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Seldom Seen Engine House

The Seldom Seen Engine House is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Front of Seldom Seen Engine House

Dating from between 1855 and 1875, this Scheduled Ancient Monument, is an unusually large and rare form of engine house. It's the last remaining building from the Plumbley Collieries and provides valuable evidence of the layout and operation of a 19th century coal mine.

Why is it called Seldom Seen? One suggestion is that because it lies hidden in the bottom of the valley it was ‘Seldom Seen’. Another suggestion is that it was believed to be haunted, but the ghost was seldom seen.

We have completed some restoration to the building to ensure the structure’s continued survival.

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Seldom Seen nestles in the Moss Valley between Eckington and Ridgeway (Ordnance Survey grid ref SK 421 800).

You will only discover it when walking in the valley. There is a good network of public and concessionary footpaths to help you explore the area.


There is plenty of public parking in the village of Eckington and a public car park behind the Bridge Inn in the hamlet of Ford near Ridgeway village.

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