Peak District Mines Historical Society
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Barlow History Exhibition

by Steve Thompson | Jun 20, 2017
Saturday the 1st of July: Barlow History Exhibition at Barlow & Cutthorpe Methodist Church, Millcross Lane, Barlow, S18 7TA from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Barlow, about 3 miles north-west of Chesterfield, is a village of great historical importance to the Peak District lead mining industry.  An important smelt mill here appears frequently in the lead mining story, extending back into the 16th century.

In his book “The Derbyshire Lead Industry in the Sixteenth Century” David Kiernan list some fifteen index entries to Barlow, or Barley as it was frequently recorded in earlier times.  Of particular interest are the references on pages 152 and 153, which contains accounts from c‑1590 detailing the transport of lead ore from “Eam and Middleton lordshippe”, “Crumford and Brassington” and “high felde by Tadington”, and details the costs of purchasing and transporting the ore, the costs of the fuel for the smelt mill, the “smilter’s” wages, as well as the cost of transporting the lead to the market at Bawtry and the profit that might be made from the whole operation.

On Saturday the 1st of July a Barlow History Exhibition will be held at Barlow & Cutthorpe Methodist Church, Millcross Lane, Barlow, S18 7TA from 10:00am to 4:00pm.  The exhibition will include the 125th Anniversary Exhibition of the Chapel, an Industrial Barlow Exhibition, Photographs of Barlow, and Refreshments.

A visit to this exhibition promises to be a rewarding day.

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