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Chain Shaft, West Mine

The Alderley Edge mines in Cheshire, UK, were mined from the Bronze Age (c. 4000 years ago) until the early 20th century.

Most of the mines are still accessible although many surface features have been obscured by vegetation over the years.

Many of the mines are owned by the National Trust and have been leased from them by the Derbyshire Caving Club which maintains access and continues to explore and search for areas of mining that have been closed for centuries.


Visiting the mines  -  Open days  -  People employed  -  Minerals  -  The legend

The Alderley Mining Company logo From 1995 to 2005, a fairly comprehensive study was made of the mines by a project team lead by the Manchester Museum and the National Trust. The results of this study have been published by the Manchester University Press.

In this website, you will find information about the mines, their history and their current state. Some of the information is not publicly available, such as maps showing the locations of the DCC logomines, but for further information you can contact the Club.  There is also information about the Derbyshire Caving Club and its activities and links to other sites of related interest.  Lastly, there is a section on going underground in general covering caves, mines and other sites.

Please feel free to comment on the site or send me any information that may add to the value of the site or knowledge about Alderley Edge and its mines.

My e-mail address is Webmaster@*****sCC.org.uk [javascript protected email address].

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