Murder, Mistrust And Magpies - Peak District Online Uncover A Mine With A Murky Past In Deepest, Darkest Derbyshire.

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A haunted mineshaft is the subject of the UK's largest holiday accommodation directory's new page added today. Magpie Mine is not only reputed to be haunted but also cursed. The team at Peak District Online uncovers ghostly goings-on and highlight another interesting place to go in the heart of the country. New pages all about Peak District information, news and gossip are added every day, but today, Magpie Mine is the star of the show.

Magpie Mine

Magpie mine in Sheldon, is reputed to be haunted by three men who died in sulphurous fires

The team at the UK's largest online holiday accommodation directory for the Peak District report spooky goings-on at a disused mine and popular beauty spot.

'Magpie mine in Sheldon, is reputed to be haunted by three men who died in sulphurous fires, which were deliberately set underground by opposing miners,' reports James Dobson, director for the winning website all about the Peak District, 'It has a history of murder, suffocation and fighting miners in its past, but if you visit there today, it is a really peaceful and beautiful spot, hard to believe it was the scene of such bitter disputes long ago.'

The new page added to their very popular Peak District Guide section is yet another spooky tale, one of many legends and myths attached to this area of the UK. Magpie Mine goes live today with some very interesting, if not creepy information, accompanied by some stunning photographs taken by Steve Wake, landscape photography and fellow director at Peak District Online.

Particularly evocative are the black-and-white photographs which instantly transport the viewer back in time, imagining what it must be like is life as a feuding miner all those years ago.

'Arguments raged for several years both underground and in the court room,' explains Steve. 'Each group of opposing miners would light fires underground to smoke out their opponents but unfortunately three miners were suffocated by the fumes in 1833 and 24 Magpie Miners were put on trial for the murder. Several were immediately freed and eventually all of them were acquitted because of the difficulty in identifying who the culprit may be.'

The tragic and spooky tale doesn't end there because allegedly, the wife of the murdered men put a curse on mine and it closed soon afterwards.

'It's a real gorgeous place, so peaceful now,' says Jim. 'I specialise in wildlife photography and I often go there with my camera and just sit listening to the bees humming and watch the butterflies flitting around the rabbits hopping carefree.' He says with humour, 'I certainly wouldn't want to be sat up here on my own in the dark though, that's for sure.'

The new page is just one of many added to the ever expanding peakapedia of knowledge the team have built up over several years. What started off as a very small, family run company is now a big business, supplying information and up-to-date news and last-minute holiday accommodation deals for their 200,000 visitors to their website.

'It's always fascinating to uncover mysteries and spooky stories about the place you may have visited without knowing the truth before,' says Steve. 'We feel that it's always adds an extra dimensional to a place and because the Peak District has been around since cavemen times, it stands to reason there are so much more secrets and stories we have yet to report on. We can't wait to get cracking on the next spooky story because it gives us a chance to get out with our cameras and bring the writing to life.'

See new pages as they are added to the ever expanding website of and have you the new Magpie Mine page as it is unveiled today.

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