Updated 14 Jan 2007

WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900

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Photo 505


Taken 1999. Reconstruction of a stowe at Goodluck Mine.

How it was used before 1600

Goodluck Mine, Stowe

Chris Newall writes:
In 1999 we visited the Goodluck Mine in company with Joe Gould, a local lead-mining expert, who had kindly borrowed the key from the owner Ron Amner.

Since the mine entrance was 'rediscovered' by Ron Amner and Jim Rieuwerts in 1970 the area around the entrance and powder house has been cleared and a reconstructed ore jigging frame and stowe have been installed.

A Stowe was a wooden windlass over a shaft for raising ore in a lead mine. The stowe had to be made to a definite pattern, and the existence of a pair of stowes (i.e. one windlass) was a symbol of ownership of a mine.

The raising of the lead ore to the surface was either up a number of small, shallow shafts by hand winches known as stowes or stoces, or by horse gin up the usually deeper and wider engine shafts.

Photo taken:1999
Source:"Base Lead and Shining Silver" by C.E.Newall.
The History of the HALL family 1700-1940
of Middleton-by-Wirksworth and Sheffield.
Published by Wild Oat Books 2006.
33 Elm Grove Road, Ealing, London W5 3JH
ISBN 0-9552046-1-5 and 978-0-9552046-1-6

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