Updated 14 Jan 2007
WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900
Taken 1999. Reconstruction of a stowe at Goodluck Mine.
How it was used before 1600
Goodluck Mine, Stowe
Chris Newall writes:
In 1999 we visited the Goodluck Mine in company with Joe Gould, a local
lead-mining expert, who had kindly borrowed the key from the owner Ron
Since the mine entrance was 'rediscovered' by Ron Amner and Jim
Rieuwerts in 1970 the area around the entrance and powder house has been
cleared and a reconstructed ore jigging frame and stowe have been
A Stowe was a wooden windlass over a shaft for raising ore
in a lead mine. The stowe had to be made to a definite pattern, and
the existence of a pair of stowes (i.e. one windlass) was
a symbol of ownership of a mine.
The raising of the lead ore to the surface was either up a number
of small, shallow shafts by hand winches known as stowes or
stoces, or by horse gin up the usually deeper and wider
Source:"Base Lead and Shining Silver" by C.E.Newall.
The History of the HALL family 1700-1940
of Middleton-by-Wirksworth and Sheffield.
Published by Wild Oat Books 2006.
33 Elm Grove Road, Ealing, London W5 3JH
ISBN 0-9552046-1-5 and 978-0-9552046-1-6
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