The Blue John Cavern – Castleton
THE BEST CAVERN YOU NEED TO VISIT THIS YEAR
Did you know that the Blue John Cavern at Castleton in the Peak District is world famous. Moreover, it’s home to eight of the fourteen known varieties of Blue John stone. A beautiful and ornamental fluor-spar. Blue John mineral has been mined here for centuries.
Furthermore, it continues to be in the winter months. Miners armed with picks and shovels pursue the stone deep in the mine workings, where it is found in veins in the limestone or loose in the clay beds lining the passageways.
Once mined, the lumps of Blue John are washed and transported to the surface. Then once in daylight, the quality of the stone can be seen more clearly.
With an experienced eye of the craftsman can then scan the material for faults and weaknesses. The most solid and attractive pieces are then kept for making into beautiful items of jewellery. These are set in Sterling Silver and 9ct Gold. Blue John is also inlaid into larger ornamental objects such as bowls, sails and candlesticks.
Traditional methods of turning Blue John are still used today and the skill of our craftsmen and women working in the Original Blue John Craft Shop which is loacated in the village of Castleton enables the visitor to view this unique stone at it’s best. Restoration work of antique pieces is a speciality.
About The Cavern
Blue John Cavern is steeped in history and old mining equipment is on view inside the cavern. Guided tours are conducted throughout the cave system at short regular intervals. Each tour lasts approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. During your tour a series of magnificent natural water-worn caverns are seen. Blue John can be seen in it’s natural state along with stalactites, stalagmites and huge caverns. See the Waterfall Cavern with it’s multi-coloured dome. Visiting Lord Mulgraves Dining Room you’ll discover where his Lordship entertained miners and where fine veins of Blue John can be seen in their natural state in the limestone. Stand in the Variegated Cavern, 150 feet high and 30 feet wide!
A trip is of great educational experience to the young and old alike.
Giftware, light refreshments, and items of Blue John may be purchased by customers at the Cavern Shop, whilst The Original Blue John Craft Shop in the village of Castleton also has a range of Blue John jewellery, crafted items and assorted home and giftware – furniture, Caithness Glass, Beswick, Dartington Crystal, Sophie Allport, Gisela Graham, fashion jewellery, scarves and so much more….
If you are adventurous and looking for something unusual to do with your leisure time, come and visit the Blue John Cavern at Castleton – you won’t be disappointed!
Once you’ve visited the Blue John Cavern you may well like to see some of the beautiful creations made from Blue John at ‘The Original Blue John Craft Shop’. It’s just a short drive away at Cross Street, Castleton, Hope Valley S33 8WH (Tel: 01433 620642) or you can buy direct from the Online Store
Tel: 01433 620638
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