Watercolour painting of a little piece of Lake District industrial heritage. Force Crag Mine was the last working metal mine in the Lake District (closed 1991). Lead was mined here from 1839, and later, zinc and barytes, just below Force Crag and Coledale Hause. Grisedale, Causey Pike, High Stile and Barrow make up the famous Coledale Horseshoe, curving around the mine, which is open to the public on just a few days each year.
I was lucky enough to visit on a spectacular summer’s day when the rusty metal sheeting and dry ground of the abandoned mine looked like something from a western movie, with the natural majesty of Force Crag looming over it. Watercolour on paper 40 x 40cm. For sale.