Historic court awards mining rights

An almost forgotten piece of archaic British law has been invoked for the first time in over 25 years when the ancient Great Barmote Court met at Wirksworth to award lead mining rights to Treak Cliff Cavern near Castleton.

Vicky Turner from Treak Cliff Cavern said: “The cavern started as a lead mine in the 1700s. The laws of lead mining rights are ancient and complex and there is a possibility that if we didn’t register the rights someone else could, which may hinder our ability to operate the Show Cave. Thus we approached the court to register them.”