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PostPosted: Aug 28, 2023 14:35    Post subject: Castleton, Derbyshire  

Some of the many interesting minerals in Castleton, Derbyshire UK

Including the incredible local specific fluorite "Blue John"



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 Mineral: Calcite and Fluorite
 Locality:
Castleton, High Peak District, Derbyshire, England / United Kingdom
 Dimensions: 70cm x 70cmm
 Description:
 Viewed:  7336 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Castleton, High Peak District, Derbyshire, England / United Kingdom
 Dimensions: 70cm x 70cmm
 Description:
On crinoid death bed matrix
 Viewed:  7303 Time(s)

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20230828_151705.jpg
 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Castleton, High Peak District, Derbyshire, England / United Kingdom
 Dimensions: 70cm x 70cmm
 Description:
Blue John
 Viewed:  7351 Time(s)

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20230828_151655.jpg
 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Castleton, High Peak District, Derbyshire, England / United Kingdom
 Dimensions: 70cm x 70cmm
 Description:
Blue John
 Viewed:  7326 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Castleton, High Peak District, Derbyshire, England / United Kingdom
 Dimensions: 70cm x 70cmm
 Description:
Var specimens collected from Pindale Rake spoilheaps castleton
 Viewed:  7296 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Castleton, High Peak District, Derbyshire, England / United Kingdom
 Description:
Var specimens collected from Pindale Rake spoilheaps Castleton
 Viewed:  7328 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Castleton, High Peak District, Derbyshire, England / United Kingdom
 Dimensions: 70cm x 70cmm
 Description:
Blue John
 Viewed:  7313 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Castleton, High Peak District, Derbyshire, England / United Kingdom
 Dimensions: 400mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  7330 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Calcite
 Locality:
Castleton, High Peak District, Derbyshire, England / United Kingdom
 Dimensions: 4 meters
 Description:
Calcite stalactite formation
 Viewed:  7316 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Calcite
 Locality:
Castleton, High Peak District, Derbyshire, England / United Kingdom
 Dimensions: 4 meters
 Description:
Iron-stained stalactite
 Viewed:  7319 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Calcite
 Locality:
Castleton, High Peak District, Derbyshire, England / United Kingdom
 Description:
flow stone formation
 Viewed:  7285 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Calcite
 Locality:
Castleton, High Peak District, Derbyshire, England / United Kingdom
 Dimensions: 4 meters
 Description:
mid flow stone transformation
 Viewed:  7349 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Calcite
 Locality:
Castleton, High Peak District, Derbyshire, England / United Kingdom
 Description:
stalactite formations
 Viewed:  7292 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Calcite
 Locality:
Castleton, High Peak District, Derbyshire, England / United Kingdom
 Dimensions: 50cms
 Description:
Stalagmite
 Viewed:  7313 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Calcite
 Locality:
Castleton, High Peak District, Derbyshire, England / United Kingdom
 Description:
stalagmite
 Viewed:  7308 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Aug 29, 2023 04:34    Post subject: Re: Castleton, Derbyshire  

Castleton still holds a special place in my memories, as I used to collect there a lot as a child and found some nice rocks and a Carboniferous trilobite, which I still have. My mother used to take me and a friend, aged about 9-10, and drop us off to collect together. She would then pick us up a few hours later!
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PostPosted: Aug 29, 2023 10:49    Post subject: Re: Castleton, Derbyshire  

It is a very fossilized area. I was very surprised to see the thick beds of spirifer bivalve and crinoid death beds. I was more focused on the minerals and didn't look too hard for more desirable subjects like trilobites.

What was your picking area. I was pleased to find a great variety of decent minerals in the long rake that stretched from the ugly cement factory up to the huge open cast working quarry. What an eyesore in so lovely a location. How anyone got planning permission for that monstrosity in so lovely a location is beyond me.
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PostPosted: Aug 29, 2023 11:19    Post subject: Re: Castleton, Derbyshire  

Back in the 60s you could go down almost any mine you wanted to visit, so we went down the Odin and Old Tor mines. For fossils we collected at Perryfoot in Perrydale and also on our farm near Hayfield. I seem to have a BlueJohn specimen on corral, but no note of when or where I found it.


0025, Fluorite, Old Tor Mine, Winnats Pass.JPG
 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Old Tor Mine, Castleton, High Peak District, Derbyshire, England / United Kingdom
 Description:
 Viewed:  7126 Time(s)

0025, Fluorite, Old Tor Mine, Winnats Pass.JPG



0027, Fluorite, Castleton.JPG
 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Castleton, High Peak District, Derbyshire, England / United Kingdom
 Description:
 Viewed:  7165 Time(s)

0027, Fluorite, Castleton.JPG



0027a, Fluorite, Castleton.JPG
 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Castleton, High Peak District, Derbyshire, England / United Kingdom
 Description:
 Viewed:  7131 Time(s)

0027a, Fluorite, Castleton.JPG



DEH-BJ17, Fluorite, Blue John, Castleton.JPG
 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Castleton, High Peak District, Derbyshire, England / United Kingdom
 Description:
Clearly not self collected
 Viewed:  7127 Time(s)

DEH-BJ17, Fluorite, Blue John, Castleton.JPG


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PostPosted: Aug 29, 2023 14:40    Post subject: Re: Castleton, Derbyshire  

Hi James, Derbyshire is truly the king of fluorite variety. your specimens show some fine zoning and colour variation from this area.

one location that less than 60 minutes drive from Castleton called Milltown is so full of cabinet sized chunks the hardest decision is what to leave behind. The floor and walls are festooned in clear and yellow fluorite. The picture is one bag uncleaned picked up in 15 minutes just from the floor of the quarry..

If you would like to take a reflective trip back to some of those wonderful locations I can recommend two great books that cover that area well



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 Mineral: N/A
 Description:
two great books about the Castleton area
 Viewed:  7073 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Milltown Quarry, Milltown, Ashover, North East Derbyshire District, Derbyshire, England / United Kingdom
 Dimensions: 120mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  7097 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Milltown Quarry, Milltown, Ashover, North East Derbyshire District, Derbyshire, England / United Kingdom
 Dimensions: 150 mm specimens
 Description:
Various Fluorite (uncleaned) collected from quarry floor in less than 15 minutes..
 Viewed:  7088 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Milltown Quarry, Milltown, Ashover, North East Derbyshire District, Derbyshire, England / United Kingdom
 Dimensions: 600mm x 600mm
 Description:
Fluorite in situ. Covering the walls. and blocks in the quarry. Some cubes 2 inch across in places
 Viewed:  7082 Time(s)

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