Posted on 2nd January 2016 / 1323
Industry Type : Mining - (Metalliferous) Iron, Copper, Tin etc
Public or Private Site? : Public Access
Condition : Ruins and Remnants

Groverake Mine has the last remaining headgear in the North Pennines!

When it closed in 1999 it was thought to be the last deep mineral mine in County Durham.

The surviving infrastructure is some of the last evidence of mining to be preserved in Weardale.

Lead mining started at Groverake in the early 1800s and major operations were developed by the Beaumont Company in the 1810s. It started producing fluorspar under the ownership of Weardale Lead Co and after WWII was one of the leading producers of the mineral.

Durham County Council put a building preservation order on the winding house in 2013, when it described the buildings as a “unique collection”. That safeguarded the building for 6 months while the council applied to get listed building status to give it lasting protection.

In 2016 Paul Allison, owner of Sherburn Stone which owns the mine, said negotiations over its future were ongoing.

The Groverake mine is situated at the convergence of three major veins, Greencleugh, Groverake and Red. The Burtree Pasture vein also continues to this point.

Thankfully a Sustrans cycle route passes close by and the iconic headgear and mining scene can be surveyed.

Unbelievably, scrap-thieves stole one of the headstocks! Now there is only one and worse still – in 2015 some unpleasant vandalism occurred! This is only spurring on the most worthy group of Grove Rake Friends though and they are clever and passionate enough to have the site listed, protected and preserved, but support is always required! Please check out their Facebook Page – HERE!

In March 2017, it was reported that the headstocks are saved! The campaign was a complete success! Read the news article – HERE!

 

Groverake Mine, Rookhope, Weardale, Durham. Head for DL13 2DG.

Groverake Mine

Groverake Mine has the last remaining headgear in the North Pennines!

When it closed in 1999 it was thought to be the last deep mineral mine in County Durham.

The surviving infrastructure is some of the last evidence of mining to be preserved in Weardale.

Lead mining started at Groverake in the early 1800s and major operations were developed by the Beaumont Company in the 1810s. It started producing fluorspar under the ownership of Weardale Lead Co and after WWII was one of the leading producers of the mineral.

Durham County Council put a building preservation order on the winding house in 2013, when it described the buildings as a “unique collection”. That safeguarded the building for 6 months while the council applied to get listed building status to give it lasting protection.

In 2016 Paul Allison, owner of Sherburn Stone which owns the mine, said negotiations over its future were ongoing.

The Groverake mine is situated at the convergence of three major veins, Greencleugh, Groverake and Red. The Burtree Pasture vein also continues to this point.

Thankfully a Sustrans cycle route passes close by and the iconic headgear and mining scene can be surveyed.

Unbelievably, scrap-thieves stole one of the headstocks! Now there is only one and worse still – in 2015 some unpleasant vandalism occurred! This is only spurring on the most worthy group of Grove Rake Friends though and they are clever and passionate enough to have the site listed, protected and preserved, but support is always required! Please check out their Facebook Page – HERE!

In March 2017, it was reported that the headstocks are saved! The campaign was a complete success! Read the news article – HERE!

 

Groverake Mine, Rookhope, Weardale, Durham. Head for DL13 2DG.

Groverake Mine
Industry Type : Mining - (Metalliferous) Iron, Copper, Tin etc
Public or Private Site? : Public Access
Condition : Ruins and Remnants
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