Like Joe Henshaw I despair at the ongoing attitude in this area to mines and miners in fact to working people in general.
We visited Lound once and the amount of material was marvellous I often wondered what happened to it. There were tree trunks which had been bored out for pipes (found I seem to remember at Shipley) This was a great thrill for me as these are illustrated in Agricola's De Re Metallica.
IF you have not seen De Re Metallica by Georgius Agricola you can get an insight here:
BUT if like me you prefer the book on your knee then Dover did a reprint of the translation plus illustrations - by President Herbert Hoover who was a Mining Engineer.
My father's ancestors mined in the Erzgebirge where Agricola worked and wrote his book (He was Mayor of Chemnitz) (Some of the gnome like figures could be relatives!!!)
All the best,
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