Rogerley Mine, Rogerley Quarry, Frosterley, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England, UK
|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||54° 44' 15'' North , 1° 58' 58'' West|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||54.73777,-1.98291|
|UK National Grid Reference:||NZ011381|
|Other regions containing this locality:||Northern Pennine Orefield, England, UK|
The Pennines, England, UK
|Köppen climate type:||Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate|
First discovered by collectors Lindsay Greenbank and Mike Sutcliffe in an abandoned 19th century limestone quarry during the early 1970's, the Rogerley is to date the only mine operated on a commercial basis solely for specimen recovery in the UK. Operation of the mine was taken over by UK Mining Ventures in 1999.
The principal workings are an adit extending northward along the Greenbank vein at the High Flats horizon of the Great Limestone. Specimens of green fluorite, often associated with galena have been recovered from discontinuous mineralized flats on both the east and west sides of the vein.
Major pocket zones encountered at the mine to date include:
The Black Sheep Pocket Zone - 1999 to 2003
- The Birthday Pocket - 2001
- The Dipper Pocket - 2002 to 2003
The Solstice Pocket - 2001
The West Crosscut Pocket Zone - 2001 to 2010
- The Corner Pocket - 2003 to 2004
-The Dodgy Bugger Pocket - 2006
- The Rat Hole Pocket - 2007 to 2008
- The Rat Tail Pocket - 2009 to 2010
The Jewel Box Pocket - 2007 to 2008
The Blue Bell Pocket - 2008 to 2009
The Crushed Zone - 2010
Penny's Pocket Zone - 2011 to 2013
- The "Weardale Giant" - 2012
The Bluebirds Pocket Zone #1 - 2013 to 2014
The Bluebirds Pocket Zone #2 - 2014 to 2015
Since 2017 Rogerley mine is operated by UK Mining Vetures Ltd. (Ian Bruce):
The Bluebirds Pocket Zone #2 - finished in November 2017
The blasted pocket - November 2017
The Wolfie´s Pocket Zone (which contained two major pockets) - December 2017 to January 2018
Mindat ArticlesAn exceptional fluorite specimen by Jolyon & Katya Ralph
Jolyon's Travels - Part 1 - The Rogerley Mine by Jolyon & Katya Ralph
Commodity ListThis is a list of exploitable or exploited mineral commodities recorded at this locality.
7 valid minerals.
This geological map and associated information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys. This does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.
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298.9 - 323.2 Ma
|Late Carboniferous sandstone|
|Bashkirian - Visean|
315.2 - 346.7 Ma
323.2 - 358.9 Ma
|Paleozoic sedimentary rocks|
Age: Mississippian (323.2 - 358.9 Ma)
Lithology: Sedimentary rocks
Reference: Chorlton, L.B. Generalized geology of the world: bedrock domains and major faults in GIS format: a small-scale world geology map with an extended geological attribute database. doi: 10.4095/223767. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5529.