By George Ledger and Chris Bruce

When we embarked on this project, we aimed to spotlight both traditional and contemporary jobs and trades in our region, showcasing the evolution from older occupations to newer replacements.

Little did we anticipate discovering miners from our area engaged in Fluorite mining in Weardale. Meet Andrew and Paul, two local Consett lads and now ‘miners’ actively involved in extracting Fluorite from a newly established mine near Frosterley.

The techniques employed today bear striking resemblance to those used in historic lead and coal mines – a combination of blasting, drilling, and considerable hammering and chiselling to locate and extract the precious mineral from the enclosing rocks. It’s a testament to the enduring practices in the mining industry, bridging the past and present as we explore the rich tapestry of our region’s industrial history.

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