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Minerals and fossils in Shropshire...

Shropshire is a country rich in mineral heritage. Mining for lead and zinc has taken place since the Bronze Age, and there are numerous old mines within a half hour drive of the house. The Stiperstones area was mined for lead and zinc, and it is still possible to visit the workings, and go underground. The mine at Snailbeach has been preserved by the Shropshire Mines Trust, and the buildings, shafts and workings are constantly being restored. Most weekends there are people on-site to show you around, and underground visits can be arranged with prior notice. A number of smaller mines in the area are still visible and accessible for fossicking - pieces of the ore are usually to be found on the dumps.

Collecting underground


Collecting underground, 1980's


Virtual Tour of the mine and surface workings