Lead is known to have been worked in Britain since at least Roman times - at least 3 'pigs' of Roman lead have been discovered in the lead mining area of South West Shropshire.
Early lead mines worked surface outcrops of ore on hillsides - such an outcrop was recently discovered on the hillside above Snailbeach, the largest of the Shropshire Lead mines.
As the workings progressed they would follow the ore into the hill by driving levels (adits) and sinking shafts.
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Rock Lead & Baryte Mine worked in several periods with abandonment dates of 1908, 1918, and 1945. The site consisted of: 3 shafts (1 open), an old level (collapsed), tips and possible winding engine house.
Scott Level, Snailbeach a relatively insignificant level recently re-opened and discovered to be more extensive than originally thought.
Tankerville Lead Mine was once one of the most productive Lead Mines in the area. The mine was worked for Baryte, Lead, Silver and Zinc between 1865 and 1925. Today the engine house and part of the site is in the care of the Shropshire Mines Trust.