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Straitsteps Mine, Wanlockhead, Dumfriesshire.

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It is known from records that the Straitsteps Vein was worked in 1691 by Matthew Wilson who was one of the first to obtain a lease. Afterwords the mine was worked by the London Lead Company. In the early 18th century two waterwheel powered engines known as "Bab Gins" were used at the mine for de-watering. It is believed that the Wanlockhead Bean Engine at Straitsteps Mine was built some time in the mid 19th century for draining Straitsteps Mine and other workings.

Straitsteps Surface Features

Views of the landscape and buildings around the mine.

Updated 19th June 2008.