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Smallcleugh mine had a rough start with the first pick being put to the floor in 1770, but work was soon abandoned until the London Lead Mining Company took over the lease in 1787. The mine rapidly grew after the discovery of some areas of very large ore bodies and work continued right up until the early 1900's with the mine under several new ownerships until the rapid fall of the price of lead and zinc forced all work to stop. Smallcleugh is an enormous working with many miles of passages and internal shafts that intersect much of the other mines in the area such as Rampgill, Carrs and Capelcleugh of which are all underneath the working. The mine was subject to two interesting events, one being the Victorian ball held by the local masonic lodge in 1901 whereby an evening was held in the Ballroom (flat) with music, food and dancing, and another more recent accident in September 1983 where by a young offender on a day trip decided to enter the mine alone without lighting and fell to his death down a short sump (shaft) not far from the entrance.

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Safety Notice: To enter a disused mine is extremely dangerous and my result in serious or fatal injury, recovery from an accident would place rescue persons involved in serious danger and in the event of a ground collapse, recovery may be impossible. You should not enter a disused mine or working without training under any circumstances. Respect private property and seek permission from the respective land owner where required, always act responsibly and always inform someone else of your whereabouts.

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