Stanhope Lead Mines Deeds

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Deeds, letters and papers relating to lead mines named Birks Grove, Coves, Dodd, Thimbleby Hill, and others at Low Bishopley, in Stanhope parish, Co. Durham and to their owners and operators, and also to lead mining in Northumberland at Bulbeck Manor. The material in this collection records the activities of individual mines in the era before the zenith of industrial lead processing.

Administrative / Biographical History

The North Pennines were a major source of lead ore, with several centres of mining and processing. In Weardale there were many mineral resources, which came into the possession of the Bishop of Durham in the twelfth century, and passed in the nineteenth century to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners. By the nineteenth century the extraction, smelting and refining of lead had become a major industry in the area, although it was to disappear by the middle of the twentieth century.

Arrangement

By document type, and then in chronological order.

Conditions Governing Access

Most archives are fully open for consultation, but it is advisable to check before your visit. Please email pg.library@durham.ac.uk

Acquisition Information

Deposited through the British Records Association (1118) in 1960 and 1962 by Messrs Payne, Hicks, Beach & Co., solicitors, 10 New Square, Lincoln's Inn.

Geographical Names