Beckwiths mine, located in Glen Rushen, is the most westerly of the Foxdale group and was probably the most troublesome of all mines on the Isle of Man.
Mining started in 1831 after lead ore was found stuck in the spokes of a cart wheel. A captain from the Foxdale mines was informed and two men were immediately put to work to search for lead in the heather in which several tons had been found. In the same year, sinking of the first shaft commenced on the Beckwith lode.
The vein, known as the Foxdale shear, runs from west to east through Cross’s mine, Dixons mine and the main Foxdale group. In all, a total of thirteen mines.
Location: Isle of Man
Photographer: Martin Skidmore