Magpie's village - the linear, former lead-mining village of Sheldon, near Bakewell...fancy a quick one in the Cock & Pullet?
Sheldon is a small village mainly consisting of 18th century stone-built cottages and farms off the A6 and above the valley of the Wye near Bakewell. It is perhaps best known for its proximity to Magpie Mine, the best perserved lead mine in the Peak District, and for its characterful pub, the relatively recently-opened Cock and Pullet in the Main Street.
WHERE IS IT?
Sheldon is three miles west of Bakewell, off the A6.
Sheldon was recorded in the Domesday Book as “Scelhadun” a name which comes from the Middle English and means “the shed or hut of Haddon,” a reference to the landowning Dukes of Rutland from Haddon Hall, near Bakewell.
The building of the present village coincided with the 18th century boom years for the local lead mining industry. Black marble was also once mined here, but not as successfully and famously as at nearby Ashford in the Water.
Magpie Mine, high on the limestone plateau to the south of the village, was worked extensively for three centuries until 1924. It was always a difficult mine to work because of water problems, and flooding was a constant problem to the miners. In 1824, a Newcomen type pump was installed to pump out the water and a sough (drainage canal) was cut underground through basalt to the valley of the Wye. The sough took eight years to build and crippled the mine financially.
Other problems at Magpie included disputes with neighbouring miners. Feuding between rival groups of lead miners led to the death of three miners in 1833, after they were suffocated by sulphurous fumes from fires started deliberately to smoke out the opposition from a lead vein underground at Magpie.
Magpie Mine, with its 728ft/221m deep shaft and distinctive round Cornish-built and square Derbyshire-built chimneys, was eventually taken over in 1962 by the Peak District Mines Historical Society as a field study centre. It is the most complete and interesting remains of a lead mine in the Peak District.
PLACES TO GO
The Parish Church of St Michael and All Angels was built in the 19th century with materials from the former Chapel of Ease. It is a petite yet attractive building.
THINGS TO DO
A recommended walk from Sheldon is the five and a half mile circular one from the village down into the valley of the River Wye via Shacklow Wood, through Great Shacklow Wood to the Bronze Age settlement site in Dimin Dale and then up flower-decked Deep Dale, returning to Sheldon with views towards Magpie Mine, which is also well worth a visit.
- Sheldon road walk - 7 miles on tarmac & country lanes for when the the fields are really boggy!
Food and Drink
Sheldon’s friendly village pub, the Cock and Pullet (Tel:01629 814292), is a characterful free house and one of the newest pubs in the Peak District. It was built in 1995 next to a former public house called the Devonshire Arms, which had been closed for over 20 years. It was named after the chickens which used to run around in front of the barn where the pub is now situated. The Cock and Pullet also offers accommodation.
Sheldon Day is Sheldon's annual village festival, a celebration of Peak District life and a fantastic, fun-filled day for all the family.
All set for another exciting Sheldon Day this year on July 25th at 2.00pm. You’ll see from the poster in the village that we’ve got all the old favourites including Splat-the-rat, The Great Ball Race, Bottle Darts (very popular last year) and the Chocolate Tombola. The magician will be doing two sessions in the produce tent and free face painting as well in between…all accompanied by the Ashbourne Brass Band.
A great day out for all the family.
Bakewell TIC, The Old Market Hall, Bridge Street, Bakewell, DE45 1DS; Tel: 01629 816558; www.peakdistrict.gov.uk, open daily.
Buxton Tourist Information Centre, The Crescent, Buxton SK17 6BQ; 01298 25106; www.highpeak.gov.uk; open daily
PHOTOGRAPHS OF SHELDON
More photographs of Sheldon including Magpie mine.
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Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015