Entrance to Scorberry Mine, Teesdale

Scorberry Mine

The most significant feature of this series of c19th exploratory workings (which on successive maps from the late c19th onwards, are only ever listed as ‘quarries’) as seen from the Pennine Way/Teesdale Way, is a barred adit (tunnel). Iron (siderite) and zinc (sphalerite) deposits had been detected in the Single Post Limestone between Wynch Bridge and Scoberry Bridge however limited quantities and restricted access seem to have undermined the commercial viability of the workings. Apart from the main level, which is supported by pine timbers, there are two side tunnels plus mature spoil heaps.

Location NY 908274 (barred adit)

References

Dunham, K. C. Geology of the Northern Pennine Orefield. Tyne to Stainmore ed., vol. 1, British Geological Survey, 1990. British Geological Survey, http://pubs.bgs.ac.uk/publications.html?pubID=B01796. Accessed 16 October 2020.

Keys to the Past. “Scoberry Level (Holwick).” Keys to the Past, Durham & Northumberland County Councils, 2020, http://www.keystothepast.info/article/10339/Site-Details?PRN=D59. Accessed 16 October 2020.

Keys to the Past. “Scoberry Levels (Holwick).” Keys to the Past, Durham & Northumberland County Councils, 2020, http://www.keystothepast.info/article/10339/Site-Details?PRN=D58. Accessed 16 October 2020.

Senior, John. “Geology and landscape of Upper Teesdale – an excursion.” British Geological Survey (Earthwise), Yorkshire Geological Society, 11 May 2020, http://earthwise.bgs.ac.uk/index.php/Geology_and_landscape_of_Upper_Teesdale_-_an_excursion. Accessed 16 October 2020.

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