Terry Houghton (67) from Middleton-by-Wirksworth in the Derbyshire Dales bought the agricultural field at the back of his house last year at auction. The field contained an old lead mine shaft 14 metres deep called Stichen mine which was originally owned & run by WASS & Son, Lea Lead Works, Matlock. Terry decided to make the top of the mine shaft safe by encasing it with concrete. He also put a thick safety glass top on it you can walk on & an LED light pointing down, so visitors could take a look down the hole. He didn't stop there, as he decided to build a freestanding tin roof over it to

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Terry Houghton (67) from Middleton-by-Wirksworth in the Derbyshire Dales bought the agricultural field at the back of his house last year at auction. The field contained an old lead mine shaft 14 metres deep called Stichen mine which was originally owned & run by WASS & Son, Lea Lead Works, Matlock.  Terry decided to make the top of the mine shaft safe by encasing it with concrete. He also put a thick safety glass top on it you can walk on & an LED light pointing down, so visitors could take a look down the hole.  He didn't stop there, as he decided to build a freestanding tin roof over it to Stock Photo
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Terry Houghton (67) from Middleton-by-Wirksworth in the Derbyshire Dales bought the agricultural field at the back of his house last year at auction. The field contained an old lead mine shaft 14 metres deep called Stichen mine which was originally owned & run by WASS & Son, Lea Lead Works, Matlock. Terry decided to make the top of the mine shaft safe by encasing it with concrete. He also put a thick safety glass top on it you can walk on & an LED light pointing down, so visitors could take a look down the hole. He didn't stop there, as he decided to build a freestanding tin roof over it to
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Terry Houghton (67) from Middleton-by-Wirksworth in the Derbyshire Dales bought the agricultural field at the back of his house last year at auction. The field contained an old lead mine shaft 14 metres deep called Stichen mine which was originally owned & run by WASS & Son, Lea Lead Works, Matlock. Terry decided to make the top of the mine shaft safe by encasing it with concrete. He also put a thick safety glass top on it you can walk on & an LED light pointing down, so visitors could take a look down the hole. He didn't stop there, as he decided to build a freestanding tin roof over it to keep it dry & then thought he could make temporary walls using the bales of straw for the highland cattle which live in the main field. The roof was also made into an organic garden so it will bend into the amazing scenery around the old mining village. He has agreed for his creation to be part of the Middleton-by-Wirksworth's Open Gardens event being held this weekend so anyone who wishes could visit it & see a part of Derbyshire's old lead mining history. You can visit Terry's straw hut & see the mine shaft yourself (but not go down the mine shaft) during this weekends Open Gardens at Middleton-by-Wirksworth which is between 11am - 5pm on Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th June 2019. Tickets can be bought at The Nelson Arms, Main St, Middleton-by-Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4LU, Adults £3 for both days. Well-behaved children free. The mine shaft goes down further, but is currently blocked by rubble. Some local cavers have started to clear it for Terry so that can see how deep it goes & maybe even explore further passages which are believed to run to the end of the village & under the pub.
Location: Middleton-by-Wirksworth, Derbyshire, UK

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