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Snailbeach Lead Mine (11 miles)




Snailbeach was the biggest lead mine in Shropshire and it is reputed to have yielded the greatest volume of lead per acre of any mine in Europe. Underground mining ceased here in 1955 but it is reputed to date from Roman times and the surface buildings are the most complete set in the district and probably the country. Although the miners mainly extracted lead ore (galena), smaller quantities of Barite, Calcite, Fluorspar, Silver and Zinc were also obtained.  There is a visitor center where you can see a collection of mining and history exhibits and watch a video of the mine.  There are guided trips into Day Level which is next to the building.  Self guide leafets are available (50p) which ehlp you to explore the rest of the site.