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Mining & Quarrying

Lead

Woodhead Mine from the South East

Period:
19th Century
Description:

The lead mine at Woodhead, Carsphairn was one of several mines to open across the region from the late 18th to the mid 19th Centuries.  The lead mines of Dumfriesshire and Galloway were the source of almost all Scottish lead production.

 

This photograph shows the mine amongst the landscape, surrounded by hills.  Slag heaps and winding gear is visible.  In the foreground are two well dressed Victorian gentlemen, resting on the dirt track road.

 

There is evidence of mining for lead ore or galena around Wanlockhead and Leadhills in the Lowther Hills since the Middle Ages. At that time lead was being exported to Holland and Belgium for use in the production of lead glazed pottery. This area, rich in both lead and precious metals, developed into the centre of the Scottish lead mining industry.

Place of Production:
Woodhead Mines, Carsphairn, Kirkcudbrightshire
Materials/Media:
paper
Dimensions:
length 158mm, width 205mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
PP/Mining&Quarrying/14
Digital Number:
DMPG020n
Creation Date:
c1870
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council