Shelve

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Remains of Ladywell Lead Mine. Shropshire Council

Remains of Ladywell Lead Mine. Shropshire Council

Shelve has all the hallmarks of a medieval settlement. Part of the Domesday manor of Worthen, it had a market and feast day charters from Henry III. Its medieval and later ridge and furrow fields show up particularly well on satellite imagery.

As with most of the surrounding area, Shelve was extensively worked for its lead deposits in the medieval period. Its mineral wealth may have given weight to the Royalist cause in the Civil War.  Sir Henry Lingen, a prominent Royalist, owned the estate.  Not a man to desert a cause, Sir Henry was one of the conspirators of the second Civil War in 1648. The Victorian church is host to an estate map drawn for him in 1650.  Nearby stands Ladywell Mine Engine House, one of several surviving Cornish beam engine houses in the area.

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