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Rogerley Mine, Rogerley Quarry, Frosterley, Weardale, North Pennines, Co. Durham, England, UK

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 54° 44' 15'' North , 1° 58' 58'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 54.73777,-1.98291
GeoHash:G#: gcwx6usnd
UK National Grid Reference:NZ011381
Other regions containing this locality:Northern Pennine Orefield, England, UK
The Pennines, England, UK
Owned/operated by:UK Mining Ventures Ltd (100%)
Locality type:Mine
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 February 2018

Mindat Articles

An exceptional fluorite specimen by Jolyon & Katya Ralph
Jolyon's Travels - Part 1 - The Rogerley Mine by Jolyon & Katya Ralph

Commodity List

This is a list of exploitable or exploited mineral commodities recorded at this locality.

Mineral List

13 valid minerals.

Regional Geology

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.

Click on geological units on the map for more information. Click here to view full-screen map on Macrostrat.org

Late Carboniferous
298.9 - 323.2 Ma

ID: 3160982
Late Carboniferous sandstone

Age: Pennsylvanian (298.9 - 323.2 Ma)

Lithology: Major:{sandstone}, Minor{siltstone,mudstone}

Reference: Asch, K. The 1:5M International Geological Map of Europe and Adjacent Areas: Development and Implementation of a GIS-enabled Concept. Geologisches Jahrbuch, SA 3. [147]

Bashkirian - Visean
315.2 - 346.7 Ma

ID: 2036067
Yoredale Group

Age: Carboniferous (315.2 - 346.7 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Yoredale Group

Lithology: Limestone, sandstone, siltstone and mudstone

Reference: British Geological Survey. DiGMapGB-625. British Geological Survey ©NERC. [23]

Early Carboniferous
323.2 - 358.9 Ma

ID: 3186080
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. [154]

Data and map coding provided by Macrostrat.org, used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License

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Fisher, J., Greenbank, L. (2000) The Rogerley Mine, Weardale, County Durham, England. Rocks & Minerals: 75(1): 54-61.
Fisher, J.E., Greenbank, L. (2000) La Mine Rogerley, Weardale, comte de Durham, Angleterre. Le Règne Minéral: 34: 5-14. (in French)
Fisher, J., Greenbank, L. (2003) The Rogerley mine, Weardale, County Durham, England. UK Journal of Mines and Minerals: 23: 9-20.
Brandstetter, R., Fisher, J. (2010) Die Rogerley Mine: Fluorit-Stufenbergbau im Norden Englands. Lapis: 35(1): 13-26; 62. (in German)
Fisher, J. (2011) Rogerley Mine, UK - Mining for Fluorite, Minerals - The Collector's Newspaper, Issue #2.
Fisher, J., Lillie, R., Rakovan, J. (2013) Fluorite in Mississippi Valley Type Deposits, Rocks & Minerals: 88(1): 29-47.
Bode, K. (2014) Die Jagd auf die grunen Fluorite. Mineralien Welt: 25(2): 62-65.

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