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Gentlewoman's Pipe

Entrance of Gentlewoman's Pipe

Access

block No access to this site allowed.

Note - as of 15/11/2018, Gentlewoman's entrance shaft near the Masson Quarry is blocked with boulders by the new landowner. DCA is attempting to negotiate access. Please stay away from this entrance until the situation is resolved.

45m shaft entrance into Gentlewoman's Pipe is currently blocked with boulders and negotiations are ongoing, but under normal circumstances is open to surface and partially covered with a large rock, with anchors beneath for access. Original way into Gentlewoman's Pipe/Queen Mine workings from Masson Complex is quarried away and the remains are in a collapsed state. Mined/natural continuation heads downhill and northeast, under the capped Upper Close Shaft (no access agreement in place) eventually passing through Old Jant Mine to the coffin level of Masson Sough, which eventually joins Ringing Rake Sough (AKA Youd's Level). Lidded shaft entrance/exit at the sough tail by the River Derwent at Artist's Corner. Lid can be opened from inside without a key; the key to open from the outside is available from the Mining Museum at Matlock Bath. Deep Shaft is open, and lands near the 'Y' junction two-thirds of the way along the coffin-level - access via Greenhills Farm. Entire system is part of Masson Hill SSSI.

References

Warriner, D., Willies, L., & Flindall, R. (1981) Ringing Rake and Masson Soughs, Bull. P.D.M.H.S. Vol.8. No.2., pp.65-108., Peak District Mines Historical Society
Barker, I. & Beck, J.S. (2010) , Caves of the Peak District, p. 165, DCA

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