.
  • NGR: NY 781 435 etc.
  • £ 10.00 - DVD
  • Running time: 28 mins.
  • Recorded 1993,1998,2000
  • Price includes worldwide delivery.
  • 'PAL' and 'NTSC' versions available.

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