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Mining in Weardale 28817_035

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Filename: 28817_035.jpg

Size: 7360 x 4912 (10.2MB)

Date: 6th October 2021

Source: Historic England

Credit: A© Historic England Archive, Dav

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Urgency (1-8) 5=normal: 5

Source: Historic England Archive

Owner URL: https://images.historicenglandservices.org.uk/

Job Title: Photographer

© Historic England Archive

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Mining in Weardale 28817_035

Weardale, County Durham, 2015. Lead and ironstone mines and spoil heaps. NY9139

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Media ID 23838358

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Earthwork Lead Mine Quarry Railway Ironstone Mineral Spoil Heap


EDITORS COMMENTS
This aerial print titled "Mining in Weardale" offers a mesmerizing glimpse into the rich industrial history of County Durham. Taken by renowned photographer Dave MacLeod, this image showcases the lead and ironstone mines along with their towering spoil heaps that once dominated the landscape. The photograph captures the sheer magnitude of these mining operations, as intricate railway lines weave through vast earthworks and piles of discarded minerals. The juxtaposition between man-made structures and natural surroundings is striking, highlighting both human ingenuity and its impact on the environment. Weardale's mining heritage dates back centuries, with these mines playing a crucial role in shaping the region's economy and identity. This print serves as a poignant reminder of the toil and determination that went into extracting valuable resources from deep within the earth. MacLeod's expert composition allows viewers to appreciate not only the scale but also the beauty found within this industrial setting. The contrast between light and shadow creates an almost ethereal atmosphere, transforming what could be seen as mere scars on the land into something visually captivating. As we gaze upon this remarkable image, we are transported back in time, reminded of our ancestors' resilience and resourcefulness. It stands as a testament to their unwavering spirit while serving as a visual tribute to Weardale's mining legacy - one that continues to shape its present-day landscape.

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