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Pibble,lead mines

A Scheduled Monument in Mid Galloway and Wigtown West, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 54.9184 / 54°55'6"N

Longitude: -4.3011 / 4°18'3"W

OS Eastings: 252611

OS Northings: 560609

OS Grid: NX526606

Mapcode National: GBR HHRQ.2L2

Mapcode Global: WH3TP.XM1W

Entry Name: Pibble,lead mines

Scheduled Date: 3 February 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5289

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Industrial: mines, quarries

Location: Kirkmabreck

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Mid Galloway and Wigtown West

Traditional County: Kirkcudbrightshire


The monument consists of the remains of a lead mine, probably mid 19th century in date. The mine lies along the line of a zone of mineralisation. It is orientated roughly NW-SE on a steeply sloping hillside. From bottom to top the main features are: the substantial remains of a wheel pit for a wheel about 18m in diameter; a vertical shaft, partly filled; about half of an engine house for a steam pumping engine, with the associated shaft; a reservoir supplying water to the engine; a drainage level; a trial level; and a working level, together with associated tracks, spoil heaps and underground workings.

The area to be scheduled is irregular in shape, about 700m by 280m. It includes the principal features and an area around in which traces of activities associated with their construction and use may survive, and is as marked in red on the attached map. Dry stane dykes and other land boundaries are excluded from this scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it has the most complete set of surface buildings of any non-ferrous metal mine in Scotland. The visible remains of exploitation are unusually complete for a Scottish metal mine. The south Galloway area of mineralisation was one of the most important in Scotland, and the engine house and very large waterwheel pit represent best mid-19th century practice in mine drainage.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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